US secretary of state Hillary Clinton's temper flared yesterday when a Congolese university student asked her for her husband's thinking on an international financial matter.
A week after former president Bill Clinton travelled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and stole the limelight from the start of his wife's first trip to Africa, Mrs Clinton was clearly displeased by the question at a town hall forum in Kinshasa.
"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" she replied incredulously when the male student asked her what "Mr Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Congo.
"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," an obviously annoyed Mrs Clinton said sharply.
"If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channelling my husband."
The question was left unanswered as the moderator of the event quickly moved on.