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The Hillary Clinton Corner: All things Hillary

Post by Linnea » 08-07-2009 04:42 PM

From April 2009

Ron Paul questions Hillary Clinton and gets an unexpected response. Transcript at http://www.ronpaul.com/2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJky1akj-Vo

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Post by Shirleypal » 08-07-2009 05:16 PM

Glad you started this thread Linnea, she deserves the attention.:) Don't know if it was such a great idea that she gave Paul so many allocades....

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Post by Linnea » 08-07-2009 05:25 PM

She is smart to realize some of the things behind the enthusiasm of many of his supporters. I believe he got nearly 10% of the Republican vote. Which is really amazing. And, to his credit - he did not run as an Independent, in the circumstances.

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Post by Shirleypal » 08-07-2009 05:48 PM

Thank Secretary Clinton for Protecting Women's Rights
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A nation's economic health is directly impacted by the health, education and workforce opportunities of its women. Yet the current economic crisis is overshadowing critical discussions about women's rights, putting women and girls worldwide at greater risk.

Fortunately, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to champion women's rights on an international stage, and has drawn much-needed attention and funding for family planning and reproductive health issues – both critical to women's long-term success and welfare.

Under Secretary Clinton's leadership, a new day is dawning for the world's women and girls. The Administration has requested a considerable increase over last year's assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, overturned the Global Gag rule, and established the first Office for Women and Girls and an Office of Global Women's Issues in the White House and State Department.

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Clinton and South African Discuss Somalia

Post by Linnea » 08-09-2009 12:31 AM

New York Times - Aug 8th, 2009

CAPE TOWN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that the United States was ready “to put meat on the bone” in its relations with South Africa after discussing regional issues, like the instability in Sudan and the war in Somalia, with Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s new president.

The talks were part of a broader American effort to revive the friendship between the United States and South Africa, which was particularly strong when Mrs. Clinton’s husband was president, but had grown frosty in recent years.

Mr. Zuma, who became president in May after surviving a corruption scandal, seemed to reciprocate, saying that South Africa wants to take its relationship to the United States to “a higher level.”

South Africa is a powerhouse in Africa, with an impressive mineral-driven economy and considerable clout across the continent. Mrs. Clinton said she wanted the nation to play a larger role not just in Africa but on the global stage as well, helping in the battle against climate change, for instance.

South Africa is the second stop on her seven-nation Africa tour, and Mrs. Clinton has continued to emphasize the “deep and personal” connection of President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, to the continent.

On Saturday, Mrs. Clinton and her entourage left Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, shortly after dawn and flew to Durban, a beach town on the Atlantic coast, to meet Mr. Zuma.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides said that it had been exceedingly difficult getting on Mr. Zuma’s schedule, and it was only at the last minute that the Clinton team detoured several hundred miles to see Mr. Zuma in a nondescript room at the Durban airport.

Relations between the countries had become strained in recent years in good part over former President Thabo Mbeki’s stance on AIDS — he questioned the link between H.I.V. and the disease — and his refusal to take a hard line against Zimbabwe’s autocratic leader, Robert Mugabe.

Mrs. Clinton continued on to Cape Town, where her aides had been hoping for a light day in an otherwise grueling 11-day tour, typically packed with several stops per day and lots of rushing around in motorcades and jostling by big men with sunglasses and earpieces.

But the work continued full steam. Mrs. Clinton, who seems uncannily resistant to jet lag, visited two community housing projects and danced with children, lugged some rocks into a wheelbarrow, planted flowers, planted a tree and beamed as a choir broke out into a song about her.

“Hill-ar-eee, Hill-ar-eee!” the men and women sang, their faces glazed with sweat.

Other people banged on drums, and little boys with dented trumpets tipped their heads back and blew spirited notes skyward.

The community housing project, which began with some modest seed money from the United States government, was a personal favorite of Mrs. Clinton’s. She first visited the site in 1997, then returned the next year with her husband, Bill Clinton.

“This is so exciting,” she said Saturday, as she stood with some of the women who built the houses with their own hands. “This is what I really believe in.”

One particularly audacious South African woman put that to the test. She brushed her way past the burly security guards, strutted right up to Mrs. Clinton and wagged her finger playfully, saying, “Last time you came here you promised you’d give us some more money.”

Mrs. Clinton laughed.

