Archive for December, 2011

In November 2011, the very first post here was the announcement that Dorothy Howell Rodham was hospitalized and that Mme. Secretary has cancelled her trip to London.  We all knew it was serious since she never cancels trips.  Mrs. Rodham passed away early on the morning of the first,  and she was mourned across all of HillaryHood.  Hillary;s Facebook  groups were full of tributes, and sympathy note went up on Chelsea’s FB wall.  We all have always known that without our Dorothy, we would never have had our Hillary.  Thank you so much Mrs. Rodham.  We love you.

Bill and Hillary Clinton were named together to the Forbes list of most powerful people.  Mme. Secretary resurfaced, after a brief period of mourning, to deliver an address at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) The Way Forward Project Summit and the keynote address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner on November 8.  She also delivered a speech,  “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation, ”  at the National Institutes of Health and named Ellen DeGeneres as Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.  Ellen was honored and said she would go look up the word “envoy.”

Mme. Secretary was in the air again the next day for Hawaii where the U.S. was hosting an APEC Ministerial Summit.  At the East West Center she delivered a major address,  “America’s Pacific Century.”  Mme. Secretary is known for her great sense of humor, and I personally, simply love her laugh, so it was a treat for all when, during a photo-op a scantily clad torch bearer ran behind the scene.  Her reaction was priceless.  Adorable!

Next she was wheels down in Manila under very heavy security.  Aboard the USS Fitzgerald,  with Philippine Secretary for Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario,  she signed the Manila Declaration.  President Aquino awarded her the Order of  Lakandula.  Then she was wheels up for Bangkok where she met with PM Yingluck Shinawatra.   She visited an evacuation center for flood victims there before departing for Bali and ASEAN.  In Bali, she did a flfurry of interviews with American network TV anchors and attended the ASEAN gala dinner looking like a princess in a beautiful red print silk.  Breathtaking!

On the 20th, an op-ed in WSJ appeared that was different from the previous calls for Mme. Secretary to run in 2012.  It was the first salvo of the Caddell-Schoen effort that continues to escalate as I write.

She was home for Thanksgiving and a short rest.  Back at the State Department, on the 28th, she  hosted  a U.S. and European Union meeting on energy with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu,   E.U,  High Rep Catherine Ashton and Gunther Oettinger, E. U.  Commissioner of Energy.  She then participated in a high level U.S. – E.U. Summit at the White House.   Later in the day, she was wheels up for Asia again.

On the 29th in Busan Mme. Secretary delivered the Keynote at the Opening Session of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness as well as remarks at the Special Session on Gender.

She ended  November making history.  Touching down in Burma, she was the first US Secretary of State to visit there since John Foster Dulles 60 years ago when Hillary and I were little girls and we  liked Ike because you pretty much couldn’t help it!   Overwhelming!

Speeches: Keynote Address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner,  The Way Forward Project Summit, “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation,” America’s Pacific Century, ASEAN Business and Investment Summit,  Millennium Challenge Corporation Signing Ceremony, Keynote at the Opening Session of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

Travel: Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand,  Indonesia, Korea, Burma.

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Our friend Brian Augustine found that HRC has been added to Americans Elect .  I signed up and am tracking her.  If you have a little trouble with step 2, be persistent.  I had to do it three or four times before I finally got to step 3.

Let’s all register and start tracking her!  Let’s show our Hillary some love!

Note:  I am new to this and not completely sure how it works, so comments from people with helpful information are welcome!

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October 2011 began so lightheartedly, joyously.  The Clintons were in Little Rock celebrating the president’s 20th anniversary of throwing his hat in the ring.  Back in DC after the celebratory weekend, she hosted a African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. Later in the week she spoke to women entrepreneurs in Santo Domingo.  In DC again, she met with the new Libyan PM.  CNN Money named her the #1 most powerful woman in DC.  While media items encouraging her to run for POTUS in 2012 continued to flow into the news feeds,  she received a host of journalists for interviews at the State Department and hosted a luncheon to honor South Korean President Lee.

The Clintons celebrated their 36th anniversary in October.  Mme. Secretary was once again the cover girl on the October 14 issue of  Time.  At the Economic Club of New York, she unveiled her economic statecraft doctrine and then, with her family, headed to LA for a gala celebrating Bill’s birthday (belatedly) and the 10th anniversary of his foundation.     Mme. Secretary rocked out with Terry McAuliffe and had a lot of fun.

