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Happy 65th Birthday, Bill Clinton!

In Bill Clinton, Global News, Happy 65th Birthday, President Bill Clinton on August 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

August 19th, 2011

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The 42nd President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, celebrates his birthday today. The Big Dawg is now 65. Happy birthday, Bubba!

William Jefferson Clinton, the pride of Hope, Ark., remains the only Democrat to win two full White House terms since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He also presided over the largest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history, and left office extremely popular despite being impeached.

Hey, no one’s perfect, right?

His wife, Hillary Clinton, is currently U.S. Secretary of State. Their daughter, Chelsea, married Marc Mezvinsky last summer in New York State.

In a political flip-flop of Mitt Romney-esque proportions, Bill Clinton is marking his 65th birthday by going vegan. Seriously. No more burgers!

What a difference a quadruple bypass makes. “I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now,” the ex-President tells CNN.

After experiencing heart problems leading up to the 2004 surgery, Clinton has now lost 20 lbs.: “I feel good, and I have so much more energy.”

Glad to hear. Have a veggie burger on us tonight, BC!

Bill Clinton endorses Emanuel, fires back at critics

In Bill Clinton, news on January 19, 2011 at 12:09 am

Former President Bill Clinton appears at a rally for Chicago mayoral candidate and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Chicago. Emanuel is vying to succeed the retiring Mayor Richard Daley. The election is Feb. 22. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor today and chastised critics who have sought to label the mayoral contender an outsider from Washington.

“We all knew where his heart was,” Clinton said of Emanuel’s love for Chicago while serving his presidential administration. “But we were glad to have his mind.”

Clinton recounted how he first met Emanuel while running for the White House and later tapped him to serve in a top strategic policy role. The former president called Emanuel “fearlessly honest” while acknowledging the candidate sometimes uses “extremely colorful language.” He credited Emanuel’s “skill set and values and sheer raw energy and determination and love” for the jobs he was assigned.

Speaking for nearly 20 minutes at the Chicago Cultural Center following a $250,000 closed-door fundraiser, Clinton said Chicago was “critical” to the nation’s future and needs “a big person for the job” of mayor.

“Rahm is not even 6-feet tall. He probably weighs about 150 pounds dripping wet. But in all the ways that are important, he is a very big person,” Clinton said. “He has made big decisions.”

Emanuel called Clinton a “teacher” and a “mentor” and credited the former president for instilling the values that led him to run for Congress as well as for mayor.

“I could not ask for a better role model than you,” he told Clinton and said he would “bring that same determination and grit” he displayed in the Clinton White House to the problems confronting the city.

“The challenge of change requires determination, strength, vision and courage,” Emanuel said. “Chicago is big enough, tough enough, strong enough and resilient enough to meet the challenge of change head on.”

Clinton’s endorsement was not without controversy. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., a former mayoral candidate, had contended Clinton risked jeopardizing his standing with the African-American community by endorsing Emanuel. Prior to Clinton’s appearance, Emanuel aides used the rally stage to feature various supporters who are African-American.

When Emanuel left the White House, Clinton appointed him to the board of Freddie Mac. Emanuel’s position on the board has been highlighted by other mayoral candidates, including Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle. In an attempt to distract from the star power Emanuel has been able to draw, both held news conferences an hour before Clinton is scheduled to arrive.

Chico accused Emanuel of failing a character test for not speaking out about unscrupulous accounting practices at mortgage giant Freddie Mac, where Emanuel was appointed to the board of directors by then-President Clinton in 2000.

Quoting repeatedly from a 2009 Tribune article about Emanuel’s time at Freddie Mac, Chico said company executives told the board about a plan to mislead shareholders about the profits the government-chartered company was then reaping from risky investments.

“Running for public office is about having the guts to do what’s right,” Chico said at his downtown campaign headquarters. “One of my opponents, Rahm Emanuel, likes to talk about ‘hard truths’ and ‘cleaning up City Hall.’ He even made an ad about it. But the question to be asked is, ‘Is Rahm Emanuel himself willing to tell the hard truths?'”

