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Rebecca Traister was recently given unusually extended access to Hillary, interviewing her over a period of months this Spring and ending just this morning at Wellesley.  This profile is set for the May 29 issue of New York Magazine. It’s a hefty weekend read. There might be tears. Just saying.

Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.

The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.


Photographs by Lynsey Addario

Hillary backstage at a speech in May.

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When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. Wearing no makeup and giant Coke-bottle glasses, dressed in a gray mock-turtleneck and black zip sweatshirt, Hillary looks less Clinton and more Rodham than I have ever seen her outside of college photographs. It’s the glasses, probably, that work to make her face look rounder, or maybe just the bareness of her skin. She looks not like the woman who’s familiar from television, from newspapers, from America of the past 25 years, but like the 69-year-old version of the young woman who came to the national stage with a wackadoodle Wellesley commencement speech in 1969. With no more races to run and no more voters to woo with fancy hair, Clinton appears now as she might have if she’d aged in nature and not in the crucible of American politics. Still, this is not Hillary of the woods. She is reemerging, giving speeches and interviews. It’s clear that she is making an active choice to remain a public figure.

It’s the day after Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey, the man who many — including Clinton — believe is responsible for the fact that she is spending this Wednesday in May working at a dining-room table in Chappaqua and not in the Oval Office. Clinton checks with her communications director, Nick Merrill, about what’s happened in the past hour — she’s been exercising — and listens to the barrage of updates, nodding like a person whose job requires her to be up-to-date on what’s happening, even though it does not.

“I am less surprised than I am worried,” she says of the Comey firing. “Not that he shouldn’t have been disciplined. And certainly the Trump campaign relished everything that was done to me in July and then particularly in October.” But “having said that, I think what’s going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry, and I think that’s terrible for our country.”

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Oh please! Can we not all go swooning and sobbing over Rebecca Traister’s passive-aggressive treatment of Hillary and her campaign?

Clinton stood alongside Barack and Michelle Obama before a crowd of 33,000 people outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the spot where the architects of the nation had endowed its citizens with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — as they built their new country on the backs of enslaved African-Americans and subsidiary women.

The founders did not “endow the citizens.” Traister takes the Republican deification of the founders to an even higher level. The document says “all men are created equal.”  We chose to interpret that generic “men” as “people,” and that is fine, but nationality and citizenship are not specified.  The proper interpretation is “all people” (on earth) are “endowed by the Creator” with these inalienable rights. Americans are not endowed by America’s founders with these rights. They are among God-given human rights (the implication is that there are other rights as well), according to the document.

The enormity of the upset came at the end of what had already been a traumatic election for the women and immigrants and people of color to whom Clinton was trying to appeal, and who had spent months being derided, threatened, groped, caricatured, insulted, and humiliated by Donald Trump and his supporters.

I don’t know about the groping part, but what was most dramatic at his rallies were the actual physical attacks on people, male and female, who were, usually quietly, protesting Trump and his policies in some way.

Clinton was surely a flawed candidate; but Trump was a catastrophically awful one. The disparity is enough to make one wonder if she ever really had a chance.

This is a meme. In what way was Hillary a flawed candidate? All candidates have flaws. No one is perfect. If Hillary were a man, would she be called “flawed?” This meme had been repeated so often by Election Day that many simply accepted it, and clearly Traister has bought into it.  Hillary is not perfect and was not a perfect candidate, but she was as close to perfect as we are likely to see for a good long time.

In debates, when attacked as a member of the corrupt global oligarchy, Clinton would bleat about being a woman, a grandmother, different from literally everyone else ever to have been on a general-election presidential-debate stage, yet her claims never really landed.

Excuse me? “Bleat?” Words mean things. The metaphor here is that of a nanny goat. Insulting.

White women voters have consistently marked their ballots Republican since the 1970s: 56 percent of them voted for Romney over Obama in 2012, 53 percent for McCain over Obama in 2008, 55 percent for George W. Bush over John Kerry in 2004.

