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From the Clinton Foundation.

FORMER PRESIDENTS OBAMA, BUSH 43, CLINTON, BUSH 41 AND CARTER TO HEADLINE OCT 21ST CONCERT BENEFITING HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS

“Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” to Feature Country Icons ALABAMA;  Texas Legends The Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen; Plus Special Guests

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation today announced a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena the evening of October 21st featuring former Presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41 and Carter joined by top music performers. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert will go to the special hurricane recovery effort launched last month by the five living former U.S. presidents.

Together with all five living former presidents, the show at Reed Arena will feature Grammy winners and producers of 43 #1 hits, ALABAMA, joined by Texas legends The Gatlin Brothers, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen; legendary Grammy-award winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore; gospel legend Yolanda Adams; season three winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope; and rising country artist Stephanie Quayle, who Rolling Stone Country called one of the “Ten New Country Music Artists You Need to Know.” Country music star Lee Greenwood will emcee the event.

Tickets for the “Deep From the Heart” concert are now on sale at https://bush41.org/deep-from-the-heart.

“The 43rd President and I, and our distinguished colleagues in this ‘One America Appeal,’ are very grateful to these wonderful performers — some of them old friends, some of them new — for giving their time and talent to help the urgent cause of hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean,” said President Bush 41. “It’s important that those affected by these devastating storms know that, even if the path to recovery feels like a road that goes on forever, we’re with them for the long haul.”

The One America Appeal was launched September 7th when all five living former presidents aired a joint PSA on the NFL’s regular season opening broadcast and launched a website accepting tax-deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

Originally, the former presidents were inspired to come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which unleashed devastating flooding that threatened hundreds of thousands of Texans — and spurred thousands of first responders and neighbors into action. The effort has since expanded twice to include recovery efforts in Florida from Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Hurricane Maria.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and distribute donations to every dollar given goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations will be distributed to:

  • Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region
  • Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state
  • Florida Disaster Fund
  • Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition
  • The Fund for the Virgin Islands

“Thanks to our very generous underwriters, we can once again state that every dollar we raise through ticket sales for our ‘Deep From the Heart’ show will go to our designated hurricane recovery funds,” said David Jones, CEO of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. “So grab your friends and join us at Reed Arena on October 21st for what promises to be a truly unforgettable night – that also helps a lot of Americans.”

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About a week-and-a-half after finishing Hillary Clinton’s What Happened  I was

1) not ready to re-read it quite yet and

2) not ready to start reading anything else. I wanted it to sit with me awhile like a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

I looked for a good movie on TV and nothing appealed to me, so I checked out *On Demand and found Recount available.

I hadn’t watched it in years – double digit years. There was much that I had either forgotten, or never noticed, or had not realized the significance of the first time around.

Ron Klain is the central character in the film. Hillary gives him a shout out in her book as a member of her debate prep team. We see him often as a commentator on MSNBC as we do Jeremy Bash who is a major supporting character in the film. The first time I saw this movie, I really had no idea who they were besides dedicated campaign staffers.

I had forgotten that each campaign had called in a former secretary of state to manage the chaos that originated around the infamous ‘butterfly ballot’ in Palm Beach County, FL.  The Democrats brought Warren Christopher aboard, and the Republicans called on James Baker.

If you are unfamiliar with that ballot, here it is.

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The butterfly ballot necessitated the correct insertion of the ballot (the yellow part underneath) into the machine and the use of that blue-handled stick-pin to punch a hole in the appropriate place on the ballot beside the ticket you chose. The complaint among many seniors in Palm Beach County was that they thought they might have punched hole #4 for Buchanan when they meant to vote for Gore (#5).

The confusion that ensued comprised the possibilities that people may well have simply punched the wrong circle, those circles are pretty small and many older people are vision-impaired, or that they may have inserted their ballots incorrectly, or that they had not punched the ballot firmly enough resulting in CHAD (Card Hole Aggregate Debris ) not completely detached from the ballot or even a “dimpled” ballot, i.e. no hole at all – only a dimple or indentation. A machine recount, as we learned, could push the partially detached “debris” back into the ballot nullifying the vote. A manual recount would raise the issue of voter intent in the cases of dimpled ballots. Florida does have a law regarding voter intent.

This is pretty nitty-gritty stuff for former global diplomats to be dealing with … unless it is your vote. Bringing in Christopher and Baker was also necessitated by the fact that the entire election would pivot around Florida, and once Palm Beach County was in question, folks in other counties began to question whether their votes were counted. In other words, the election in Florida, where one candidate’s brother was governor, was in question and was a mess … a world-class mess.

