Archive for July, 2013


Raising Families Together

Raising healthy children is the most important responsibility of parents, but it is also one of the most important responsibilities of our society. Healthy children become healthier adults, and contribute to the strength of our economy. There is much to be done to ensure that families have the support they need from workplaces and communities so that all children have high-quality care from birth on.

Most modern American families are made up of two-income households, meaning that their children are often left in the care of professionals in centers, schools or in private homes while both parents work. In 2011, approximately 12 million children under the age of 5 spent an average of 35 hours a week in child care. A greater percentage of children under the age of 5 are in child care compared to school-age children, and parents of these children pay an average of $179 a week for care. Child care represents an expensive, yet critical, part of the American family.

The quality of child care is extremely important when one considers that the children who participate in this system the most are also in a critical stage of brain development. Children who experience high-quality child care score higher in academic and cognitive achievement even ten years after their child care has ended.

Working parents need high quality, accessible, and affordable child care options, as well as information to help them make the best possible choices. Some employers recognize the importance of child care to the health of their businesses and local economies, and they provide valuable benefits like paid family leave and paid sick days so that parents can find quality child care or care for their children themselves when necessary. Communities also play a vital role by making sure that standards for child care providers are enforced, and that there are many good options for working parents.

By recognizing that healthy, well-cared for children are an important investment in our economy and local communities, we can help America grow stronger.

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FYI: Other news from the Clinton Foundation.

President and Chelsea Clinton Travel to Africa to Visit Clinton Foundation Projects

Jul 26, 2013 | Clinton Foundation | New York, NY  | Press Release

Visit will highlight Foundation work in economic growth and empowerment, equality of opportunity, and health access in 5 countries

(New York, NY)—On July 31- August 8, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will travel to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, and South Africa.  This trip, and the projects visited, will highlight many of the issues that President and Chelsea Clinton have long worked on—economic growth and empowerment, equality of opportunity, and health access.

Fifteen years ago, in 1998, President Clinton first traveled to Africa as President. This was the longest and most extensive trip to the continent made by a sitting American president, and was the first time a sitting president traveled to each of his six destinations.  President Clinton’s trip followed a seminal visit that Chelsea and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the year before.   Since their initial trips, President and Chelsea Clinton have continued to build upon their longstanding commitment to Africa through the work of the Clinton Foundation, providing investment, opportunity, and health access to underserved communities.  In July 2012, both President and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation sites in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, and in October 2012, Chelsea visited Nigeria for the launch of the Nigerian government’s Save One Million Lives Initiative to reduce child mortality.


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Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Congresswoman Lindy Boggs

Jul 27, 2013 | President Clinton and Secretary Clinton  | New York, NY  | Statement

Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Lindy Boggs. A dedicated public servant with a keen intelligence and enduring charm, Lindy was a true original. Whether representing her Louisiana neighbors in the House or her country as Ambassador to the Vatican, she was as graceful as she was effective. The country has lost a champion for civil rights and a trailblazer for women, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her legions of friends and supporters.


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As an inveterate rule-follower,  I have always strictly adhered to my university’s rules for delivering three-credit graduate courses which clearly state the number of scheduled hours I am obliged to meet with my classes.  For years, I had to decline invitations to sit on Fulbright panels because the days and times the panels met conflicted with my classes.  I was delighted, when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, to be invited to a panel that did not conflict with classes and accepted.  Reading the eighty-some-odd applications was both time-consuming and enlightening.  The young people told sometimes heart-crushing stories, done enormous research into the regions they hoped to visit, and became flesh-and-blood right off the screen and  in front of my eyes as I read their plans.  I was honored to serve on these panels several times and will do so again if asked and if I am able.

