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Arriving to a standing ovation, and departing to another as admirers rushed the stage to touch her,  Hillary Clinton made a rock star impression on her Canadian audience last night.  Speaking, as usual,  without benefit of notes or teleprompter, she addressed the Vancouver Board of  Trade on the issue of women in business and the benefit to all when women fully participate in all facets of society – business included.  Societies hurt themselves when women are not given full opportunity for participation, she told them, and advised that women should be empowered as peace-makers.  Not nurturing any illusions among female listeners,  she told them to dare to compete,  to expect to fall down, but to be ready to get up and continue the climb.

At a more general level,  she explained that the U.S. has a robust – even boisterous political system.   She took a swipe at the 24/7  news marathon saying it thrives on bombastic conflict and counseled her audience not to vote for candidates who will not compromise.  While asserting that our countries need to work together  – with Mexico as well – on climate change, she avoided comment on the Keystone pipeline.

Briefly addressing foreign policy and events in Ukraine in particular, she provided a quick  history of events leading to the current situation and mentioned that she and Bill Clinton attended a conference in Ukraine last fall.  She said she had worked cooperatively with Yanukovych as secretary of state but that he was not a visionary leader.

Ending her visit with affirmation of our long amicable relationship with our neighbors above the border, she could not resist mentioning the exception: ice hockey – and the crowd roared.

Here are some twitpics I snagged.

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Hillary didn’t say this but note silver medal winners:  There’s no crying in ice hockey.  Just dust yourselves off and try again.

Hillary Clinton coming to United Fresh

03/05/2014 01:42:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Hillary Rodham ClintonClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker June 10 at a joint general session of the United Fresh Produce Association and Food Marketing Institute in Chicago.

The keynote session is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place.

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Hillary delivered her Luskin Lecture at UCLA this afternoon and was awarded the UCLA Medal, their highest honor.  The front of the medal has the UCLA seal with a banner of the school’s motto: “Let there be light.”  The back has a picture of Royce Hall, the venue where this event took place, as presenter, university Chancellor and CEO Gene Block explained.

She began her address with an anecdote telling the audience that when she and Bill Clinton were younger they were in LA and visited Campbell’s bookstore where they purchased a few botanical prints which have made the rounds with them and now are in their Chappaqua home.  She said every time she looks at them she thinks of UCLA.

Moving on, and before getting to the main messages of her lecture, she took a few moments to speak about the situation in Ukraine and clarify previous remarks and actions.  Voicing support for President Obama’s position, she stated unequivocally that Putin has violated international law.   She called on all parties to work toward reconciliation and support for all Ukrainian citizens.

Calling Putin a “tough guy with thin skin” whose vision of a greater Russia is a re-Sovietized Russia, she said he is squandering Russia’s potential.  She encouraged her fellow Americans to recognize the complexity of the situation and support diplomacy as we all seek a path toward deescalation.

Then she launched into her lecture proper which concerned the dilemma of ensuring college graduates find jobs after graduation. Saying that one-third in the 16-24 age group is out of both work and school she told the audience that a generation is being deprived of rights and opportunities that earlier generations took for granted.

Recounting her personal experiences with her first job at 13 which, she said, gave her a sense of responsibility and moving on to her law school job with the Children’s Defense Fund,  she stressed the personal skills that develop from a first paid job.   While internships can be valuable, she stated that unpaid internships need to give way to on-the-job training and that industries need to move interns into positions of paid employment.

Recalling some of her experiences as secretary of state, she told her audience that in countries where young people cannot find employment the economies also suffer, but she also stressed that government alone cannot solve this problem and explained how the Clinton Foundation is working on programs that bring young people into the work force.  She also pointed out the importance of training people for the jobs that are actually there and cited a Clinton Global Initiative effort that aims to draw talent into the burgeoning healthcare industry.

Calling for workforce training and cooperation, she reiterated her support for compromise and an end to policy-making in evidence-free zones.  She closed her prepared remarks with a call for her audience to bring the light from UCLA with them when they graduate.

The Q&A session began with more questions about the Ukraine situation.  Specifically the question was whether leaders who do not stand up to Putin will face the same kind of  disapproval as those who did not stand up to Hitler.  Hillary said there is not one right way to respond. Clarifying her remarks from yesterday regarding Germany’s 1938 claims of protecting German minorities outside its borders, she stated that she was not making a comparison between Hitler and Putin but rather adding perspective.

She went to to specify that when the USSR dissolved there was a commitment to leave European borders alone, and that while there was an agreement to maintain the Black Sea Fleet in place,  it was clear that the location was within Ukrainian borders.  The commitment, she went on, was violated with Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia where Russian-seized territories have not been relinquished.  She called Germany key in resolving the crisis due to its fuel dependence on Russia and the path delicate.

Asked about the effectiveness of her 2009 “reset” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, she specifed that there were clear objectives, accomplishing the New START Treaty and achieving rights of transit that were indeed  met by that reset and that progress made with Medvedev was primarily with regard to those goals.

Questions then turned to elections – presidential elections particularly – and the likelihood of a woman president.  Hillary pointed out that many countries have preceded the U.S. down this path but also pointed out that the hardest, highest glass ceiling is somewhat easier to crack in parliamentary democracies where the head of state is not the head of government and allowed that the diminishing of resistance to the idea of a woman president is a sign of progress.

A follow-up question addressed the nomination process.  Hillary said the hybrid process works differently for different people and did not predict any changes there.

