I’ve finally figured out Huma Abedin’s job title: lady’s maid, like O’Brien in Downton Abbey
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
The U.K. Daily Mail ran this story:
“Huma Abedin was apparently left carrying Hillary Clinton’s shopping bags on Thursday after her millionaire boss stopped in at Ralph Lauren to pick up some designer clothes.
“Clinton’s top aide looked less than pleased to be carrying expensive shopping and was spotted walking 10 paces behind the presidential front runner after the excursion to the upmarket store in New York.”
And sure enough, the Daily Mail story is replete with photos of Hillary strolling along in one of her signature pantsuits, carrying what appears on first glance to be the trousers of Huma’s famous husband, Anthony Weiner, but is actually more likely a coat of some sort. Trailing behind her is Huma in a black dress toting a Ralph Lauren shopping bag.
Huma, accessoring her black dress with a statement necklace, certainly looks more stylish in those photos than Downton’s O’Brien. But “top aide”–the job title that journalists usually ascribe to Huma, is too vague to tell you anything about why she’s on the Clinton payroll.
But Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1860) gives a more precise description:
“A waiting-maid, who wishes to make herself useful, will study the fashion-books with attention, so as to be able to aid her mistress’s judgment in dressing, according to the prevailing fashion, with such modifications as her style of countenance requires….The lady’s-maid may thus render herself invaluable to her mistress, and increase her own happiness in so doing.”
That mirrors to a T Huma’s training as an intern for Hillary back in the 90s when Hillary’s husband, Bill Clinton, was in the White House. According to Newsweek:
“’She was a very, very religious person—she didn’t smoke, drink or swear, always very polite,’ recalls one Clinton friend, who, like most people who spoke to Newsweek, asked not to be named. ‘A lot of times, Hillary would snap her fingers and go, “Gum.” And Huma would fetch it.’ Abedin took her duties so seriously, the source recalled, that when she learned that Clinton had once carried her own bag up a flight of stairs in her aide’s absence, Abedin nearly burst into tears.”