“It’s about character, about who will do what at the time, when something like this is presented to you,” Chico added. “And when it was presented to Rahm Emanuel, he chose to look the other way, sat on his hands, took the corporate fees and the stock options, and went away.”

Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt offered a response to Chico’s comments.

“Rahm didn’t sit on the audit committee and isn’t named in any of the reports on the matter. Again Mr Chico knows this isn’t credible,” LaBolt wrote in an e-mail.

Emanuel made at least $320,000 for his 14-month stint on the Freddie Mac board, the Tribune reported.

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/01/clinton-campaigning-in-chicago-for-emanuel-today.html

 

Bill Clinton talks climate change and health care at CNE

In Bill Clinton, Climate Change, Global News, Health Care on August 30, 2009 at 3:14 am

The sun shines for Bill Clinton.

Bill in TorontoOr at least it did this afternoon, when the skies cleared in time for the former U.S. president to address an audience of almost 12,000 at BMO Field at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Clinton, who had just flown to Toronto from the Boston funeral of Edward Kennedy, opened his remarks with words of remembrance of the late senator.

“I knew him for more than 30 years,” said Clinton. “We worked together, sometimes we fought… but throughout it all I cherished my relationship with him because he proved that public service was an honourable way to live, and he gave his entire life to trying to make our country and the world a better place.”

The half-hour speech, tailored to a Canadian audience and bookended by standing ovations, ranged in terms of subject matter from climate change to the health care debate south of the border. Addressing the latter, Clinton did his level-headed best to explain the fervour at town halls throughout the U.S.

“If you look at America, you must wonder what in the world are my friends to the south thinking? Why don’t they just pass some bill? How could it be worse?”

Applause.

“A lot of you have American friends; you can help us with this,” he continued. “The money’s going somewhere, and the somewhere doesn’t want to give it up… You have to understand there’s a lot of economic incentive to keep things misunderstood and (people) full of fear.”

Clinton switched gears from austere to earnest and back again numerous times throughout the speech. At one point, he spent two minutes explaining his love for fairs, particularly given their place in the political circuit in Arkansas, the state he governed before becoming president.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL

In Bill Clinton, birthday on August 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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Black Frat Inducts Bill Clinton as Honorary Member

In Bill Clinton on July 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm

July 10, 2009

Bill Clinton NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historically black fraternity has voted to induct former President Bill Clinton as an honorary member.

Phi Beta Sigma President Paul Griffin Jr. said Friday that Clinton is the first U.S. president to be inducted into a historically black fraternity.

The fraternity voted Tuesday for Clinton’s induction at its 95th Anniversary Conclave in New Orleans, La.

Stevie Wonder, Al Roker, the Rev. Al Sharpton and jazz musician Ramsey Lewis are also honorary members of Phi Beta Sigma.

The fraternity was founded in 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. It has more than 150,000 alumni and college members in about 500 chapters throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Africa and Asia.


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(funny they would induct a “racist”… hmm )


Great Orators of the Democratic Party

From history, we see greatness:

* ‘One man with courage makes a majority.’ – Andrew Jackson


* ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ – Franklin D. Roosevelt


* ‘The buck stops here.’ – Harry S. Truman


* ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’ – John F. Kennedy

And from today’s Democrats we see… well, you figure it out.

* ‘It depends what your definition of ‘IS’ is?” – Bill Clinton


* ‘Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are not in crisis’ – Barney Frank (fall 2003)


* ‘That Obama – I would like to cut his NUTS off.’ – Jesse Jackson


* ‘Those rumors are false …. I believe in the sanctity of marriage.’ – John Edwards


* ‘I invented the Internet’ – Al Gore


* ‘The next Person that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary beads up their ASS.’ – Joe Biden


* ‘America is–is no longer, uh, what it–it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was…uh, and I say to myself, ‘uh, I don’t want that future, uh, uh for my children.’ – Barack Obama


* ‘I have campaigned in all 57 states.’ – Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)


* ‘You don’t need God anymore, you have us Democrats.’ – Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006)


* ‘Paying taxes is voluntary.’ – Sen. Harry Reid

Thats All,  folks!

