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Hillary Clinton Statement on Brexit Vote

Hillary Clinton released the following statement after the people of Great Britain voted to leave the European Union:

“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made.  Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America.  We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe.  This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans’ pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests.  It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.”




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On September 18, 2014, Scotland voted in an independence referendum to remain in the United Kingdom.  Tonight, the UK is tallying votes in a referendum held today on whether to remain in the European Union.  Should they leave, the effects on the economy promise to be bumpy. 401Ks and 403Bs, where many of us have our retirement funds tied up, are likely to be affected, not in a good way.

Donald Trump (who did not initially know what the Brexit was and probably thought it was a breakfast sandwich) has said “Why do they need them?”  He thinks a leave vote would be fine. He, himself, is leaving – (don’t get excited, only temporarily) – for Scotland tonight, not that he is an especially welcome guest.

You may have seen this documentary: You’ve Been Trumped.  If you have not, you should find a way to see it.  It explains brilliantly why the people of Scotland are not especially happy to see Trump.

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Scotland is not alone in their disdain for Trump

A previously announced stop in Ireland has apparently been cancelled.   Protests had been planned.



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Hillary spent a cheery visit to an ITV morning show in the U.K. today promoting Hard Choices.  Lest anyone have apoplexy about this occurring on Independence Day,  a reminder:  That war is long over, and we are friends.  She was received with great hospitality and humor, the latter returned by her in her own signature manner.

Happy Fourth of July to all!

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Continuing her book tour in Europe, Hillary was signing copies of Hard Choices in London earlier today.

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Yet again, our Hillary has been recognized, this time internationally,  and for some achievements that may have flown beneath the radar of some, but of which we here were well aware. Chatham House, London, honored her with their very prestigious 2013 Prize, today,  presented by HRH The Duke of York.

Brava, Hillary!  Best congratulations, Mme. Secretary! 

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Award Ceremony

HRH The Duke of York presented Secretary Clinton with a crystal award and scroll signed by HM The Queen at a ceremony at Banqueting House on the evening of Friday 11 October. The ceremony included speeches from Secretary Clinton and the Rt Hon William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

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Winner 2013 – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been awarded this year’s Chatham House Prize in recognition of her significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy as US Secretary of State and her work on behalf of gender equality and opportunities for women and girls.

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During her tenure at the State Department, Hillary Clinton decisively drove a new era in US diplomatic engagement. She was instrumental in re-orientating the strategic focus of the United States towards the Asia-Pacific region. She was successful both in multilateral diplomacy − helping to develop new international frameworks, such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – and in bilateral negotiations, brokering an agreement between Turkey and Armenia to reopen their border and negotiating a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Her creation and implementation of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) made a bold comment on the importance of comprehensive diplomacy and ‘civilian power’. Her understanding and use of public diplomacy demonstrated that values and ideas must be promoted through two-way dialogue, especially in the age of social media.

Secretary Clinton was equally able to tackle acute challenges in international affairs and to call on the necessary skills and tools when needed. Working in partnership with key allies in both the UN and NATO to protect civilians in Libya in 2011 was a prime example.

Secretary Clinton used her personal standing and visibility as a campaigner on the global stage to support educational and economic opportunities for women and girls. She incorporated more women into peace-building initiatives at the UN, and at the State Department she created the position of ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.

She led a global campaign for efficient, modern cooking stoves, helping to reduce the 1.9 million premature deaths per year from smoke inhalation on open cooking fires, predominantly among women in developing countries. Her work to integrate women’s rights with broader development goals backed up her long-held belief that ‘it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights’.


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English: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah host a town hall meeting to discuss the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, “Leading Through Civilian Power,” with USAID and Department of State employees, in the Atrium Hall of the Ronald Reagan Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here she is at the banquet this evening receiving the scroll from Prince Andrew.

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This is a twitpic from UK Foreign Minister William Jefferson Hague.


P.S.  Nice shout-out in the award ceremony to my Twitter buddy, Kevin Rudd!

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Our Hillary donned academic regalia once again today to take part in an historic ceremony.

Clinton joins historic procession

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has taken part in a historic procession before she receives an honorary degree from one of the UK’s oldest universities.

Mrs Clinton will be giving the graduation address later at a ceremony to mark the 600th anniversary of the founding of St Andrews University.

