Friday, March 7, 2008

The Hillary Files

"Word that nearly 2 million pages of documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton's time as first lady could remain locked up until after next year's election produced the predictable catcalls among critics suspecting coverup. But it raises the broader, unprecedented question of how someone's service as first lady should be evaluated in terms of her qualifications to be president in the first place."

....from the Morning Cheat Sheet, by Peter Baker, Aug 17, 2007

The official White House Biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton is here:

You can read it yourself, but I'll give you the topic sentences of each of the paragraphs:

  1. Hillary Diane Rodham was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1947.
  2. As a young student, Hillary organized food drives, served in student government, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
  3. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1969, Hillary enrolled in Yale Law School, where she developed her strong concern for protecting the interests of children and families, and met Bill Clinton, a fellow law student.
  4. Upon taking office in 1993, President Clinton made health care reform one of the highest priorities of his Administration.
  5. When the Clintons arrived in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Clinton felt that she had not only public responsibilities as First Lady, but also the important private responsibility to make the historic, and formal, White House a true home for her husband and daughter Chelsea.
  6. In 1996, the First Lady authored "It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us", a national call for all sectors of society to take responsibility for our children.
  7. In 1997, the First Lady, along with the President, hosted two important conferences on children's issues.
  8. The First Lady has also worked tirelessly to reform our nation's foster care system and promote adoption.
  9. In addition to her work at home, the First Lady serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United States during her visits abroad.
  10. One of Mrs. Clinton's responsibilities as First Lady is to oversee the White House special events including the annual Easter Egg Roll.
  11. The holiday season is another popular time at the White House.
  12. The First Lady loves art, and she has said that sculpture is one of her favorite art forms.
  13. Like her predecessors, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton brings to the role of First Lady of the United States her own special talents, experience, and interests.

Aside from shaking hands with lots of heads of state, where is the foreign policy experience? And where is the preparedness for becoming Commander in Chief?
(Oh that's right, she got a bunch of retired black generals to back her up yesterday.)

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