New York Times writes this weekend’s magazine cover story on Bill Clinton’s changing role..

In Bill Clinton, Global News, Greatness Award, Politics, Smart Power, United States on May 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker writes this weekend’s magazine cover story on Bill Clinton’s changing role, yet still hectic globe-trotting lifestyle, according to an advance copy of the piece.

Following Clinton around the world — whether stopping at a crafts store in Lima or a conference in Davos — Baker notices similarities to his past travels with then first lady Hillary Clinton as a White House correspondent for the Washington Post.

She typically would make a courtesy stop at a palace for a brief meeting with the head of state, but the trips were built around roundtable discussions or visits to far-off villages to explore how people confronted the challenges of their world. That’s what Bill Clinton was doing now. The next day he would wake up in Lima, fly to Barranquilla on Colombia’s northern coast and then to Medellín before settling into a hotel in Cartagena. When I later made the observation to him, he said with a laugh, ‘‘We’ve reversed roles.’’

Baker’s 8,000-plus-word piece isn’t yet online, but is expected to go up ahead of the weekend print date, perhaps later today or tomorrow.


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Hillary leaving Sunday for Asian Tour..

In Asia Tour, Bill Clinton, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Politics, Rise Hillary Rise, Smart Power on February 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton departs Sunday on her first foreign trip as secretary of State, a visit to four Asian capitals that will feature talks on climate change, the economic crisis and the North Korean nuclear threat.

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Clinton’s eight-day mission will take her to Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China. The far East “was a logical choice for her to focus on,” and “signals that the U.S. recognizes the growing importance of Asia,” said Paul Stares, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.It also made sense, Stares said, because other senior Obama administration officials have already traveled to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country where President Barack Obama lived as a child, Clinton may lay the groundwork for a presidential visit later this year, Stares said. Visiting Jakarta is also “part of this attempt to reshape the United States’ image in the Muslim world, said Rodger Baker, director of East Asian analysis at Texas-based Stratfor, an intelligence company.

In China, Japan and South Korea, Clinton will focus on the future of the “six-party” talks about North Korea’s nuclear program, said Michael Green, a former senior director for Asian affairs in National Security Council. Russia and North Korea round out the six nations in the talks.

“I think it’s very important that she’s on listening mode,” said Green, who was among experts briefing Clinton at a Feb. 4 dinner.

Clinton will hear that Tokyo and Seoul, in particular, are still dismayed by what Green says was the Bush administration’s “dramatic shift from a very hard-line policy” to a gentler approach, with little to show for it.The governments of Japan and Korea “believe that we just don’t think we can denuclearize North Korea and we’ll be happy to contain the problem,” he said. “That’s a serious matter. Clinton this week cited “North Korea’s attitude in the last weeks” and said her talks will help “determine the most effective way forward.”

Hillary Clinton highlights Asia, China in first major speech

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — In her first major policy speech as U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday attached great importance to developing stronger relations and having closer cooperation with Asian countries, in particular China.

Addressing an audience at Asia Society New York Headquarters on the eve of her four-nation Asian trip scheduled to start on Sunday, the first foreign visit since she was sworn in on Jan. 21, Clinton said that Washington is committed to a new era of diplomacy and development in which Washington will use “smart power” to work with historic allies and emerging nations to find regional and global solutions to common global problems.

“In making my first trip as secretary of state to Asia, I hope to signal that we need strong partners across the Pacific, just as we need strong partners across the Atlantic,” she noted, calling Asia “a contributor to global culture, a global economic power, and a region of vital importance to the United States today and into our future.”

The secretary of state’s destinations include Japan, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and China.

The United States and the Asian countries need to support and help each other in dealing with the gravest global threats today, which include financial instability and economic dislocation, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, food security and health emergencies, climate change and energy vulnerability, stateless criminal cartels and human exploitation, said Clinton.