Not sure what the point of this is. It explains nothing. Romney and McCain lost. Bush won. What is the point?

“Crying as if someone died” is a text message I received from more than one friend last week. And it is as if someone died: a dream of what we could have been, of the president we could have had. And about the loss of one of the most inspiring (and sure, flawed, but good God am I tired of having to always acknowledge that she was flawed) leaders many of us will know.

And she doubles down on the “flaw? meme.

The media narrative about the wretchedness of her political skills has obscured the fact that Hillary Clinton was a pretty great candidate for the presidency. Not a magnetic or inspiring speaker, no. The bearer of way too much awkward baggage, yes. But also: steady and strong and strategic and smart. Despite being under investigation by Congress and the FBI and the media, despite having her State Department emails made public, despite having her campaign staff’s emails hacked, despite being married to a man whose legislative and personal history made him deeply problematic, and despite the rolling waves of sexism directed at her and the racism directed at her predecessor and political partner Obama, she literally won the popularity contest.

“The wretchedness of her political skills,” the media meme Traister does nothing to banish. Hillary did everything she was supposed to do, and she did it all thoroughly and assiduously. She listened to the people. She took note of their concerns. She did her homework. She worked out solutions with expert advisors.  Let’s completely ignore that the purpose of the investigations was to do exactly what they accomplished: tarnish her image politically, hobble her, defeat her bid for the highest office in the land. There was never a legitimate reason for Benghazi – come server – come email investigations. The purpose was #NeverHillary. They accomplished that.

Let’s leave WJC out of this.  He was not running. She was.  He did leave office with a 60% approval rating, so what was the point there?

Why this November 14 New York Magazine article is suddenly circulating today is beyond me.  Like every post-mortem so far, it is a balloon-drop of possibilities with no solid conclusion. Back in May 2016, Traister told us how she came to Hillary slowly, and judging from some of her TV appearances, a little grudgingly.  We can see this opus as a glass half full: we are glad she got there at all.  Or we can view it as half-empty: setting up the article within the frame of the founders-as-demi-gods meme.  This stands as a premise she does nothing to shatter.


To circulate this uncritically as “read-cry-share?” Sorry. Traister needs to shed a lot more of her hidden anti-Hillary baggage before I would do that.  Read it, by all means, but do so with your virtual red pen not with a box of tissues.


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Hillary’s much-anticipated first print interview since leaving the State Department hit the stands today amid the usual 2016 speculation and gossip further stimulated by Bill Clinton’s appearance on GPS with Fareed Zakaria.

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While pundits busily speed-dial their individual Hillaryland insiders, we do best to bear in mind that these interviews, his and hers, coincide with the kick-off this week of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and have much more to do with that and Hillary’s new job, projects and efforts than with 2016.

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Here is a bit of the article, but, like me, you are probably going to want your own souvenir hard copy.

Hillary in Midair

She’s learned from her mistakes. Three years before November 8, 2016, she’s working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring.

By Joe HaganPublished Sep 22, 2013

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Photo: Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive

For four years, Hillary Rodham Clinton flew around the world as President Barack Obama’s secretary of State, while her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, lived a parallel life of speeches and conferences in other hemispheres. They communicated almost entirely by phone. They were seldom on the same continent, let alone in the same house.

But this year, all that has changed: For the first time in decades, neither one is in elected office, or running for one. Both are working in the family business, in the newly renamed nonprofit that once bore only Bill’s name but is now called the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which will hold its annual conference in New York next week.

“We get to be at home together a lot more now than we used to in the last few years,” says Hillary Clinton. “We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim.

“You know,” she says, “just ordinary, everyday pleasures.”

In the world of the Clintons, of course, what constitutes ordinary and everyday has never been either. So the question was inevitable: Given who he is, and who she is, does Bill, among their guffaws over the dogs and stupid movies, harangue her daily about running for president?