“You’re right,” she said. “I left my purse on the bus, but that’s no excuse.”

An aide slipped her a crisp $50 bill, which Mrs. Clinton promptly handed over to the woman.

“These are good businesswomen,” Mrs. Clinton said before disappearing into yet another armored car and driving off.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/world ... on.html?hp

No snark about the armored car now. ;)

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Post by SETIsLady » 08-09-2009 12:48 AM

Hillary is doing a fantastic job as Secretary of State :)

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Post by Joolz » 08-09-2009 02:17 AM

SETIsLady wrote: Hillary is doing a fantastic job as Secretary of State :)

As I knew she would. :)
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Post by racehorse » 08-10-2009 01:31 AM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/5995 ... ouple.html

Bill and Hillary Clinton: America's power couple

Both Clintons are suddenly back on the world stage - but this time the third person in their marriage isn't an intern, it's a president. From New York, Philip Sherwell dissects the ultimate in power couples.



Philip Sherwell
Published: 7:00AM BST 09 Aug 2009

It was vintage Bill Clinton. The former US president had been lying low and licking his wounds after being slammed for some intemperate outbursts during his wife's failed run for the White House. But that semi-seclusion ended in headline-grabbing fashion last week as he burst back on to the world stage with a foray to North Korea to collect two jailed US journalists sentenced to 12 years hard labour in a communist gulag.

The homecoming was, quite literally, made in Hollywood. A Tinseltown public relations firm with a roster of A-list clients organised the ceremony at the Bob Hope airport in Los Angeles, while movie mogul Steve Bing, a long-time Clinton friend and donor, provided the private jet and footed the $200,000 bill for the mission.

Yet just 24 hours later, the former president was back at his day job with his philanthropic foundation in New York, announcing a deal with major drug companies to reduce treatment costs for patients in the Third World with HIV/Aids. Meanwhile, the other half of America's most enduring political power couple – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – was beginning a seven-nation sweep through Africa on a tour that news-wise was put in the shadows by her husband's own roving diplomacy.

The Bill Clinton I witnessed in action during the press conference was back to his most eloquent and charming as he joked with his audience while demonstrating a grasp of policy detail. His demeanour was a far cry from the angry red-faced figure whose minders ended up keeping him away from the press during Hillary's presidential bid because his "purple fits" were so damaging; for instance, when he appeared to diminish the achievement of her rival, Barack Obama, in winning a primary in South Carolina, a state with a large black vote.

It was a reminder of the genial Clinton who would drive his clock-watching aides crazy as he gripped every hand and answered every question. I once experienced that habit up close at a reception in Manhattan. I told Mr Clinton that I had been sitting next to Barbra Streisand, who had suggested America should rewrite the Constitution to allow him another shot at the presidency. With his staff urging him to leave, I expected a polite but cursory response. Instead, he launched into a lengthy story about how the singer-actress had befriended his mother, inviting her to Las Vegas when she was ill.

Last week, some media pundits, notably Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, concluded that with his North Korea trip he was again hogging the limelight at the expense of his wife, who famously stood by her man when his womanising ways were exposed during their tenure in the White House. But others said that the two-for-one package that the Clintons famously promised America when he was running for president in 1992 – words that came back to haunt them – has finally been delivered.

And nobody will be happier to see his lustre restored than Mrs Clinton, says Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, an online news and current affairs magazine (http://www.thedailybeast.com) and a long-time observer of the couple.

"A lot of hurt has passed under the bridge for Hillary over his affairs, but this is a very strong marriage, now more so than ever," says Ms Brown, who is working on a new book called The Clinton Chronicles. "I really don't think she cares whether she's overshadowed at this stage in her life or not. She's been First Lady and run for president and is beyond rivalry over the limelight. He's had a very tough year and some of the worst press of his life and it was very upsetting for him, so she will be delighted he's getting this credit.

"I think they have an amazing relationship and people constantly underestimate the strength and depth of the bond," says the former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor, who knows something about power couples herself as the wife of fellow British expatriate media heavyweight, Sir Harold Evans.

The Clintons still evoke a visceral reaction, of love and loathing, among swathes of the American population. "There is a perpetual fascination with them," says Ms Brown. "It's partly down to the combustability of the marriage – people don't understand it, they're puzzled by it, the dynamics are endlessly intriguing. And it's also their unpredictability. Look how hard she's working as Secretary of State after that bruising campaign. And you don't feel Bill is finished. Neither of them needs to be doing so much now, they have nothing left to prove."

