At Oakland University,  Hillary spoke in support of gubernatorial candidate Mark Schnauer and Gary Peters who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Carl Levin.

Our longtime friend, Jen the Michigander,  was in attendance today and generously shared this account.  Thank you, Jen!

The rally was held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, a relatively affluent suburb some twenty miles north of Detroit. I drove out there with my father (who will henceforth be known as Dad the Michigander). Outside, the crowd was wrapped around the O’rena waiting for the doors to open. It was a nice, diverse group of people– black, white, Asian. Although the event was held on a university campus, I saw people of all ages ranging from senior citizens to a little boy of perhaps four or five, dressed up as Woody from Toy Story. Also among the young folks was a girl about ten years old who had a copy of “Hard Choices” tucked under her arm.

As we stood in line, we encountered two protesters carrying handmade signs that said something about Benghazi. They looked to be college-aged, but I don’t know if they were students at Oakland University or if they had dropped in from someplace else. The guy standing in line ahead of us heckled the protesters, which was fun to watch. (If anyone plans to see Hillary over the next few weeks, you might want to prepare yourselves for this type of thing.)

Since Dad the Michigander is a senior citizen who walks with a cane, a volunteer let us cut ahead in line. We went into the O’rena, found seats, and waited. And waited. And waited. About an hour and a half later, the rally began.

We heard from a number of Michigan Democrats running for various offices. Each one emphasized the need to make sure people voted because “when we vote, we win!” The “we” meaning Democrats, of course. Everybody stressed economic issues– school funding, student loan debt, jobs. Marriage equality and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health care also came up repeatedly. I don’t recall hearing much, if anything, about foreign policy.

Hillary came out at the end, sharing the stage with Gary Peters who is running for Carl Levin’s Senate seat, and Mark Schauer, who is the Democratic candidate for Governor. Peters and Schauer gave their speeches first. It was good to see them in person. I think they should use portions of their speeches for their next round of ads. Again, the emphasis was on domestic and economic issues.

When the time came for Hillary to speak, the audience jumped to their feet and went nuts. I was near the back of the O’rena, but I could see her “grandmother glow” pretty well. She told the audience about Peters’s and Schauer’s middle-class backgrounds. She gave detailed information about how they fought to save the auto industry in 2008. As some members of the media have already noted, Hillary took a few shots at Mitt Romney without mentioning his name. (At least I don’t *think* she mentioned his name. I am remembering all of this off the top of my head.) Much of Hillary’s speech centered around the same domestic/economic issues that the Michigan Dems had stressed in prior speeches. Most effectively was the way she redefined the term “family values”, taking it back from the right wing so that it means raising the minimum wage, closing the wage gap between men and women, giving people time off– with pay– to take care of sick children or elderly parents, and enacting other policies that allow families to flourish. In closing, Hillary reminded us that Rosie the Riveter was from Michigan and that now we have Mary Barra cracking the glass ceiling at GM. The audience knew exactly where Hillary was going with *that* reference! But no, she didn’t make any announcements. 2014 comes first.

- Jen the Michigander



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Gary Peters just sent this email.


I just stood with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

I looked over the crowd at Oakland University. The energy in the room — the excitement on peoples’ faces — reminded me what we’re all working for.

Every Michigander in that crowd, all of their families, and families across Michigan deserve a Senator who works for them. Not for the Koch Brothers or special interests. For them. That’s why Hillary was here in Michigan.

We’re coming into the final stretch here — and we need to be ready. Help us reach the $5OO,OOO we need by October 31st to keep going.

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Hillary’s with us. Everyone who was at Oakland University tonight is ready to bring this thing home.

I hope you are too.

Give what you can tonight: http://action.petersformichigan.com/ImWithGary



Hillary was onstage at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville this evening to support Alison Lundergan Grimes in her campaign to unseat Mitch McConnell in the Senate. Livestream video here >>>>

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Hillary saw the need to incorporate technology in diplomacy early on and begins this chapter at TechCamp Vilnius,  the third of these training camps her State Department had held by  June 2011.  It consisted of two days of eleven-hour sessions devoted to showing how pro-democracy activists could circumvent government opposition tactics thwarting their organizing efforts.

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at TechCamp Vilnius

Hillary first referred to what she came to call 21st century statecraft in two commencement addresses in New York in May 2009 and rapidly followed those with a Youtube on the subject.