It is the politician’s first foreign visit since her term as secretary of state ended in February.

She arrived in the picturesque Fife coastal town yesterday and will be conferred with a doctor of laws degree in recognition of her achievements as a politician and diplomat.

Mrs Clinton will receive the doctorate from the veteran Liberal Democrat politician and chancellor of St Andrews, Sir Menzies Campbell.

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Interestingly the university was founded By Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII.

University of St Andrews

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The University of St Andrews (informally St Andrews University or St Andrews) is a research university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, next to Oxford University and Cambridge University. It was founded between 1410 and 1413 when a Papal Bull was issued by the Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII to a school of higher learning formed by a small group of Augustinian clergy. St Andrews is one of the four ancient universities of Scotland. In post-nominals the university’s name is abbreviated as St And (from the Latin Sancti Andreae).

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Latin: Universitas Sancti Andreae apud ScotosMottoΑΙΕΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΕΥΕΙΝ

The University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Honorary Graduation Ceremony is a celebration of intellectual achievement, recognising some of the brightest minds of the 21st Century.

She looked so young and pretty that she could have been mistaken for an undergrad!

Congratulations, Mme. Secretary! It is such a pleasure to see you so honored!

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And from Hillary herself….

., look familiar? Not Hogwarts but beautiful St Andrews! Thanks to grad student Claire for the grand tour

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First and foremost, there are condolences to be expressed, and so, wherever we stand on the political spectrum with regard to Margaret Thatcher, we can all pray that she rests in peace.

While she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton routinely issued condolence statements out of the State Department. In the case of personal friends, she occasionally joined her husband in issuing joint statements via his foundation website.  Since her departure from the State Department, his site has become the sole platform for such messages as exemplified by this one on the death of C. Everett Koop.

This statement was issued a short time ago.  Interestingly, the statement comes only from the former president with his wife mentioned only in the final sentence.  The fact that Hillary did not have an official relationship with Thatcher would not explain the absence of her name as both Colin Powell and Condi Rice have released statements. So, while the former president extends condolences from his family, her name is not in this document header, and apparently no separate statement will be forthcoming from her.

Statement by President Clinton on the Passing of Lady Margaret Thatcher

Apr 8, 2013 | President Clinton | New York, NY  | Statement

I was saddened to learn of the death of Lady Margaret Thatcher. The United Kingdom has lost its first woman Prime Minister, an iconic stateswoman, and a fearless leader. The United States has lost one of its dearest friends and most valued allies.

Lady Thatcher understood that the special relationship which has long united our two nations is an indispensable foundation for peace and prosperity.  Our strong partnership today is part of her legacy.  Like so many others, I respected the conviction and self-determination she displayed throughout her remarkable life as she broke barriers, defied expectations, and led her country. Hillary, Chelsea, and I extend our condolences to her family and to the people of the United Kingdom.

While both Thatcher and Hillary have been perceived as polarizing figures, similarities end there from my point of view.  It is impossible to imagine Hillary approving apartheid, calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist, or turning a cold heart to the 1981 Long Kesh hunger strikers and, particularly,  to their mothers. In an attempt to track down any story that might explain the juxtaposition of these two powerful women, I  found this.

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during state visit to the U.K in 2009Photograph by Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during state visit to the U.K in 2009

What Margaret Thatcher Taught Hillary Clinton

April 08, 2013

A little-known fact about Margaret Thatcher, who died today: Hillary Clinton modeled herself after the former British prime minister when she ran for the White House in 2008. In a private campaign memo written in late 2006 that was later leaked to me, Clinton’s chief strategist, Mark Penn, said he believed voters view the president as the “father” of the country. But he also believed they would accept a female “father,” provided she were tough enough. Penn told Clinton there was “a yearning for a kind of tough single parent—someone who can combine the toughness they are used to [from a male leader] with the negotiating adeptness they believe a woman would bring to the office.”

Penn’s Platonic ideal of such a female leader was Thatcher.

The header is misleading, but we can return to that.  Much has been made of Penn’s “packaging” of Hillary in 2007-2008.  Many said at the time and have repeated over the years that his attempts to neutralize, de-sex, or masculinize her image hurt her campaign, and as we saw her free-up and revel in her femininity as secretary of state,  actually using it in charm offensives as necessary, that criticism has stood its ground as a major miscalculation by the Penn campaign.

