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Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Chuck Berry

Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember. The man was inseparable from his music – both were utterly original and distinctly American. He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. And along the way he changed our country and the history of popular music. Chuck played at both my inaugurations and at the White House for my 25th Georgetown reunion, and he never slowed down, which is why his legend grew every time he stepped on stage. His life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and his countless friends and fans.

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Hillary Clinton is popular in her father’s hometown, and she is especially happy, always, to spend St. Patrick’s Day there!

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Society of Irish Women's annual dinner on St. Patrick's Day
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Society of Irish Women’s annual dinner on St. Patrick’s Day Credit: AP

 

Hillary Clinton said she was “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground.

Mrs Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continued with a St. Patrick’s Day speech in her late father’s Pennsylvania hometown.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Mrs Clinton told an Irish women’s group.

 But she urged a divided country to work together to solve problems, recalling how, as first lady, she met with female leaders working to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

“What can we do to try to bring people together and to try to find that common ground, even higher ground, sister, so that we listen to each other again and we know that we can make a difference? I’m not sure it will come out of Washington yet, but I think it can come out of Scranton. Let’s find ways to do that,” she told the Society of Irish Women.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Girl Scouts pays tribute to iconic women in history with photo shoot

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Hillary Clinton is among the female leaders tributed in a photo series from New York-area Girl Scouts in celebration of Women’s History Month. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

By Kelcie Willis

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is celebrating Women’s History Month with a special series of photographs.

ABC News reported that New York-area Girl Scouts were chosen from over 300 applicants to dress as female leaders such as Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Vera Wang and Condoleezza Rice.

Tricia Messeroux, Toddlewood.com creator and photographer was behind the shoot. Her website of photos turns kids into celebrities as seen on movie posters and red carpets of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes.

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Female leaders represented include former Demoncratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, actress Whoopi Goldberg; NASA mathematicians Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson; entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker; astronaut Mae Jemison; singer Celia Cruz and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

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NCJW Convention Coming to Atlanta

NCJW Convention to Honor Clinton

Hillary Clinton to be presented Women Who Dared Award at National Council of Jewish Women’s Convention in ATL.

March 10, 2017
The women’s activism exemplified by the national protests Jan. 21 has National Council for Jewish Women organizers sensing momentum heading into the 47th National Convention this month.

About 300 women from all over the United States are expected to attend the National Council of Jewish Women’s National Convention this month in Atlanta, and organizers are excited about the diverse backgrounds that will be represented at the event.

“It’s an opportunity with an amazing group of women who are so smart and so dedicated to social justice,” said Rachel Rosner, the president of NCJW’s Atlanta Section. “It’s really impressive to see so many talented women together in one place.”

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The 47th National Convention has plenty of star power. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be presented the Women Who Dared Award; she’s scheduled to accept by video speech rather than appear in person. Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta, who has taken a leading role in the opposition to Trump, will receive the Faith and Humanity Award in person and speak at the awards gala the final night of the conference.

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As I was saying…

When I posted Tillerson’s Folly,  my thinking was that, in barring the press from his first official trip, Rex Tillerson was alienating a potentially valuable set of allies. Brassy Rebel pointed out, in her comment there, that his attitude vis-à-vis the press might indicate a broader administration policy of downgrading diplomacy. Indeed, Trump’s cabinet picks in general seem to indicate antagonism toward the very departments these folks head.

Hillary Clinton spent her first weeks at the State Department roaming the halls when she had a chance and popping into offices to ask what the folks there did.  Foreign Policy‘s article by Robert Jervis, presents a secretary of state cut off from others in the building and even from the Oval Office.

Remember when everyone said Hillary got off on the wrong foot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with her reset button?

She did go on to work very successfully with him on New START, didn’t she?

Did you wonder when Tillerson was going to meet with Lavrov? Well, according to Jervis, he already has and that did not go swimmingly.

A minor indicator was his ignorance of the protocol to be followed when he met his Russian counterpart and neglected to make the standard introductory remarks. This shows that Tillerson was disconnected from his building’s expertise, that he ignored what he was told, or that his subordinates went out of their way to embarrass him.

The reason we did not know about it, of course, is the absence of press and paucity of press briefings under Tillerson. Here is the schedule for March so far. There was no briefing today. In contrast, here is the schedule for January – the last three weeks of John Kerry’s tenure.  Here is the schedule for March 2012, five years ago this month and the last year Hillary was secretary of state.  There is definitely something going on there. Mark Toner is still the spokesperson, but he is speaking far less these days than under Hillary and John Kerry.  It is also a little odd that Tillerson has not appointed his own spokesperson.

Jervis’s analysis is well worth a read. He takes a broad look at Tillerson’s State Department and his conclusions bode ill for the department and for diplomacy.  It reminds me of George W. Bush appointing Christie Whitman to head the EPA and then knee-capping her at every turn. She finally left in frustration after only  two-and-a-half years.  Fine thanks for giving him Barney!

 

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Rex Tillerson Might Be the Weakest Secretary of State Ever

 

The administration that promised to drain the swamp is draining Foggy Bottom.  This, from The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove also offers some interesting insights. They are blaming the smaller plane on budget cuts. Just wondering what effect those cuts will have on embassy and consulate security.  This passage is particularly ironic.

