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Vogue Endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, December 1993

For all the chaos and unpredictability and the sometimes appalling spectacle of this election season, the question of which candidate actually deserves to be president has never been a difficult one.

Vogue has no history of political endorsements. Editors in chief have made their opinions known from time to time, but the magazine has never spoken in an election with a single voice. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change.

Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

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In time for Mothers’ Day,  Vogue released its online excerpt from Hillary’s new book, Hard Choices, due for release June 10 from Simon and Schuster.  Here,  Hillary reflects upon her own mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham.

We know this is a very special Mothers’ Day for Hillary since Chelsea received her Ph.D. yesterday from Oxford University.

Happy Mothers’ Day, Mme. Secretary!

Shaping History: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, photographed in her office at the State Department.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, December 2009

In an exclusive excerpt from her new memoir, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton remembers her mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham—the struggles she overcame and the lessons she passed along.From the moment I first held Chelsea in my arms in the hospital in Little Rock, I knew my mission in life was to give her every opportunity to thrive. As she’s grown up and stepped out into the world in her own right, my responsibilities have changed. Now that she’s expecting a child of her own, I’m preparing for a new role that I’ve looked forward to for years: grandmother. And I’ve found myself thinking a lot about my relationship with my own mom, as an adult as well as in childhood, and what lessons I learned from her.Read more >>>>


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. Thank you Anna. Wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day, & looking forward to celebrating a new mother soon.

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Jonathan Van Meter, who chronicled Hillary Clinton’s August 2009 Africa trip for the December Vogue that year,  has now turned his attention to Chelsea whom he followed around for several months.  As usual, he has done an excellent job.  The September issue hits the stands next Tuesday,  August 21,  the same day the Condé Nast Traveller issue featuring Chelsea’s awesome mom also comes out.

I especially enjoyed the little segment below.  Until September 11, 2001 I was an avid Jeopardy viewer.  I was excellent.  My friends and I used to frequent a “Jeopardy Bar” after work from which the twin towers could be seen and from which you could be ejected while the show was on for speaking in anything other than the form of a relevant question.  I even beta-tested online Jeopardy.  But when regular broadcasting returned, and I think that was not until mid-February 2002 when finally the fire at “the pile” was extinguished,  I could not bear to go back to Jeopardy.  I don’t know why.  It felt empty and pointless.  Somehow,  I found Trading Spaces which felt like a constructive replacement.  I watched it faithfully for years until a certain Senator from New York threw her chapeau into the presidential race, and I switched to cable news.

Waiting in the Wings: An Exclusive Interview with Chelsea Clinton

by Jonathan Van Meter | photographed by Mario Testino

The private reception in the library’s restaurant, Forty Two, spills out onto a big deck that overlooks the sun setting on the Arkansas River. There are margaritas and Mexican food, and the whole affair takes on the air of a big family barbecue, with children running around, folks getting tipsy, and everyone going back for seconds. Chelsea is holding court with her friends, among them interior designer Ryan Lawson and Dan Baer, a deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. Hillary is regaling them with stories. The conversation turns to the fact that Dorothy had a real knack for making a beautiful home, which then leads to the revelation that Hillary’s guilty pleasure, the thing she does when she really wants to take her mind off her work, is to sit with a big pile of interior-design magazines and flip through them. She also admits that she enjoys some of the reality shows on the subject. And then she says, “Chelsea, did I ever tell you about the first time I actually spoke to Lindsey Graham? He came up to me one day on the floor of the Senate and said, ‘Guess who called me?’ ‘Who?’ I said. ‘A producer from the television show Trading Spaces. They want you and I to trade places. What do you say?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think so!’ ” At that, she puts her finger to her dimpled cheek and exaggeratedly twists it a couple of times and then dramatically turns on her heel and saunters away. Everyone laughs while Chelsea convulses in a silent paroxysm of laughter and disbelief, with a look on her face that says, my mom!

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Well, it is a blog, and it is my blog, so I can decide if a blog review of a magazine article is appropriate, and I have decided that, yup, it is!

It is clear that Jonathan Van Meter jumped into this Vogue assignment, not from the Beltway, but from an environment alien to it, which gives his report a kind of authenticity and objectivity of perspective we have rarely seen in text about the Secretary. He is not familiar with any of the players, not even the press corps, so everyone becomes part of his story which comprises her August trip to Africa, a nearly two-week jaunt, and an entire day at the UN General Assembly in New York, but commences at the State Department for planning purposes.

Van Meter takes us through what must have been a harrowing  ten-day series of negotiations wherein Barack Obama used every persuasive gene to get Hillary to accept Secretary of State while Hillary used every creative gene to resist. We know how it ended. As Van Meter reports, he pushed the right button. With Hillary, the right button is the patriotic one. Obama found it, and soon Hillary was on what I like to call HillForce One, and before too long, so was Jonathan.

