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Hillary is Awesome in Asia

20 Feb

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is winding up a tour of Asia that has captivated crowds and wowed women everywhere. NPR’s Day to Day has a great story about her travels called “Clinton’s Brand of Diplomacy“. It’s a great listen and/or read. Enjoy!

Here is what I learned:

Clinton is a team player who understands an envoy of qualified people working in concert are needed to address the worries of the world.

Clinton said she’s a real believer in using envoys.

To me, this is how I like to operate,” she said. “I think it enhances my ability to actually be effective globally. I don’t think that one person in this world — given the complexity and intensity — could possibly handle all these portfolios without doing injustice to them.”

“I don’t think there is any way to say ‘this is how it is going to work,’ ” she said. “It is more like jazz. You’ve got to improvise. You’ve got to have people who are great individuals and ensemble players.”

Hillary is a superstar who can wield that ‘celebrity’ power to promote important messages

Clinton’s forte, though she says she doesn’t want to overplay it, is her celebrity. And she says it is her role to reintroduce America to the world.

Her personal diplomacy was on display throughout this swing through Asia, whether it was strolling through a poor neighborhood in Jakarta or taking part in a town hall meeting like one at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, the largest women’s university in the world.

The 3,000 people in the auditorium jumped out of their seats to applaud Clinton, who told them that promoting women’s rights will be a central mission for her as secretary of state.

Women’s issues are a top priority because Hillary has deemed it vital for security

“I view this not only as a moral issue but also as a security issue,” she said. “I think it is imperative that nations like ours stand up for the rights of women. It is not ancillary to our progress, it is central.”

People love Hillary and see her as a person not a politician

It was a very personal town hall, covering issues that included her childhood dreams to be an astronaut, her relationship with her daughter, Chelsea, balancing work and family — and her love life.

One student asked her how she knew her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was and is her love.

“You know I feel more like an advice columnist than a secretary of state today,” Clinton said, laughing.

She went on to describe Bill Clinton as her best friend, saying they have an endless conversation and never get bored.

Hillary is using her considerable campaign mojo for the good of America

It was vintage Hillary Clinton — working the crowds and still campaigning in a way — only this time, campaigning to improve America’s image.

Hillary Speaks for Women Everywhere

13 Jan

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Our foreign policy must reflect our deep commitment to help millions of oppressed people around the world, and of particular concern to me is the plight of women and girls who comprise the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unschooled, unfed, and unpaid.

If half the world’s population remains vulnerable to economic, political, legal and social marginalization–our hope of advancing democracy and prosperity is in serious jeopardy.

The United States must be an unequivocal and unwavering voice in support of women’s rights in every country, on every continent.”

Hillary Clinton (1/13/09)

Oh how I’ve missed seeing her in action. Go Hillary!

 

Kennedy Clan Urging Caroline To Seek Senate Seat

6 Dec
In this April 20, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. The Kennedy clan wants to see their Caroline in the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton. The family just needs to convince her to do it, and New York Gov. David Paterson to put her there.

The 2012 Ticket?

Further confirmation of Caroline Kennedy’s intention to seek Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat has come from inside the Kennedy camp today. Her cousin, Robert Kennedy Jr., the lone Kennedy who chose to back Hillary instead of Obama during the dem primaries, has confirmed the Caroline Senate story.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he and the rest of the powerful Kennedy clan are urging Caroline to seek the New York governor’s appointment to the Senate seat now held by Hillary Rodham Clinton — and added she is ready and seriously considering it.

“I know she’s interested,” Robert Kennedy, who himself was prominently mentioned for the seat, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. “She spent a lot of her life balancing public service with obligations to her family. Now her children are grown, and she is ready to move onto a bigger stage.”

Once Clinton, in line to become secretary of state, is confirmed to President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet, New York Gov. David Paterson will appoint someone to fill the seat for two years.

The Kennedy family’s connections and history cannot force Paterson to choose Caroline, but the family’s strong support could increase pressure on him to pick her over lesser-known contenders. For Caroline Kennedy, seeking the Senate seat would be a significant departure from the life she has lived until now, protecting her family’s privacy — and her own.

Robert Kennedy said his extended family would come out en masse for her if she does get the appointment and has to run for election in 2010.

“If she runs, you will see more Kennedys than you have ever seen in your life,” he said.

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There are many ways that Caroline could contribute to causes and advocate for issues as a private citizen. Political service is one way to make an impact in this world, but it is hardly the only way. With the Kennedy name behind her, Caroline could achieve much without having to pull the seat out from under other candidates who have more experience and wanted the Senate seat too. The name ‘Kennedy’ should not be a free pass to cut ahead in line of others who have worked for years to establish themselves through hard work and effort.

After everything that has happened with a relatively unknown Barrack Obama exploding onto the national stage and becoming President- elect within his first Senate term, I shouldn’t be surprised that Caroline Kennedy could walk into a Senate seat because she woke up one day and said she wanted it.

Welcome to the new democratic party brought to you by political thugs from Chicago and orchestrated by the democrats own Rovian team of Axelrod and Brazile. The new democrats include such illustrious members as: Obama, Al Franken, Chris Matthews (you know he’s eye a PA Senate race of his own), and now Caroline Kennedy. It’s all in the name and connections.

Richard Nixon always claimed that one day Caroline Kennedy would become the first female President. I thought about that today. I thought about how a path could emerge that would take Caroline from Senator to White House in 2016. It’s actually very easily mapped out if she becomes a Senator now, replaces Biden as VP in Obama’s second term, and runs for the president once Obama’s second term ends (if he were to win a second term of course).