By now everyone knows that yesterday Hillary Clinton lunched with President Obama and had breakfast with Joe Biden this morning at the Naval Observatory where they shared Tuesday morning breakfast many times when she was Secretary of State.  There was that one nagging question at the back of every mind that has followed Hillary over the years.  Why was she really in DC?  We know that she is not frivolous with her time, that she schedules herself most efficiently, so there must have been more.  Indeed there was, as this article from Jamie Stiehm at U.S. News & World Report attests.

Poised and Presidential

Clearly Jamie is one of us, but that aside, this is HUGE!  HUGE!!!  Fulbright-Clinton scholars!  Imagine!  Perhaps I really am the nerd I think I am, but this, THIS was the real news yesterday, not the political chess games everyone was making of a few meals with former colleagues.

This is an enormous honor, very well-deserved.  I am so proud of our Hillary and proud and honored, as well, to have been able to serve during her tenure.

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Our Hillary is set to receive yet another prestigious award for her selfless and dedicated public service as First Lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State.  (Click images to visit website.)

Past honorees include: Admiral William H. McRaven and the Men and Women of US Special Operations Command, Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain, Dr. Robert M. Gates, General David Patraeus and the Men and Women of Central Command, The Honorable Henry Kissinger, The Honorables John Warner and Ike Skelton, The Honorable John H. Glenn, Daniel K. Inouye,  and The Honorable Ted Stevens, The Honorable Bob Dole, Paul D. Wolfowitz on behalf of military and civilian ‘fallen heros’, President George H.W. Bush, The Honorable Caspar Weinberger, and General Colin Powell.  

 Thursday, November 14, 2013

6:00 p.m.           Patrons Reception

6:30 p.m.                         Reception

7:30 p.m.         Dinner and Program

9:35 p.m.         Post-Gala Reception

10:30 p.m.                           Dancing

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20004

The American Patriot Award recognizes men and women of extraordinary caliber whose leadership has strengthened our nation’s strategic interests and advanced global security.

The American Patriot Award Gala is attended by more than 500 guests to include: Administration officials, members of Congress, senior military leaders, wounded warriors, and corporate and community leaders from across the nation.  The evening includes a reception and dinner program with remarks by individuals who have been particularly touched by the life and career of our honorees.

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Before everyone goes full-throttle into “what-does-it-all-mean” mode, allow me to remind long-time readers here that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State,  early morning breakfasts at Joe Biden’s residence were a regular feature on her Tuesday schedules from the State Department when she was not traveling.   Andrea Mitchell is reporting that the two will reprise that tradition tomorrow morning.  It is useless to speculate on any significance at all beyond two dear friends and former colleagues meeting up for old times sake.  Reminder:  Yes, Jill knows that Joe loves Hillary.  She’s OK with it.


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She is as beautiful as a movie star, more charismatic than most,  and,  given the current national Hillary-crush,  there is no dearth of media interest in our girl.    On the heels of the news, a few months ago,  of a still uncast movie about Hillary’s post-law school days in Washington, Rodham, and NBC’s Saturday announcement of a miniseries with Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton from First Lady through Secretary of State,  comes the news from CNN of a planned documentary about Hillary wherein casting will be unnecessary.   This time Hillary will play Hillary and there will be no jockeying for roles.

CNN to produce Hillary Clinton film

CNN Films has tapped documentary filmmaker Charles H. Ferguson to direct a feature-length documentary about former Hillary Clinton, POLITICO has learned.

“CNN is very pleased to be working with Academy-Award winner Charles Ferguson on the film, which will be released in theaters and air on CNN,” Allison Gollust, the network’s senior vice president of communications, told POLITICO on Monday. The release date has yet to be determined.

The film adds yet another installment to the growing list of Hillary-related television projects and books slated for release before the 2016 presidential campaign. But is also presents a potential image problem for CNN’s News division as it covers Clinton in the run up to her highly anticipated bid for the White House.

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The D.C. stories of the day were the start up of Mid-East peace talks and the return to the White House of former resident and many hope future President, Hillary Rodham Clinton,  looking very business-like and every bit as  lovely as always.

