Wednesday, March 19, 2008

While The World Was Obsessed With Rebb'n Wright...

[Guess Who's Back?!?!]

...Hillary's long lost White House schedules were finally released today.

chirp chirp.... [that's crickets ya'll]

Peep the facts, and as usual, forgive the excessive cut and pasting.
Federal archivists on Wednesday released 11,000 pages of schedules from Hillary Rodham Clinton's eight years as first lady, but the material offers little to support her assertion that her White House experience left her best prepared to become president.

The records show her to be an active first lady who traveled widely and was deeply involved in healthcare policy, but they are rife with omissions, terse references and redactions that obscure many of her activities and the identities of those she saw.

For months, Sen. Clinton has faced calls to speed the release of about 2 million pages of material covering her time as first lady. The records are stored at her husband's presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. But it seems doubtful that the schedules made public Wednesday will satisfy those who argue that Clinton touts her experience in her husband's White House, yet refuses to offer details about her precise role.

The records span some of the most historically rich and well-documented chapters in the Clinton presidency, including Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern, Monica S. Lewinsky; Hillary Clinton's failed healthcare initiative; and her role in the dismissal of several employees in the White House travel office. But in many cases, the documents refer only to "private meetings" and do little to illuminate the dramatic events unfolding at the time.

When it came to overseas travel, the papers show that Clinton did spend some time conferring with foreign leaders on strategic issues. But they suggest she spent a lot more time fulfilling the traditional role of the first lady: meeting the leaders' wives and focusing on women's and children's issues.

Clinton has pointed to a March 1996 trip to Bosnia and other parts of Europe as an example of what she said were the dangerous assignments she took. The records show that on that trip, she did speak to the Bosnian president, as well as to German and Turkish leaders.

But she also socialized with leaders' wives, listened to children read poetry, visited archaeological and religious sites, met with women's groups, and looked on as singer Sheryl Crow and comedian Sinbad entertained U.S. troops.

Those mining the records for deeper insights into Clinton's activities may be disappointed.
35 Years of Experience, huh?

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People!"[1]

Hill's steady spoken about her 35 years of experience, and the fact that she's already Presidential by virtue of simply sleeping with the President for 8 years. If that's true, then I guess Gennifer Flowers is at least qualified to be CHIEF OF STAFF!!!

And speakin' of White House jumpoffs, how about this fine nugget that also surfaced yesterday.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House on a half dozen days when her husband had sexual encounters there with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to Sen. Clinton's schedule, released Wednesday among 11,000 pages of papers from her years as first lady.

The words of the schedules are dry, but they take on emotional weight when coupled with revelations about the sex scandal that eventually came to light. A year later, the first lady's schedules show her pressing ahead with public events and showing her face as revelations about the scandal upended her life and threatened Bill Clinton's presidency.

On Nov. 15, 1995, the first lady went to a mid-afternoon "meet & greet" photo opportunity at the White House with Nobel Laureates and their families. That night, Lewinsky had what she later said was her first sexual encounter with the president, in the private study off the Oval office.

On Jan. 21, 1996, the first lady and the president privately toured an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. That afternoon, Lewinsky said, she and Bill Clinton had a sexual encounter in the hallway by the private study.

The schedules indicate she was home on at least two other days when her husband and the intern got together.

Twice, Mrs. Clinton was overseas at such times.
Slick Willie indeed.

Ok, I know, that had absolutely nothing to do with the race of course, but what kinda blogger would I be if I didn't throw it in there, solely for entertainment value?

Question: Will these new revelations about Hillary's lack of experience become the race's next smokin' gun? And damn, is that Bill Clinton crafty or what?

Hillary Clinton's schedules shed little light on work as first lady [LA Times]

Hillary Clinton home at time of affair [AP]

[1] Cyber Capri Suns to the first person who can tell me the source of this quotable.

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