But the surprise here is the figure Penn choose as the “masculine” model.  Thatcher!  Hillary’s “man-up” imperative from her campaign manager came with Margaret Thatcher as the blueprint.

To return to the header of Green’s article, it misleads.  It was not Hillary who modeled herself after Thatcher, but rather Penn who, like Pygmalion, attempted to turn his creation into an Iron Maiden.  The problem with this model was the degree to which it conflicted with Hillary’s true strength, her empathy.  Relatively late in the primary campaign,  strategists rolled out “The Hillary I Know,”  a series of short videos spotlighting ordinary Americans whom Hillary had helped and their attestations to her warm-heartedness, surely an attempt to correct course and counter the hard-edged image Penn originally implemented.

There is plenty of metal inside Hillary Clinton, to be sure, but she is not an Iron Lady.  She has a spine of steel, a silver tongue,  and a heart of gold.  This article describes her as an “iron fist in a velvet glove” as, on one of her charm offensives, she negotiated with then-Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi – one of her many “conquests” as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton holds talks with Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad.—AFP

ISLAMABAD US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday went about with her usual charm offensive, but maintained a hawkish position over Pakistan`s strategic concerns in a reflection of the deep mistrust that still exists between the two allies.

Secretary Clinton, more importantly for the second day running, handed out a stern warning to Pakistan that any future terrorist attack traced back to its soil would have devastating consequences.

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I think it would be difficult to find a relationship like this between Thatcher and an potentially adversarial figure, but readers here enjoyed the Clinton-Qureshi encounters thoroughly for the warm relationship they developed.

In the end, each of these two leaders has been her own woman and they have been remarkably different from each other.  That Hillary chose not to add her name to the Clinton Foundation statement today might indicate the degree to which she would like to distance her image from that of Thatcher, but then, aside from the fact that both were female, they never really were very similar at all. None  of this precludes Hillary Clinton issuing a statement of her own at some point.  If she does, of course we shall see it here.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, center, talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left,and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, during a reception at London’s Buckingham Palace for world leaders attending the G20 summit. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool)

On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 14, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as you celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday this June 16. The United States has long viewed the Queen and her service to her nation with the deepest respect. In this Diamond Jubilee Year, her tireless dedication is a beacon of hope to peoples and countries around the world.

Our nations have a special history of friendship and close cooperation based on shared democratic values and respect for the rule of law. I am looking forward to the London Olympics where the international spotlight will shine on your country’s culture, commitment to democratic principles and human rights. Our nations are united in the pursuit of a more just and democratic future and these Olympics will give us the chance to once again come together in celebration of these values.

I send Queen Elizabeth II and the British people my most heartfelt congratulations on this special day. Best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity and happiness.

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U.S. Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty With the United Kingdom

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 13, 2012

I am pleased to announce today’s entry into force of the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. This Treaty is a result of the close, longstanding relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. It will help American and British troops get the best technology in the fastest way possible so they can continue to defend our interests and protect our national security around the world.

The UK is already one of the United States’ most significant defense trading partners. Through the creation of an approved community of users, it is now faster and easier for U.S. and UK industry to develop and field future technologies that support U.S. and British government interests. Our two countries share a deeply rooted history and an unbreakable friendship. This treaty will further strengthen our relationship as we work together to build a safer, more secure world.

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Remarks With U.K. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson Before Their Meeting


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
March 20, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am so pleased to have you here, Secretary. This has been a day of all kinds of matters related to Northern Ireland and to Ireland. And I’m delighted to have this chance to meet with you to hear further about the work that is being done to continue the reform efforts in Northern Ireland, and I appreciate greatly your being here for that opportunity.

SECRETARY PATERSON: Well, I would like to thank the Secretary very much for finding time in her very busy schedule, having already seen the First Minister and Deputy First Minister yesterday. We have a wonderful opportunity over the next couple of years for Northern Ireland to really show itself. We have the Golf Open, we’ve got the Titanic, that’s the Queen’s Jubilee, we have the Olympics, next year it’s the Fire and Police Games. And our whole ambition is to work really closely with the – twelve ministers presenting all now as it is today and helping rebuild (inaudible) develop private enterprise. And I know that shines through with what you would like to see happen.

SECRETARY CLINTON: That is music to my ears. (Laughter.) Thank you so much. Thank you all.

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