Category Archives: Hillary Clinton
With all the excitement over gifts and queen-touching (not to mention the whole world-wide depression thing), few people heard about the wonderful gift the Dutch gave to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a large bouquet of her strain of tulips! According to Daily Intel,
In 1994 the Dutch were apparently so enamored with Clinton that they created and named a new strain of tulip just for her.
In case you want more information on the Tulipa Triumph “Hillary Clinton,” check out ADR Bulbs. Now, if only I could get my own strain. That would be kick ass.
The media was continuously assessing Barack Obama’s day to day progress as president. What was going to be the first piece of legislature he would sign, who he was talking to and what he looked like sitting in the oval office. Meanwhile, a previously media saturated politician has likewise been going about her job. Hillary Clinton fills the position of Secretary of State which Barack Obama offered her last fall. Some may think of it as a condolence prize but none-the-less, she’s putting in the same hard working effort into the job as she always has.Â
And as Obama has been making the policy and procedure changes necessary in our changing world, Hillary Clinton has began her international voyages in Asia. And while this is unconventional, it makes sense. China is rising in political power and economic strength while Japan is undergoing a financial crisis. Furthermore Japan and the US are making efforts to manage security issues with North Korea.Â
Hillary Clinton signed an agreement with Japan during this trip allowing 8,000 US marines to move from Japan to Guam despite opposition of this move by Japanese locals. These marines were there as a party of the World War II mutual security pact.Â
However, there was some tension from the visit as North Korea suggested it may fire a missile from it’s eastern coast capable of reaching the US west coast. Korean news announced that this missile was related to space development rather than a military attack yet it was still not found to be welcoming. However Clinton is maintaining that before relations between the US and North Korea can be normalized they must dismantle their nuclear program.
Resistance followed her to Indonesia where she was met by thousands of protesters filling the street. Indonesia is the worlds largest Muslim majority country and she hopes to strengthen US ties with the Islamic world through this visit.
On another note, Clinton hopes to make several strides during the visit in discussing the use of Â cleaner and renewable sources of energy with Asian countries.
“If China and India don’t join with us in our efforts to control the emissions and begin to stop and reverse the damage to the earth from everything we have already done, I don’t think we can achieve the sustainability goals that we must set for ourselves.”
As China has now exceeded the US in greenhouse gas emissions, she sees an opportunity for Japan and The United States to collaborate in an effort to aid China in reducing their emissions.Â
However, Hillary Clinton will not be headed to India on this trip to Asia. India is developing very rapidly now and building itself as a nuclear power. It would be a great time to improve relations with such a country and a stop in New Delhi was initially proposed in the trip’s itinerary.Â
Clinton will return to DC on February 22 from China.
It seems as if lass Clinton shall be our Secretary of State -
Perhaps for some, causing more inter-party hate.
Yet although primary-wise she wasn’t my girl,
I know that causing any sort of inside whirl
Would only add clutter to an already confusing plate.
Don’t you love when all of your favorite things come together? Alec Baldwin just published a snazzy little piece on Huffington Post, endorsing Senator Clinton for Secretary State. Now I know that it’s almost certain Miss Clinton has the spot, but it’s just nice to know you have Jack Donaghy on your side.
I mean, you can argue with Tom Duvall and Nathaniel Styer, but you don’t mess with a Baldwin:
The president can not go to every corner of the world that requires his attention. Who better to send than the one American who can represent him and all of America with an equivalent intellect, dedication and dynamism. I hope she says yes.
…except for this:
I’m sitting here in Denver International Airport and it has been an incredible week. John in Denver did pretty well in capturing last night’s atmosphere at Invesco. It was almost more rock-concert than convention – I’ve never done the wave at a political speech before. I’m not sure that’s the best thing in the world, and I wonder if it plays right into the hands of the McCain celebrity campaign, but I kept thinking as I looked around at the crowd that there is no politician in my life time, no politician since John Kennedy that could have given us that atmosphere. The contrast with stiff, old, awkward John McCain could not have been more striking. (more…)
Carrying on Hillary Clinton’s theme of reminding voters of the republicans’ failures while using his administration’s accomplishments to strengthen the promise of Obama’s potential administration, Clinton proved that despite some of his continued bitterness behind the scenes, he, like most democrats, is a democrat first.
Clinton soon made his objectives clear, “last night, Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything she can to elect Barack Obama…that makes two of us. Actually, that makes 18 million of us. Because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.”
But perhaps the most telling moment in Clinton’s speech is when he revoked the past statements of the Clinton campaign that Obama was not ready to lead on day one. “Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.”
He backed this up by willingly comparing himself to Obama. “My fellow Democrats,” he began, “16 years ago, you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity.Together, we prevailed in a hard campaign in which Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief… Sound familiar?”
Nobody in the Obama campaign, no Obama supporter, and no objective journalist can say the Clintons haven’t fully endorsed Barack Obama. Surely, the Obama campaign was extremely happy with both the Clintons’ speeches over the past two days. And surely, no loyal Clinton supporter can vote for McCain or stay home any longer, unless their support was superficial or personality-based in the first place.
Then, with the Clintons at his back, Joe Biden then stepped up to the podium and accomplished his two principal objectives: reminding everyone about his middle-class roots (Didn’t his mother look like everyone’s grandma? The pride in her tearing eyes was as legitimate and refreshing in that black-hole of politics as any other moment in the convention), and easily fitting into the vice-presidential candidate’s role as attack dog.
