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Hillary Clinton Comms Director on Losing the 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton addresses the crowd of supporters inside the Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University on the final campaign stop before election day, in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 7, 2016. Logan Cyrus—AFP/Getty Images

Jennifer Palmieri

It’s the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 9. We are at the New Yorker Hotel and Hillary has just finished her concession speech. I decide to just nod and smile wistfully when supporters and reporters, men and women alike, laud Hillary’s concession speech. “Where was ‘this Hillary’ during the campaign?” they would lament. “Why didn’t we see this side of her when it mattered?”

Yes, I am sure you loved her concession speech, I thought to myself. Because that’s what you think is acceptable for a woman to do — concede.

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Hillary’s memoir of the 2016 election is #1 on Time Magazine‘s non-fiction list for 2017!  Well done, Mme. Secretary! It was a great read. We agree with Time.


1. What Happened, Hillary Clinton

Simon & Schuster

Clinton offers one answer to the question that rang collectively from more than half the country on Nov. 9, 2016. The writing is frank, reflective and a piece of modern history.

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TIME Firsts Women Leaders: Hillary Clinton

Photograph by Luisa Dörr for TIME

‘The fight was worth it.’

It’s fair to say that being the first of any adventure or achievement does have added pressure. You want to be the first to open the door to others, and you hope you’re not the last.

This is a necessary conversation to be having. I wrote a whole chapter in my upcoming book about being a woman in politics because I wanted people, particularly young women and men, to have some sense of what it is like to break through barriers. I tried to put in context what my life was like before I ever stood on the stage in Philadelphia to accept the nomination of the Democratic Party. My husband had a powerful story to tell about his upbringing and his background, and Barack Obama had a unique and powerful story to tell. Few people would find my story quite so compelling or dazzling because I came of age as a young woman in the middle of the country in the middle of the last century. But I think my story, like the stories of so many women of my time, is as inspiring as any other—and it really is the story of a revolution. I came of age at a time when things were starting to change dramatically for women. It’s an important piece of our history that needs to be retold and understood so that the young men and women coming behind us understand that the movement toward women’s equality is just as urgent and vital as ever.

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She is still number one in my book as she continues to pull ahead in the popular vote.


Winners get to write history. Losers, if they are lucky, get a ballad. Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. A female candidate in an election that didn’t hinge on gender after all, she became a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism. She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be.

In the autopsy of the doomed Clinton campaign, there is no shortage of fatal causes. Expectations certainly missed their target: the race between the first plausible female presidential candidate and a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy” did not boil down to gender. In interviews across the country in the year leading up to the election, many voters suggested that shattering the glass ceiling wasn’t an urgent priority for them. Some took it as a given that a woman will be President one day, and it wasn’t worth electing someone they believed was the wrong woman just to show it could be done.

To some, other issues—economic anxiety, cultural values, a desire for change—mattered more. Of the 70% of voters who said Donald Trump’s treatment of women bothered them, 29% voted for him anyway. The female coalition was a mirage, splintered by party, race and education: Clinton won 54% of all women, but Trump won 88% of Republican women, 52% of white women and 61% of white women without a college degree. She walked away with a lead of more than 2.5 million votes, but not the White House.

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There is plenty to disagree with in this article. Bustle‘s Cate Carrejo raises an objection with the first paragraph. My personal objection precedes Cate’s since I would not label Hillary Clinton a loser.  But the line Carrejo highlights forms the premise of Alter’s thesis.

This Quote From Hillary Clinton’s ‘TIME’ Person Of The Year Article Is Infuriating

In its annual postmortem of the year, TIME Magazine released its perennial list of top influencers for 2016, and this year’s #2 is a familiar face. Hillary Clinton, who was runner-up in the November presidential election, also came in second to Donald Trump in the Person of the Year contest. But TIME‘s article on her election and legacy seems to have underestimated why the loss happened. TIME‘s assertion that the presidential election was not about gender is infuriating, because it ignores the massive setback that Clinton and her campaign had to contend with before the race had even begun.

