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Hillary’s Schedule Reveals Life In A Bubble

From her diehard fans at the Washington Post:

What Makes Hillary Tick? Her Schedule Doesn’t Say

Minute-by-Minute Accounts Reveal So Much, and Yet So Little

By Libby Copeland
Thursday, March 20, 2008; Page C01

So this is what life inside the bubble looks like, in tedious, mind-numbing detail.

In the 11,046 pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House schedules released yesterday, every minute is scripted, down to when she takes her seat on a bench, when she is presented with a gift (1:35 p.m.) and when she makes a speech accepting it (1:40 p.m.), when she is escorted to an elevator and by whom and on what floor…

On Jan. 21, 1998, the day several major news outlets first reported a possible liaison between Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky, there was this on the first lady’s schedule:

A private one-hour meeting with attorneys Bob Barnett and Cheryl Mills, along with several people from ABC News radio. Traveled by Metroliner to a convocation ceremony at Goucher College, near Baltimore, where FLOTUS made a speech, took part in a VIP reception and conducted a Q & A with students. She received a gift basket sometime between 3:45 and 4:35 p.m., if all went according to schedule. Then she went back to Washington for 25 minutes of [REDACTED], followed by a black-tie dinner with POTUS, complete with receiving line and champagne.

What was really interesting, in the light of history, wasn’t on the schedule. It was when Clinton spoke briefly to reporters on her way back from Goucher, telling them she didn’t believe her husband had had an affair with an intern, saying, “I have seen how these charges and accusations evaporate and disappear if they’re ever given the light of day.” …

Almost nothing in the first lady’s life is left to chance. The weather forecasts for Washington or wherever she is supposed to be are listed in her schedules, down to the details (“Wind southerly 10-20 knots”). When Hillary Clinton flies to Copenhagen, a notation points out that while local time will be 2:10 a.m., Clinton’s “Body clock time” will be 8:10 p.m.

A chat with her husband is not a chat with her husband; it’s a “PVT MTG W/THE PRESIDENT” in the Oval Office, and it is duly allotted minutes, and the president’s chief of staff, Mack McLarty, is listed as scheduled to attend.

The schedules reveal the scaffolding under a savvy politician’s exterior. Here are all the tips and hints that a first lady and her staff use to placate supporters and show respect to colleagues. In February of 1993, Clinton meets with Wally Kunicki, the speaker of the Wisconsin state assembly, for a 10-minute photo op. The event listing includes a note: “Wally Kinicki [sic] was a very early supporter.” (“Thank you, Wally,” we imagine her saying. “You were such an early supporter.”) For one event, the schedule attempts to avoid an awkward incident by noting the pronunciation of then-Rep. Kweisi Mfume’s name: “M-foomay.”

Walking into a children’s hospital, Clinton (or her handlers) would have already known that she would be “escorted to rocking chair by 4 patients who will sit next to her.” This is comforting or this is maddening, depending on your point of view. For Clinton, whose poise and preparation are legendary, the bubble might be a lovely place. So cushioned. So controlled…

The last item on the schedule that day was a black-tie holiday dinner for 500 guests, slated to run from 7:40 to 9:30 p.m. Every detail was spelled out: The Clintons would be announced, the president would make “brief welcoming remarks” and dinner would be served at 7:50.

And then, this note, and perhaps she was glad for the rare instance when the script left a line up to her discretion:

“Upon conclusion of dinner, the President and First Lady have the first dance (optional).”

This article, or rather the details of Mrs. Clinton’s schedule, inadvertently bring up the most glaring deficit in the Democrat candidate. 

Not only has Mrs. Clinton no real experience to be President, not only has she never really held a real job — worst of all, she has not even experienced real life for most of her life.

Not only did Hillary live in a bubble for the eight years she was First Lady, she was similarly cocooned as the First Lady of Arkansas.

And, apart for a few brief months, she lived the carefully cloistered life of college campuses, at the University of Arkansas — and before that, here years at Yale and Wellesley.

And of course her last six years spent in the Senate living as one of the 100 famously “pampered princes” have been no different.

So, in reality, Mrs. Clinton has never really experienced real life. Not since she left the hardscrabble streets of Park Ridge, Illinois, more than forty years ago.

But in this age of ‘identity politics’ won’t the voters want someone like themselves in the White House?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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