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These photos are not in a particular order. Most of them came from Twitter where the camera attention was almost fully upon the guest side where the presidential lineup was seated rather than on the family side.

Sully said his goodbyes at the Capitol. With the former president since last April when Barbara Bush passed away, he will go on to serve other veterans.

Hillary always has a fascination with church ceilings.

Brian Mulroney, James Baker, Alan Simpson

The day belonged to the Bush family, but understandably there were moments. Here is one.

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Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

Four former POTUSes in one tight shot.

Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

It was solemn and joyful. There were tears, and there was laughter. The grandsons were pallbearers. The granddaughters read scripture with remarkable poise and composure though their grief was evident. There were three former first ladies along with Melania Trump. There were four former presidents, the eldest being her bereaved spouse who sported a special pair of socks in honor of her commitment to literacy promotion.

Jon Meacham, Jeb Bush, and Susan Garrett Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and Barbara’s good friend, all read eulogies.

Representatives of the Johnson and Nixon families were present. Media did not supply names but  Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox are my guesses as they are the usual representatives at formal occasions. Chelsea Clinton also attended.

It was a moment in history, non-partisan, unified, and respectful in honor of a former first lady with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and many friends and fans of every stripe.

It was a traditional Episcopal service with beautiful music chosen by Barbara Bush herself.

And thus Barbara Pierce Bush, originally of Rye, NY and a Texas transplant as were so many Navy wives after World War II, was sent to her eternal rest by those who loved her.

The Secret Service posted this. Her detail remained with her until her casket was in the ground.

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

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Our hearts go out to the Bush family, and particularly the former president, her spouse of 73 years, George H.W. Bush.

Here is a nice picture taken at the repast.

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Highlights from the hours of mind-numbing “serious” GOP debate.

FTR Jeb also said his brother kept us safe.  That went over well on Twitter.

“When it comes to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe.” – Jeb

As if 9/11 did not happen on His brother’s watch.

Marco Rubio thinks Ronald Reagan defeated Communism

In Soviet Russia… RT : Reagan did not bring down Communism. Communism brought down Communism. It self-destructed.

Rubio also said China is constructing islands in the South China Sea.

Rubio complaining about synthetic islands in So. China Sea. Why did Republicans refuse to ratify LOST? Debate

Finally, it was time for Jimmy Fallon and his special guest for whom he reprieved his performance as The Donald.

In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has her hair pulled by host Jimmy Fallon (R) during an interview on the Tonight Show in New York in this image released on September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has her hair pulled by host Jimmy Fallon (R) during an interview on the Tonight Show in New York in this image released on September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

In this image released by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon, portraying Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear during a skit titled, "Trump calls Hillary" during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

In this image released by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon, portraying Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear during a skit titled, “Trump calls Hillary” during a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

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A good time was had by all!



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Just sayin’.


Hillary Clinton retweeted Kelly O’Donnell

Hillary Clinton added, How about “babies,” “children,” or “American citizens.”

I don’t know if my grandparents ever became citizens. I don’t think my grandmother lived long enough to.  So, though they came legally, in a way my mom and her three brothers were “anchor babies” who conceivably might have been sent to Austria-Hungary in the middle of a war when my grandmother died,  and my grandfather had to put the boys in foster care (i.e. public assistance).  Had that happened, three guys who fought fought in WW II on our side could have ended up fighting on the other side.   Our side also would have missed out on one machinist – my mom.

You reap what you sow.  The U.S. invested in them,  and they paid it back and forward.  That can be multiplied by millions from Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Germany between 1900 and 1910 whose children formed “the greatest generation” and fought the biggest war.



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It began because of this and erupted into a Twitter war between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.


Jeb Bush: ‘People need to work longer hours’

According to ABC News, Bush was asked a question about tax reform during an interview live streamed on Periscope, and said he believes the U.S. can achieve 4 percent growth.

“Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows,” Bush continued. “It means that people need to work longer hours.”

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When you are salaried at management level, you can work 33% + beyond a 40-hour  week as part of your job description and your employer, legally, does not have to pay you overtime. Who reaps the benefit of those longer hours? It does not put more money in your pocket, but you do it … to keep your job that you feel lucky to have.

