In 2012 she was #2 and listed as Secretary of State of the U.S. This year she is #5 listed as “Personality, Philanthropist.” Hillary Clinton has entered a new phase of her life as a private citizen and kicked off a career as a public speaker. With only nine public appearances behind her since her early February retirement (well 10 if you count her presence at the inauguration of the George W. Bush Presidential Center where she did not speak) Hillary remains among the top 10 most powerful women on the planet according to Forbes which released its 2013 list today.
- Personality, Philanthropist
- Age: 65
- Residence: Chappaqua, NY
- Country of Citizenship: United States
- Education: Master of Laws, Yale University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College
- Marital Status: Married
- Children: 1
The whole world is watching: Will Hillary run? Clinton has a CV full of firsts: She is the only first lady to become a U.S. senator turned viable presidential candidate turned secretary of state. Now a private citizen, she holds her position as one of the most powerful women on the planet with all bets on that she will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and likely next leader of the free [...] more
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Looks like October is shaping up to be a pretty busy month for speeches!
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, has been named as a speaker at the NACS Show, which takes place October 12 to 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
May 22, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, VA – This week is “NACS Show Week” — with every day featuring news about prominent and influential NACS Show General Session speakers, surprises we can’t wait to share with you about the expo or networking events entirely new to the NACS Show.
Here’s our final announcement this week: Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at the NACS Show Closing Session.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, has been named as a speaker at the NACS Show, which takes place October 12 to 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Secretary Clinton will speak during the Closing General Session on October 15.
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In 2010 and 2012, Bill Clinton, as surrogate for Hillary, campaigned for Democrats who supported her in 2008 while she, as secretary of state was unable to participate in politics. Newly freed of that status, however, Hillary Clinton’s is the endorsement many would love to claim. In California a few weeks ago to pick up an award, Bill Clinton endorsed and did a bit of campaigning for Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, a Clinton Dem who is running against Obama Dem Eric Garcetti, while neatly excusing Hillary from stepping into the fray.
If friends on the other coast are benefiting from Clinton charisma, those in New York, with whom an exhausted Senator Clinton expected to reacquaint herself following her 2008 presidential primary and subsequent campaign for the Obama-Biden ticket, will not be receiving any Clinton endorsements during the mayoral primary in New York City.
With Anthony Weiner’s expected entry into the mayoral campaign possibly today via a video shot on his childhood front stoop with his wife Huma at his side, both Clintons have declined making NYC endorsements citing too many friends in the race.
The Clintons will keep mum in the Democratic primary for mayor.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have personal histories with several contenders in the packed race.
But their tandem statements come as Anthony Weiner, husband of longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, is widely expected to go to the videotape in launching a redemptive comeback.
“President Clinton has too many friends in this race who have been good to him and his family,” spokesman Matt McKenna told the Daily News. “He wishes them all well, but won’t be getting involved.”
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former First Lady and senator, similarly said “Secretary Clinton knows all of the candidates, she has worked with many of them, and is close with many of them, so won’t be weighing in one way or the other.”
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So while it is clearly a political advantage to be able to claim the power couple as friends, nothing guarantees their support in a campaign, even when you are married to their surrogate daughter, your wife has worked for them, and the former president performed your marriage ceremony. Sometimes the field is simply too fraught.
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The Still 4 Hillers here have made it clear in words an actions that we do not tolerate attacks against Hillary Clinton or theft of her identity in social media. When an attack as vicious and vile as a recent rant by radio personality Pete Santilli occurs, however, it goes beyond Hillary’s loyalists to defend her, and we look to the authorities. Thanks to TPM (and Bea for finding this) we now know that the Secret Service is aware of Santilli’s repugnant and threatening remarks.
The Secret Service is following up on recent comments by right wing radio host Pete Santilli, who claimed to want to shoot former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the vagina and see President Obama tried and shot for treason.
“We are aware of Mr. Santilli’s comments and will take the appropriate follow up action,” Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service spokesperson, told TPM on Monday. “He certainly has a right to free speech, but the Secret Service has a right and an obligation to determine what a person’s intent is when making comments like this.”