2009 Remarks at the New York University Commencement Ceremony

Hillary at Barnard Today

When I graduated from college, diplomacy was mainly conducted by experts behind closed doors. They were primarily men. And very little of what they did was really visible to the rest of us. Today, diplomacy is no longer confined to the State Department or to diplomats in pin-striped suits. In this global age, we are engaging in 21st century statecraft, and it is carried out beyond the halls of government – in barrios and rural villages, in corporate boardrooms and halls of government as well, but also church basements, hospitals, union halls, civic and cultural centers, and even in the dorms and classrooms of colleges like this. The diplomacy of this age is fueled by personal engagement and interpersonal connections. And that’s where all of you come in. With new tools and technologies and with the first-rate education you’ve received, you now have the capacity to influence events in ways that no previous generation ever has… …with these social networking tools that you use every day to tell people you’ve gone to get a latte or you’re going to be running late, you can unite your friends through Facebook to fight human trafficking or child marriage, like the two recent college graduates in Colombia – the country – who organized 14 million people into the largest anti-terrorism demonstration in history, doing as much damage to the FARC terrorist network in a few weeks than had been done in years of military action. (Applause.) And you can organize through Twitter, like the undergraduates at Northwestern who launched a global fast to bring attention to Iran’s imprisonment of an American journalist. And we have two young women journalists right now in prison in North Korea, and you can get busy on the internet and let the North Koreans know that we find that absolutely unacceptable. (Applause.) These new tools are available for everyone. They are democratizing diplomacy. So over the next year, we will be creating Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships to partner American students with our embassies abroad to conduct digital diplomacy. And you can learn more about this initiative on the State Department website.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the commencement for Barnard College, in New York

Fully aware of the darker uses of technology,  she explains that the idea was to use mobile technology and social media to promote American values and interests, and to help civil society across the globe hold governments accountable, document abuses, and empower marginalized groups. Hillary reviews technology abuses by some governments such as shutting down the internet in times of upheaval as well as uses made by civil society during such periods – among them those recounted here in relation to the chapter on Iran.

Technology was integral to her Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Hillary Clinton Announces Unprecedented QDDR at a Town Hall at the State Department

Hillary Clinton Announces QDDR at a Town Hall at USAID

State Department Launches “Opinion Space”

Video: Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Townhall

Video: Secretary Clinton’s QDDR Town Hall at USAID

The Wikileaks publication of confidential documents and emails in 2010 precipitated a diplomatic firestorm that required what came to be called Hillary’s “charm offensive.”  Some world leaders took things in stride.  Others needed her personal reassurance.

Hillary Calling!

Upcoming: On Hillary Clinton’s Agenda

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks to the Press on the Release of Confidential Documents

The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. This Administration is advancing a robust foreign policy that is focused on advancing America’s national interests and leading the world in solving the most complex challenges of our time, from fixing the global economy, to thwarting international terrorism, to stopping the spread of catastrophic weapons, to advancing human rights and universal values. In every country and in every region of the world, we are working with partners to pursue these aims. So let’s be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity… Now, I am aware that some may mistakenly applaud those responsible, so I want to set the record straight: There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people, and there is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends. There have been examples in history in which official conduct has been made public in the name of exposing wrongdoings or misdeeds. This is not one of those cases. In contrast, what is being put on display in this cache of documents is the fact that American diplomats are doing the work we expect them to do. They are helping identify and prevent conflicts before they start. They are working hard every day to solve serious practical problems – to secure dangerous materials, to fight international crime, to assist human rights defenders, to restore our alliances, to ensure global economic stability. This is the role that America plays in the world. This is the role our diplomats play in serving America. And it should make every one of us proud.

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks Before Bilaterals

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at OSCE Intervention

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Charming Slideshow: Hillary Clinton Among The “Dissed”

  You may recall that in chapter 16 about Libya Hillary mentions having had to recall former ambassador Gene Cretz because of credible threats against him.  These she lays at the feet of Manning, Assange, and Wikileaks.

Video & Text: Hillary Clinton’s Policy Speech on Internet Freedom *Updated 01.23.2010 with Chinese Translation of Text*

We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. And we recognize that the world’s information infrastructure will become what we and others make of it. Now, this challenge may be new, but our responsibility to help ensure the free exchange of ideas goes back to the birth of our republic. The words of the First Amendment to our Constitution are carved in 50 tons of Tennessee marble on the front of this building. And every generation of Americans has worked to protect the values etched in that stone. Franklin Roosevelt built on these ideas when he delivered his Four Freedoms speech in 1941. Now, at the time, Americans faced a cavalcade of crises and a crisis of confidence. But the vision of a world in which all people enjoyed freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear transcended the troubles of his day. And years later, one of my heroes, Eleanor Roosevelt, worked to have these principles adopted as a cornerstone of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… As I speak to you today, government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history…*

Some countries have erected electronic barriers that prevent their people from accessing portions of the world’s networks.  They’ve expunged words, names, and phrases from search engine results. They have violated the privacy of citizens who engage in non-violent political speech. These actions contravene the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which tells us that all people have the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”**

We’ll leave it here, with this speech, as Hillary does, knowing that every day, and probably especially again today as I post that link, people in countries where indeed authorities have tried to *erase her words” and **”erected electronic barriers” will find the words here even though they may be unable to access te State Department site. __________________________________________________________

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective: Introduction

Access other chapters of this retrospective here >>>>



Hillary spoke about closing the word gap, net neutrality, the importance of philanthropy, and about her new little granddaughter, Charlotte, in San Francisco this morning.  She also helped assemble bags that Too Small to Fail distributed,

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Monday evening, Hillary made her much-discussed appearance at the UNLV Foundation annual fund raising dinner.  We see her with Las Vegas Sun CEO, Publisher and Editor Brian Greenspun who presented her with a pair of Manolo Blahniks that matched her jacket.

