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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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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 sat down for an interview with Jake Tapper yesterday that aired on State of the Union this morning. The questions that came up and her responses appear in the banners beneath the photos.

What is probably most striking about the past several days is how Hillary is being closely associated with the legacy of the Clinton Administration.  She revisited both her words from back then and her husband’s legacy by asserting that you do not simply put a policy into practice, turn your back, and walk away.  You go back and assess the effects over time and make changes as necessary.

She pointed out that Senator Sanders regularly faults both the Clinton and the Obama Administrations without ever calling out the George W. Bush Administration.

Hillary explained her $12 federal minimum wage floor by way of local economies.  As a person who was once responsible for payrolls in five different states, I can attest that a single salary base for the same job across the nation actually amounts to unequal pay for equal work. Hillary has long stood for equal pay and said she supports the $12 minimum but encourages a higher minimum where it can be supported, but she also pointed out that, with an eye toward economic stability, the recent increases are being phased in.

Hillary is optimistic about the progress she is making in the primaries and expects to get to the 2383 before the convention.  She steadfastly maintained that she would prefer a Sanders White House to a Trump or Cruz White House, but she does not expect a contest on the convention floor.

Bernie Sanders told Tapper that  he “is not sure what kind of president she [Hillary] would make.”  Dems fightin’ words, Mr. Senator!  He told George Stephanopulos on This Week a little later that he will take the fight to the convention because he brings in many more Independents.  Great!  Not sure Democrats will go for that argument.

On another note, Bernie keeps accusing the Clinton campaign of politicizing the Sandy Hook massacre. Just to be clear on that, it was the families who prevailed upon him for an apology, not Hillary’s campaign.  When he held his line, family member, as voting citizens, their support to Hillary whose agenda more closely exemplifies theirs.  Just saying.  See this.

And the beat goes on.

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With Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Hillary discussed, among other things, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where she is going today), the Sanders campaign allegations on banking influences, and the “shout out” from male pundits.


  1. She is very well-informed on the subject of lead poisoning from both a medical and an infrastructure point of view.  She knows what needs to be done, medically, for the children exposed to the toxic water, and she also knows what needs to be done to the water lines. Do any other candidates from either party have the battery of information on this subject that Hillary has?DSCN2808 DSCN2809
  2. She explained, once again, how her financial plan is broader than Bernie Sanders’s plan as she also is going after giant corporations that gouge the public and evade taxes. She said she doesn’t understand why he doesn’t join her in this battle. DSCN2820
  3. As to the shouting, she said we all know that we are still dealing with a double standard and that sexism is not a thing of the past. By the way, anyone who listened to her at her Portsmouth event last night must admit that her normal tone at rallies is conversational not the full-volume blast that Bernie continually puts out.DSCN2822 DSCN2823 DSCN2824


Great quote: “Anger’s not a plan and venting’s not a strategy.”

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, she voiced her appreciation of Bernie’s SNL stint. She also took on the extreme remarks of Marco Rubio on abortion in last night’s GOP debate. There, too,  she took on the spin about the bankruptcy bill – specifically with regard to the effect of the proposals on separated and divorced women and their children. She said she is not going to take the Sanders smears anymore, but largely, she was arguing against comments by Elizabeth Warren there.  As to the Goldman Sachs speeches, she said everyone who has given speeches to private organizations should then release their transcripts and the standard, if this is going to be the new standard, should apply to all.


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She also discussed the Flint situation on Meet the Press.  (That repeats later on MSNBC.)  She was on Face the Nation as well.  That repeats later on CBSN.




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pointed way to an economy that works for all. Now we need to step up & deliver for the middle class.

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Candy managed a huge Sunday morning “get” by having pre-recorded this interview on Thursday before the blizzard crippled Washington. Here is the transcript.

Washington, DC
February 4, 2010

QUESTION: First of all, thank you so much. It’s an honor to have you on this first show. I wanted to talk to you first about the past month. We have seen a would-be terrorist frighten a lot of people on a plane over Detroit, we have gotten Usama bin Ladin’s tape, and we have now been warned by the U.S. Government that it is certain that there will be an attempted attack on the U.S. or on Americans in the next one to six months. Is there a reason Americans should not look at that and think the risk factor is up?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Candy, first of all, congratulations on your new show. I really wish you well. You have a lot to contribute to Sunday morning television.

I think what’s fair for Americans to think is that we have had a continuing threat from al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations over many years now. It hasn’t gone away. We have contained it. We’ve worked very hard to do so. But over the last six months, we have seen attacks foiled, people arrested and charged, so that you have to be constantly vigilant. And that’s what everybody working in this government at all levels attempts to do.

