WASHINGTON — Twenty-one years after Hillary Rodham Clinton reluctantly ceded her treasured "zone of privacy," there are still signs of separation anxiety.
Clinton's news conference Tuesday, after a speech at the United Nations, was designed to put to rest questions about her decision to forgo using government email when she was secretary of state and instead use a private email account and server.
The likely presidential candidate was unapologetic. She insisted she'd only done it for convenience, had preserved all work-related emails and had discarded only those communications that were on personal matters such as yoga routines or her daughter's wedding.
"I went above and beyond what I was requested to do," she said.
Clinton did allow, though, that it would have been better if she'd run all her government dealings through a separate, government account.
Flash back to another Clinton news conference, in April 1994, and there she is — as first lady — assessing what's left of her privacy in what came to be remembered as her pink sweater moment.
"I've always believed in a zone of privacy, and I told a friend the other day that I feel after resisting for a long time I've been re-zoned," Clinton said then, answering questions about her family's investments and financial dealings.
A look at her comments in 1994 and now.
2015, United Nations, wearing a black herringbone jacket and pants, standing before a throng of reporters:
"No one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy."
"Looking back, it would've been better for me to use two separate phones and two email accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn't worked out that way."
"I have no doubt that we have done exactly what we should have done."
"I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private."
"I feel that I've taken unprecedented steps to provide these work-related emails. They're going to be in the public domain."
"I went above and beyond what I was requested to do. And again, those will be out in the public domain, and people will be able to judge for themselves."
1994, State Dining Room, wearing a pink sweater and black skirt, seated in a chair before reporters:
"I resisted it in ways that may have raised more questions than they answered, and I just don't think that was a very useful road for me to go down."
"I've always been a fairly private person leading a public life." That sense of privacy "led me to perhaps be less understanding than I needed to of both the press and the public's interest — as well as right — to know things about my husband and me."
"Maybe I'm slow in kind of picking up subtle and not-so-subtle messages. But for me it was an evolutionary process."
"I've always believed in a zone of privacy, and I told a friend the other day that I feel after resisting for a long time I've been rezoned, you know. And I now have a much better appreciation of what's expected and not only what I have done, because I am extremely comfortable and confident about everything that I have done, but about my ability to communicate that clearly and to give the information that you all need."
"This is really a result of our inexperience in Washington, if you will, that I really did not fully understand everything that I wish now I had known. And, you know, it's a learning experience — sometimes a difficult one."
"I'm not in any way excusing any confusion that we have created. I think we have created it, because I don't think that we gave enough time or focused enough."
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