It’s not that far fetched if you factor that Biden will not likely run for President himself in 2016 as he would be 75 years old at that time. Plus, Biden who has already had several aneurysms, could have further health issues over the next 8 years. Needing an heir apparent for the dem party after Obama’s reign is over, will make someone an insider favorite well before 2014 when the 2 year pre election campaign efforts begin.

As a VP, Caroline would have a tremendous platform to mount a campaign while also sidestepping the ‘experience’ question nicely. She has already demonstrated her ‘loyalty’ to Obama. They’ve worked together well when she helped on the VP selection committee.

As the first black president, he could make even more history by bringing along the first female VP to office and then helping her become the first President too.  He wouldn’t do it for Hillary, but Obama owes the Kennedy’s a lot, he finds Caroline likable enough, and it would buy one more historical footnote to the Obama legacy- why wouldn’t he do it?

As much as it breaks my heart to think it, if Caroline were to become a Senator, it’s likely she could be in a position to outmaneuver Hillary in a presidential bid in 2016. Heartbreaking isn’t it?

Maybe that was the Kennedy plan all along? Knock off Hillary to push forward one of their own. No one was in position to make it for this election, but the stage is set for a few years down the road. I predict we’ll see a Kennedy on a national ticket in 2012 and then again in 2016. Biden better gird his loins. There’s a Kennedy kick coming his way soon.

Candidate X and Candidate Y

3 Nov

Bill Clinton Not Ready to Say Obama a “Great Man”

30 Sep

Clinton hesitant to call Obama a ‘great man’

(CNN)– Former President Bill Clinton was hesitant to characterize Barack Obama as a “great man” Sunday, a phrase he had no qualms using last week to describe Obama’s rival John McCain.

Clinton told NBC’s Tom Brokaw that it was only earlier this month in Harlem that he and Obama had their “first conversation.” He said he had spoken with Obama before, but only in passing.

Clinton then explained what he meant in characterizing McCain as a “great man.”

“I think his greatness is that he keeps trying to come back to service without ever asking people to cut him any slack or feel sorry for him or any of that stuff because he was a POW,” Clinton said of the Republican presidential nominee.

Clinton, who successfully ran his own 1992 presidential campaign on the now commonly used phrase “it’s the economy, stupid,” said that he believed the current economic crisis “left [Obama] in a position of leadership that he’s now in.”

Clinton said he thought Obama “saw and imagined” how the economic situation could develop.

“And I think that the rest of us should admire that. That’s a big part of leadership, being able to sense, as well as see the future,” he said.

Clinton said he and Obama are developing a “really good relationship,” and the Democratic nominee has the potential for greatness. Explaining, he said Obama has many personal accomplishments, but none that exemplify his greatness to the country.

“When he becomes president, he’ll be doing things for the American people and for the world and he is-and the greatness will then become apparent because of the good he’ll do…That’s what I very much believe is going to happen.”

Some have questioned Bill Clinton’s support for Obama following the protracted primary battle between the Illinois senator and Hillary Clinton. The former president praised Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention and declared Obama “ready to be president of the United States,” as both sides tried to bring an end to the “Clinton-Obama rift” storyline.

Clinton himself was among the most outspoken critics of Obama’s readiness during the primary season.

The reason it has taken him so long to hit the trail for Obama was the need for him to return to work on his foundation after the long primary season, Clinton explained Sunday.

He is expected to campaign for Obama in Florida, Ohio, northeast Pennsylvania, and Nevada after the Jewish holidays.

“I’m going to do my very best to do every single thing he asks me to do,” Clinton said.

Bill Clinton: I won’t dump on McCain

25 Sep

On Good Morning America today, Bill Clinton continued to avoid partisan mud slinging. When questioned about McCain possibly postponing the debate to work on the economic crisis, Bill had this to say:

“We know he didn’t do it because he’s afraid, because Sen. McCain wanted more debates, I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted — I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don’t think we ought to overly parse that.”

Former President Bill Clinton has been clear: if Democrats just want someone to dump all over John McCain, he’s not the guy for the job.

That’s not satisfying rabid dems who want Bill to pounce on McCain and tear the man apart.

Since when did that become the task of the Clintons?

Bill Clinton told CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Wednesday that he doesn’t think “dumping” on McCain or his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a winning strategy. He said undecided voters aren’t interested in attacks but solutions for the problems they face.

Guess what? He’s right. Isn’t that the message of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ that it would lead to a new style of politics? Isn’t that the same message McCain has tried to pursue with his ‘straight talk express’ ideas? Just because Obama and McCain have both regressed to typical style mud-slinging accusatory politics, does not mean the American people want that. I believe Bill is accurate when he said this to Larry King last night:

“I just don’t believe that getting up here and hyperventilating about Gov. Palin, or Sen. McCain for that matter, is a productive use of a former president’s time and is not a vote-getter,” he said, adding that he admires McCain even though he disagrees with several of his positions.

Bill went on to say that he and especially Hillary have made efforts to help Obama. They both gave vigorous endorsements of Obama at the national convention and Hillary has traveled extensively on Obama’s behalf including a tour of Michigan on Saturday. Would Obama have done that for her!? Doubtful.

Here is where Bill lays it all out clearly:

“I think you can argue that she has done more than all other runner-ups have in the Democratic Party in 40 years,” the former president said. “We have been quite clear on this. We’re not party-wreckers, and we believe that the country needs to take a different course.”

Still though, some democrats feel it’s not nearly enough for their Messiah. Well, tough. If Obama can’t cross the finish line himself without the aid of the Clintons, then he has no business being President in the first place.

Bill Clinton On The View

22 Sep

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Part 2

Part 3