Let Rome In Tiber Melt – We’ll discuss Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post acknowledges, as we have been writing, that Hillary Clinton is once again the belle of the ball (there is only one MAJOR story out there).
Let’s commence today’s festivities with a rousing song. We’ve called Hillary Clinton a lifeline (a la Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) for the bereft Barack and his unqualified, inexperienced self – so let’s sing along with the Clara Ward singers.
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As the stock markets contiinue their declines and Obama prepares to bankrupt Washington, D.C. in order to pay for his coronation – Bill Clinton again has become the central target of the Hopium addicted.
There is plenty of good reason for the thurifers in the Church of Obama to be concerned when it comes to Bill Clinton. Big Pink non-favorite Donna Brazile (remember when Donna made it her priority to-do to call and write to Hillary to complain about our naughty commenters?) plays a typically minor role in this biased telling:
The former president had amassed an 81-page list of all the unfair and nasty things the Obama campaign had said, or was alleged to have said, about Hillary Clinton. The press was still in love with Obama, or so it seemed to Clinton, who complained to pretty much anyone who would listen. If the press wouldn’t go after Obama, then Hillary’s campaign would have to do the job, the ex-president urged. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Clinton got worked up in a phone conversation with Donna Brazile, a direct, strong-willed African-American woman who had been Al Gore’s campaign manager and advised the Clintons from time to time. “If Barack Obama is nominated, it will be the worst denigration of public service,” he told her, ranting on for much of an hour. Brazile kept asking him, “Why are you so angry?”
Send us the list Bill or else write that book you promised to write this January. Keeping that 81 pages out of publication will likely become the next “sticking point” in the continued vetting of Bill and Hillary.
That Bill and Hillary need to be vetted at all is a red flag for those who suspect that untrustworthy Obama is pulling another one of his untrustworthy stunts. Howard Wolfson, yesterday craftily clued all in on how bogus is the “vetting” of Bill.
Given the media attention on this issue I thought it would be useful to set out what we know about the Clintons’ finances:
The total amount the Clintons have made since leaving the White House, delineated by year. www.taxhistory.org
Each of the sources of that income, including all of President Clinton’s business income, and the amount. www.taxhistory.org
Speeches the President was paid to give since leaving the White House. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000019
How much he was paid for each speech, who paid him, and when and where he gave it. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000019
The amounts that the Clintons each made on their books. www.taxhistory.org
The property they own. www.taxhistory.org
The investments they own. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000019
The interest income they have made. www.taxhistory.org
Contents of their bank accounts. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000019
The liabilities they have held. http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00000019
The charitable contributions they have made through the Clinton Family Foundation. http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/ffindershow.cgi?id=CLIN040
What we know about the Clinton Foundation:
Revenue and assets of the Clinton Foundation. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6903
Stocks held and grants and allocations made by the Foundation. http://clintonfoundation.org/about-the-clinton-foundation/annual-financial-reports
Commitments made at the Clinton Global Initiative. http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=2612&srcid=2384
Number of children who now have access to pediatric medicines through the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative’s partnership with UNITAID: http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-hiv-aids-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Number of Rwandan children who have modern sanitary facilities for hand-washing because of the Foundation. http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-hunter-development-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Number of countries in which the Foundation helped to secure lower priced AIDS/HIV drugs. http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-hiv-aids-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Percent reduction in the price of an effective malaria drug because of the Foundation’s efforts. http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-hiv-aids-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Number of people in Asia with access to safe drinking water because of the Foundation. http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-global-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided or reduced because of the Clinton Climate Initiative. http://clintonfoundation.org/what-we-do/clinton-global-initiative/what-we-ve-accomplished
Bill and Hillary Clinton have been vetted as few others have ever been vetted and come out clean. Obama, of course, has never been vetted. Obama is still protected by his Big Media masters. Obama might never be vetted by Big Media until and unless Big Media decides to yank his chain. Adolf Hitler, a monorchic, is still getting vetted years after his self-slaughter. Obama, not vetted.
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The rest of the Hillary-Makes-The-World-Go-Round news:
Hillary is considering her options on how best to make the world a better place:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has reservations about accepting an appointment as secretary of state in the Obama administration, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton who is familiar with her thinking said on Tuesday.
The adviser described Mrs. Clinton as flattered by President-elect Barack Obama’s interest but said she was agonizing over the decision. Mrs. Clinton likes being her own boss and is reluctant to give up the independence that comes with that, said the adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process was at a delicate stage.
“If you are secretary of state you work for the president,” the adviser said in an e-mail response to questions from The New York Times. “If you are a senator, you work for yourself and the people that elected you.”
It was unclear if Mrs. Clinton’s stated hesitation was part of a bargaining tactic as the Obama team weighs whether to appoint her secretary of state, a genuine moment of indecision or, perhaps, a signal that she was preparing to withdraw from consideration.