In the last month, because of the high-profile attempt on the airplane, people’s attention became very focused. But a bin Ladin tape is nothing new; it comes and goes depending upon when he decides to do it. But I think it’s really important for people to just go along with their daily lives. I mean, you can’t be deterred or discouraged or fearful about what’s happening, and we just have to do everything we can to keep America safe.

QUESTION: Can you give me a feel for is the risk higher, is al-Qaida stronger now than a year ago?

SECRETARY CLINTON: It’s very difficult to make that kind of assessment because they’ve always been plotting against us. I was a senator from New York on 9/11. I was honored to serve the people of New York until I took this job. I thought about it every day. I got intelligence every day, somebody was thinking about that or we picked up information about a plot there. So to me, who has followed this very closely since 9/11, I don’t see them as stronger, but I see that they are more creative, more flexible, more agile. They evolve. They are, unfortunately, a very committed, clever, diabolical group of terrorists who are always looking for weaknesses and openings, and we just have to stay alert.

QUESTION: If they’re more agile and more clever, are there more of them? And doesn’t that sort of add up to more risk?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I don’t know if there are more of them. We have certainly degraded their capacity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We know that. As the President said the other night, we have killed and captured a significant number of al-Qaida’s top leadership as well as people in the Taliban organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan who cooperate with them.

We see some new areas of threat emanating from Somalia and Yemen. But whether that’s now in the cumulative greater, or whether because the numbers in Afghanistan and Pakistan have decreased, it’s about the same but with the unfortunate fact that they are committed to killing and destroying innocent people in their own countries as well as around the world, including the United States.

QUESTION: While we’re in that region, let me ask you about Afghanistan. U.S. troops cannot get out of there unless there is a stable Afghan Government. Hamid Karzai, as of this point, does not have a full cabinet. They are now trying to bring in not just foot soldiers, bring them back into the fold, not just Taliban foot soldiers, but some higher-ups. Do you have any doubt in your mind that Hamid Karzai can get his act together and put together a stable government?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I think that the strategy that the United States and more than 44 countries are pursuing in Afghanistan obviously requires that we have a good partner in President Karzai and the Afghan Government. That doesn’t mean that we’ll always do what he wants or he will always do what we want, but we do expect to see a level of competency and capacity.

QUESTION: Have you seen it?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, actually, there are areas of very positive cooperation. He may not have a full cabinet, but the cabinet members he has are people who many of us view as honest and effective, productive. We work with them on a daily basis – the defense minister, the finance minster – people who are really producing results for Afghanistan.

I’ve spent a lot of time with President Karzai, most recently about a 90-minute one-on-one conversation in London. I think he has really stepped up since his second inaugural address. He laid out a roadmap there. He is trying to follow that roadmap. But I always remind myself that, what, five or six years into a new nation that has no history of democracy, let’s be realistic about the kind of support that this new government and the president needs. So I think we have to put this into a more balanced perspective. It’s neither as bad or as good, just like most of life and most of the situations I deal with around the world. And I think we have developed a much stronger understanding and partnership in the last year going forward.

QUESTION: So no doubts that Karzai is the man to pull this together?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, he is the president of the country and I very much respect the authority that he has. He has asked for help, most recently at the London conference, but he also has his own ideas, as do the Afghan people. So in any relationship with any country, think of some of our oldest allies like France or England, you’re not always going to get 100 percent agreement, but you work with the leaders and you work with the people. We’re not yet turning the corner, but we are sort of inching our way forward to being able to do so. So I think, on balance, we are in this with people and countries who are committed to the same outcome.

QUESTION: Shall we leave the Karzai doubt question on the table?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I mean, I don’t agree with any other single leader in the world. I mean, I don’t – I mean, obviously, we have a lot —

QUESTION: I just think that’s a little different from are you a little worried that he’s not going to be able to pull this off. And I pursue it only because that’s the only way U.S. troops are going to get pulled out.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, but see, I think that we have looked at President Karzai through a lens that is not rooted in reality. I mean, we do business with leaders all the time, some of whom are great American allies, that have a lot of questions raised about them. But we do an assessment: What’s in the best interest of America? What’s in our national security? What advances our interests and our values? What keeps Americans safe?

And so why should we take one leader out and put him apart from all the other leaders we deal with and raise all those doubts, instead of saying, look, we’ve got work to do and we’re doing it. We are doing it day by day and I think we are making progress.