While giving the audience a brief rundown of the key issues she will be addressing during her Asian tour next week, Clinton devoted much of the time to the U.S.-China relations.

The United States doesn’t see China on the rise as an adversary, said Clinton. To the contrary, the Obama administration believes that the United States and China can “benefit from and contribute to each other’s successes.”

Washington also believes it is “in our interest” to work harder to build on areas of common concerns and shared opportunities with China, she added.

“You know very well how important China is and how essential it is that we have a positive cooperative relationship,” said the top U.S. diplomat. “It is vital to peace and prosperity not only in the Asia-Pacific region but worldwide.”

“Our mutual economic engagement with China was evident during the economic growth of the past two decades, it is even clearer now at economic hard times and in the array of global challenges we face from nuclear security to climate change to pandemic disease and so much else,” she noted.

“Even with our differences, the United States will remain committed to pursuing a positive relationship with China, one that we believe is essential to America’s future peace, progress and prosperity,” she stressed.

Citing an ancient Chinese saying that “When you are in a common boat, you need to cross the river peacefully together,” Clinton said that she believes the ancient Chinese wisdom must continue to guide both countries today.

The secretary of state announced that the two sides will resume mid-level military-to-military discussions later this month.

“And we look forward to further improved relations across the Taiwan Strait,” she added.

She also revealed that during her stay in Beijing, she would discuss with the Chinese leaders on the structure of broadening dialogue between the two sides, on the basis of the Strategic Economic Dialogue from the previous administration.

Speaking of her first stop in Japan, Clinton said that the United States’ security alliance with Japan, which will be 50 years old next year, “has been and must remain unshakable.”

“We anticipate an even stronger partnership with Japan that helps preserve the peace and stability of Asia and increasingly focuses on global challenges …,” she added.

The United States and Indonesia now “have an opportunity for stronger partnership in education, energy and food security,” stated Clinton, adding that the two sides are committed to pursuing such a partnership with a concrete agenda during her visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

Calling the Republic of Korea “one of our staunchest historic allies,” Clinton said that the two countries are committed to expanding trade in a manner that benefits both, and “we will work together to that end.”

“So I will leave for Asia Sunday with a firm commitment to working very hard with our partners across the Pacific,” she concluded in her nearly-half-hour speech.

The secretary of state also took the opportunity to offer peace to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in exchange for the latter’s complete abandonment of its nuclear project.

The Obama administration is committed to working through the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and normalizing relations with the DPRK, if the latter totally abandons its nuclear weapons program, she said.

If the DPRK is prepared to “completely and verifiably” abandon its nuclear program, the Obama administration will be willing to normalize bilateral relations with the country, she noted, adding that Washington will also assist Pyongyang in meeting its energy and other economic needs if that happens.

In her speech, Clinton also underlined Washington’s endorsement of “open and fair trade,” in an apparent attempt to soothe many countries’ concerns that the ongoing global financial crisis may lead to a fresh round of trade protectionism, particularly in the developed countries.

“(In the face of the financial crisis,) we cannot respond with a race to erect trade and other barriers. We must remain committed to a system of open and fair trade,” she stated.

The U.S. Congress’ push for a “Buy America” provision in the massive economic stimulus package proposed by the Obama administration has recently invited concerns from major trading partners of the United States, including Europe, Canada and Japan.

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Bill and Vlad meeting in Davos!

In Bill Clinton, economy, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Russia, Secretary of State, Wordpress Political Blog on January 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Finally, there’s some HOPE in the World!- The Clintons go about building bridges with countries formerly insulted and snubbed by the Bush Administration!


clinton-putin-largeIt’s about damn time this country started making progress rather than the disfunctionality of a country caught in a turn of the century time warp.

Former president, Bill Clinton attending the World Economic Forum this week embraced the occasion for private talks with former president, Vladimir Putin. Apparently, President Clinton’s status works hand in glove in an atmosphere of friendship where he “will continue to be an active figure on the international stage.”

