Christiane Amanpour: ‘She Laughed’

For months, criticism has swirled around Christiane Amanpour climbing into the host chair of ABC’s “This Week”, the claim being that it will be difficult because of her lack of covering domestic politics.

She shrugs it off, like a gnat that simply doesn’t matter, that, to her, has never mattered.

Most recently on the evening of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Amanpour was seen majestically holding court (as shown here) in the hallway outside the CBS pre-party with her husband, former Asst. Sec. of State under President Clinton, Jamie Rubin, now a professor at Columbia and informal foreign policy adviser to President Obama and Sec. of State Clinton.

When asked about concerns some critics have about her thin history of domestic political coverage, Amanpour was warm and gracious, but she simply stopped talking. Instead, she tipped her head back and laughed. Not a former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) defensive cackle, the kind that has been mocked on SNL. It was more a wide smile and hearty laugh of confidence, as if to say, this is preposterous and only a laugh will suffice. When she spoke, she replied that I could write, “She laughed” (rather, “she lahhfed” in her British accent) and she animated quote signs around her words in the air.

Did Amanpour feel awkward attending the dinner with ABC as opposed to CNN, where she has worked for 18 years? “You know, I have so many friends throughout ABC,” she said. “Right now I’m feeling very natural. It’s a great challenge. It’s a great moment in history.” She called ABC “This Week” an “amazing brand and institution.”

Publish date: May 13, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT