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In her recent TEDxTeen talk, Chelsea Clinton encouraged young people to step up and make a change.
Are we seriously doing a Meet and Greet to introduce you to Hillary Clinton? Ummm... no.
What could we say about her that you don't already know anyway? Married some guy named Bill? Ran for president? Put 18 million cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling?
(Uhh... you do know all of that don't you?)
Since we're doing Meet and Greets for members of Obama's new administration, we don't want to leave Hillary out even though she's already well known. Internationally. So we're doing this technical Meet and Greet for Hillary to mention just one little factoid:
- Hillary has one thing in common with Barack: she's a tease. First Obama teases that he's probably going to ask Hillary to serve as Secretary of State (Oh, Americans, let the anticipation excite you!) and then Hillary hints that she'll probably accept (Americans, work yourselves into a frenzy at the thought!). Now the latest is that Hillary will accept. So expect a formal announcement sometime after Thanksgiving that Barack has chosen Hillary to serve as our new Secretary of State.
The economy sucks, so we thought we'd tickle your funny bone to make you feel better. In this David Letterman clip, Chris Rock gives Bill Clinton the heads up that Hillary lost.
So, did Chris have you rolling on the floor, laughing your ass off? Or did you take offense to his comments?
Do you think the Clintons support Barack Obama for real or just in public because they "have" to? Holla in the comments, yo.
Throughout the election season, John McCain has emphasized his "experience" while Barack Obama has focused on "change." At the Republican convention, however, speeches made by McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin showed a move toward Obama's message of change:
Palin on McCain and change
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
McCain on change
We [Republicans] were elected to change and I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch. and We need to change the way government does almost everything.... Why the change to change? Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama. "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it. And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground. She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late. Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake. Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House? Tell us in the comments above.
We [Republicans] were elected to change
I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch.
We need to change the way government does almost everything....
Why the change to change?
Well, why not? The change message has certainly worked for Obama. "Change" changed Obama from a relatively unknown senator to a cultural icon and political force to be reckoned with. Change is no longer just Obama's message; it's an American movement, the new cause of choice for millions of citizens. McCain wants a piece of that action (and some of those votes), and he's willing to copycat Obama to get it.
And then there is the lesson that McCain learned from Hillary Clinton, who ran a campaign based on experience straight into the ground. She beat voters over the heads with her experience, telling them over and over again that she was the candidate who would be "ready on day one" of her presidency. But her experience message didn't push her ahead of Obama. So she added change to her repertoire at the end of the democratic primary, but by then it was too late. Now she wishes she could change that, and McCain doesn't want to make her mistake.
Do you think McCain's new change message (or old change message, when you consider that Obama has been preaching it for over a year now) will get him to The White House? Tell us in the comments above.
It's Time for Some Campaignin', a little diddy about campaign 08...
Emily's List, a PAC that helps pro-choice women get elected to public office, is none too pleased that the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Barack Obama for president. Ellen Malcolm, Emily's List founder and Clinton BFF, says the endorsement is "tremendously disrespectful" to her girl. NARAL is like, "Whatev! Endorsing a Clinton is so '96!" NARAL will host a web chat about their endorsement on this Friday, May 16th. Submit your questions here.
Where is a good Apollo clown when you need one? That's what Rev. Al Sharpton wants to know:
The worst thing in the world is when an entertainer doesn't know when the show is over. The audience is gone, the lights are down, you're getting ready to cut the mics off and you are still on the stage singing. It's over, it's all right, it's over. Come sing another day, but this show is over, Sen. Clinton.
(Shout out: Politico)
"You're wearing that?!" We've all gasped in utter shock and asked our mom that question
at least once too many times. And our moms have (unreasonably) asked us the same.
No different from the next mom, Hillary Clinton likes to wear embarassing outfits and complain that her daughter's floor length skirts are "too short." She dishes on her experiences as a mom in an interview and town hall meeting sponsored by momlogic, a website that's totally biased in support of your mother's point of view.
View the momlogic interview and town hall exclusive with Hillary Clinton here.
On a visit to the Butler University Bulldogs, Chelsea Clinton showed that she can be quite the bulldog herself. When a student asked Chelsea if she thinks the Monica Lewinsky scandal hurt her mother's credibility, she quipped, "...I do not think that's any of your business."
Do. Not. Mess. With. Chelesa.
Elton John will perform at Radio City Music Hall to raise money for Hillary Clinton.
Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are on the cover of W Magazine this month. In an interview inside the magazine, the two actresses reveal that they are as different as Mary and Anne Boelyn, the sisters they portray in The Other Boelyn. One major difference? Their politics. Scarlett supports Barack Obama, while the undecided Natalie seems to be leaning toward Hillary Clinton:
Right now, though, fighting the rumour mill is less important for Johansson than fighting for her presidential candidate of choice, Barack Obama. She spent several days in Iowa in January, working the phone banks on his behalf and talking to high school and college students about the importance of caucusing. "I will continue stumping for Obama until he's elected," she declares. "The past eight years have been painful for a lot of people. We're in a state of emergency."
A fellow political junkie, Portman is still struggling to decide betwen Obama and Hillary Clinton. She can't help remembering how impressed she was when she met the latter, who was sponsoring a FINC-backed bill that went before the Senate. "I met about 10 representatives that day and Hillary was by far the sharpest. Did you read Gloria Steinem's op-ed piece?" Portman asks, citing Steinem's January 8 column about Clinton in the New York Times. "Hillary's just so experienced."
Barack Obama participated in a Saturday Night Live skit this past Saturday to poke fun of rival Hillary Clinton. Barack and the other Democratic candidates have accused Hillary of being two-faced, and Barack drove this point home during his SNL appearance.
In the skit, a tall, thin man approaches "Hillary" (Amy Poehler) at her Halloween party, wearing a Barack Obama mask. Hillary wants to see who came to the party as Barack, so he takes the mask off. And it's... [drumroll please!]... Barack himself!
Hillary: So you came as yourself?
Barack: Well you know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide. I enjoy being myself. I'm not going to change who I am just because it is Halloween.
The audience laughed, but you know Hillary wasn't amused. She's going to stomp Barack's a**. Not necessarily in the primary, but if she catches his skinny tail alone in the dark halls of Congress.
Obama's shots go on, a surprise for Clinton on SNL [Baltimore Sun]
Live from New York, it's Sen Barack Obama [Chicago Sun-Times]
Anchor has nothing to fear from SNL gig [Chicago Sun-Times]
Elizabeth Edwards often has made the excuse that her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, doesn't get as much media attention as rivals Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton because he's not black or a woman. "We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman," she said. [Mmm... no, but like Obama and Clinton, you could come up with better campaign strategies to get up in the polls, make your campaign more interesting and attract more media attention.]
The Washington Post examines whether John and Elizabeth Edwards are trying to appeal to people who may not want to vote for Barack Obama because he's African American or Hillary Clinton because she's a woman.
Hillary Clinton has earned the support of the majority of African American female voters, but she wants an even bigger piece of that pie. She sat down with Isabel Wilkerson of Essence, a magazine that targets African American women, for an interview published in the current issue (November 2007). Here are a few exerpts of what she had to say about her marriage and family:
On her marriage:
“I know the truth of my life and of my marriage, my relationship and partnership, my deep abiding friendship with my husband. It's been enormously supportive to me through most of my life. Now obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows. “But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges,” she says, “and I'm really happy that I made that decision. Again, not a decision for everybody. And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”
On the most romantic thing her husband has done for her: She hesitates for longer than is comfortable, then she says, “Oh he's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips. He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch,” she said, holding out her left wrist to show off a Chanel watch, its bracelet made of white cubes shaped like elegant dentures, if you can picture it. “I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth.”
Outside of work, what her proudest moment is:
“Chelsea,” she says without hesitation.
Pick up Essence to read the entire interview.
Those who say African Americans base their voting decisions solely on race are totally wrong.
Hillary Clinton has widened her democratic primary lead over rival Barack Obama (who, we all know, happens to be African American), thanks to the support of African American registered democrats. A recent CNN poll shows that African Americans support Clinton over Obama 57% to 33%. Clinton takes a greater lead among African American women, who support her over Obama 68% to 25%. African American men are split betwen the two candidates, with 42% favoring Clinton and 46% favoring Obama.
Clinton has also secured the endorsements of two prominent African American congressmen , Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep. John Lewis.
Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. talks on a cell phone upon her arrival at a Presidential Health Care Forum, sponsored by Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's pollster, said that 24% of Republican women could support Clinton over Barack Obama because of "the emotional element of potentially having the first woman nominee." The Obama camp disagrees.
Pollster: GOP women will support Clinton [AP]
No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Barack Obama has pulled out the boxing gloves against rival Hillary Clinton. Here's an excerpt from a fundraising letter that his campaign just emailed under the heading "Hillary's Money."
We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.
If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long....
Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.
I think it's time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that's why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive -- more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.
Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage.
Hillary Clinton whupped some you-know-what in fundraising this past quarter. She raised $27 million, and for the first time, beat Barack Obama in number of new donors and amount of primary election money raised.
Clinton Outpaces Obama in Fundraising in Third Quearter [CNN]
Clinton Leads the Field in Campaign Fundraising [The Los Angeles Times]
Fran Drescher, best known for her TV role on The Nanny, would rather watch politics than other people's kids. Word is that she has her eye on the senate seat that Hillary Clinton will vacate if elected president. A cancer survivor, Drescher entered the political scene as a cancer advocate and has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that will help educate women and health care professionals about early cancer detetection.
Porn star Jenna Jameson told PR.com that she likes Hillary Clinton for president, even though Hillary's "pretty conservative for a Democrat."
Sunday's Washington Post profiled Hillary Clinton's mom, Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham. Hillary has said before that her mom is the inspiration behind her success: "...I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind." As for whether Hillary gets the "mom endorsement" for her presidential candidacy, Mrs. Rodham told a 2004 Oprah audience that if Hillary ran for president, "She would do great. I have to say that."
Photo at left of Dorothy Rodham by Rich Lipski of TWP (2000).
Politico reports that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president on Monday. Bayh's endorsement is quite the feather in Clinton's cap, because as a moderate Democrat representing an overwhelmingly Republican state, he is expected to help Clinton win votes in Republican states. Bayh, who once hoped to win the Democratic nomination himself, serves with Clinton on the Armed Forces Committee and is a former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
Clinton has also been endorsed by a former rival for the Democratic nomination, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and retired four star General Wesley Clark, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2004.
When asked by an editor at the gay publication The Advocate how she responds to the lesbian rumors about her, Hillary Clinton said, "People say a lot of things about me, so I don't pay any attention to it."
"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over. People will say what they want to say."
Sean Kennedy, The Advocate editor who interviewed Clinton told the NY Daily News, "I 100% believe she's a straight, heterosexual woman."
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not A Lesbian [NY Daily News]
In the latest issue of Time (September 24, 2007), 50 Cent reaffirms his support of Hillary.
Q: Are you endorsing a particular candidate in the '08 election?
A: No, but I like Hillary. I think she was already our president once. [Laughs.]
The most phenomenal of phenomenal women, Dr. Maya Angelou, poetically endorses Hillary Clinton here.
Hillary Clinton just scored an endorsement from rapper 50 Cent (ne Curtis James Jackson). "I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be president," MTV News reports 50 told Rap-Up Magazine. "It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and ... this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term."
50, who shares a birthday with George W. Bush, also revealed his opinion of the president. "[Bush] has less compassion than a regular human being," he said. Seems Fiddy also thinks G-Dub is a punk. "Me and George Bush are so different. ... I actually go to war, when I go to war. Bush just sends [people] to war."
Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out the alert below to let everyone know about Hillary's and Bill's upcoming appearances on Letterman, Oprah and Larry King. Make sure you watch!
Mark your calendars and set your Tivos and VCRs -- you don't want to miss Hillary's two upcoming TV appearances! Tonight she'll be making her seventh appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman -- her first as a candidate for president. And this coming Tuesday, September 4, she'll be Ellen's guest on the season premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Ellen is soliciting questions from her viewers to ask of Hillary, and we want to turn it around on her. So if you have a question for Hillary to ask Ellen, submit it here:
Also on September 4, you can catch President Clinton on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Late Show, talking about his new book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. He'll also be on CNN's Larry King Live on September 5.
Check the links below for full listings:
- August 30: Hillary on Letterman - Listings
- September 4: Hillary on Ellen - Listings
- September 4: Bill Clinton on Oprah - Listings
- September 4: Bill Clinton on Letterman - Listings
- September 5: Bill Clinton on Larry King - Listings
The military mom is the new swing voter. Traditionally, she would support the Republicans, but dissatisfaction with the way the war has been handled by Repblicans has got her eyeing the Dems. Which way will she swing? The Washington Post reports.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at the 2006 NAACP Convention (AP)
There's a short Obama interview in today's Washington Post in which Obama emphasizes the differences between himself and Clinton. Read it here.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with co-hosts Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on September 14 in Los Angeles. In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country."
Just days earlier on September 8, Oprah Winfrey will host a fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Montecito estate.