Posts Tagged ‘Chris Cuomo’

For one thing, Joe Johns, her health is not a “major campaign issue,” although we will agree that she tends to plow forth no matter what, as you said.  The diagnosis is cause, perhaps,  for tweaking the schedule, but it is not a “major issue.”  Hillary will follow doctor’s orders, and the campaign will roll on.

Hillary, amidst a packed day on Friday, sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo for an interview that played throughout the day of 9/11 on CNN.  Great! It was a touching and sincere interview. She was impressive.

Now that Hillary’s diagnosis of pneumonia has been made public, these are the images CNN chooses to accompany the “story” of her interview and her appearance at the 9/11 ceremonies at the World Trade Center yesterday.

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So I need to ask WTH????  (Fifth-graders – the H stands for “heck.” Grandma S4H says that is an OK word.)  Why not these pictures before she had a fainting incident yesterday and why now?

She was a Senator from New York serving her constituents when these photos were taken.  OH! And where is Donald Trump in the September 12, 2001 pics?  Nowhere!

But now that this diagnosis is out there all over the interwebs, let’s make these photos available so we can make it look like Hillary got sick long ago while serving as a Senator.  There is implication in the choice to use these photos now.

Shame on you, John Berman and Christine Romans. Juxtaposing these pictures with the pneumonia story creates a false narrative.

As an educator, I am well aware of Gardner’s multiple intelligences.  It is a theory, but I will concede that for some, perhaps for many, a visual image creates more impact than the spoken or written word.

That being the case, why would a news organization pair photos of a candidate looking distressed and wearing a mask with a story about her having been found to be battling a respiratory infection?

Oh wait!  I know!  I get it!  You want to attach a deeper meaning!

Somehow, going to Ground Zero (on more than one occasion) is now connected, visually, to the diagnosis which appeared, coincidentally, on 9/11.

Serving her constituents made her too sick to serve.  I get it.  So please stop!

She developed a case of pneumonia that is being treated.  She has a minor incident of feeling faint.  It can happen to the strongest among us.

Hillary went many hours more than General Petraeus when she testified last year before the Benghazi committee without fainting.

Stop trying to make Hillary Clinton look sicker and weaker than she is. Media malpractice.  Very disappointing. While we’re at it, lose the snide, John Berman. It comes off like a know-it-all ninth-grader at a debate contest.  Unbecoming.

Hillary has seasonal allergies.  See this from last year when there were 17 Republicans and she blamed her cough on Republican histamines. Many have allergies. Nothing exclusionary about that.

I agree with this >>>>.  Recently a friend asked if I could believe that she gets coughing fits in church. Well, yes. I can. When did a cough ever keep me out of church, school, eventually out of work?  Never!  That is how you keep your grades and your job. You go in sick.  A cough got me my only A- in a doctoral program. The halls at Columbia might as well have been the Alps for the echoes generated. It was not the actual cough that did it.  It was the fatigue.  My inability to clear that highest bar that particular “bronchitis semester.”  My research was sub-par  –  my par.   I did work full-time and teach part-time throughout.  Never missed a day.  Could not afford to.  I kept my jobs.  Coughs happen. So do bronchitis and pneumonia.

Hillary did, wisely, cancel a trip west.  We can help her make up for the fundraisers by kicking in a few extra contributions.  Let’s do this!

Get well, Hillary!  We love you and need you.  We have the wheel for now!


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Hillary was at the World Trade Center ceremony this morning, but earlier she recorded an interview for CNN’s State of the Union that played this morning while the ceremony was underway.





You probably have heard that Hillary left the ceremony early.  She apparently became overheated and felt faint.  She went to Chelsea’s apartment and is fine.  Actually, this makes me feel a little better since the very same thing happened to me in 2014 standing for hours in the heat and sun waiting to enter her book signing.  The man in front of me caught me and a kind lady gave me a chair and a bottle of water. The Secret Service took me inside immediately to see Hillary.  She did not know why I had a Secret Service escort, and I did not tell her because I was ashamed that I had fainted.  It’s nothing to feel ashamed of. It can happen to anybody. I guess we will start hearing “stamina” comments from the Trump camp now, but Hillary is fine.  She just needs to slow down, rest, and recover.

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This is an update:


Dear Hillary,

Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.  Take the time to rest and shake this off.  We love you and need you.  We’ll hold the fort.  Please rest up and get better.  We want you to be POTUS.  You do not have to be Superwoman.

Love from all of us!

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Hillary Clinton focused her comments squarely on gun regulations when she  spoke by phone to Chris Cuomo this morning.  She called for statesmanship not partisanship in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Cuomo pressed her on Trump’s charge that she refuses radical Islamist as a term. She said that she has not rejected the term but will not demonize a religion citing risk in alienating American Muslim community.

“We cannot demonize, demagogue, and declare war on an entire religion…Hate is not the answer to hate.” —Hillary

Hillary turned the conversation to the bigger issue of gun regulations.  Florida does not regulate assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.  Hillary has called for common sense gun reform many times in the course of her campaign.  She called for reinstatement of the  assault weapons ban.

Asked about the right to bear arms, she responded that there are common sense steps that can be taken and pointed to 23 shootings this year by toddlers.

Cuomo asked her to respond to Trump’s messages.  She called his rhetoric dangerous. We have to prevent radicalization. But we also have to be aware that people who are not radicalized also use guns to hurt people. She wants to protect people from ISIS but also from others who inflict injury and death outside of jihadist motivations.


Donald Trump called in later and repeatedly said “we are letting in too many Syrian refugees.”  The shooter was of Afghan descent and, like Trump, was born in New York. He said, ” We are taking in too many people like this guy.”