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Far from seeing Hillary as a wildflower lost in the woods and fading from the public eye, I see her resurging – rising as we all implored her to in 2008.  Ever the Phoenix, she will be back, I expect, and more awesome than ever for the scars she acquired in course of this election cycle.  Hillary has amassed an even larger and stronger coalition in this effort than she did in 2008.  Then she accrued 18 million of us. This time around she has more than 65-and-a-half million of us. We are battle wise and battle ready.  Whatever Hillary decides to take on, her army will be right at her back.

Oh! And by the way, she also won this poll! The editors make the final decision.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote – again – for TIME Person of the Year

After beating Donald Trump to the popular vote in the United States election, Hillary Clinton took her popularity a step further as she defeated Trump again in the Time Magazine Person of the Year poll.

Result of the poll shared by stand up comedian Mike Drucker show that of the total votes of 107,511 Clinton amassed 50 per cent as against Trump’s 30 per cent.

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These Tweets About Hillary Clinton & ‘TIME’ Person Of The Year Make It Clear What People Wanted

If you’re been on social media today, then you’ve probably already seen the announcement. President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time Person of the Year for 2016, in a move that surprised precisely nobody. But in the run-up to the announcement, there were several different options in Time’s online reader poll, and one of them was, well, the other candidate in the 2016 race ― the won who actually won millions more votes than the next American president did. That’s right, there are many tweets saying Hillary Clinton should’ve been Time‘s Person of the Year for 2016.

Sure, it may not seem logical to give the distinction to the runner-up, especially if you’re gauging future impact. Clinton’s career as an elected official is likely over, while Trump’s hasn’t even begun yet (as weird and frightening as that may sound).

But the enormous historical landmark Clinton’s candidacy represented in American history can’t be overlooked, and whether it’s earnest or aspirational, some people out there really would’ve rather seen her face staring out from the cover of Time than Trump’s iconic glower. Here are nine tweets making the case, or simply wishing desperately that things had somehow gone differently.

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Once again, Hillary has been named among the most influential by Time Magazine.  Her entry was penned by Malala Yousafzai who also was named and celebrated by Gabrielle Giffords.


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton TIME 100
Larry Marano—Getty Images

The advocate for women leaders

Hillary Clinton is a symbol of strength for women across the world. It was she who famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.” She not only spoke those words, but also dedicated her life to empowering women around the world through politics and philanthropy. She has been a source of strength for many women leaders, including myself, my family and those who stood by me after I was attacked. “Continue your mission, be strong, we believe in you” is what she said to me, my father and the rest of the Malala Fund team when we met her last year at the Clinton Global Initiative awards. Her life and leadership show women what we can achieve if we believe in our own strength and if we channel our inner creativity, compassion and determination. A world with more women leaders will be a better world, and Hillary Clinton is helping make that possible.

Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who defied the Taliban to attend school and is a co-founder of the Malala Fund

Chelsea Clinton wrote the entry about her friend Jason Collins who was named to the list.


Jason Collins

Jason Collins TIME 100
Paola Kudacki for TIME

The NBA player who went first

I met Jason Collins when we were freshmen at Stanford. Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height. The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.

When Jason called to talk about his forthcoming Sports Illustrated cover story, “The Gay Athlete,” I realized at some point that I wasn’t surprised we were having the conversation we were. Not because I knew what we were going to talk about when I answered the phone. Rather, because it made eminent sense that it would be Jason becoming the first openly gay, still active pro athlete in a major U.S. sports league.

Jason’s kindness and fierceness alike derive from that word too often bandied about and too rarely true: integrity. Jason has always maintained he’s first a basketball player. He is. But he’s also a leader and an inspiration. For Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and others whose names we may never know. And also for those of us lucky enough to be fans — or to call him our friend.

Hillary wrote the tribute for her successor at the State Department, John Kerry.


John Kerry

John Kerry TIME 100
The Secretary of State visiting Riyadh in January to discuss the conflict in Syria. Brendan Smialowski—The New York Times/Redux

The relentless negotiator

Diplomacy is in John Kerry’s blood. As the son of a foreign-service officer, he grew up understanding that America’s destiny is entwined with that of the wider world.