Typically these folks have been recruited from the rank-and-file with the carrot being a few thousand dollars beyond their current salaries.  The slap in the face comes when an overtime push is needed and those working under their supervision pull in the time-and-a-half or double-time and they do not see an extra penny on the paycheck.  (President Obama has proposed a $55K minimum yearly salary on this practice.   We should all applaud and support this proposal!)

More commonly, people are stuck in part-time jobs without benefits.  This is calculated.  Employers avoid paying out for insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation and sick time by very simply hiring more workers at fewer maximum hours.  Even school districts do this. The upshot is that to make ends meet these workers need another part-time job and perhaps more than that.

Hillary Clinton  has spent the past few months listening to working Americans.  She immediately took issue with Bush’s statement by posting this graph on Twitter showing that productivity has increased steadily since 1970 while compensation has stagnated.

Anyone who believes Americans aren’t working hard enough hasn’t met enough American workers.

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The campaign took up the banner over the course of the day.


Working Americans need to know who is on their side.  It is not Jeb Bush and not any other Republican.   Corporate thieves chiefs have accumulated enormous wealth on the backs of hard-working Americans.

Don’t let them buy a presidential election and continue these outrageous practices with money you earned for them!

Know who has your back!

“I will not quit on you. I will fight for you. I will be there for you every single day.”—Hillary (via )

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While Kate McKinnon and Darrell Hammond were at 30 Rock putting finishing touches on the cold open of SNL’s season finale,  Hillary Clinton and her tall, handsome escort were being ushered to their seats at the packed Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre several blocks away.

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Video :  http://www.whosay.com/status/sararamirez/1103963

Bill and Hillary Clinton took in a matinee on Saturday of the widely acclaimed Peter Morgan play, The Audience,  in which Helen Mirren DBE zigs and zags achronologically among weekly audiences held by Queen Elizabeth II with the 12 prime ministers who have served over her 60+ years on the throne.

One of the most touching and powerful moments comes at the end of act one.  Just after this conversation – one of many Elizabeth has with her younger self – she is anointed Queen and accepts the very weighty crown that will dominate the rest of her life.


It is a scene with which Hillary certainly can identify.  Immediately after this, the curtain comes down for intermission during  which these two actors spend the entire time onstage as palace guard.  No doubt that particular role felt a wee bit more genuine yesterday.  As far as I could tell, the swords are authentic.
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Apparently. it was during intermission that the Clintons went backstage to greet the cast.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Bill and Hillary Clinton made the cultural rounds over the weekend and were playfully teased by Helen Mirren at her Broadway play “The Audience.”

One theatergoer noted, “In one scene, Mirren, as the Queen, is speaking to one of her prime ministers and says, ‘Well, you are better off with me than with what they have over there.’”

Mirren turned and stared right at the Clintons, and then the whole audience was in an uproar.

The couple went backstage during intermission.

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Mirren moves seamlessly from her 40s to her 20s to her 70s and back to her 30s with most costume changes occurring, almost miraculously, within seconds right onstage.  It is a magnificent tour-de-force for Dame Helen who is nominated for a Tony and earns it easily, appearing onstage fearlessly both with children and animals (an ancient theatrical taboo).  The little corgis, Mimi and Marco,  who hit their marks running, are rescues who, six weeks prior to their debut, were awaiting adoption.


Congrats are in order all around!  For all of these and for attracting the couple most sought after on the Great White Way!

Outer Critics Circle Awards!

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:  Richard McCabe

Founders Award for Excellence in Directing: Stephen Daldry!

We thank Sara Ramirez, of Hillary’s favorite TV show Gray’s Anatomy, for her video. Poetic justice that her tickets for this excellent production happened to be for this particular day.  Hope she had a chance to meet Hillary in all of the excitement!

Meanwhile, back at 30 Rock,  Darrell Hammond, who took over as SNL announcer after the death of Don Pardo, reprised his role as Bill Clinton to Kate McKinnon’s Hillary in a musical production previewing a summer of campaigning.