She was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show and was wheels up for Malta.  There she offered our appreciation for their help in evacuating Americans from Libya during the heavy fighting.  Then she visited Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.  While on foreign travel, she appeared on several Sunday morning talk shows on the 21st.

Looking just beautiful,  Mme. Secretary was home for her birthday on the 26th, a day when I have always celebrated her and her mother who gave her to us.

She testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the 27th and hosted a gala at the State Department welcoming former Secretaries  Kissinger, Albright, and Powell.   The east coast was hit with a nor’easter that dumped a lot of snow as October drew to a close.  The State Department announced a trip to London scheduled for early the next week.  The trip was then cancelled.  Mrs. Dorothy Rodham, Hillary’s mother, cherished by her, by Chelsea, by the whole family and by all of Hillary’s loyal following was ill and ws hospitalized.

The month that began so jubilantly and provided so many celebrations ended in deep anxiety for us all.

Travel:  Dominican Republic, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Speeches:  Women Entrepreneurs: Pathways to Prosperity, U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness,  Global Leadership at the Center for American Progress, U.S.-India Higher Education Summit, Economic Statecraft,  World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony.

Op-Eds: America’s Pacific Century.

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September, the month of U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) , both of which take place in New York, began, for Mme. Secretary, in Paris, a city she visited often in 2011.  She always looks particularly joyous in Paris.  On this occasion, she was there for another meeting on Libya, including the new leadership.

Returning to DC, she attended the president’s speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress.  By the weekend she was home in New York which, oddly, was considered official travel as she visited the New York Stock Exchange as part of a weekend of memorials both  she and President Clinton would attend over the 9/11 weekend.   Back in DC, she participated in a women’s health event with President George W. Bush.  Meanwhile, the media calls for her to run for president in 2012 continued to roll into the news feeds.

Subsequent domestic travel to San Francisco was also official,  She participated in Australia – United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) and delivered the keynote address at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit (WES).

The next official travel was back home to New York for UNGA and CGI with too many events and sideline bilaterals to enumerate.  As September drew to a close, Mme. Secretary, still being barraged by media to please run for POTUS in 2012, made her way to Little Rock to celebrate the  20th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s declaration to run for POTUS.  Many of us still have hope that she will do the same, sooner rather than later  Meanwhile, we are planning on writing her in in our primaries.

Speeches: A New Future Dawning in Libya, Smart Power Approach to Counterterrorism, Release of the 13th Annual Report on International Religious Freedom,  Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Partnership,  Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy Summit,  Women’s Political Participation at UN Women Event, High Level Meeting on Nutrition, High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety Nuclear Safety, Remarks on the Global Counterterrorism Forum, With Chelsea Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Conversation, UN High-Level Meeting on Somalia.

Travel: Paris,  New York, San Francisco

Op-Ed: Let Us Remember — And Recommit

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The sound that comes out of me is something between a sigh and a gasp. Warning:  There  is nothing objective about the post below.  It is entirely personal.

Some of you will remember this post from March 31 of this year: CNN Video: Bernard-Henri Lévy Validates Hillary Clinton on Libya.   In short order after I posted it,  came the email notification that BHL was now following me on Twitter. (Yes, that one was a gasp.)  At that time, I was camping out in my hammock at CNN almost exclusively, and Eliot Spitzer,  who frequently had BHL as a guest,  still had his show there.  Since he lost his show, I have made a slow but steady migration to MSNBC where I have seen Spitzer once at least, and where,  during the day, and increasingly in prime time we get to see the brilliant, beautiful Karen Finney on various panels. I keep encouraging the prime time folks to bring her on and tweet thank you tweets when they (Rachel, Ed, and, more often, Lawrence) have her.  The truth is that I wish they would give her one of the two hours they devote to Chris Matthews.

So, when I turned on morning TV today, it was tuned to MSNBC and “Morning Joe,” not hosted by Joe this morning (so he is off the hook perhaps) but rather by Willie Geist.  Imagine my  shock, and awe to see this!  (This is where the sigh/gasp occurred.)

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I am flabbergasted!  They do not know who he is!  They bring on as a guest the guy who wrote the article about him in New York Magazine!   Heavens-to-Betsy!  They could have gotten the man himself!  He gladly would have hopped the pond at his own expense to make the appearance.

Of course this further argues for Karen to have her own show since she would never have done anything that stupid.  (I mean she would never do anything stupid at all!)  First of all, she knows who BHL is – I don’t have to ask her.  I know she knows.  Second, if she did not know how to contact him (he probably follows her on twitter and Facebook too), she would know how to find out.  Third, she would never have used a secondary source when she could have the primary live.