Diplomacy takes stamina, passion and perspective, and John embodies these traits. He is relentless in the face of the most persistent obstacles — keeping alive the dream of peace in the Middle East, standing up to Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, negotiating the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and signing an interim nuclear deal with Iran. And his work on climate change exemplifies these qualities. Addressing the dangers posed by global warming has long been a personal commitment for him. I know from experience just how hard this is. There’s nobody better suited to carry the cause forward than John Kerry. The people of the United States can be proud he’s representing America and its interests abroad. I know I am.

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State


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Interview With Belinda Luscombe of Time Magazine


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Via Telephone
April 29, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hi, this is Hillary Clinton.

MS. ROBERTS: Hello, Madam Secretary. It’s Julia.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hi, Julia. How are you?

MS. ROBERTS: How are you?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am great, and I hope you’re doing well.

MS. ROBERTS: We’re really well. We’re really well. Thank you.


MS. ROBERTS: Thank you. So Belinda from Time Magazine, Madam Secretary.

QUESTION: Thanks for introducing me, Julia. Hello, Madam Secretary.


QUESTION: I’m Belinda Luscombe from Time.


QUESTION: Thank you so much for doing this.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, I am thrilled to do it, and I’m very happy that Julia is going to become our wonderful special global ambassador for the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and I’m thrilled by that.

QUESTION: Now, it is kind of – a Secretary of State and a superstar are kind of an unlikely couple. What brought you two together? What did —

MS. ROBERTS: (Inaudible) together. (Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I started out as a great fan of hers before I ever knew her, and then luckily, I have gotten to know her over the years and am an even greater fan, and also now a friend. And she did this fabulous special which I guess is going to be on television around Mother’s Day, right?

MS. ROBERTS: Yes. Mother’s Day, yeah.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. And so we got to spend more time together, and when she was here, I was deep in the work to establish the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and she became so interested and focused on it that we spent a lot of time talking about and there’s been this continuing conversation that we’ve had ever since.

QUESTION: Now, cookstoves, to the – to an outsider, they seem like a pretty small nail for two very big hammers like you guys. Why this issue, Julia?

MS. ROBERTS: Well, it’s not small at all, actually. I mean, it speaks to so many issues that are really huge concerns of mine and very present in my day-to-day life. And I was so excited when Madam Secretary brought this to my attention.

I was horrified and shocked at some of these statistics that go on, basically, around mothers and women around the world trying to care for their families. And the toxins that they’re exposed to, the dangers, the environmental dangers that they’re exposed to, the human dangers that they’re exposed to all surrounding trying to provide food for their family and cook for their families. You think something that’s such a joy and a privilege to my life every day is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world every day, and I was stunned.

So it’s a very big, far-reaching issue with this small word “cookstove,” but it really is about environment and about human safety and human kindness, and just really reaching out to others and providing cost-efficient and really kind of new technology for these women to embrace and make their lives just have such a greater quality of safety and happiness.

QUESTION: The problem is the kerosene or the wood, it’s not the equipment?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is several things, and that was such an eloquent description of why Julia and I are teaming up on this along with many other countries and international organizations from throughout the world, because at first, it does seem like such an obvious thing. Everybody has a meal that is cooked, some of very meager, some of it very elaborate. But nearly 2 million people around the world, mostly women and children, die each year from this activity we all take for granted, because they are breathing the fumes and the smoke from using solid fuels, such as wood, or dung, or crop residues. That’s almost as many people who die each year from malaria and tuberculosis combined.

And of those people around the world who still cook on open fires or on crude stoves, it’s about 3 billion people, nearly half the world. And the 2 million who die from the respiratory infections and diseases that come from breathing in this burning material is about one person every 16 seconds. That’s more than die each year from malaria and tuberculosis combined. And in addition to the very real health dangers, as Julia said, there’s a human safety issue because most of these women around the world go out looking for the fuel, putting themselves in many dangerous positions as they seek and find firewood or collect the residue or the dung that they then burn.