He made the threatening comments the week before last on his eponymous Internet based radio program. Santilli is a fringe figure who has made threatening comments on his program in the past. But he’s gained some quasi-mainstream attention recently with guests like Ted Nugent and Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt.
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By Contributing Writer on May 20, 2013
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. She will address the university community on Friday, October 25, in Sanford Field House. For more information, visit colgate.edu/globalleaders.
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Upcoming on Barack Obama’s agenda is a major speech that, at least in part, will address the roadblock out of Guantanamo. With a hunger strike and force-feedings going on, retention of prisoners there has again risen to the radar of public attention, and civil rights activists are refueled.
In Daniel Klaidman’s Newsweek article we learn that the master breaker of roadblocks, Hillary Clinton, in one of her final acts as secretary of state, drafted a detailed memo to the president asking him to resume the effort to close Gitmo and providing him with specific suggestions as to how objectives could be met.
None of this will come as any surprise to Hillary’s loyalists who have always known that she is a woman of practical answers, loyal to the administration, and would never hesitate to share what she thinks might be helpful. In the end, this is a humanitarian issue, and, of course, Hillary would pitch in with any assistance she thought might be helpful. That’s our girl!
by Daniel Klaidman
One recent plea, two sources told Newsweek, came from Hillary Clinton, who, just before she left office in January 2013, sent a two-page confidential memo to Obama about Guantánamo. Clinton had, during her years in the administration, occasionally jumped into the fray to push her colleagues to do more on the issue. One of those occasions was at a White House meeting of Obama’s national-security principals in August 2010. “We are throwing the president’s commitment to close Guantánamo into the trash bin,” she chastised White House aides, according to three participants in the meeting. “We are doing him a disservice by not working harder on this.”
But at the end of the day, Clinton had little leverage to get the White House to act. Now, in one of her last moves as secretary of State, she was making a final effort to prod her boss to do more. Her memo was replete with practical suggestions for moving ahead on Gitmo. Chief among them: Obama needed to appoint a high-level official to be in charge of the effort, someone who had clout and proximity to the Oval Office. Further, Clinton argued that Obama could start transferring the 86 detainees who’d already been cleared for release. (Congress has imposed onerous restrictions on the administration’s ability to transfer Gitmo detainees—including a stipulation that the secretary of Defense certify that detainees sent to other countries would not engage in acts of terrorism. In her memo, Clinton pointed out that the administration could use “national-security waivers” to circumvent the restriction.)
The Clinton missive perturbed White House aides, who viewed it as an attempt to put them on the spot, according to a senior administration official. It’s unclear how Obama himself reacted to the memo; there’s no evidence that it spurred him to action. (The White House declined to comment for this story.) But whether or not the memo played a role in changing the president’s thinking, the mere fact that Clinton felt the need to write it was noteworthy, because it suggested the degree to which Guantánamo, four years into the Obama presidency, remained an irritant for her—and for many other high-level administration officials as well.
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Wednesday night, Chris Matthews had one of his apoplectic fits over Victoria Nuland’s terminology in the email at the top of this page. (I will not subject you to the video. You can click on the link and forward to the end to see his assertion that “my building leadership” means HRC.)
“My building leadership,” he insisted had to mean Hillary Clinton. Never much of a grammarian, he would not recognize Toria’s careful use of “they are” as opposed to “she is.” Further, though, his frustration stems from his total disinterest in anything and everything Hillary from the moment she entered the State Department, a disinterest suddenly shattered when he and his cohorts in the media decided she must be the Dem ticket for 2016.
Had he been paying attention, he would have known that Victoria is very careful grammatically, that there is jargon spoken at the State Department, and that Toria, a career Foreign Service officer, speaks it fluently.
Hillary Clinton had already prepared herself for this language experience the day she first set foot in Foggy Bottom as SOS.
Now, as you may have heard percolating through the building, you know, when I was first nominated, I realized that there was this living, organic creature known as the building.