Indeed, friends of Mr Clinton have said he is frustrated that President Obama has not called on him to help before. "He feels he still has lots to offer and that when Obama called him last year, he was just ticking the box," says Ms Brown.

So on the domestic front, the greatest significance of Mr Clinton's trip to Pyongyang may be as an important bridge-building moment between the current and last Democratic presidents. For while Mr Obama developed respect and admiration for Mrs Clinton as their titanic primary struggle dragged on, there was no love lost between his camp and her husband. Mr Clinton, for his part, was furious that his wife's opponents played the race card against him after he appeared to diminish Mr Obama early in the campaign.

Their relationship has remained remote, to say the least. But Carl Bernstein, the veteran journalist who broke the Watergate scandal story with Bob Woodward, tells The Sunday Telegraph that he believes both the Clintons and Mr Obama have now emerged as "winners".

"The tabloid interpretation of someone putting someone else in the shade is completely off the mark," he says. "These were three very serious people dealing with a very serious situation concerning the lives of two American citizens and a rogue nuclear power. Bill Clinton has strengths of which any president would want to avail himself, and this episode showed again how adroit he is. I cannot imagine anybody better suited for this mission."

Mr Bernstein, whose biography of Mrs Clinton, A Woman in Charge, was published last year, shares Tina Brown's take on the strength of her relationship with her husband – despite the rocky times, particularly when his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was revealed. "You have to remember that they are each other's closest adviser. Each regards the other as the brightest star in his or her universe and despite all that's happened, nothing has changed that basic view over the years."

In fact, what was perhaps most striking, as last year's epic election battle ran and ran, was that it was Mr Clinton, rather than the candidate herself, who took defeat the hardest in public and who harboured the greatest resentment.

For Dr Mirjana Blokar, a leading New York psychiatrist and expert in narcissism, that would come as no surprise. "Hillary is clearly very focused, very disciplined and very controlling and Bill is none of those. He has clear narcissistic traits. He's larger than life, charming, very bright but very facile with words."

And he will have flourished in the spotlight that the North Korea "rescue mission" brought him. "Narcissistic people feed off adulation," Dr Blokar continues. "They want to be adored all the time. He is enjoying that again now."

Still, Andrea Peyser, a commentator for the New York Post tabloid, historically no cheerleader for the Clintons, was scathing in her description of the homecoming as "a magical stunt that would turn all eyes admiringly" on the ex-president.

"I hate being manipulated. And this thing reeked of heart-strings pulling," she wrote last week. "The whole shebang was nakedly scripted and staged as a device to help rehabilitate the image of former President Bill Clinton, a guy who's largely been written off as irrelevant."

For all the speculation about the dynamics of the Obama-Clinton relationship in the wake of the Pyongyang trip, Mr Clinton was selected for this mission not by the president, nor indeed by his wife in her role as the country's top diplomat. It turns out that Kim Jong-il, the secretive Stalinist state's "Dear Leader" who is recovering from a suspected stroke, is among the ranks of the former president's international admirers. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two television journalists captured in March after crossing the border from China, were told by officials in Pyongyang in June that North Korea wanted Mr Clinton to visit as an intermediary to secure their release.

There then began extremely secretive contacts between officials from the US and North Korea, which do not have diplomatic relations, to secure guarantees from those in Pyongyang that the journalists would be pardoned and freed if Mr Clinton made the trip. It was arranged even as Mrs Clinton and the North Koreans traded some distinctly undiplomatic barbs. She accused Pyongyang of behaving like "small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention". North Korea responded with a statement saying: "Sometimes she looks like a primary-school girl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping."

Despite that spat, her husband departed on an operation that only became public when he landed in Pyongyang. Mr Obama insisted it was a private "humanitarian mission" but it has since emerged that Mr Clinton was drawn into discussions about the North's illicit nuclear programme in his talks with Mr Kim. The famously garrulous former president has been tight-lipped about the substance of his trip, saying first he had to sit-down with the President and the Secretary of State – his wife – to be debriefed.

And as the great saga of Bill and Hillary once again holds America in thrall, there may be another Clintonian turn to the summer. The Boston, New York and Washington press, despite denials from the family, have featured persistent reports for the last three months that the Clintons' daughter, Chelsea, 29, will marry her long-time boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, 31, on the island retreat of Martha's Vineyard in late-August.