He takes us country to country – the ones we visited here in August – to meetings with heads of state and officials, to encounters with the people, and in Africa, Hillary’s encounters with the people tend far more frequently to be love fests (that were not reported here much) than volatile (over-reported back home).

To Hillary, he is Jonathan, and she mothers him (and others traveling with her). Despite all she is dealing with, she takes the time to pay attention to Jonathan, and I get the impression it is not simply because she wants a positive article. I say that because of his recount of the press reaction to Bill Clinton’s trip to North Korea to rescue Laura and Euna. They are a unit and furious that Bill is seizing her moment. That kind of loyalty is not for show, and there must be a foundation for it. I submit that she mothers everybody the way she did Jonathan. And they love her for it.

There are so many quotable paragraphs, and so many have already been posted (including here) on the interwebs that when I read the full article, I realized I had read most of it already. This is a tribute to both the writer and the subject. They were a perfect combination, and one of my most treasured articles ever about Hillary Clinton is the result.

A few items that deserve specific notice are the ones that hurt my heart: Hillary going swimming alone in the morning in Cape Verde, and Hillary wondering what people thought of her before they met her when they say she is “prettier in person.” Can I tell you how badly I wanted to hug her  and tell her how stunningly dazzling she is?

I am not a journalism professor (so obviously do not know what I am talking about), but if I were, I would give Jonathan’s lovely article Ralphie’s A++++++++++++++++++++ and so on, all around the room!

You can read the full article here. I (for one) will be buying my own hard copy keepsake.

And, Hillary,  we think you are beautiful!

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Well, I was soooo scooped on this, and it did not take 4 hours for it to be flying all over the interwebs, that I have to post about it or people will think I do not know!  So here you go!  The Secretary of Style is the subject of the lead article in the December issue of Vogue.

The story is authored by Jonathan Van Meter who was embedded in the press corps on the Secretary’s extensive and important trip through Africa this past August.  He brings a fresh eye to the continuing saga of Hillary, and in doing so writes with an enthusiasm, clarity, and objectivity that so often are missing in stories about our lovely SOS.  You can access the story online, so generously provided by Vogue.  I, for one, will be laying out my bucks for the hard copy following my usual rule: read it where you cannot mess it up and treasure and preserve the glossy.

Here’s a short excerpt, and I shall tell you why I love it on the other side.

It is a dreary morning in early October in Washington, D.C., and perhaps because Hillary Rodham Clinton is wearing a black Oscar de la Renta suit on such a colorless day, she seems somber. I had trailed her for nearly two weeks this summer in Africa and then again in New York during the United Nations General Assembly, and I had grown accustomed to seeing her in the vivid suits she favors. Africa is nothing if not colorful, and so not only did bright red or teal or periwinkle seem situation-appropriate, but her clothes somehow matched her demeanor, which was almost uniformly cheerful. Sometimes the color/mood connection was made overt: One morning, as her motorcade arrived at the U.N. for a panel on violence against women and girls, she stepped out of a shiny black luxury sedan in a red suit and was met by Esther Brimmer, her Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, also wearing red. “Good morning, Esther,” said Clinton. “I see you got the color memo.”

Today’s memo? Not today. When she walks into one of the many grand diplomatic reception rooms on the eighth floor of “the Building,” as everyone calls the State Department, she is clutching a big mug of milky coffee and is wearing no makeup. She looks tired and cranky. She is about to tape three I’m-sorry-I-can’t-be-with-you-here-this-evening videos for events she can’t attend. This is obligatory drudge work, to be sure, but it’s drudgery that requires her to suck it up and find that extra gear: She must be on. Clinton says hello to the group—not her usual effervescent eye-popping hello but a barely mustered blanket nicety. She sits where she is told, facing a teleprompter, and her ever-present and very chic deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, hands her a small case filled with cosmetics. Holding a compact, Clinton puts on mascara, lipstick, blush, and a little powder. She yanks her jacket straight, affixes her mic, and signals she is ready by sitting up and staring directly into the camera. And—click!—just like that, the public Hillary appears: upbeat, reassuring, in control, wide awake, means business. She nails all three videos in one take. Done. Next.

All women who work together know about the odd tendency to arrive at work all dressed in the same color/s. We do not know why this happens, but it has become known as “the color memo” and there is usually a woman or two who did NOT receive the “color memo.” I LOVE that Hillary makes this remark so casually! She and Angela Merkel get each other’s color memos, I have noticed.

I KNEW it! It is not a make-up artist working for an hour on her face. It’s Hillary! And it’s minimal! I could see it at the NYU commencement, there was hardly any makeup there! I’m not saying she never has a make-up person, but she does do her own, doesn’t really need any, but she does it well. All women who sit in front of a mirror with a cup of coffee in the morning can wrap their arms around Hillary for this.

(Note to nitpickers: When is a noun, it is not hyphenated. When it is an adjective, it is.)

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