The Clintons were not the only political powerhouses to endure a satirical swipe.  In the Weekend Update  portion, Jeb Bush explained away allegations that his brother created ISIS by bestowing part of the credit on Dick Cheney as he should have done in reality in the first place.

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Is it fair to put a hypothetical question about the Iraq war to Jeb Bush (who is and isn’t running for POTUS depending on whether you are the media or the FEC)  knowing what we now  know and seemingly based on his last name?  To answer that, you have to remember what we knew then:  that his brother seemed determined to find a basis for resuming action against Saddam Hussein as a course correction of  his father’s abbreviated  campaign there.  It is a fair question given the blood ties, although the better  question probably would address the current situation and whether a President Jeb Bush would recommit boots on the ground against ISIL/ISIS/DAESH anywhere in the region.

Since this question has been raised, testier members of the media with a clear bias against Hillary Clinton,  like Jake Tapper, never tire of oversimplifying Hillary’s Senate vote to provide then President George W. Bush the power to act if actionable evidence arose.

It is a gross oversimplification to say that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of war in Iraq.  War was not what Senator Clinton voted for.  She voted for an extension of presidential power if it was warranted, and she provided strong parameters for that power along with warnings against abuse of that power.  She was very specific.

It was almost two years ago that I last posted these videos,  and once again I thank Sophie and Karen for finding and preserving them for us.  I would also like to lodge yet another complaint to the U.S. Senate for scrubbing all of her speeches as soon as she resigned and would remind them that the State Department archives video of past speeches.   (I say this knowing all about the issues surrounding space and storage on servers.  For those who really believe that all of those emails would have been archived on the DOS server, it is unlikely.  Server space is finite.  That is why automatic deletion occurs.  This is also why it is smart to create files for emails you want to retain.)

For the doubters and haters out there, rest assured.  Hillary Clinton will not shrink from responding to questions about emails, servers, or plans in the Middle East.




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The brilliant Karen Finney is now blogging at Media Matters.  Her latest is a must-read on the topic of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches in comparison with private funds accumulated by men, including past and current presidential hopefuls, on the Republican side of the aisle.  Hillary continually reminds us of the importance of data and evidence.  This article is a keeper.  File it away for future reference.

Rock on, Karen!  Thank you for proving that the best defense is careful analysis.


The Right’s Jeb Bush-Hillary Clinton Double Standard

Conservative Attacks On Clinton’s Wealth Follows Their Defense Of Romney



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Two years after the fact, right-wing media are trying to flip the narrative that sunk their presidential aspirations in 2012 by charging that current personal wealth and the fees for paid speeches since leaving the State Department make former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “out of touch.” Often aided by Beltway reporters who are fixated on Clinton’s so-called “money problem,” conservative pundits are trying to dispel any narrative that supports the majority of Americans’s belief that the potential Democratic nominee for president can relate to and understands average citizens.

The facts show that Clinton’s earnings on the speaking circuit are consistent with a number of men of similar prominence. According to one estimate, over 15 months from the end of her term as Secretary through May 2014, Clinton made $5 million dollars. In the 13 months before former Mayor Rudy Giuliani ran for president in 2007, he earned more than $11 million dollars, charging anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000. According to a number of reports former Secretary of State Colin Powell has received between $100,000 and $200,000 per speech, earning an estimated $6.7 million in speaking fees in 2000 alone.

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Hillary’s day spanned education from Pre-K – 16+ today.  In Tulsa, she joined George Kaiser  to kick off the “Talking is Teaching” Campaign  – a joint effort of her Too Small to Fail Initiative with the Kaiser Family Foundation,  CAP Tulsa,  and Tulsa Educare.


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Multi-Media Campaign Will Empower Parents and Family Members of Young Children to Realize Their Potential as Their Children’s First Teachers by Offering Tools and Tips to Boost Vocabulary and Early Learning

Tulsa, OK—Local community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma will come together today to join forces with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, to announce the launch of a new local campaign that will help parents and caregivers of children ages birth to five prepare their children for success in school and beyond.