And we then also see the impact on all the rest of us, because about one-fifth of the world’s black carbon emissions, which is a very potent contributor to climate change, come from cookstoves. So this – when I began looking at this issue, it’s rare that there is an issue that affects so many people, both directly and indirectly, and Julia immediately got it, because as a mom, and as she just said to you and as she and I have discussed, one who loves to take care of her family and cook for them, we thought, what would it be like if we were living in Latin America or Africa or Asia where these cookstoves are predominant? And what we were doing to keep our children healthy and alive was perhaps contributing to their sickness and even death.

QUESTION: Now, did you guys make a deal? Julia agreed to be the goodwill ambassador and in return, you, Secretary Clinton, said, “All right, I’ll go on your Extraordinary Moms special,” or —

SECRETARY CLINTON: No, I agreed to the special before we ever started talking about cookstoves just because —

MS. ROBERTS: We were together – after we had done the special, we were just sharing time together, and as we do, you just kind of share the things that are on your mind and the things that you’re working on. And she shared with me this idea of the cookstoves. And like I said, I was just struck, and it’s something that is on my mind so much. So when they asked me to really get into it and get involved with it and participate, I was only thrilled because, like I said, it’s so shocking.

And it’s interesting that you started by saying it seems like two big hammers on a small nail. One of the reasons why I was glad that you wanted to talk to us together and to talk about this and to promote this is that people should see it’s not a small nail; this is an incredibly far-reaching issue. I’m sorry, we’ve moved into, like, carpool time here. (Laughter.)

It’s really —

QUESTION: Is it your turn to carpool, Julia? Because – (laughter) —

MS. ROBERTS: It’s really – it’s real, and I picture it when I’m sort of studying and doing research on it, that the cookstoves is like the palm of your hand and there’s all these fingers that it reaches out to that have a huge impact on all of us. So it’s a big deal for me to be part of this, and it’s exciting and it’s —

SECRETARY CLINTON: And it’s also a big deal for Julia to do this because she will draw attention. And because it’s an issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of understanding or exposure yet, to have Julia be the global ambassador is thrilling for us, because we’re determined with this alliance we’re putting together around the world to really make a big dent. We want to try to aim for having cookstoves that are affordable and more efficient in a hundred million homes within the next several years. We would love to do that even faster. But we’re taking our experts’ advice about what people will accept, what kinds of cookstoves they will find pleasing to them or affordable to them.

So this is a big, big deal, and it’s part of what I’ve tried to do as Secretary of State, where it’s not just government-to-government relations, but it’s people-to-people relations. And I think moms like Julia and me try to help moms who are struggling to raise their kids under very different and difficult circumstances sends a message that our country is not just concerned about what’s in the headlines but what’s in the trend lines as to how we can help improve people’s lives.

QUESTION: Well, you had me as they – when you said they have to cook with poop. I was onboard as soon as you said that.


MS. ROBERTS: Well, and also, some of the photographs that I have looked at when I was at the State Department, where you see these beautiful women, these, like, loving faces, and they’ve got these gorgeous babies strapped to their back, and they’re hovering over this very smoky fire in this very small space, and that’s their life. And I think, like anything, if you teach people a better way, they will be completely open to a better way, to a safer way, to a healthier way. That’s all any mom wants to do is take good care of her family.

QUESTION: Now, speaking of —

MS. ROBERTS: And part of helping provide that information of how to do that is exciting. It’s exciting to really feel like you can be part of a solution when there are so many problems that we all face every day, to be part of a far-reaching solution, is thrilling. And I think to show people pictures, because I think pictures are so powerful, pictures of what it looks like around the world to make dinner. You can’t even fathom it until you’ve seen it, I think.

QUESTION: You’re both working mothers, although Hillary’s in a different stage of that, and you’ve got this Mother’s Day special coming up, Extraordinary Moms. Do you have advice for working mothers as Mother’s Day approaches?

MS. ROBERTS: Well, I think Mother’s Day is the day for breakfast in bed, right? (Laughter.) I have to say Madam Secretary said a great thing when I was talking to her about being a working mom and this whole idea that is part of our culture of sort of the, quote, “having it all” idea of being able to work and take care of your family.