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Hillary visited the newly renovated Union Station in Denver on Monday during a campaign stop for Senator Mark Udall.


Ten-year-old Macy Friday, front left, reacts as she looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton, front right, as she campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., back, during a stop in the newly-renovated Union Station in Denver on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Clinton appeared at an event to raise money for Udall’s current re-election campaign and then headed to Las Vegas for another appearance on Monday night. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Hillary was in San Diego today addressing the American Academy of Pediatrics which has teamed up with Too Small to Fail to promote early literacy.

See the video here >>>>




Pediatrician-authored toolkit aims to help doctors talk with parents and caregivers about the importance of early communication in order to build vocabulary and boost brain development

SAN DIEGO – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss the role that pediatricians and parents can play in promoting young children’s early learning during her remarks on Sunday Oct. 12 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Secretary Clinton will announce the launch of the Academy’s updated early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents, Books Build Connections, which will be shared with its 62,000 pediatrician members immediately following Secretary Clinton’s remarks.

In June 2014, the AAP announced a collaborative partnership with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. The organizations have committed to promote early literacy and ensure that doctors, parents and caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to promote talking, reading out loud and singing to children every day starting in infancy.

“Secretary Clinton’s work leading Too Small to Fail and its evolving partnership with pediatricians and parents on early childhood education and literacy reflects the Academy’s national priorities,” said James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. “Fewer than half of children younger than 5 years old are read to daily in our country. For 25 years, programs such as Reach Out and Read have been promoting literacy in exam rooms nationwide, and now, even more pediatricians are taking a stand to spread the news more widely through our recent policy, toolkit and partnership with Too Small to Fail. Talking, reading and singing with young children is a joyful way to build strong and healthy parent-child relationships, foster early language skills and promote children’s development.”

The Books Build Connections toolkit, available online at www.aap.org/literacy, incorporates new recommendations on early literacy issued by the AAP in June. In that policy statement, the AAP emphasized literacy—beginning from an infant’s very first days—as an “essential” component of primary care visits. As part of the partnership with Too Small to Fail and AAP, Scholastic, Inc. agreed to donate 500,000 new, age-appropriate children’s books for distribution through Reach Out and Read, which works with 20,000 medical providers nationwide to promote early reading and give books to 4 million children and their families annually at pediatric visits.

“Our partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics is squarely aligned with our effort to close the ‘word gap’ in America,” said Ann O’Leary, vice president and director of Too Small to Fail at Next Generation. “The word gap refers to the disparity in words that children hear and learn from birth to age 4. Children from higher-income families hear up to 30 million more words than children from lower-income families where talking, reading and singing is not as prevalent. This pediatric toolkit aims to address this issue head on by ensuring that pediatricians can easily explain to parents the importance of these activities in helping grow their babies’ brains and vocabularies.”

The toolkit provides updated, practical resources for pediatric professionals, as well as guidance for families on the importance of talking, reading, and singing with their children to promote early learning. The toolkit includes 12 tip sheets, parent handouts and other publications in easy-to-use, mobile-friendly formats to help pediatricians promote early literacy. Resources include:

  • 16 concrete ways pediatric health professionals can promote early literacy in their practice and community;
  • Background for pediatric professionals on the science of early literacy;
  • Parent-friendly tips on sharing books with children at specific ages and stages of development, from birth through age 10;
  • Advice for parents on “the secret to a smarter baby”;
  • Recommendations on choosing books for children based on age and topic, including specific titles;
  • Tips from doctors on reading with very young children, including the 5 Rs of early education.

“Pediatricians want all parents and caregivers to know that by making special one-on-one time every day to read, talk and play with their young children, they are promoting their child’s early learning. This kind of treasured experience actually creates new connections in their child’s brain that promote language development and secure the bond between parent and child,” said Pamela High, MD, FAAP, lead author of the AAP’s early literacy policy statement, who will speak before Secretary Clinton on Sunday. “By creating the Books Build Connections toolkit, the AAP and Too Small to Fail, in collaboration with Reach Out and Read, are getting the word out to families that early experiences really matter.”

An anticipated 8,500 pediatricians will gather for the AAP annual meeting Oct. 11-14 at the San Diego Convention Center to learn about the latest developments in children’s health.




Here are a few other appearances she will be making in the coming week.

Denver CO
The Brown Palace
CO Senate Fundraiser

Las Vegas NV
Bellagio Resort
UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner Keynote Speech

San Francisco CA
Keynote: Dreamforce

Louisville KY
A convention center & Dem HQ
Campaign event for Alison Lundergan Grimes
Livestream here >>>>

Rochester MI
Oakland University
Campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schnauer
Ticket information here >>>>


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