To this, Hillary Rodham Clinton lets loose one of her loud, head-tilted-back laughs. “I don’t think even he is, you know, focused on that right now,” she says. “Right now, we’re trying to just have the best time we can have doin’ what we’re doin’. ”

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Cannot refrain from saying how much I love to hear Hillary laugh!

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Both Bill and Hillary Clinton are talking to the media, but before everyone jumps to 2016 conclusions,  let’s understand that we are likely to be seeing Clintons on the horizon with some frequency over the upcoming week as they host heavy hitters from all over the globe at the 2013 Clinton Global InitiativeLive feeds will be streamed here.

This will be the first year that Hillary will be able to participate fully since accepting the post of Secretary of State.   Over the past four years she did make time to address participants but was otherwise occupied during the week representing all of us at the U.N. General Assembly.  She will not be subject to that obligation this year,  and we can all be assured that both her husband and her daughter will be thrilled to have her aboard for the long run this time around.


For starters, we can look forward, on Sunday, to seeing former President Clinton (and informal Obama Administration “Secretary of Explaining Stuff”) with Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s GPS discussing the  Syrian weapons deal.  Most assuredly he will be granting other interviews in the course of the week likely on morning and evening news broadcasts.

Meanwhile,  Hillary’s first interview with the print media since leaving the State Department will be available when New York Magazine hits the stands on Monday coinciding with the opening of CGI according to Politico.

Hillary Clinton grants interview to N.Y. Mag

Hillary Clinton is pictured. | Reuters


After an eight-month hiatus, Hillary Clinton is talking to the media again.

Earlier this month, the former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate sat down with New York Magazine’s Joe Hagan for her first major interview since leaving the State Department on Feb. 1, POLITICO has learned.

The interview is expected to be published in print and online on Monday, the first day of the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. All three Clintons — Hillary, former President Bill, and daughter Chelsea — are featured speakers at the event.

A Clinton spokesperson declined to comment on the interview; Hagan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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We know that Mme. Secretary has been working assiduously out of camera range getting her own initiative, Too Small to Fail, organized and off the ground.  A joint effort between the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation Too Small to Fail is dedicated to the health and well being of children aged 0-5.   Yesterday, the foundation announced the formation of leadership and advisory councils for the initiative, and we can be sure that Hillary and her team will be diving into their projects over the coming week.

Even when she is not in front of the camera lenses,  our Hillary seems to be in the news and on our screens with great regularity due to all the 2016 speculation, but it will be wonderful to see her addressing and explaining her new endeavors.  She, as we all know, is an excellent “explainer” herself!

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At the Golden Heart  Awards on October 16,  Michael Kors will present his inaugural award for Outstanding Community Service to Hillary Clinton who clearly needs a museum in which to store and display the many awards and honors she continues to collect.

Hillary Clinton Honoured By Michael Kors

01 August 2013 Sarah Karmali

Picture credit: PA

HILLARY CLINTON is to receive the first ever Michael Kors Award. The accolade is a new addition to the God’s Love We Deliver awards, handed out in recognition of outstanding community service.

“I am deeply honoured to present Mrs Clinton with this award that means so much to me,” Kors told WWD. “She is a dedicated and enormously effective humanitarian whose commitment to community service encompasses the whole planet. Thanks to her talent, devotion and unrelenting efforts on behalf of those with much less, she has improved millions of lives and helped lay the foundation for a better, more just world.”

The annual charity awards will take place this year on October 16 – World Food Day.

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Why Hillary Clinton Is Fashion’s Favorite Candidate

By Charlotte Cowles

Michael Kors announced today that he’ll present Hillary Clinton with his first-ever eponymous award for Outstanding Community Service at the annual Golden Heart Awards in October, WWD reports. This marks the second time this year that Clinton will come to New York for a fashion-heavy, celebrity-studded event on the arm of a renowned designer. In June, she was the star guest at the CFDAs, where she presented Oscar de la Renta with his Lifetime Achievement honor. That same night, Oscar blew up her spot while they were both onstage and announced, “Perhaps she wouldn’t like me to say this, but I think she’s going to be our next president.” The crowd then burst into applause while Clinton smiled awkwardly.

