Acknowledging that Clinton is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Secretary of State, Anne Marie Slaughter, once a close Clinton adviser stopped short of calling Clinton a prima donna. Still, she pointed out that on the "first trip" she took with Clinton, it "was like traveling with Madonna."
Both Madonna and Hillary are known to demand extravagant staff numbers. On concert tours, according to Huffington Post, Madonna requires a super-star entourage of 200, including body guards and even a personal yoga instructor. Hillary is guarded by secret service men and rates a police escort for a mere drive to the White House for dinner.
Hillary's entourage is called a "detail," and what a "detail" it is. When Hillary traveled to New Zealand in 2010, according to the New Zealand Herald, she took a contingent of 60 with her. A full 12-car motorcade, security personnel plus a wealth of advisers went along for the trip with Hillary. That was down from her usual contingency of at least 90.
From an avid following willing to brave long waits and endless lines for a glimpse of their heroine to loyal fans who hold up signs that speak to love, there are indeed, many comparisons between Hillary and Madonna. Each are independent women who have authored books and know how to work a crowd.
Madonna's combination of talent and showmanship has kept her in the forefront while many young stars have erupted and faded. Hillary's star has burned brightly since she attached herself to the tail of a comet named Bill.
Madonna and Hillary have proven they have "staying power." It will be interesting to see whether both are still shining in 2016. If so, perhaps Madonna will be invited to sing at Hillary's inaugural ball.