The former Secretary of State arrived around 1 p.m.  The private luncheon was closed to the press, and no one knows what they discussed, but Kristen Welker of MSNBC reported that they ate outdoors.

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WH: Obama-Clinton lunch more personal than political

by David Jackson, USA TODAY

The most interesting lunch in the political world took place Monday at the White House, and officials said the chat between President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton was more personal that professional.

“It’s largely friendship that’s on the agenda today,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Obama invited the former rival-turned-secretary-of-State to a private lunch at the dining room just off the Oval Office, Earnest said.

Given their respective backgrounds, it wouldn’t be surprising if Obama and Clinton also talked about the Middle East or other foreign policy issues during lunch, Earnest said.

And the 2016 presidential election? Who knows?

Earnest declined to provide details, save for the lunch itself: grilled chicken, pasta jambalaya and salad.

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There is a video here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Think he misses her at the State Department much?

Obama to host Hillary Clinton at White House lunch

By Philip Rucker, Published: July 28

President Obama will host Hillary Rodham Clinton, his one-time campaign foe who later served as his secretary of state, at lunch Monday at the White House.


FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2013 file image taken from video and provided by CBS, President Obama, center, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak with ”60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft, left. (AP Photo/CBS, File)

Obama and Clinton will meet for a lunch in the president’s private dining room, the White House announced Sunday. Their meeting will be closed to the press.

Clinton stepped down on as secretary of state on Feb. 1, after serving for four years as the nation’s top diplomat. In the weeks following her departure from the State Department, Obama hosted Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at a private dinner at the White House.

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Hillary’s story continues to attract the imagination of screenwriters and media moguls.  Now NBC is planning a miniseries with Diane Lane  playing our girl.

Diane Lane to Play Hillary Clinton in NBC Miniseries

Celebrity News July 27, 2013 AT 3:15PM

Diane Lane is slated to play Hillary Clinton in an NBC miniseries. Diane Lane is slated to play Hillary Clinton in an NBC miniseries. Credit: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Diane Lane’s newest role? Playing Hillary Clinton! NBC announced on Saturday, July 27, at the 2013 Summer Press Tour that the actress, 48, will portray the former Secretary of State and First Lady in a four-hour miniseries titled Hillary.

According to USA Today, NBC’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the miniseries will likely air before Clinton is rumored to declare herself as a presidential candidate for the 2016 race.

“She’s not going to probably declare her candidacy for two more years, so this could well have aired before that,” Greenblatt said.

The series will look at Clinton’s life as “a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present,” NBC said in a press release to Us Weekly. “The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state.”

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If you are a regular visitor here, the new movie “The To Do List” might not normally be your preferred summer film fare.   But,  set in 1993, with a late-adolescent theme,  it features a main character whose hands-down shero, as indicated in the review below, is none other than our very own icon of feminist accomplishment, then FLOTUS, Hillary Rodham Clinton!  Given that some readers may well have been that young high school graduate in those days, it may be a “To See Movie” this summer  – especially if they still have drive-in movies near you!


The To Do List may be the only sex comedy ever filmed in which Hillary Clinton figures prominently. The very funny feature, from writer/director Maggie Carey, stars deadpan Parks and Recreation princess Aubrey Plaza as an uncharacteristically optimistic Type A high-school student. Upon graduation, Plaza’s character, Brandy Klark, realizes that she has fallen unacceptably short in one area—sex education—and vows to complete a “to do list” of physical challenges before the summer ends. Set in 1993, the film co-stars Connie Britton as Brandy’s mother, Bill Hader as her boss, Johnny Simmons as her lab partner, and Hillary Clinton—Brandy’s idol—as herself. Although she does not appear in person, and may not have any idea about her cameo, the former Secretary of State is regularly pictured hanging in a frame on Brandy’s bedroom wall, where she unknowingly chaperones Plaza’s onscreen exploration of the R-rated unknown.

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We’ll celebrate Hillary any way we can get her!

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