Tillerson found himself being lectured on press freedoms during a visit to Bonn, Germany, last month by none other than Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the foreign policy czar of journalist-snuffing strong man Vladimir Putin.

“Why did you shush them out?” Lavrov demanded after Tillerson’s handlers ejected reporters from a bilateral meeting as the Secretary of State began to speak; Lavrov, who frequently travels with a full complement of journalists on his official plane, had already taken a press question. (Due to lack of witnesses from the Fourth Estate, Tillerson’s reply, if any, went unrecorded.)

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You might want to rethink canceling your subscription to The Guardian.

Tillerson’s Folly

The State Department press corps had boarded and had been logged in – both by the crew and on their social nets – when the secretary of state’s motorcade drove up. Hillary Clinton was about to board for her first official tour in Africa as secretary of state.  It was very exciting, but her press corps, all logged into Twitter, were disconcerted.  There was another motorcade on the tarmac. Another plane was preparing for takeoff.  The State Department press corps did not like it, and they said so on Twitter and other social nets.

What’s he doing, they queried. He’s stealing her light! There was a tweetstorm of monumental proportions.

The “he” in this case was the secretary of state’s husband and the former president who was off on a mission to rescue two journalists captured and imprisoned in North Korea.


They were employed by his former vice president, and the former POTUS went at his behest with the approval of the new president and his secretary of state, about to be bound to Africa. She knew all about it, of course. For the sake of convenience and perhaps to some degree for the sake of last minute preps and briefings, they had left their Georgetown residence together and arrived at Andrews for their separate missions. It was well-coordinated as such events go.

The DOS press corps, however did not see it that way that particular morning. They circled their wagons around the secretary of state, whose coverage was their job, and expressed their disgruntlement on Twitter where I was following several of the younger members of the corps.

Their loyalty to and protectiveness of Hillary was plain to see. No one should be stealing her steam, not even her husband, a two-term former POTUS.  This was her big trip.  They were there to make it visible to the world.

Apparently the current SOS, Rex Tillerson, missed class that day and in the days following Hillary Clinton’s flu and subsequent fainting spell and concussion, or even her bouts with spring allergies, or he would know the fealty and concern with which the DOS press corps treats coverage of the secretary of state.

Instead of giving them a fair chance to get to know him, bond, and explain and defend him in the press, he has opted to treat them as the enemy and barred them from the plane on his first official excursion to Asia. N.B. Asia was also Hillary’s first official trip as SOS.

This decision is not only folly but also speaks to the general attitude of this administration toward the press.  Without giving them the chance to get to know him and perhaps develop a sympathy toward him and his work, he has chosen to banish them as inimical – the general stance of the administration – and a dangerous and foolhardy one.

The State Department press corps tends to be very open, supportive, and defensive of the secretary of state. Tillerson, on his first official journey, has chosen to erect a wall, another symbol of this new administration, between him and those whose function is to cover his tenure.

He has decided to pare down. He will not be using the Big Blue Bird – so familiar via Condi, Hillary, and John Kerry.  He will use a smaller plane. N.B. that this does not necessarily represent any reduction of expenses since the news bureaus pay for the press transportation.  It represents, instead, a slap in the face to the free press.

The Trump administration and Tillerson as part of it have chosen to treat the press as the enemy.  They could have caught more flies with honey, but never mind. As Roseanne Rosannadanna might have said, Mr. Tillerson, you sound like a real attractive guy.  Truth is, when you have a name that sounds like it came out of an “Archie” comic book, you really needed all the help you could have gotten, and beggars cannot be choosers.

 

Please don’t give us hearts and flowers about Andrea Mitchell’s expulsion from the State Department press room.  Please!

She was never a friend to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and did everything she could to sabotage Hillary. She was “on the plane” during Hillary’s campaign.  That was it. That was all.

She was antipathetic to Hillary no matter what story ruled the day. She never displayed any compassion or fairness toward Hillary. For all we have ever seen, she harbors unbound resentment and antipathy for Hillary at a depth women have yet to calculate.

She hammered Hillary at every opportunity on every issue, and they were never campaign issues that Hillary had so well honed. They were personal issues, and Mitchell was on top of every one.

It appears Mitchell was removed from Tillerson’s press room – something Hillary’s State Department staff never had done to her or to anyone.

So now, in this topsy-turvy world, we are supposed to be angered and defensive that Mitchell was expelled – dramatically – from a press session. I am so sorry that I cannot express any kind of outrage.  I spent it all last summer when Andrea was hammering Hillary on emails and on her fictional health threats.

Thank you so much, Andrea, for helping to put Trump in the White House.  Sorry if that somehow got you ejected from Foggy Bottom, but not that sorry. You had/have the power to persuade. You screwed up. There was a super-qualified woman available, and you did everything in your considerable power to put her down.

Hillary actually won. But let’s not allow the will of the people to interfere.

You made this bed, Andrea, you bitch! We know your colleagues feel like they have to close ranks around you, but don’t expect any sympathy from Hillary’s team.

 

 

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