President Clinton’s arrival in Davos was well received by foreign leaders resulting in an intense late night discussion with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The two met at a Sheraton Hotel where Putin reciprocated holding a private party after an early evening reception at a local museum hosted by President Clinton.

After the two men met privately behind closed doors for 90 minutes, walking out together, they greeted party goers and stood for remembrances of their meeting. Clinton quipped at Putin’s remarks implying his supporting free markets. Joking, “I hope it works for him.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Secretary of State Clinton prior to the April G-20 Summit, when Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will have their own face-to-face.

HILLARY named New Yorker OF THE YEAR!

In Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, New Years Eve, news, Politics, Rise Hillary Rise, Secretary of State, Woman of the Year on December 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Shhhhh! … The most powerful woman in the world…. Barr None! Hard work does have it’s Rewards!

Caroline, Look and Learn!

(look for Hill and Bill tonight  at midnight in Times Square) hillary-in-blue

So Hillary Clinton will become with the dawn of a new White House. Madam Secretary of State. A strong hand in a velvet glove, extended to the globe on behalf of the most anticipated presidency in generations.

Short of Barack Obama, no American today­ has a greater opportunity to shape international history than does New York’s departing ­ junior U.S. senator.

And, short of Barack Obama, no American played a greater role last year in influencing the choice of the 44th President of the United States. Clinton galvanized 18 million voters and made her ultimately successful rival much the better by testing him vigorously.

For carrying the banner of a history-making candidacy with a resolve and class worthy of this city — in victory and defeat — we today salute Hillary Clinton as the Daily News New Yorker of the Year for 2008.

Never in long memory was an electorate as energized as the Democrats were in a campaign that seemed to last for eons. They burned with a desire to reclaim the White House after the stewardship of George W. Bush. And they had genuine contenders in Barack Obama and . . . not Edwards, not Biden, not Dodd, not Richardson, not Kucinich . . . ­Hillary Clinton.

She alone — former First Lady, inheritor of the formidable Clinton ­political machine, admired and reviled in heaping measures — was Obama’s countervailing poll star. No one else had nearly the heft to give the inspiring upstart a run for his very considerable money.

Early on, conventional wisdom held that Clinton was the inevitable choice and would face the Republicans as a uniquely polarizing figure. To her loss and her gain, she proved the CW wrong on both counts.

The show was a spectacular. There was Clinton stumbling to a third-place finish in Iowa, a year after announcing, “I’m in. And I’m in to win.”

There was Clinton winning New Hampshire after becoming visibly emotional the day before the primary.

And airing the most effective commercial of the campaign, the “3 a.m. phone call” ad that questioned Obama’s readiness to handle a crisis.

And weathering controversies over race, and downing a shot of Crown Royal at Bronko’s Restaurant and Lounge in Indiana, and challenging Obama to a bowling contest, and refusing calls to give up the fight, and winning the Ohio and Pennsylvania primaries as a working-class heroine with roaring women’s support.

And conceding defeat with her head high.

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she told her troops. “And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.”

Now, Clinton is to be secretary of state. Senatorial confirmation is all but certain — a remarkable fact in itself. This is, after all, the same Hillary Clinton who not so long ago was the woman the political right loved to hate, the Democrat who stood for so much that Republicans could not stomach.

Not that they are in love with her, but Clinton did prove her mettle in the campaign while taking more muscular international stances than Obama did. Her greater firmness on Iran and Iraq and other matters helped give the Obama foreign policy team a much-noted centrist, pragmatic cast. So much so that the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar of Indiana, called Obama’s choices, which would include Clinton, “excellent.”

At the height of the primaries and after, many Democrats yearned for a dream team of a President Obama and a Vice President Clinton. The second spot went elsewhere, with its role and authorities still to be defined. There’s no such vagueness for Clinton: Obama gave her the planet as her portfolio at the very ­moment when the world is pleading for America to lead.
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