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It was a perfectly beautiful day,  and I was lucky enough this year to meet up with a group of Hillary friends for the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies.  In addition to the pictures I took myself, I have some shared by friends.

There were wonderful pipes and drums, and the Horace Greeley High School band played flawlessly.  Girl Scouts of Troop 120 placed the wreath.  It was great to see girls doing it.  There were many,  many dogs, some with flag bandanas, and all were well-behaved throughout.

One special  doggie I finally got to meet was Maggie Mae, Pup Reporter, who writes a pet column for Grace Bennett’s Inside Chappaqua Magazine.  Maggie’s mom, Ronni Diamondstein,  has written an article featuring this blog for the June issue.

Ronni and her canine cub reporter had their picture taken with Hillary.  It was very hard to get close, but I cropped a few where you can see Ronni and Hillary.  In one shot,  you can also see Maggie Mae.

I want to thank especially Rumana Alvi, Sharon Yarborough, and Rosemary Rowlands (who had her picture taken with Hillary) for sharing their images with me.  It was a wonderful day, and yes, I did get to talk with Hillary.   No, it was not about 2016.  Sorry, but as I have said here often, that is the best way to waste your two minutes with Hillary Rodham Clinton.  What a beautiful day with a beautiful lady and her loyalists in her hometown!

I would like to thank Mme. Secretary for her kindness and patience taking time to meet me. She is most gracious and generous. One thing I forgot to ask – I was so blown away by her kind attention – was how I could get her press releases.

On with the show!

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If you want to be one of the first to get Hillary Clinton’s memoir that is due out in a wee bit more than a year, you can pre-order it at a discount from Amazon right now. I just did.

 

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Hillary Clinton’s candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

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I was not going to bother posting this latest Quinnipiac poll.   Polling so far in advance is really meaningless.  At any rate, it is keeping Hillary in the news while she is not out there on the public stage, so I suppose it is worth reporting and putting on the record.

05-15-13-Z-21

May 24, 2013 – Hillary Clinton Tops Rubio, Paul In 2016 Iowa Pres Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
PDF formatIf the 2016 presidential election were today, Iowa voters back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida or Rand Paul of Kentucky, but Vice President Joseph Biden trails Rand and ties Rubio in the Hawkeye State, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

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In an early look at the 2016 White House race, Ms. Clinton would defeat Sen. Rubio of Florida 48 – 37 percent. In a race against Sen. Paul of Kentucky, she would have a very small 46 – 42 percent margin.

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“The major difference between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden is that she runs much better among independent voters, although Sen. Rand Paul runs better among that key group than either Democrat,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

7. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Marco Rubio the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom

Clinton              48%    11%    89%    41%    43%    53%
Rubio                37     80      3     36     44     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      5      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      5      4      3
DK/NA                 9      7      5     12      7     11

                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No

Clinton              46%    48%    41%    45%    42%    52%    32%    49%
Rubio                46     35     45     38     45     32     53     37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      2      3      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      4      3      1      4      3      4      2
DK/NA                 5     11     10     15      7     11     10      9

                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+

Clinton              48%    48%    51%    49%    42%    51%    45%    48%    48%
Rubio                45     35     33     37     52     32     37     39     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      3      3      1      4      5      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      4      4      2      2      5      5      2      3
DK/NA                 5     10      9      9      3      8      8      9      9

 9. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates
 were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Rand Paul the Republican, for 
whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom

Clinton              46%     9%    89%    38%    39%    53%
Paul                 42     82      4     44     49     34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      2      4      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      1      4      3      2
DK/NA                 7      4      4     10      6      8

                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No

Clinton              47%    45%    40%    46%    38%    53%    30%    49%
Paul                 43     42     50     40     51     35     58     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      2      3      3      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      1      3      2      4      2
DK/NA                 5      7      5     11      6      7      5      8

                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+

Clinton              49%    45%    48%    47%    41%    42%    44%    48%    48%
Paul                 42     41     40     39     53     46     41     42     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      3      1      2      5      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      3      1      1      3      1      2      5
DK/NA                 5      8      6      9      3      7      8      6      8

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When PJ Crowley stepped aside as State Department spokesperson two years ago, Victoria Nuland assumed that post.  As such,  her words frequently occupied these pages.  Toria, as she is called, was the DOS officer who expressed her department’s concerns and advice regarding the talking points issued after the 9/11/12 attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya.  She was also the person who painstakingly informed the press on a daily basis of progress of the ARB  investigation and the department’s cooperation with Congress and agencies  in the days, weeks, and months following those attacks.

Toria is a career Foreign Service officer.  As such, she has worked under a variety of administrations.  While serving as DOS spokesperson, she demonstrated a singular loyalty to Hillary Clinton, the kind we might expect to see from staff Hillary brought to DOS from the Senate.  Especially toward the end of  Hillary’s tenure, when she was ill and working from home, Toria was the guard dog against intrusiveness from the press on personal issues of health.

So it is with a great deal of pleasure that we see Toria receive this nomination today.  She has served well all of her professional life and well deserves ascension to this post.

Good luck in your confirmation, Toria!  We are pulling for you!

Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state

President Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department official involved in the editing of the administration’s talking points on Benghazi, to be the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

Nuland, a career foreign service officer who was until recently State’s top spokesperson, had long been expected to be nominated the post to replace Philip Gordon, who Obama picked to serve as Middle East coordinator for the National Security Council.

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Obama picks Victoria Nuland for assistant state secretary, Douglas Lute for NATO

OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/Reuters – Former U.S. ambassador to NATO Victoria Nuland visits Skopje, Macedonia, in this April 9, 2008 file photo.

President Obama said Thursday that he plans to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary of state for Europe and retired Gen. Douglas E. Lute as ambassador to NATO.Nuland, the former State Department spokeswoman, has been accused by Republicans of helping mislead Congress and the public about last year’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

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At Christie’s in New York City, Hillary Clinton accepted the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award,  last night.

The Spirit of Helen Keller Gala 2013

More than 330 supporters and trustees gathered at Christie’s Auction House in New York to celebrate this year’s theme “The Spirit of a Woman,” and recognize the need to empower and support women as mothers, breadwinners and community leaders, with a powerful role to play in alleviating poverty.

Event highlights included The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton accepting the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award in recognition of her tireless dedication to the global fight against undernutrition and improving food and nutrition security around the world.

“The leadership from this organization, rooted in such a remarkable woman, has changed so many lives and so many minds over the last century,” said Secretary Clinton. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done together.”

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Hillary Clinton accepts humanitarian award in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton touted the efforts of a group combatting malnutrition and blindness during an awards speech in New York City.

Clinton delivered the remarks on Wednesday while being honored with the 2013 Helen Keller Humanitarian Award from Helen Keller International.

Clinton praised ground-tested approaches to fighting the maladies, like distributing Vitamin A supplements and teaching villagers in impoverished countries to grow nutrient-rich food in home gardens.

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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.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

  • 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
  • #2 in 2012
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!

Hillary Rodham Clinton To Speak at 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.
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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