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Thursday, January 26, 2012

SAY IT AIN'T SO: SECRETARY CLINTON-PLEASE STAY ON (AND PLEASE RUN IN 2016)

Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
A born leader, the leader of the pack in many senses.
What Hillary has done for women alone, can't be measured.
She is a leader here politically.
On the world stage admired and respected.
Please dont' go!

The first woman to seriously contend for a major American political party’s presidential nomination (coming in second to the winner amassing huge primary victories), former New York Senator, former First Lady of the United States, former First Lady of Arkansas, former president of the Wellesley College Government Association, Yale Law School graduate, National Merit Scholar, twice named one of the 100 most influential female attorneys in America, the incumbent and one of the most successful Secretaries of State in the modern era, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton said publicly today “she wants to step off the "high wire of American politics" after two decades and is again tamping down speculation that she might stay in government if President Barack Obama wins a second term.” According to the Associated Press, Secretary Clinton told a group of State Department staffers "I have made it clear that I will certainly stay on until the president nominates someone and that transition can occur" if Obama wins re-election, she told a town hall meeting. "But I think after 20 years, and it will be 20 years, of being on the high wire of American politics and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am."
While the Republithieves debate yet again tonight, making fools of themselves no doubt once more; as Newt makes personal attacks against Willard and vice versa and while both jockey to maintain the power and prestige of the currently wealthy and powerful, seeking egomaniacally to expand their own in particular; with the sideshow of a reactionary still in the race waiting to figure out exactly when to bow out and with whom to cut deals while doing so (Santorum) and the tragicomedy of an aging ideologue MD (Ron Paul) winning large numbers in a party that used to be a serious loyal opposition party when out of power, HILLARY is the big news of the day.
The other powerful First Lady extraordinaire,
Eleanor Roosevelt
In 1999, Eleanor Roosevelt was ranked in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century for all of her accomplishments, which centered on her role as U. S First Lady extraordinaire for an unprecedented 13 years. She gained little notoriety prior to ascending to the role of First Lady, but as wife to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who led the nation out of the Great Depression and to victory against Germany, Italy and Japan in World War II, Eleanor took an activist role, even publicly disagreeing with the President when she felt it was called for (she strongly opposed the executive order resulting the internment of Japanese-American citizens, for example). Following FDR’s death, she became the first American U.N. Delegate, chaired the UN commission which drafted the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and went on to serve JFK on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, prior to her death in 1962.
Number One First Lady of all time,
Orleans had it right.
HILLARY:
YOU'RE STILL THE ONE FOR 2016!
I submit that as First Ladies go, Mrs. Clinton now stands as the most accomplished in American history, bar none, including Eleanor Roosevelt. And though she may find herself tired (she holds the record for logging the most mileage of any Secretary of State in US history considering time served) at present, I would ask this remarkable American woman and Democrat to reconsider her plans. It’s been a busy few years for Mrs. Clinton. Her terms in the Senate must have seemed like a vacation compared to what was to come. Her history-making 2008 bid for the presidency was hotly contested, close, and required constant campaigning for over a year, was physically and emotionally grueling. Then she campaigned hard for the now incumbent President Obama, and as Secretary of State she has had to deal with two dangling wars left over from the Cheney/Bush Administration, re-establish relations with every nation from our NATO allies—such as France and all except Britain—to friendly Islamic nations, to nations all over the world. She did this so admirably that out of the starting gate she enabled Barack to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This all in addition to having to deal with typical matters such as US-Russian relations and strategic nuclear weapons—again within months of taking office, she enabled Barack to meet with Russian President Medvedev in Washington where they signed the first-ever Strategic Arms REDUCTION Treaty. She gave reign to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to commence talking amongst all the adversaries and allies in and around Afghanistan, and despite Mr. Holbrooke’s tragic death in such an untimely manner as it occurred, mark my words that the Afghan conflict WILL end with a negotiated peace, thanks to Secretary of State Clinton, who had to battle with and win the 200 year old turf war between the State and Defense (which has had different names) Departments, where Generals McChrystal and Petraeus are now out of the uniformed military and Robert Gates is no longer Defense Secretary. Phew! No wonder you’re tired Madame Secretary.
Her accomplishments during Bill’s Presidency are the stuff of legend, and though a health care bill wasn’t successfully passed, it was Hillary who succeeded in making it a national priority and laying the groundwork for the passage of the first step Affordable Health Care Act last year, among so many other key policies in which she was involved. Not satisfied to be a back-bencher
Talk about a powerful woman and leader,
it was only Secretary Clinton who could have compelled
Benjamin Netanyahu to be seen publicly with
Mahmoud Abbas at this point.
Hillary looked tired at this time for sure,
but never more competent!
When they left office there was a genuine wish on the part of many Democrats to see Hillary run for office, and when they moved to NY, she was answering a call to run for the Senate, which she won and was so outstanding in her first 6 year term that her second win was a trouncing of her Republican opponent. She became the first woman to be considered a front-runner for a major party nomination for President, and the 2008 primary between Hillary and Barack truly excited Democrats and the nation. The primary truly was a squeaker, and got personal at times. Nevertheless she was, in the end, magnanimous in defeat, and campaigned hard for him, helped unify the party so that Barack could win his historic election by a big margin in November. Asking Hillary to serve in the position of Secretary of State was seen by some at the time as a way of keeping her out of a possible return primary challenge in 2012, but Hillary accepted the President’s call to duty anyway. And, with the possible exception of her husband’s Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Hillary is already the most accomplished Secretary of modern times.
No other photo shows the depth of the sincere friendship
which has formed between Hillary and Barack than this one.
Their mutual affection is obvious.
And this shot is from the moment of the final Congressional
passage of the Affordable Health Care Act,
talk about magnanimity and the ability to forgive
despite their bruising primary battle!
THESE are true leadership and Presidential qualities.
Not the absurdity of the modern mudslinging on the right!

It was the prospect of a Hillary Presidency which brought me back into presidential politics and involvement in party politics in 2008 after a lengthy sabbatical. Both candidates were impressive and I didn’t consider it a compromise at all to switch allegiances to the gentleman in office now, who I happen to believe has the potential to be the best president in U.S. history since Abraham Lincoln, who, of course, was the best in U.S. history period (dream on Willard and Newt—lol).
Mrs. Clinton turns 65 this October, and I certainly hope she reconsiders her stand on remaining in the State Department during Barack’s second term. If she decides to take time off however or not, I am and have been marking my calendar for 2016 and being very busy working on the Hillary 2016 Presidential campaign, and I fully expect this to be the case. At least I’m hoping so. The Democratic Party is blessed with a variety of potential successors to our current awesome incumbent (Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Andrew Cuomo are two names which pop into my head quickly).  At that point Mrs. Clinton will still be 69 years young and the most widely known Democrat, a proven vote-getter and wife of the most popular politician and campaigner in America.
I know you may be tired and I know you don’t owe me or the nation any more than you’ve already so generously given, but may I please ask a favor Secretary Clinton?  Once Barack wins re-election and we take back the House and increase our numbers in the Senate over 60; instead of stepping aside as Secretary of State, how about just taking an unofficial month off in Bermuda without doing ANY official business with the Bermudan government or anyone instead? I'd even highly recommend a  well-earned second month off in Jamaica, below the radar and without official business. We need you Mrs. Clinton. You're still the one. :)

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