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Hillary spoke live on CNN this afternoon with Chris Cuomo.

Welcoming Cuomo to her hometown, Park Ridge Illinois, Hillary first addressed the EgyptAir crash, apparently a terrorist attack, and reinforced her three-pronged approach to fighting terrorism.

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Asked whether things are better or worse than when Obama took office, she cited progress but emphasized that it is important with the immigrant waves, to get European countries on board with security measures that are stronger.

Re: Donald Trump – Hillary said he says harmful things   e.g. barring Muslims. She said his approach is provocative, wrong-headed (e.g. praising the head of North Korea, criticizing our ally, letting other countries have nuclear weapons, pulling out of NATO), and potentially dangerous.

She said we have been effective in killing the head of ISIS and cutting off funding to them, but the entire world is listening to what Trump says.  She said that his statements disqualify him.  The statements are not off the cuff.  It is a pattern.

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Asked about the Nevada convention incident, Hillary said she was very disturbed by what she saw, but she has confidence that the party will unify based on the intensity in 2008. She said both she and Bernie Sanders are following the same rules.  Hillary said she was closer to Obama’s numbers by this point in 2008, and 40% of her supporters said they would not support Obama.  She said the differences between her and Sanders are minimal compared to their differences with Trump.

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Should she reach out to Sanders?  She said she has done that many times, and he must do his part.  In 2008 she did her part and so did Barack Obama.  She pointed to the Unity NH trip.

She takes Sanders at his word that he will fight against Trump. She said she will not get into naming a VP pick and said Trump will bring them together.

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She said again that she is not running against Trump but for the issues she is advocating.  Trump can say what he wants but Hillary thinks people want to know what the candidates will do.

Despite the fact that Trump is getting votes, Hillary pointed out that she is getting more votes.  She said she is not worried about what Trump says about her.  She is used to it.  She will go after what he says about other people (e.g. making fun of a disabled person). She does not feel compelled to defend her honor or her husband’s.

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On the path forward: The party will unify.  There will be discussion.  She will do her part to bring Sanders supporters in and then they will campaign against Trump with a strong compelling case to the American people.

Hillary feels optimistic about the country.  She said the next president must:

1. Provide positive results;

2. Protect America;

3. Unify the country.   Hillary believes she can do all three.

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What does she think her mom would tell her to do facing Trump in this election? She said her mom taught her always to get back up and dust yourself off when you are facing a bully. Her mom taught her resilience and the power of love and caring. If you are putting yourself in the public arena, everything is increased. Hillary feels she is the recipient of so much from her family and country. She said we are great.  If we work together we can stay great.

It was a good interview. Pivot completed as far as I can see.

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Hillary appeared second due to a request from Senator Sanders that he appear first and Hillary’s agreement since she had completed a panel forum at Central Baptist Church only nine minutes before air time for this Town Hall.

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Once again the Bernie Sanders part of the Town Hall ignored foreign policy – except that he doesn’t like trade agreements.

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Goldman Sachs speeches: She will release them when the others, including Republicans,  do and asked why there is one standard for her and another for everybody else.


Agrees that Guantanamo must be closed and hopes Congress works with President Obama on relocating the remaining prisoners.

Here are the questions in order.

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Hillary will face off against Bernie Sanders again tonight in a Town Hall in South Carolina that will air on CNN with Chris Cuomo moderating.

Show Hillary that you have her back.  Chip in what you can>>>>


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Hillary spent a full day campaigning in Iowa. Then she stepped into the big picture arena with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and an audience full of Iowans about to caucus in one week. Drake University hosted the event.

Bernie Sanders began by hearkening back to his Iraq War vote and encouraging people to hear what he said about that.  It is also instructive to listen to Hillary’s statement on her vote at that time – her rationale, what she did not say, and what she said her vote did not represent.

Martin O’Malley, upon question one, removed jacket and rolled up sleeves. He does this symbolic act every time.  Reminder, this is about a presidential election, not a Tony Award.  Onstage costume changes work fine in Evita and The Audience.  This is Iowa, not Broadway.  He always comes off very smoothly scripted, and he dances well too.  Did a pirouette right around the question of where his support goes when he finally drops out.

Hillary came on with a skip and a hop and expressed heartfelt appreciation for President Obama’s words about her.  She stood as soon as the questions commenced. She also danced a little – really danced!  Not metaphorically. Finally, foreign policy came up with Hillary onstage.  She said military intervention should always be a last resort.  On her Iraq War vote she countered that she has a much longer history than one vote.  That really needs to be the end of that talking point on all sides.

Topics came up for Hillary that did not come up for the others.  Aside from foreign policy and interventionism, there was Islamophobia.  She was also the only one asked how she would win Republicans over if elected.  Most inspirational president? Abraham Lincoln (with a few apologies to others we know).

I do not know what the Iowans will do next Monday, but if they are looking for someone ready to do the whole job, clearly that person is Hillary Clinton.

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This question came from an Air Force veteran, by the way.

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Jan 01

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Governor Mario Cuomo


We are terribly saddened by the passing of our friend Mario Cuomo. Mario’s life was the very embodiment of the American dream. When he placed my name in nomination at the 1992 Democratic Convention, he said government had “the solemn obligation to create opportunity for all our people.” In his three terms as Governor of New York, he honored that obligation. It was Mario Cuomo’s great gift and our good fortune that he was both a sterling orator and a passionate public servant. His life was a blessing. Our hearts and prayers go out to Matilda, Andrew, Margaret, Maria, Madeline, Christopher, his grandchildren, and all who were blessed by his life.

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