Tulsa has notably emerged as a national leader in its commitment to early childhood education. The campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching”, has been developed in partnership with local community organizations that have extensive experience in improving early learning and health among Tulsa families, including the George Kaiser Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa, and Tulsa Educare. The campaign will use a community-wide approach—engaging pediatricians, business owners, faith-based leaders, librarians and others—to empower parents and caregivers to boost young children’s brain development and build their vocabularies by increasing the number of words they hear spoken to them every day.

Upon learning about the effort, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma and family physician Tom Coburn expressed support for the campaign: “When it comes to raising children no one knows better—or cares more—than parents.  Every parent wants to ensure the healthy development of their infants and toddlers.  I appreciate what the George Kaiser Family Foundation and others are doing to help convey to parents the best advice about what they can do to encourage the physical, cognitive and personal development of their children.”

When parents and caregivers talk, read and sing to their young children every day, they help develop important vocabulary as well as cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary for later learning. Put simply, the more words children hear spoken to them directly every day, the better they learn.

According to recent field research conducted, a majority of low-income parents, grandparents and other caregivers in Tulsa recognize that they personally have an impact on their child’s brain development.  Yet, many of those surveyed admit that they could be doing more on a daily basis to help their children increase their vocabulary:

  • Only 55 percent of parents and 47 percent of grandparents report reading to their children every day.
  • Fewer than half report telling their children a story, singing a song or playing a non-electronic game every day.

“Talking is Teaching” will share with parents and caregivers how simple actions—like describing objects seen during a walk or bus ride, singing songs, or telling stories for just five minutes, three times a day—can significantly improve a baby’s ability to learn new words and concepts.

“Through my involvement with Educare,” said Rondalyn Abode, Tulsa Educare parent and employee, “I was taught that I can be the very best teacher for my children. It’s good to have resources and support to help me do this.  The ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign will help bring resources and support to a broader audience, and it’s exciting that this is starting in Tulsa.”

In addition to creative messaging from the campaign that will appear throughout the community, local partners and pediatricians will disseminate messages directly to parents and caregivers using family toolkits developed with Sesame Workshop; and to pediatricians using clinical toolkits on early literacy developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The campaign will also test new technology developed by the Bezos Family Foundation to help remind parents to build these activities into their daily lives.

“Talking is Teaching” will be developed as a model that can be learned from and shared in other communities across the country.

A PDF of tips for parents is available for download at www.talkingisteaching.org. Additional samples of the message campaign will be made available to members of the press upon request.

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In Dallas, she joined Jeb Bush and Jim Hunt for the Globalization of Higher Education Conference.



Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton together again to talk education

(CNN) – Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton – two central figures in modern politics with 2016 prospects – joined forces Monday to talk global education.

In her keynote address, Clinton praised Bush’s dedication to education reform since serving two terms as governor of Florida, where he overhauled the state’s education system, introducing a school voucher program and banning using race as a factor in university admissions. If you are looking for more educational services, checkout LearnMate tutoring Adelaide on learnmate.com.au

The Globalization of Higher Education conference in Irving, Texas, hosted by Bush and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, was aimed at exploring the link between globalization and post-secondary education.

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Finally,  a tweet from Hillary herself!

. Great day launching . And, I made some new friends:

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Hillary made some changes to her previous plan to do a major policy speech due to recent developments in Syria.   She chose instead a theme for the evening that was most appropriate to the Constitution Hall setting –  freedom of speech, specifically the value of debate – particularly in the effort to effect bipartisan agreement.  Her only reference to current events was a remark affirming the value of debate.

She taught an extraordinary history lesson about the bipartisan alliance between Republican Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg and one of her long-acknowledged heroes, George Marshall,  in gaining approval for the Marshall Plan.  As always, I learned something new.  It is impossible not to when you hear her speak.

It was Hillary Clinton’s evening.  She was gracious, delightful, instructive, and her own woman.  Some speakers nudged her toward a 2016 run.

Our best compliments, Mme. Secretary!  It is an honor most richly deserved, and we could not be more delighted to see you receive it!  

Now – the  pictures.

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