At the end of “Morning Joe” they always ask the question: “What did we learn today?”  The guest co-host this morning, former PA Governor Ed Rendell,  did not say that he found out who BHL is, because, like Spitzer, he probably knows the man personally.  Neither did Geist make this admission, but the fact that BHL was not a guest today betrays that ignorance.  Pitiful!

In conclusion: While it may ruffle some feathers,  (I see you there fuming,  MW,  but we did the right thing and avoided a massacre),  BHL rightly places the historical credit for the NATO action in Libya on Sarkozy and HRC.  As the year ends, I do not want to see the credit for the Libyan action shifted to Obama.    Upon declaring the No-Fly-Zone he began his address with the words. “I didn’t want to do this” while a tiny, determined HRC stood right beside him.

No, that will not fly with me or anyone who knows the facts about February and March 2011.   This issue of New York Magazine will stand as the accurate record.  I am thankful that Wallace-Wells did the research and wrote the article which I plan to acquire and preserve, but I wish MSNBC were a little smarter.


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Mme. Secretary’s first official act in August was to swear in Gary Locke as Ambassador to China.  The August cabinet meeting was photo-oped (debt-ceiling crisis – inspire confidence – everybody say “cheese!”).   The State Department hosted baseball players from quake-stricken Fukushima, Japan hosted by two icons of the American work ethic:  Hillary Clinton and Cal Ripken Jr,   It was impressive to see those two together!

There was an interview in Glamour Magazine in August, and publications began calling heavily for HRC to run for president in 2012.  Mid-month, Mme. Secretary and newly minted Secretary of Defense Panetta did a reprise of her “Power and Persuasion”  CNN event with Robert Gates from October 2009.   On the 18th she made a video statement on the situation in Syria dressed in a white ruffled blouse that is simply enchanting on her, and then she was gone.  The Clintons went to the Hamptons for a well-deserved break.  The peace of the vacation was broken at the very end of the month with the announcement that she would once again be wheels up for Paris on the Libyan situation.

Speeches: From Famine to Food Security in the Horn of Africa

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Obama, Clinton top most-admired lists for 2011

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the nation’s most admired man and woman — again — in the annual USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Each leads their category with 17% of votes in top 10 lists that favor the most familiar names in global politics, religion, entertainment and culture.


Obama supplanted George W. Bush at No. 1 in 2008 but Bush continues in the No. 2 spot, according to the poll of 1,019 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 15-18.

Former president Bill Clinton hovers in third this year, just above the most frequently named person in the poll’s history — the Rev. Billy Graham. The 93-year-old evangelist has been on the list since Gallup first asked the question in 1946 and has made the top 10 55 times.

Perennial runner-up Oprah Winfrey is No. 2 for women for the 10th time. It’s her 24th year in the top 10.

First lady Michelle Obama garnered third place, dropping former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to fourth this year.

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*Shakes head*  George W. comes out ahead of  WJC????  Well, I felt compelled to share this, but you have to wonder how informed the respondents are.

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Mme. Secretary began July as she ended June, on foreign travel in Vilnius Lithuania.  Her next stop was Spain where she was greeted by FM Trinidad Jimenez and paid a visit to King Juan Carlos who clearly was charmed.  Then it was wheels up for home and the holiday weekend.  She returned to DC on the 6th and delivered remarks at TechWomen.  An Op-Ed, “Independence Day for South Sudan” appeared in WaPo on July 8.  On the 11th, wearing a stunning royal blue silk jacket, she participated in Quartet meetings in DC with SG Ban, Catherine Ashton, Sergei Lavrov, and Tony Blair. Former First Lady Betty Ford passed away on the 8th,  and Mme. Secretary attended her memorial in California on the 12th along with former President G.W. Bush, and First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Michelle Obama.

Mid-month she was off for extensive travel to Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia and China.  She delivered remarks at the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).  She was stunning on a visit to the Patriarchy in Istanbul, and she stopped by an Istanbul TV set for an informal interview where two kitty-cats could not resist her magnetism.   Next it was wheels-down Athens and a visit to the Acropolis Museum that yielded still more beautiful images.

From Athens, she flew to New Delhi and meetings with Sonia Gandhi, FM Krishna, and PM Singh.  She delivered remarks at the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue  and the Working Women’s Forum,  and it was wheels up New Delhi, and wheels down Bali where she attended the ASEAN Conference and U.S.-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting delivering opening remarks at both.

