"To borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, 'Yes, she can!'" said Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, kicking off her magazine's 2008 Women of the Year Awards last night in New York. Politics were predictably in the air with several honorees still celebrating Obama's victory, and a bipartisan pair of barrier breakers, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, accepting awards alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Kara Walker, Tyra Banks, and Maureen Chiquet.
The presenters weren't too shabby, either: Barbara Walters introduced Rice, Natalie Portman introduced a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Michael Bloomberg did the honors for Banks. "I once told Tyra that she should go into politics," he said. "Tyra's response was, 'I think I have one too many swimsuit pictures out there.' Which is funny, because that's exactly what I said when people suggested I go into politics. She's also 6'2" in heels, something else we have in common."
The night ended with Clinton accepting her award after a surprise serenade from American Idol winner David Cook. "I would like to thank David for singing tonight. He did get more votes than I got," she said, to many laughs. "And on a personal note, I'm very grateful to Glamour, because they liked my pantsuits. And that was one of the highlights of my presidential campaign."