Here are a few things I had forgotten.

Al Gore had the popular vote even before Florida was counted.

Al Gore did concede on election night. He called George W. Bush. Then he called back and retracted when he was told the Florida numbers were going haywire. He was stopped just short of delivering his concession speech on election night.

Here is one thing I had never paid attention to. One line might well have gone forgotten or fallen to the cutting room floor since the actual character never made an appearance in the film. In an organizational meeting, James Baker is told that Jesse Jackson has Black and Jewish senior citizens marching in the streets demanding that their votes be counted and, as he said, “Who can argue with that?”

He then told Ben Ginsberg, a campaign attorney, to call in Roger Stone and bring crowds to Tallahassee, Palm Beach, and Miami.

Yes. That Roger Stone. Yes, this James Baker, and that James Baker! He called in that Roger Stone!

We all know how this ended when it finally did on December 12, 2000. SCOTUS halted the recount, Gore decided not to pursue any other pathways still open (to Ron Klain’s agony) and delivered a televised concession speech in the most upbeat of his usual upbeat manners. Many of us cried.

Looking back on this after reading Hillary’s excruciating chapter on election night and the day after, I see a difference in myself. I was a Gore supporter. No question about that. I would even say an enthusiastic one. But I was not impassioned. I kicked in my contributions. I had a demanding job that did not permit me much free time, and I was certain that this country would not elect George W. Bush. He was a joke to me and ended up a joke on me.

For Hillary, I was impassioned. Hillary was a cause for me. Despite my job, I worked hard for her in 2008 and much, much harder in 2015-16. One reason was the lesson I had learned about how U.S. voters will elect a joke. Much more of it was a long history of Hillary appreciation. She had the best experience, was the hardest worker, had the best mind and the best plans, as usual.  I knew all about them and promoted them. I gave every way I could.

Yet, on election night, I was not among the sobbers. I was not one of those crying. First, I was in severe shock. I could not comprehend what happened. It was as if I had been kicked in the head or struck by lightning.  I heard that she had called Trump. Then, I was deflated. Completely. I could not move, think, type, or speak. I was a zombie. Walking Dead. (Mind you. I have lived in Haiti and seen and met true zombies. That is how I was. Exactly.)

Neither was I tearful the following morning. This was a formality. A speech she felt she had to give. I appreciated the thought and feeling she had put into her words and the courage of her delivery. But it all was unreal to me. I was still in warrior mode – zombie warrior. Much as she did in June 2008, she graciously conceded. I was angry in 2008, and I was confused in 2016 because I did not see how this had happened. Something was very wrong here, but crying was too simple, and it was not going to satisfy my soul.

Having read Hillary’s reaction I think hers was pretty close to mine (hers, obviously, must have been mine times 66 million). Just drained, traumatized. Something had gone terribly wrong. But what?

What went into her decisions, to call Trump, to delay the speech since she had not written one, to give the speech the next day, what she did in those crucial hours, she explains all of that in that chapter. We didn’t have a lot of solid answers then.

Since then, we have gradually learned a lot, but we don’t know everything. For that we need to hear from Robert Mueller’s team.

We know that Obama encouraged Hillary to concede quickly and that she agreed with that. When I said on social media that she did not want to put the nation through another 2000, I was reminded that this is not 2000.  That is true, but the effect would have been similar, and even now we do not have the answers and there was no provision or mechanism to hold things off until we did have the information.

It was not Hillary but Terry Gross who brought up the issue of questioning the legitimacy of the election  earlier this month. Hillary responded that she did not think we had a mechanism for that.

That is another issue that looms large in Recount. Mechanisms. Apparently, the way election law was written in Florida at the time (and I have zero reason to think this has changed), if you want a total recount in that state, you must ask for that recount first before you request recounts in specific counties. That may be bass-ackwards, but that is their law. Having first requested recounts by county, Gore’s team was, by law, unable to request a full recount of the state. This was temporarily overturned by the Florida Supremes who called for a full state recount which proceeded until SCOTUS reversed that decision and stopped it. Likely they halted it because there are always those annoying dates! You must have a state winner by the time the Electoral College meets. You must have a president by January 20 even if Congress has to choose.

Another point brought up in the course of the machinations was that SCOTUS really should have no voice at all in an election and only Congress should, but both sides had already filed suits that had reached the Florida Supreme Court. By default, appeals went to SCOTUS.

