Tag Archives: Hillary Clinton
+The history (herstory?) of the UN’s International Women’s Day
+ Representative Pelosi on women as Agents of Change
+Senator John Kerry stresses the importance of women’s roles in post-revolutionary nations
+ Secretary of State Clinton on the importance of women’s rights in foreign policy; With a video!:
+Eve Ensler (of The Vagina Monologues fame) on grassroots movements led by women around the world
+Rosanne Barr on the need for female voices in political problem solving
+ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on this year’s IWD theme, Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
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.
Hillary Clinton has royally pissed off human rights groups. I hate to say it, but she really has. On Friday she told reporters that issues like religious freedom and human rights “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and security crises. We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those.” While this does subordinate their interests to other issues, these groups need to stay quiet on this one. Hillary is right here.
Secretary Clinton’s commentsÂ prompted Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, to say:
“Secretary Clinton’s remarks point to a diplomatic strategy that has worked well for the Chinese government – segregating human rights issues into a dead-end â€˜dialogue of the deaf.’ A new approach is needed, one in which the US engages China on the critical importance of human rights to a wide range of mutual security interests.”
Before I get to my response to these statements, I will add this response from Secretary Clinton:
“We know we are going to press them to reconsider their position about Tibetan religious and cultural freedom and autonomy for the Tibetans, and some kind of recognition or acknowledgment of the Dalai Lama. I have had those conversations for more than a decade with Chinese leaders, and we know what they are going to say about Taiwan and military sales.”
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.
With Hillary Clinton joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State, there has been growing anticipation about who will be her successor in the United States Senate.Â Rumors are that President-Elect Obama is quietly lobbying Governor Paterson to name Caroline Kennedy as Hillary’s replacement, despite an official statement from Obama’s spokesperson suggesting that the President-Elect has not been involved in the process and has not spoken with Paterson or Kennedy about the appointment.
Caroline Kennedy is a strong and distinguished woman who would be a perfect choice for the post.Â As an attorney and political activist Kennedy has shown her intelligence, grace, and capability as a public figure.Â She was a prominent supporter of President-Elect Obama and would make an excellent ally in the United States Senate.Â Furthermore, with Ted Kennedy likely serving out his final term in the Senate, the torch could be passed to the next generation of Kennedys in American politics, just as the political torch was passed to a new generation of leaders in the Democratic Party.
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.
Barack Obama didn’t go on SNL because of the devastation of Hurricane Ike, but they still went into the political realm. Tina Fey came back and acted as Sarah Palin in this skit with Amy Poehler playing her Clinton character again. Tina Fey nailed the Canadian accent and looks so much like Palin that I thought it was her for the first minute. It’s fantastic:
Today, I read this article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the question of whether or not Democrats should let Hillary Clinton’s delegates vote at the convention. My first response to seeing the title was to keep scrolling down the page (I read it online, not in paper format). When I went back up to the top of the page, I read the one sentence summary (the proper term may be leader, but you know what I mean either way)Â of the article, “As [Hillary Clinton's]Â campaign closes, Democrats must decide whether to put her name into nomination at the convention.”
Now, When I read this summary, I believe my exact words were, “Who cares!”
Apparently, many Hillary supporters are going to be pissed off ifÂ Hillary’s delegates don’t get to vote at the convention. However, if they do vote,Â it will give angry Hillary supporters an opening toÂ make a scene protesting, show a lack of party unity, and the apocalyptic election outcome of John McCain becoming president of the United States will occur. Oh boy! Decisions, decisions. What should we do?
Perhaps my advice is a little jaded by how annoyedÂ all of this kerfuffle makes me. It’s very simple. Whatever happens,Â DEALÂ WITH IT! If Hillary’s delegates vote,Â don’t act surprised whenÂ she gets the amount of delegates that she won in the primaries. Everyone knows the primary was close. It shouldn’t be news whenÂ that fact isÂ officially demonstrated. If her delegates don’t vote, then no whining Hillary supporters. She gave a hard fought campaign and bowed out. Barack Obama has been accepted as the party nominee. She doesn’t need confirmation that this primary was close, nor do any of her supporters. Everyone already knows that. Besides, there’s nothing wrongÂ with showing some party untiy and making sure that the convention is the rah-rah event thatÂ it is supposed to be.
I feel it’s important to note here that Hillary Clinton surelyÂ will at least issue a press release discussing what will happen at the convention. Either way, she will repeat that party unity is important and will make it clear that she does not want anything unpleasant to occur at the convention. This will be sufficient to keepÂ people in line.
I feel that I contained myself pretty well during the primary season of not letting myself get overly annoyed when the media would spend a day talking about how Barack Obama got a B- on his sixth grade english test or how Hillary ClintonÂ misspelled a wordÂ at 2:03 pm on aÂ Tuesday 20 years ago. There was some rather inane coverage during the primary season, and many inane controversies were constructed,Â but for inane controversies, this takes the cake. Either way, the Democratic party has no reason to worry. There is no reasonable cause for concern with the situation.Â The Wall Street Journal had no reason to print a story aboutÂ this. HopefullyÂ nobody repeats the mistake.
Today I watched Hillary Clinton throw her support behind Barack Obama. The speech was one of the best in American discourse I havae ever seen. She was able to deliver a strong speech that echoed all over her most important campaign themes and promises, while at the same time graciously throwing her support to Obama. I completely disagree with the commentators on TV who stated that she “obviously” had bitter and hard feelings about the campaign – this speech dead on perfect.
She was able to lay out how all Democrats must move forward and look to a future where we have a DEMOCRAT walking through the doors of the Oval Office. She spoke of a better and stronger America that can only be achieved when the right person with the right set of ideals is serving as Commander-in-Chief. Not one part of this speech was bitter or angry… it was exactly the opposite. It was gracious, thankful, and hopeful.
This had to be one of the hardest speeches to write and deliver, but from its content to its delivery it was done as to hit every right note exactly how it ough to be struck. Everyone in the Democratic Party is indebted to Hillary Clinton and the fight she waged over the last 17 months… this speech was just the icing on the top.
I am a Democrat because I believe in a future that is not constantly living in economic, international, and domesitc fear… The Bush Administration has trained the nation to look back at those thing that most scare and disurb us. We as the Democractic Party must remove ourselves from this mindset and look forward, and that is exactly what Hillary Clinton did today.