On the issue of the Affordable Care Act, she took a two-pronged approach saying people need to appreciate what has been accomplished and that perhaps things need to be better explained citing parents’ ability to keep adult children on their plans to age 26, emphasis on preventive care, ending preexisting condition discrimination, a new transparency on disparities in cost for services and medications, and the inclusiveness of Medicaid expansion where it has been implemented.   Challenges to ACA, she said were ideological, political, and commercial.

In response to a question about her evolution on marriage equality she gave credit to Chelsea saying her activism was greatly responsible for enlightening her view but did remind her audience that very early in her tenure as secretary of state she extended spousal benefits to partners of Foreign Service officers (we should not forget that, either).  She told the audience that much of the world is far behind the U.S and Europe on this issue.  Many world leaders deny that there are any LGBT people in their countries and gay people are persecuted in many nations.

The final question was what can liberal arts graduates do to change the world.  Hillary encourage them to pursue exposure to all that is available to them, believe that they can effect change, and, as her hero Eleanor Roosevelt said, “grow skin like a rhinoceros.”

She advised them to take criticism seriously but not personally and to attend to the source.  She told the women that there is still a double standard that will manifest itself in comments about appearance.  She advised them to learn how they want to present themselves and to be persistent.

Closing with advice from her own mom (one of my favorite people), she quoted Dorothy Howell Rodham telling her that you can be a bit walk-on in someone else’s play or you can be a star in your own.  Great advice for young people!

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Aside from all the obsessive polling and GOP strategizing over a candidacy that remains undeclared,  Hillary is making news rather than always having news made up about her.  While day one of her latest swing through California yielded not even a single twitpic (that I could find), it has caused something of a stir.

As a former secretary of state, she is expected to comment on current events and foreign policy from time to time.   When Secretary Kerry was forging his Iran deal, she remained silent while media folk clamored for a comment.  She has proven far less reticent on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and specifically more recently in Crimea.

Last week, at a conference in Orlando, she responded to a question about Putin’s plans and actions in Ukraine.  Apparently yesterday,  at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser in Long Beach, she elaborated a bit on Putin’s latest moves in Crimea causing the ripple effect we see in today’s headers.

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In early June, 2012, referring to the “avalanche” of news leaks that may or may not have originated in the White House, Dianne Feinstein used the word “Anchluss.”   Yesterday in California,  Hillary did not use that word,  but unmistakably was comparing Putin’s behavior toward Ukraine, specifically the autonomous republic of Crimea,  and conceivably his plans for other former SSRs  (keep an eye on Georgia and Moldova) to Hitler’s absorption of Austria (the Anschluss of 1938) and subsequent annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938.

Hillary did not compare Putin to Hitler.  She compared his behavior to Hitler’s in 1938.  It is an important distinction.  She was comparing tactics and their bases not personalities.

Report: Hillary Clinton Says Putin Behaving Like Adolf Hitler

Putin has justified the Russian incursion into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by saying that ethnic Russians there need to be protected from attacks.

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An attendee at the fundraiser, Harry Saltzgaver, a newspaper executive, told Buzzfeed that Clinton clarified that “while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”

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Putin “believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” Clinton said, according to the report. “When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”

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It is unremarkable that a retired secretary of state might comment on a situation in which she has insight and familiarity.  That these remarks should have incited a flurry of mocking tweets is a concern since there is historical accuracy in what Hillary said, even if she used neither of the A-words.  We all knew (or should have) what she was talking about, and she is right.  It makes people nervous.

On a bright note, I thought I would share this little gem from HuffPo excerpted from Lisa Rogak’s “Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words.”   It has wonderful quotes and is illustrated with some cute and amusing pics and gifs.  Enjoy!

The Hillary Clinton Guide To Being An Empowered Woman

In St. Augustine to attend a wedding over the weekend,  Hillary now is California-bound,  and will subsequently  be headed north of the border for a busy week of speaking engagements.

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Long Beach CA

Union Bank Bldg.

Keynote Long Beach Boys and Girls Club

03/05/14

Los Angeles CA

Royce Hall/UCLA

Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership

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Vancouver BC

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Keynote Vancouver Board of Trade

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Calgary AB

Telus Convention Centre

TinePublic Inc./Chamber of Commerce

According to late reports, the Luskin lecture will be livestreamed here.

Given that the discerning readers here have the intellect, perspective, and judgment to deal with authentic text rather than depend on adulterated, opinionated, cherry-picked interpretations by reporters assigned to stalk follow the Hillary Clinton beat, here are the links from the New York Times to the actual papers rather than to op-eds and  slanted “summaries” of them.

The Clinton Papers Part 1: West Wing

The National Archives made public on Friday afternoon a trove of secret documents detailing the inner workings of Bill Clinton’s White House. Thousands of pages of internal memos and papers shed light into the administration’s approach to foreign policy and domestic politics.

Clinton Papers Part 2: East Wing

The National Archives made public on Friday afternoon a trove of secret documents detailing the inner workings of Bill Clinton’s White House. This collection includes documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role.

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AAP General Annual Meeting 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Next Chapter in Protecting IP:
Policy, Disruption, Innovation and Sustainability

AAP 2014 General Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 19
9AM-1PM

McGraw-Hill Conference Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas at 49th Street, Mezzanine

REGISTER HERE

 

12:30 PM Closing Keynote:

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton


67th Secretary of State of the United States
2009-2013

United States Senator from New York
2001-2009

First Lady of the United States
1993-2001

Introduction: Carolyn Reidy

 

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