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QUESTION: I wanted to bring your attention to something that President Obama said in his inaugural a little more than a year ago: “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Has Iran unclenched its fist?
QUESTION: How about North Korea?
SECRETARY CLINTON: No, not to the extent we would like to see them. But I think that’s – that is not all to the story. Engagement has brought us a lot in the last year. Let’s take North Korea first and then we’ll go to Iran.
In North Korea, when we said that we were willing to work with North Korea if they were serious about returning to the Six-Party Talks and about denuclearizing in an irreversible way, they basically did not respond in the first instance. But because we were willing to engage, we ended up getting a very strong sanctions regime against North Korea that China signed onto and Russia signed onto and right now is being enforced around the world.
QUESTION: Did the extended hand of the U.S. help in any way that you can point to?
SECRETARY CLINTON: It did. Because we extended it, a neighbor like China knew we were going the extra mile and all of a sudden said you’re not just standing there hurling insults at them, you’ve said all right, fine, we’re willing to work with them. They haven’t responded, so we’re going to sign on to these very tough measures.
Similarly, in Iran, I don’t know what the outcome would have been if the Iranian Government hadn’t made the decision it made following the elections to become so repressive. But the fact is, because we engaged, the rest of the world has really begun to see Iran the way we see it. When we started last year talking about the threats that Iran’s nuclear program posed, Russia and other countries said, well, we don’t see it that way. But through very slow and steady diplomacy, plus the fact that we had a two-track process – yes, we reached out on engagement to Iran, but we always had the second track, which is that we would have to try to get the world community to take stronger measures if they didn’t respond on the engagement front.
QUESTION: I want to turn to Haiti for a minute. We’re in there with a lot of people. They’re doing a lot of talking, and what they’re finding is Haitians saying we wish the American Government would come in here and take over because they don’t think their government is capable in the post-rescue period of rebuilding Haiti. What’s wrong with that idea?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Candy, I’m very proud of what not only our country has done, both our military and particularly our civilians and our new USAID Administrator Raj Shah – everybody has just stepped up and performed admirably. So have other countries. This has been a global response. But the fact is there is a legitimate government with authority in Haiti despite the —
QUESTION: A really weak government.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, the fact is that we were working with them before the earthquake. One of my goals as Secretary of State, which the President agreed with, was for us to work with that government and try to help them implement a national development plan. And we had spent a lot of time on that. In fact, what’s so tragically ironic is that, literally, the night before the earthquake, on PBS there was a – the NewsHour had a long segment about the progress that was being made in Haiti under this very same government. Unfortunately, all of that was upended by the earthquake.
What we’re doing along with our international partners is to work with the Haitian Government so that there is a mechanism for coordination. They have to be part of it because they have the legal authorities. Unless a government or a bunch of governments is going to occupy Haiti, which would have all kinds of very unfortunate implications, we have to help support the Haitian people and their government. There’s a lot of talk going on, a lot of conference calls flying back and forth, the trip that I made to Montreal for the conference, and I’m confident we’re going to come up with a system.

