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They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. What they don’t tell you is that the words can be taken out of context, and lead you in a completely different direction than the one that the picture is actually showing. And in this case, the question has been modified from the original text, further blurring the context of the question.

The question was read by Christiane Amanpour, but was part of an online Town Hall discussion on June 17, 2014 (hence the hashtag on the lower left). For anyone unfamiliar with the format, a “Town Hall” discussion is one where the general public gets a chance to ask questions, sort of like when Bill Clinton was asked whether he prefers boxers or briefs on MTV. But often times the questions are moderated by producers and/or the staff of the people being questioned, and then read by the host.

The question was sent in by a tumblr user named Will Jackson (at least that’s the name they provided). I only use their actual name because it’s in the transcript and already public record. Here is the actual text of that exchange, with surrounding context:

AMANPOUR: And, finally, we go to our last Tumblr question from Will Jackson. “Why run?” he says. “Why would you run for such a dangerous and very stressful job when you have a precious grandbaby on the way? Retire! Relax! Enjoy life!”

CLINTON: Well, that’s on the ledger.

(LAUGHTER)

CLINTON: And actually, I’ve said this a few times earlier in interviews. I’m not making a decision in part because I do have this very exciting, life-changing experience coming up in the fall. I want — I don’t want to be looking past it, you know? I don’t want to be meeting my new grandchild and having somebody calling me and saying, oh, you got to do this, that and the other, in order to make this decision. I’m just not going to do that. So, I will make this decision based on how I feel about it and what I believe I can do. But I’m not going to be rushed to do it, because this —

(CROSSTALK)

AMANPOUR: Really? Can it (ph) not rush you?

CLINTON: No. This —

AMANPOUR: Hard choice?

CLINTON: It is a hard choice.

AMANPOUR: The ultimate hard choice? Grandmother or the possibility of being the first female president of the United States of America?

CLINTON: Well, let — you know, there have been a lot —

AMANPOUR: Hard choice.

CLINTON: There have been a lot of grandfathers who have done it.

AMANPOUR: Precisely.

CLINTON: Yes, exactly.

AMANPOUR: So, maybe it’s not choice, maybe it’s not a hard choice.

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: It’s a personal hard choice.

When it comes to images like this, context is everything. And as you can read in the transcript, Amanpour agreed with Clinton’s point that a lot of grandfathers have done it.

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