Then it was wheels up Bali and wheels down Hong Kong where she delivered a Principles for Prosperity address.  On the 27th she was back in DC to a full schedule.  At USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth Development Exchange Awards Ceremony, she delivered and address:  “77 Inventions That Could Save Moms and Babies.”  Finally,  she visited the Norwegian Embassy to sign the guest book for all of us in the wake of the horrific shootings at a camp there, and July 2011 was history.

Travel:  Lithuania, Spain, Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia, China.

Speeches: Community of Democracies Ministerial, Lifeline Donor Steering Committee,  TechWomen, Open Government Partnership, 2011 U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, Working Women’s Forum, Opening of US-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting,  U.S.-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting, Principles for Prosperity, 77 Inventions That Could Save Moms and Babies.

Op-Eds: Independence Day for South Sudan

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Vladimir Putin, the beleaguered  PM of Russia and Presidential candidate, under attack country-wide for flawed parliamentary elections,  fights protests with insults that the crowds have become adept at turning back on him.  This VOA article today provides some insight into the nature of the demonstrations,  including reactions to an accusation from Putin involving our girl.

Message from Sakharov Avenue: Russia’s Emperor Has No Clothes

… protesters noted that the Kremlin sent condolences to Pyongyang after the death of Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s “Supreme Leader,” but neglected to send condolences to Prague after the death of Vaclav Havel, the anti-Soviet activist and elected President of the Czech Republic.

On Sakharov Avenue, named after the Soviet-era dissident, elderly protesters carried black and white photographss of the late Czech President, with the inscription: “Havel Would Be With us!”

Other protesters took aim at Mr. Putin’s charge that the protesters were paid by foreign governments and activated by a secret signal from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Signs demanded: “Hillary, Where is My Money?” “Hillary, I am waiting for my money,” “Let’s bankrupt the State Department.”
One man held a sign announcing: “I am Here For Free.”

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Well, as we all know, our girl did attend Havel’s funeral on Friday wearing this fascinating headpiece designed and made for her by an artist friend of Havel’s.

As far as we know, it does not transmit secret signals.  Neither does the State Department have a budget sufficient to pay off all of Russia.  It is not known whether Putin’s treasury is large enough to provide tin-foil hats for the populace, but given their mood, we doubt they would wear them.  More likely, if that guy with the Picasso display is any barometer,  they would find some artful way to use the tin foil to fire back at Putin.

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June started off in DC with some bilaterals  The new Brazilian FM Patriota visited for the first time.  Mme. Secretary accepted the George C. Marshall Award (and seriously needs that museum/library I keep advocating for in Seneca Falls). Then it was home to NY where she attended the wedding of Tricia Nixon Cox’s son Christopher wearing a smashing teal coat.   Back in DC she launched the Women’s World Cup Initiative and welcomed Angela Merkel on a state visit to Washington.  The next day, she hit the tarmac again for a conference on Libya in Abu-Dhabi, and then stops in Zambia, Tanzania, and finally a stop in Ethiopia where she attended a meeting of the African Union  and delivered remarks partially in a blackout.  She had to leave early due to a volcano eruption and mysteriously took three days to get home.  We later discovered that her plane developed mechanical problems and they had to layover in Dubai for awhile.  She was in DC for a Japan-U.S. event which she co-hosted with outgoing Defense Secretary Gates, and then was off to a conference in Guatemala.  From there she flew to Montego Bay for a CARICOM conference.

Back in DC, she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to testify on Afghanistan.  She spoke with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who won the Nobel Peace Prize later in the year.   She was received enthusiastically at her own department when she delivered her Gay Pride Month remarks to GLIFAA  and declared that  gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights … once and for all.

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger had passed away earlier in the month, and she delivered remarks at his memorial.   Mme. Scretary ended the month with visits to Hungary, where she dedicated the Lantos Institute in Budapest and Lithuania where she spoke at Tech Camp Vilnius among other venues.  We see her with President of Lithuania,  Dalia Grybauskaite.

Speeches: George C. Marshall Award; Promoting Commercial Opportunities conference.in Iraq;  Women’s World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports; African Growth and Opportunity Forum; 1000 Days Initiative; Support for the Central American Security Strategy; CARICOM; GLIFAA; Eagleburger Memorial; Lantos Institute;  Tech Camp Vilnius.

Travel: Abu-Dhabi; Zambia;  Tanzania; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Jamaica.

Op-Eds: Joint Op-Ed with William Hague on Bosnia-Herzegovina; Op-Ed condemning the violence in Syria.

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