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QUESTION: UN envoy to Haiti, you may know, is Bill Clinton.
QUESTION: I’m just curious how that works exactly. Does he give you reports? Does he call up and say, “Hello, Secretary of State?” (Laughter.) And really, who’s the boss here?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, he was appointed, again, months and months ago and was working on the private sector. He had brought hundreds of business people from around the world to sign contracts to employ people in Haiti. And now he’s been asked by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to continue and enhance his role because of the earthquake.
He talks to the people who I work with. He doesn’t – it’s not me. It’s Raj Shah and Cheryl Mills and all the other teams.
QUESTION: He doesn’t say, “Give me the big Kahuna here?” (Laughter.)
SECRETARY CLINTON: No, I mean, he talks to people who are really working on this 24 hours a day. Obviously, we talk about it, too. We have a special place in our heart for Haiti, having gone there during our honeymoon many years ago. And it’s a place that is captivating. The people are so resilient and they deserve so much better than what they’ve gotten over their history. And I think Bill is committed, as I am, to doing everything we can.
QUESTION: If you were to say to the American people this country is the most dangerous to Americans and to the U.S., where is that country?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Candy, in terms of a country, obviously, a nuclear-armed country like North Korea or Iran pose both a real or a potential threat.
QUESTION: And you’re convinced Iran has nuclear —
SECRETARY CLINTON: No, no, no. But we believe that their behavior certainly is evidence of their intentions. And how close they are may be the subject of some debate, but the failure to disclose the facility at Qom, the failure to accept what was a very reasonable offer by Russia, France, and the U.S. through the IAEA to take their uranium, their low-enriched uranium and return it for their research reactor. I mean, there’s just – it’s like an old saying that if you see a turtle on a fencepost in the middle of the woods, he didn’t get there by accident, right? Somebody put him there. And so you draw conclusions from what you see Iran doing.
But I think that most of us believe the greater threats are the transnational non-state networks, primarily the extremists, the fundamentalist Islamic extremists who are connected – al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, al-Qaida in the Maghreb. I mean, the kind of connectivity that exists. And they continue to try to increase the sophistication of their capacity, the attacks that they’re going to make. And the biggest nightmare that any of us have is that one of these terrorist member organizations within this syndicate of terror will get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction. So that’s really the most threatening prospect we see.
QUESTION: When you look at the biggest success in the past year for the open hand, where is your – I mean, the Middle East is still pretty much a mess despite some really bright minds over there trying to work it out. We’ve talked about Iran and North Korea and others. Where is there success of specifically engagement?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Again, I would say that this has been a very successful year for the following reasons. First, it’s almost hard to remember how poorly much of the world viewed the United States when President Obama came into office. And both his election and his persona, combined with the approach we took of seeking to find the basis for engagement on mutual respect and mutual interest, has really created a much more open, receptive atmosphere. We are working in many difficult situations in every continent, but I think we’re being received in a positive way, which gives us a better chance to find common ground.
Now, I am fairly realistic about foreign policy, and countries don’t just give up what they view as their interests in order to make nice with you. It takes a lot of effort. But I really feel that the engagement was the first stage. We had to change the mindset of not just leaders but of their populations. We are moving toward a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, something that has been a high priority with us. We have reset our relationship. The Russians have been very positive in discussions about sanctions on Iran and on many other important matters. I’m not sure that would have been predicted a year ago. We do have a very comprehensive engagement with India, with China, with other big countries, from South Africa to Turkey to Brazil, and we are working together on areas of mutual interest or where the United States can be a facilitator.
So I think that when I look back on this past year, I see a lot of positive trends. Now, this year, 2010, has to be a year of implementing and building on the positive foundation that we’ve built.
QUESTION: A quick question on healthcare, which seems to be stalled, which – and that’s probably the best we can say about it. Are you getting a little déjà vu watching this? (Laughter.)
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s really hard. It is a complex issue that touches everybody about which both people and interests have really strong feelings. But I haven’t given up yet and I know the White House hasn’t given up and I don’t think a lot of the members of Congress have given up, so I’m not sure that this last chapter has been written.
QUESTION: Have you called anybody on the Hill or have you talked to the White House? Are you dispensing the wisdom of your time trying to figure this out?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, when I’m asked, I am very happy to respond. I mean, it’s not anything I have direct responsibility for, but I’ve had a number of conversations and both in the White House and on the Hill and with others who are playing a constructive role. And I, like I think many Americans, hope that there can be a positive outcome.
QUESTION: So I want to do a quick lightning round with you. First of all, Colts or the Saints?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, I don’t answer football questions because, to be honest, I don’t follow it. Now, if my husband were sitting here, he would give you a very long exegesis as to why one team was better than the other, but I’ll just leave it to see what happens at the Super Bowl.
QUESTION: In between talking about Haiti, he doesn’t say I need you to root for —
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, no, because neither of them are our teams. I mean, there’s not a New York team. I mean, so we’re just interested observers.

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QUESTION: Who are watching the game with or are you on the phone with foreign leaders?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, if they call me, I’m on the phone with them. Otherwise, it’ll be my family.
QUESTION: And finally, just as the mother – recently the mother of a groom, as the mother of the bride, have you found that dress yet?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, if you don’t tell anybody, Candy, we’re still looking. Yeah, and it’s a new status for me being an MOTB, but I’m very proud to have that status.
QUESTION: Good luck on the search. That’s all I have to say. As you know, it’s —
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. But your son – you didn’t have to go buy a dress, so that’s good. That was not part of —
QUESTION: Exactly. So no Chelsea dress either.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I don’t have a dress yet, no, and Chelsea doesn’t either. But we’re working on it.
QUESTION: Well, good luck. And do you think it’s – which is harder, Middle East peace or negotiating this wedding? (Laughter.)
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’d probably call it a draw about now. (Laughter.)
QUESTION: Well, good luck with both, actually.
QUESTION: I really appreciate your being here.
SECRETARY CLINTON: And good luck to you.
QUESTION: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
SECRETARY CLINTON: You’re welcome.

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