In an election, much of what happens in 50 states with 3,142 counties is a function of local laws. If you did not like what happened in 2000, specifically that came down to Florida and its 67 counties. At best it would mean changing state election laws, which I do not think they have. At worst that would involve making micro-changes at the county level.

As for 2016, it would likely require some Constitutional change – an amendment. The least complicated path would be to abolish the Electoral College which twice in this young century has handed us the unpopular president. The College misrepresents the population. Who knows how likely such an amendment would be given gerrymandering and dark money in elections? It would not be easy. But worth a try.

At the end of Recount a codicil is read providing that the SCOTUS decision applied exclusively to Bush v. Gore. In other words, it can never be seen or used as a precedent for any future case.

There is much to be learned from the past, but there are not necessarily permanent fixes to past obstacles.

 

 

 

 

 

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FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS’ “ONE AMERICA APPEAL” EXPANDS TO INCLUDE HURRICANE RECOVERY IN PUERTO RICO AND U.S.V.I.

Already expanded once to encompass Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, monies donated through OneAmericaAppeal.org will now also benefit two official recovery funds in the Caribbean

Responding to urgent, widespread need in the midst of a catastrophic hurricane season, the “One America Appeal” today announced their efforts will also aid the recovery from Hurricane Maria after it devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Official funds in each location have been identified to channel donations for Hurricane Maria relief: Unidos Por Puerto Rico, and the Fund for the Virgin Islands.

Now individuals, foundations and institutions making tax deductible donations at OneAmericaAppeal.org may choose to assist all three recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – or to direct their donation to a specific recovery effort – using the drop-down menu in the website’s donation section. Checks may also be mailed to the address on the website.

Launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition, Unidos Por Puerto Rico, or United for Puerto Rico, is a 50l(c)(3) organization staffed completely by volunteers. Donated funds will be processed by 1FirstBank of Puerto Rico and utilized under the direct guidance of the Office of the First Lady to help meet the immediate emergency aid needs of citizens. Eventually, funds will also be provided to help rebuild homes and local community facilities. The organization will provide the necessary material to rebuild these structures, as well as all-volunteer labor.

The Fund for the Virgin Islands was established by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been operating for more than 25 years supporting past relief efforts in the region. CFVI is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts.

Funds donated to the One America Appeal are received in a special restricted account established by the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar given go to assist the recovery from these highly destructive hurricanes. The other funds designated to receive support through the One America Appeal are: the Florida Disaster Recovery Fund; the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region; and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

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From the Clinton Foundation.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS’ “ONE AMERICA APPEAL” OFFICIALLY EXPANDS TO INCLUDE IRMA RECOVERY

Initial plan to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and Houston now will also direct monies raised to the Florida Disaster Fund

The “One America Appeal” launched last week by all five living former presidents to raise private money for hurricane victims today announced that their efforts will also aid Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Florida Disaster Fund, following its activation by Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

One hundred percent of funds donated to the Florida Disaster Fund will go toward disaster-related response and recovery because the fund has no overhead costs.

This weekend, One America Appeal is also launching a second public service announcement, “One America Appeal,” which will air during the NFL’s telecasts all day Sunday and Monday night. The PSA alerts viewers that online, tax-deductible donations may continue to be made at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims. In addition to the Florida Disaster Recovery Fund, donations will also be shared with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

The PSA “One America Appeal” can now be seen online at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

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FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS LAUNCH “ONE AMERICA APPEAL” TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS

Appeal initially planned to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims;
will be expanded to also help those affected by Hurricane Irma

All five living former American presidents have joined together to issue the “One America Appeal” to ask their fellow citizens and friends around the world to support the staggering recovery needs from Hurricane Harvey. As the nation carefully watches the advance of Hurricane Irma, the presidents stand ready to expand their appeal to help those affected by that storm.

The appeal will launch with the PSA “Our Friends in Texas,” which airs tonight on the NFL’s regular season opening game on NBC, and will continue with additional support and promotion from the NFL. A second PSA that addresses both hurricanes will launch over the weekend. A website for online donations is now live at OneAmericaAppeal.org.

The former presidents were inspired to come together to lend their support to the people and communities affected and to the first responders, organizations, volunteers and neighbors who have been providing assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has already displaced more than one million people and caused an estimated $180 billion in damages over its 300-mile path of destruction.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims. Donations are tax deductible. Funds designated to help victims of Hurricane Harvey will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

Now, as Hurricane Irma batters other communities and is predicted to hit many more, efforts are underway to evaluate how this appeal can help those affected by that storm.