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If you are Hillary Clinton and receiving all of these awards, you simply have to get used to your friends telling you that you should be president.  Many of us have been saying that since 2008.

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Oh the difference between then and now!  When Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, press releases with scheduled events regularly appeared in my inbox.  Now, all is speculation.  Here are some possibilities in the near and far future.

Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush at Politico went out on a long limb today with a prediction of personnel who might be part of a campaign for Hillary Clinton 2016.  Most of the names were predictable, and without mentioning anyone in particular, I would suggest an infusion of manners to a few of them before they begin sending emails in her name.  We may be Democrats and relatively informal people,  but this New Dem tendency of addressing people with “hey” in the subject line is offensive and unbecoming anyone associated with Hillary.

Forecasting the nature of a possible campaign of a so far undeclared candidate,  they asserted, based on unnamed sources,  that Hillary will activate a Twitter account soon.

After 2008, who would Hillary Clinton hire?


One indication Clinton’s team might lean toward the latter in 2016: She is likely to soon start posting to the soon-to-be-activated @hillaryclinton on Twitter, signaling her first personal foray into the medium outside her official State Department account, according to a person familiar with the situation.

One small correction I would make to that passage:  That would not be her first personal foray into the Twittersphere.   Veterans of HillaryClinton.com will remember her Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter accounts from 2008.  The Twitterfeed ended rather abruptly right before South Dakota, if I remember correctly.  Her website was where I learned abut Twitter, and I joined to be able to follow her.  At first, I actually thought it was something she had invented because it sounds like the kind of word she would use – like “Townterview,”  for example.  I even posted a comment or sent an email,  I cannot remember which, asking if she had made that up.

We hope her social nets are more regularly moderated than in 2008 when it seemed to so many of us that the only person whose blog comments were approved were those of my dear friend Normita Fenn.   We laugh about it now but felt ignored in 2008.  It was frustrating.

In the nearer, and probably more predictable future, we see New York Magazine suggesting that our girl might attend the CDFA awards next Monday where she will possibly present an award to her friend and frequent designer, Oscar de la Renta.  We love seeing her in evening wear and hope this is true.

Hillary Clinton May Attend the CFDA Awards

Meanwhile, the presenter of Oscar de la Renta’s Founder’s Award is still a mystery, but WWD reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton just might be on deck. Clinton is an old friend of the de la Renta’s and has worn his designs on several major occasions, most notably to her daughter Chelsea’s wedding as well as her husband’s second Inaugural Ball in 1997. This wouldn’t be her first time attending the CFDA Awards on the designer’s behalf; in 2002, she went as his date in this gloriously poufy-sleeved ensemble. Here’s hoping next Monday brings a repeat of this moment:

I would also like to thank Mme. Secretary again for her kindness and patience taking time yesterday to meet me. She is most gracious and generous.  I was so enthralled that I completely forgot to ask her how I can get her press releases.

I love this picture!


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New York Magazine has an article about our Hillary.

Hillary Clinton on Kissinger, Albright and Women


WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama stands after addressing the nation on TV from the East Room of the White House to make a televised statement May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad, Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and his body is in possession of the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama;

Departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently shared some of the wisdom gleaned from twenty years in the White House with Mitt Romney’s favorite magazine, The Economist. Clinton has visited 95 countries and traveled 730,000 miles since joining Obama’s cabinet, and Kirsten Gillibrand recently told BuzzFeed that she’ll be “one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.” In the lengthy interview, Clinton got kind of whimsical about the past and talked about signing a treaty she’d never heard about.

Some of the choice bits:

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