When Hillary Clinton says there will be no surprises regarding her history, she means it.
Unlike other candidates there is a long trail of Hillary Clinton friends and acquaintances who can testify to her long history of fighting for change. There are many pictures and testimonials of Hillary Clinton dating back to childhood. Long time friends, not composite characters, attest to Hillary Clinton’s character.
There are no mysteries, no questions as to what will pop up at the last moment. America thought it knew George W. Bush but at the last minute there were proven charges of drunk driving which drove down Bush’s vote in Florida in 2000 (probably costing George W. Bush the election in Florida, only to be selected by the Supreme Court with the complicity of Big Media). Of course, with George W. Bush there was also strong evidence of drug use which his campaign feared would at some point be proven.
Hillary’s real life, not composite characters in an autobiography, can be traced through a lifetime of friends and work:
“Here in Iowa, I want you to have some flavor of who I am outside the television cameras — when all the cameras and the lights disappear, what I do when nobody is listening and taking notes and recording it,” she said. “Because it’s hard, when you’re in public life, to have that kind of sharing experience with thousands and millions of people.” [snip]
“It’s a little hard sometimes to be standing there listening to people talk about yourself, because that’s not who I am,” she said, standing near a table of doughnuts and bagels she had purchased for the staff. “I’m more interested in trying to help other people. But I’ve been convinced that I have to do this.”
Real friends, flesh and blood friends, not composite characters created for self-aggrandizement – going back to earliest childhood testify to Hillary’s character and lifelong, well documented, no surprises, history:
Now Clinton wants voters to take a fresh look at her. Supporters are crisscrossing Iowa with the message that the real Hillary Clinton is not the imperious politician they might perceive. Over the weekend, about two dozen friends from elementary school boarded a bus in Chicago and came to Iowa to talk about her.
Betsy Ebeling, who met Clinton in the sixth grade, told how her friend was self-conscious about her thick glasses. When she wanted to meet boys, she would remove them and ask Ebeling to guide her around the school and whisper the names of boys in the hallways.
“Do all of you understand she’s a mom?” Ebeling said. “She’s a daughter. Her mom lives with her. She takes care of her mom. She’s a wife. She’s a great sister. She’s our friend.”
Not everyone likes Hillary.
“There are people who would never vote for me. It breaks my heart. It’s true.”
The reason, she said, is that when a politician takes on special interests as long as she has, “you’re going to get beat up.”
Yes, you get beaten up when you try to get things done. But you also make strong friends, even strong, unlikely, friends:
JOHNSTON, Iowa – Shannon Mallozzi was standing in a drafty barn basement here Monday, coughing uncontrollably but still buzzing from her first stump speech on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Mallozzi, a lifelong Republican from East Northport, never thought she’d be working for Clinton, or any Democrat, a few years ago. That was before she approached Clinton after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Long Island in 2004 to talk about her then-3-year-old daughter Isabella, who suffers from an incurable but treatable brain malady called hydrocephalus.
“I’m not going to say I disliked Hillary, but I wasn’t an advocate,” said Mallozzi, 36, who was forced to cut her two-day visit to Iowa short due to a terrible cold. “The perception was that she was, you know, kind of remote. Let’s put it this way: a parent would make a deal with the devil to help their child, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was no reason for her to do as much as she did.”
That day, Clinton ushered Mallozzi into a staff car and listened quietly to Isabella’s story for a half-hour. At the end, Clinton pledged her personal support and said her office would help lobby to fund federal research into the disease.
“I’m not just yes-ing you,” Clinton told her. “I’m really going to help.”
About 700,000 Americans suffer from hydrocephalus, which causes a damaging build-up of fluid in the brain that can lead to cognitive damage, paralysis and blindness. During the next few years, Clinton and her aides popped in and out of Mallozzi’s life as they worked on securing funding to increase research on curing the disease. The effort hasn’t succeeded yet but Mallozzi remains optimistic.
A year and a half later, Isabella was undergoing surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital to insert a shunt into her brain, when a nurse walked into the waiting room with surprising news.
“She said, ‘We got a phone call from Senator Clinton saying that she would consider it a personal favor if we took good care of your daughter,'” Mallozzi said. “I don’t even know how she knew Isabella was there.”
The now 6-year-old Isabella, whose curly brown hair and easy smile make her a dead ringer for her mother, is doing well and lives a mostly normal life, her mother said.
Mallozzi is not a composite character. Mallozzi is not a made up character in an autobiography filled with disputed facts and differing recollections. Mallozzi is someone whose life was touched directly by Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton’s work has real life consequences. For instance, Hillary Clinton wants UNIVERSAL health care. Hillary is NOT proposing a Sophie’s Choice health care plan where some are included and saved, while 15 million others are left out – uninsured. Hillary Clinton’s health care plan is truly UNIVERSAL.
The former first lady used Isabella’s story to illustrate her opposition to rival Barack Obama’s health care plan, which she claims would leave 15 million people without coverage. Obama has repeatedly said his plan is comprehensive.
“Who do we leave out?” Clinton asked the 150 Iowans huddled in the restored 19th century Simpson Barn in suburban Des Moines Monday. “Shannon’s daughter Isabella? She has a deteriorating condition — should we leave her out?”
There are many testimonials from real life people, not composite characters, on Hillary Clinton’s website – The Hillary I Know. Yesterday we featured Sharon Mallozzi’s “Hillary I Know” story in video.
Here are two more, real life, Hillary testimonials. Hillary “will stand up for everybody”.