The PSA “Our Friends in Texas” can now be seen online at OneAmericaAppeal.org. Other video materials, including the second PSA, will be added in the coming days.

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If you really want to go there, no one asked President George H.W. Bush to shut down his foundation when his son ran for and then won (well … was conceded) the presidency in 2000.  Neither did anyone suggest both H.W.’s and W’s foundations shut down when Jeb was running.  Where was the hue and cry? We have eschewed macros and graphics during this cycle because they are slick and often the sourcing is questionable.  Think this appears trustworthy.

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Then, since Jeb is, in fact, not the person running, there is this.
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There have been many Trump moves during this campaign that cause Hillary supporters to ask, “What if Hillary had done that?”  There are reports that Trump profited off the campaign in a few ways.  First by renting office space in Trump Tower to the campaign as headquarters and then by jacking up the rent.   Then there is the matter of his diverting campaign donations to buy $55,000 worth of his own book, from which he collected royalties, to stuff gift bags for delegates at the convention.

Delegates to the DNC who received free copies of Hard Choices in your gift bags, please raise your hands!  OH!  Nobody!

As to Trump’s tax returns, yet to be released, his son thinks this is a “bad idea” for the most outrageous of reasons.

Eric Trump: Dad Would Be ‘Foolish’ to Release Taxes

According to Eric Trump, it would be “foolish” for his father Donald to release his income-tax returns amid the presidential race. “You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things they know nothing about,” the 32-year-old spawn of the real-estate mogul said on CNBC Wednesday.

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So, wait a minute!  The thing all working and even many retired Americans are required to do once a year is going to confuse people?  Run that by us again?

To learn more about the Clinton Foundation go here >>>>

2014 Consolidated Expenditures

  • 87.2% Program Services
  • 8.6% Management and General
  • 3.7% Fundraising
  • 0.5% Provision for Uncollectible Pledges

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As for the talk about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “calendars” they can be found here, as published by the State Department,  for anyone who would like to go through the tedious process of checking out whom she met and when.

Why are the cable news folks not reporting Trump’s shenanigans?  What have we got to lose?  Her!

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The funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley CA. Rev. Stuart Kenworthy,  Vicar of the National Cathedral, officiated.  First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President George W. Bush, former First Ladies Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter attended.  Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was there along with other former First Daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox.  I am pretty sure I saw Susan Ford Bales.  Nancy Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were there and also Former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

Former President George W. Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Former President George W. Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, Former Secretary of State James Baker, Tom Brokaw, Patti Davis, and Ron Reagan gave stirring and humorous eulogies.  Ron, endearingly,  had a little bit of trouble controlling his emotion near the end of his tribute.

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The Ave Maria, Amazing Grace, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic were sung.
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SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 11:  Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L), Caroline Kennedy and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) follow the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, CA – MARCH 11: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L), Caroline Kennedy and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) follow the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Rosalynn Carter, left, Caroline Kennedy, center, and Hillary Clinton, right, leave the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Friday, March 11, 2016, in Simi Valley, calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rosalynn Carter, left, Caroline Kennedy, center, and Hillary Clinton, right, leave the funeral service for former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Friday, March 11, 2016, in Simi Valley, calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L-R), Caroline Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton walk to the grave site after the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 11:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, CA – MARCH 11: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows the casket during funeral and burial services for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. The first lady is being buried at the library next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Nancy Reagan died of heart failure at the age of 94. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The casket was led outside by a piper who also played Amazing Grace and Going Home.  A military band played Danny Boy, God Bless America, the Navy Hymn, and America the Beautiful.

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Former secretary of state James Baker (L) waits in a receiving line with former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) as they pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former secretary of state James Baker (L) waits in a receiving line with former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) as they pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L) and former first lady Hillary Clinton wait in line to pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (L) and former first lady Hillary Clinton wait in line to pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton touches the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton touches the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) greets Patti Davis as she and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (C) greets Patti Davis as she and former first lady Hillary Clinton (R) pay their respects during the funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton looks at the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Patti Davis, left, greets Rosalynn Carter as Hillary Clinton looks at the casket during the graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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The sky opened up and it poured. That is always a good sign and a blessing at a funeral.

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Patti and Ron did a great job.  The arrangements were beautiful. Condolences to the family and best compliments on a beautiful service and memorial to your mom.

Hillary sat down with Andrea Mitchell prior to the ceremonies.

 

 

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