It is clear to anyone who has taken the time and pains to follow Hillary Clinton at State that Toria was referring to leadership at a level lower than the secretary who have experience with the kind of wordsmithing that was going on in these emails.
As a special treat for readers, here is our Hillary on her first encounter with the building.
Arrival at the Department of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State, Secretary of State
Remarks to Department Employees at Welcome Event
Thank you. Thank you all so much. Well, I am absolutely honored and thrilled beyond words to be here with you as our nation’s 67th Secretary of State. And I believe, with all of my heart, that this is a new era for America. (Applause.)
President Obama set the tone with his inaugural address. And the work of the Obama-Biden Administration is committed to advancing America’s national security, furthering America’s interests, and respecting and exemplifying America’s values around the world. (Applause.) There are three legs to the stool of American foreign policy: defense, diplomacy, and development. And we are responsible for two of the three legs. And we will make clear, as we go forward, that diplomacy and development are essential tools in achieving the long-term objectives of the United States. And I will do all that I can, working with you, to make it abundantly clear that robust diplomacy and effective development are the best long-term tools for securing America’s future. (Applause.) In my testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, I spoke a lot about smart power. Well, at the heart of smart power are smart people, and you are those people. And you are the ones that we will count on and turn to for the advice and counsel, the expertise and experience to make good on the promises of this new Administration. I want to thank Steve for his comments that really summarized the full range of experience and expertise of both the Foreign Service and the Civil Service, and also to send my appreciation to all of the nationals around the world who work in our embassies and work with government officials. This is going to be a challenging time and it will require 21st century tools and solutions to meet our problems and seize our opportunities. I’m going to be asking a lot of you. I want you to think outside the proverbial box. I want you to give me the best advice you can. I want you to understand there is nothing that I welcome more than a good debate and the kind of dialogue — (applause) — that will make us better. (Applause.) We cannot be our best if we don’t demand that from ourselves and each other. I will give you my very best efforts. I will do all that I can, working with our President, to make sure that we deliver on the promises that are at the very core of what this new Administration and this new era represent. So we need to collaborate, and we need to have a sense of openness and candor in this building. And I invite that. Now, not everybody’s ideas — (applause) — will make it into policy, but we will be better because we have heard from you. I also want to address a word to the USAID family. I will be there tomorrow to greet them and thank them for the work they’ve done on behalf of development through some very difficult years, because they will be our partners. (Applause.) Now, as Steve candidly said, so far, we’re thrilled. (Laughter.) This is not going to be easy. (Laughter.) I don’t want anybody to leave this extraordinarily warm reception thinking, oh, good — (laughter) — you know, this is going to be great. It’s going to be hard. But if it weren’t hard, somebody else could do it, besides the professionals of the Foreign Service and the Civil Service and our Diplomatic and Development Corps. (Applause.) Now, as you may have heard percolating through the building, you know, when I was first nominated, I realized that there was this living, organic creature known as the building. (Laughter.) And as you probably already know, we are expecting the President and the Vice President to be here in the State Department this afternoon. (Applause.) Among the many conversations that I’ve had with the President and with the Vice President, over years, but certainly much more astutely and in a concentrated way in the last weeks, we want to send a clear and unequivocal message: This is a team, and you are the members of that team. There isn’t anything that I can get done from the seventh floor or the President can get done from the Oval Office, unless we make clear we are all on the American team. We are not any longer going to tolerate the kind of divisiveness that has paralyzed and undermined our ability to get things done for America. So the President will be here — (applause) — on his second day in office to let all of you know, and all who are serving on our behalf around the world, how seriously committed he is to working with us. So this is going to be a great adventure. We’ll have some ups and some downs. We’ll face some obstacles along the way. But be of good cheer — (laughter) — and be of strong heart, and do not grow weary, as we attempt to do good on behalf of our country and the world. I think this is a time of such potential and possibility. I don’t get up in the morning just thinking about the threats and the dangers, as real as they are. I also think about what we can do and who we are and what we represent. So I take this office with a real sense of joy and responsibility, commitment and collaboration. And now, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get to work. (Applause.) Thank you and God bless you.
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