Still-weak Clinton sports nerd specs

AFP-JIJI

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a noted trailblazer in her lengthy political career — but now she is joining the growing fashion for cool nerd glasses.

Many have been surprised to see the top U.S. diplomat sporting black, thick-framed glasses since she returned to work at the beginning of January after suffering an illness, concussion and blood clot.

And she used them to great advantage during seven hours of testimony to lawmakers Wednesday, at times fixing Republican questioners with a withering stare during heated exchanges, or flirtatiously adjusting them when she was lavished with compliments by her Democratic allies.

As any schoolgirl will tell you, nerd glasses are one of the latest fashion accessories. Philippe Reines, a top aide, confirmed Clinton, 65, has taken to wearing them as a result of the concussion she suffered in early December.

“She’ll be wearing these glasses instead of her contacts for a period of time because of lingering issues stemming from her concussion. With them on, she sees just fine,” Reines said.

Clinton first fell ill with a stomach virus after returning from a trip to Europe on Dec. 7. She subsequently fainted as a result of dehydration and experienced concussion, which caused a blood clot. The secretary of state, who is expected to step down within days after handing over the baton to her successor, Sen. John Kerry, was hospitalized for several days from late December.