Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is playing coy with its national identity.
"In the last several years, particularly a lot of young people in the world don't really understand what the United States stands for and what we do," Clinton told a group of women at the State Department on Monday. "I need your help on this."
She asked the group to pinpoint the weaknesses in the U.S. public relations machine abroad. Ninety-two countries were represented at the State Department event, which kicked off a three-week program aimed at empowering women.
"I need your advice as you go through your time here about how we can do better job to communicate who we are," she said, begging for some hard-hitting criticism, because, well, she can take it.
"Somebody said to me once, 'How does it feel when you're cricized?' I said, 'You know, I've been criticized for so many years, I hardly even know it happens anymore.'"