"I think she was doing the right thing by giving the Nigerians the sense that we Americans are not perfect either. All countries have problems," Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations told ABC News. "A lot of people get upset when American officials take the attitude that America is perfect and we're telling everybody else how to live."
This is not the first time on her trip to Africa that Clinton has grabbed headlines for her comments.
Earlier this week, the secretary of State took offense when asked by a student in Kinshasa, Congo what her husband thought of China's offer of a loan to Congo.
"Wait, you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state. I am, So, you ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband," Clinton responded angrily.
The State Department first said that the translator erred by referring to Mr. Clinton instead of President Obama, but later said they didn't know exactly what happened and that the questioner misspoke instead of the translator.
"The fact that after her comments on Monday everybody is watching her like a hawk," Mead said.
The White House is backing Clinton fully, saying she was just pointing out how important it is for the losing candidate to move on, which is an argument that Obama also made in Ghana in July, when he was greeted by the winner and loser of that election.
ABC News' Huma Khan contributed to this report.