And with such kindness and gentleness, and I felt great insight, she told me you just have to let some things go. There are – you just – you slowly and gently reprioritize your life and your day and where your energy goes and where your attentions go. And it was such a great relief to hear someone who has accomplished so much and raised this beautiful daughter and has this incredibly fulfilling, vital career say just really relax about it is the key. And I have taken that into my mind so many times because you do try to do a lot of things, and I think that mothers everywhere just need to collectively give themselves that time to exhale and just gently reprioritize the days as they come.

QUESTION: Did either of your reprioritizing involve watching the royal wedding this morning?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, it did for me.

MS. ROBERTS: I sat with Hazel in my lap watching it. It was very exciting.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I was on email with my daughter and my 92-year-old mother lives with us, so the three generations of women in my family were watching the royal wedding.

MS. ROBERTS: It’s exciting.

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is exciting, put a big smile on my face. I deal with so many very hard, difficult, painful decisions about what’s going on around the world every day, and just to relish the happiness of these two young people who carry a lot of the hopes of not only their fellow countrymen and women but people around the world who tuned in, it was very exciting and it was very joyous.

QUESTION: Now, Hillary, I don’t know if you know this from your interview, but did Julia tell you that one of her first acting roles was as Liddy Dole? Have you shared that? (Laughter.)

MS. ROBERTS: It wasn’t (inaudible).

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Liddy Dole is a friend of mine, and so I haven’t seen – I have not seen her in that role, however.

MS. ROBERTS: It was part of a political experiment in my school, so it wasn’t really acting. It was politics. It was exciting.

SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.) Funny.

QUESTION: That sounds like backpedaling to me, actually. (Laughter.) Your special is called Extraordinary Moms, Julia. Do you guys consider yourself extraordinary moms?

MS. ROBERTS: I think every mom is extraordinary. I do. It’s an incredible privilege to be a mom, and it’s 24 hours a day every minute of the day. I think to meet those minutes in your life is extraordinary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I think it’s been such a privilege and I – as I told Julia, I think that each of us does the best that we can as we learn how to be a mother, because no one is born with the instruction manual imprinted in their brain. You have to, as I told my daughter when she was a newborn baby, “I’ve never been a mom before and you’ve never been a baby before, so we just have to figure out how to do this together.”

And then you go through the different stages of your child’s life, and for me it’s been a great privilege being Chelsea’s mom. I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to balance family responsibilities and outside responsibilities. And I’m really pleased that Julia is doing this special because we shouldn’t ever take for granted the challenges that every mom faces. There’s no one who hasn’t had to deal with issues and parenting, and I think it’s important to remind ourselves of that. But it’s also good to be reminded of how fortunate women like Julia and I are because of our situation, and therefore, as moms ourselves, what we can do to help others be the best moms they can be and to overcome the challenges they face every day is part of what gets me up in the morning.

QUESTION: Do you think there’s more pressure, societal pressure, on mothers than there used to be?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Belinda, I think there’s always been pressure and I think that it’s different perhaps today and it’s different in our country than it is in other parts of the world. When I went to the Eastern Congo and saw what moms there were going through trying to just survive, I can’t imagine any more terrifying dangers and difficulties that anyone could face, because you get up every day just scared to death that your child may not survive or that you may not survive to be able to take care of your child. And then you’ve got conflicts all over the world today where women and children are too often the primary victims, leaving children orphaned or leaving mothers bereft.

So I think it’s always hard, but we ought to be not only celebrating the extraordinary work that most mothers do every day, but we ought to be looking for ways to perhaps make it less difficult, less dangerous, in so many parts of the world, which, of course, is why we’re so committed on this particular project about something that seems so simple as a cookstove but which carries so many perils.

STAFF: Belinda, on that note, we’re going to have to let both the Secretary and Julia go.

QUESTION: Thank you very much for your time, guys.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good to talk to you. Thank you.

QUESTION: Good to talk to you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And I suppose as a person of English descent, I should say hurray.

QUESTION: Yeah, yeah. Well, we – still a subject, so I was reading for the most of today.


QUESTION: Thanks a lot.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Bye, Julia. Happy Mother’s Day. Take care.

MS. ROBERTS: Happy Mother’s Day to you.

QUESTION: Happy Mother’s Day. Bye.



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