In comparison to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s speeches, Biden’s was mediocre. It did get the job done though, and showed that Biden is one of the best at moving from a humorous joke (or the best Freudian Slip of his life, mistaking McCain’s name for Bush’s) to a serious attack.
But the Obama campaign surprised everyone (including the media!) when Obama showed up on stage with Biden and his family at the end of the speech, a stirring moment that drew several minutes of applause. The atmosphere was electric, and the convention seemed to be finally culminating towards Obama’s speech in front of 75,000 people on Thursday.
But Obama owes a lot to the Clintons. This was as much their convention as it was his, because it’s success ultimately hinged on their ability to unify their party. And unify they did.
When Hillary Clinton motioned in the early evening to suspend the presidential nomination’s roll call to nominate Obama by acclamation (which was accomplished in a few short seconds), she closed the book and healed the wounds of a highly contested primary season. Bill carried the baton further, and now it’s Obama’s turn. He is in a very risky position, because the bar for his speech has been set so high by his two most influential new supporters.
–Thomas Pavone is the managing editor of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs–
Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight brought a myriad of emotions for me and many past Hillary supporters: Nostalgia, for sure, given the quality of her address. Pride was certainly abundant: if you didn’t think so before, now it is clear that Hillary is a very powerful and positive force in the democratic party. Hope was the final emotion: there was not a hint of sadness or disappointment in Hillary’s words, only one of purpose and determination. The purpose? Elect Barack Obama president.
But let me cut straight to the speech’s greatest strength: it’s design. Any political insider will tell you that the way Clinton lay out her argument was genius. We could all learn a thing or two from Hillary about how to write a persuasive essay.
She starts by fully endorsing Barack Obama, which was needed: by saying this first, she clearly evidenced that no doubts remain in her endorsement. She then proceeded to her usual stump speech; also necessary, as it acknowledged her historic campaign to reign in all her past supporters, especially women.
Joe Biden doing his best McCain.
The big veepstakes decision is imminent. Barack Obama could be hitting up our cellie in mere moments. Who is excited?!
To hold you over until the big unveiling, NYMagazine just published a roundup of predictions.
â€¢NYMag thinks we’ll be seeing this text in our inbox tomorrow: “Wht up, J Biden is my VP. TTYL.”
â€¢ Jonathan Cohn thinks that picking Biden “would speak well of Obama’s judgment,” as Biden has a “deep and impressive resume” and is a “bona fide expert on foreign policy.” On the downside, he “has a habit of straying off message and making impolitic comments.” [Plank/New Republic]
â€¢ Ezra Klein is so high on Biden that he reruns an old post outlining why he’d be a good pick, noting that the only thing that’s changed is that “Obama has shown himself more, not less, in need of an attack dog able to engage McCain on national security.” [American Prospect]
â€¢ John Nichols agrees that “[e]vents in Georgia and Pakistan have made the prospect that Obama will choose” Kaine or Sebelius, two governors, less likely. Bayh also probably doesn’t fit the bill because he lacks “foreign policy stature.” That leaves Biden, Clinton, and, yes, there’s even “been a bit of Al Gore buzz.” Regardless, we can expect Obama’s choice to be “safe.” [Campaign '08/Nation]
â€¢ Michael Crowley is still kind of hoping for Al Gore. Is it curious that Gore is still absent from the convention speaking list? [Stump/New Republic]
â€¢ Dan Balz writes that Tim Kaine may have been hurt by the reemergence, with the Russia-Georgia conflict, of national security matters as a priority in a running mate. Kathleen Sebelius is still risky because it would anger Hillary Clinton’s supporters if Obama picked a woman other than Clinton. [WP]
â€¢ Mark Silva contends Obama’s veep needs “a certain measure of excitement,” and ability to “rekindle that fire.” Biden and Bayh are lacking in that regard. Kaine, a fresh face, might be able to “fill the bill of the excitement of the newcomer on the national stage.” [Swamp/Chicago Tribune]
â€¢ Michael Moore claims a surefire way for Obama to lose the election is to “[p]ick a running mate who is a conservative white guy or a general or a Republican.” [Rolling Stone]
â€¢ Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny pare the veep finalist list down to three: Biden, Bayh, and Kaine. All three choices reflect that “Obama is likely to choose someone relatively safe and avoid taking a chance with a game-changing selection.” Obama has to make a big choice between “someone who would fill perceived holes in his rÃ©sumÃ©” and someone “who would reinforce his promise of change or one who might help him win a contested state.” [NYT]
â€¢ Nate Silver wonders if the Obama campaign is laying the ground for a surprise pick, considering that all of the reports on the veep finalists seem to be about the same people and are pretty vague. But the surprise pick would have to be an “A-lister” â€” meaning Clinton, Gore, John Kerry, Colin Powell, or two people who have pulled their names out and would produce a lot of shock value: Mark Warner and Jim Webb. [Five Thirty Eight]
â€¢ Taylor Marsh also “wouldn’t be shocked to be surprised by his choice,” and is still convinced that Clinton is his best option. [Taylor Marsh]
â€¢ Patrick Healy admits there’s a lot to overcome, and there’s little indication that it could happen, but speculates that it’s still within the realm of possibility that Obama is planning a huge splash by picking Clinton. [NYT]