Like the Tarantino movie “Kill Bill” the demands on Bill Clinton continue:
Former President Bill Clinton has offered to submit future charitable and business activities to strict ethics reviews if his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, were nominated as secretary of state, according to Democrats familiar with the deliberations. He has also agreed for the first time to disclose many of the previous donors to his efforts. [snip]
Mr. Clinton would also seek clearance from two separate entities — the White House counsel and the State Department’s ethics chief — on all donations to his charitable foundation, the William J. Clinton Foundation, which includes his presidential library and the Clinton Global Initiative. He would follow the same procedure before agreeing to any paid speeches, according to people close to the talks. Additionally, Mr. Clinton would step away from his foundation’s daily operations — all significant concessions for his wife, one person added. [snip]
At the same time, Sen. Clinton’s aides say she hasn’t decided to take the secretary of state job even if the vetting hurdles were cleared. She is weighing whether she’d rather stay in the Senate to pass the universal health-care program that has been a centerpiece of her public career. After being “excited” about the prospect raised by Mr. Obama, said one adviser, Sen. Clinton is now grappling with the pros and cons in discussions with her husband, daughter Chelsea and close aides. As the adviser said, she would have to be subordinate to other personalities, rather than having her own voice as New York’s senator.
So the question facing her is whether she can make a mark as one of 100 and as a senator that lacks a specific jurisdiction over the issues she cares most about vs having a set turf (in the state dept) and platform from which she can command a spotlight.
Although plenty of other political stories are sure to come and go over the next few days, there is only one MAJOR story out there: Will New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton be secretary of State in President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration?
Hillary Clinton – The Change We Need. No matter her lack of seniority in the U.S. Senate, Hillary has strong supporters who know she is experienced and has a long history of actually accomplishing goals which benefit Americans as well as the entire world. Hillary because of her achievements and all her wonderful and rare qualities is a force to contend with regardless of formal titles:
Just in case Hillary Clinton is NOT to be the next Secretary of State…
…Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is working on ways to increase Mrs. Clinton’s power and stature in the US Senate. He began discussing various options with Senator Clinton “about a week ago,” according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.
They are discussing two options: 1) Crafting a new leadership post that would give Senator Clinton a prominent policy role; and, 2) Giving Senator Clinton an additional plum committee assignment.
Currently, Senator Clinton is, of course, a relatively junior Senator and, as such, has little formal power in an institution that is largely run by seniority. Her biggest formal title is chair of an environmental subcommittee. She made a move a couple weeks ago to become chair of a health care policy subcommittee which would/could have taken the lead on health care, but Ted Kennedy blocked the move (he’ll be the lead on that, thank you very much). Senator Kennedy, however, yesterday announced that Senator Clinton will be one of three Senators with a key role in helping him craft health care legislation.
None of this is to suggest she is not going to be Secretary of State, but it is an indication that she is keeping other options open.
Also: Regarding the Secretary of State post, a key Democratic Senator who is close to Obama told me yesterday, rather emphatically, “It’s not a done deal, I can tell you that.”
More vetting and more Tarantino “Kill Bill 2” type nonsense:
What seems more potentially problematic is not revealing what’s happened in the past — but what the Obama Team wants to do about the future.
The view from Camp Clinton is that the Obama Team would too severely restrict what Bill Clinton is able to do to simply make a living. One source says the Obama Team seems to think it can demand that the former president abide by the restrictions put on a general government official, which just isn’t tenable.
There has even been talk of the Obama White House wanting to approve every speech the former President Gives gives, or any new source of income. [snip]
George H.W. Bush had no similar restrictions when he [sic] son was President, Clinton advocates say. Why would Bill Clinton have to stop doing what former presidents do — traveling the world, giving speeches, raising money for charitable works — when his wife is a mere Cabinet official?
The view is that this is the portfolio of a former President; to eliminate it — especially when Hillary Clinton still has more than $6 million in debt from her campaign — is unreasonable.
Darn that Bill Clinton doing charitable work, unlike other former presidents who enrich themselves.
No matter the obstacles, Bill and Hill keep on keeping on:
Bill Clinton has also indicated, according to sources, that he would be willing to step down as the functional leader of his foundation for the duration of his wife’s tenure in the Obama administration. He would readily agree, these sources say, to disclose any new sources of income and submit his speaking schedule — and his speeches — to State Department officials in advance. [snip]
She would be Secretary of State in an administration dominated by other foreign policy heavyweights. She will wonder where Joe Biden fits in to all of this; the two senators are collegial and competitive. There is some angst with Joe Biden’s circle of confidants about Clinton’s serving as Secretary of State. It is not clear whether Biden himself shares the angst.
Clinton’s every utterance would have to be prescreened; she would not be able to pick and choose her battles; she might be delimited by the State Department’s bureaucratic imperatives. On the other hand, it is conceivable that President Obama would hand Sen. Clinton a ticket with the words “Middle East Peace” printed on it, and say: “Go,” giving Clinton the flexibility and transitive authority to secure her place in history.
Hillary Clinton is ready on Day 1. Hillary Clinton is the Change We Need. Joe Biden has already warned American about the disasters to come with a B.O. administration.
Hillary is the change we need. Hillary should fight for change in the U.S. Senate and in her travels throughout America.