According to The Washington Post, Miss Clinton has been seen looking at wedding invitations, Mr Mezvinsky was spotted shopping for rings, and a DC couple let slip that they had been invited to the ceremony. The island home of Clinton Hollywood chums Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen is the frequently mentioned setting.

There is a final enticing twist to the speculation. President Obama will also be on the island at the end of the month, on holiday with his wife Michelle and their daughters. If there's a wedding, the pundits will doubtless find more fodder for analysing the state of relations between the first families of Democratic politics as they practically rub shoulders in liberal America's favourite summer getaway.

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Post by Linnea » 08-10-2009 03:44 AM

Racehorse - your article here, primarily about Bill Clinton, and all his flaws - illustrates what Hillary Clinton has had to put up with for many years. Makes her all the more impressive.

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Forget the 'power couple' angle. This is a thread for Hillary. :)

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Post by racehorse » 08-10-2009 11:19 AM

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/afric ... ton.congo/

Hillary Clinton heads to war-torn Congo

updated 29 minutes ago

(CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she will travel to the epicenter of Africa's longest war Tuesday to try to help victims of more than a decade of regional conflict.

Clinton will fly on a United Nations plane to Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo because the U.S. plane for her seven-nation Africa trip is too big, she said.

The Congo conflict has involved several countries and resulted in an estimated 5 million deaths from fighting and collateral problems such as disease and starvation, according to an International Rescue Committee survey conducted more than a year ago. In addition, tens of thousands of women have been raped in the ongoing regional strife stoked by competition for mineral riches.

"I will be pressing very hard for not just assistance to help those who are being abused and mistreated, in particular the women who are turned into weapons of war through the rape they experience, but also looking for ways to try to end this conflict," Clinton said.

She spoke while flying from Angola to Kinshasa, the Congo capital, after meeting with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on the third leg of her 11-day trip.

Dos Santos noted that "there's a lot of money being made in the eastern Congo because of the mineral trade, and there has to be a way with the United States and the United Kingdom and France and Rwanda and everybody coming together and trying to prevent the mining from basically funding a lot of these militias that are keeping the fighting going," Clinton said.

Angola, a nation wracked by 27 years of civil war that ended in 2002, is a major provider of oil to the United States. The former rebel group UNITA complains that dos Santos is delaying work on a new constitution and subsequent elections to maintain his hold on power.

Clinton pressed dos Santos and the Angolan National Assembly to complete the new constitution that would formalize democracy.

"We talked at length about the process leading to a new constitution and how important it was that that be resolved as quickly as possible and elections be held," Clinton said. "We talked about greater transparency in the energy sector and what more could be done to create accountability."

On Sunday, Clinton gave some pointers to leaders of the National Assembly on American-style democracy.

"What is important is the role of both the majority and minority parties to serve as a check and balance on the executive branch of government," she said, adding, "In a democracy such as yours, the parliament must demand accountability and transparency, and stand against financial corruption and abuse of power."

Clinton opened her Africa trip in Nairobi, Kenya, and then went to South Africa and Angola. After Congo, she will travel to Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.
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Post by Shirleypal » 08-10-2009 04:39 PM

Clinton to student: I'm secretary of state, not Bill

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's temper flared on Monday when a Congolese university student asked for her husband's thinking on an international matter.
"My husband is not secretary of state. I am," an obviously annoyed Clinton replied sharply.

A week after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and stole the limelight from the start of his wife's first trip to Africa, Clinton was clearly nettled by the question at a town hall forum in Kinshasa.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" she replied incredulously when the male student asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Democratic Republic of Congo. "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

The question was left unanswered as the moderator of the event quickly moved on.

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Post by HB3 » 08-10-2009 04:45 PM

Lol...that's great. Indeed, I'm sure she has no idea what her husband thinks...

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Post by Live365 » 08-10-2009 06:49 PM

Shirleypal wrote: Clinton to student: I'm secretary of state, not Bill


I heard the audio of this exchange, and to me Hillary sounded very tense and very tired. I also heard it said that the student had meant to say "President Obama" but slipped, which makes the whole thing even more uncomfortable. As we move futher into all this, I find that I do want Mrs. Clinton to be successful as Secretary of State, and I hope she's not being "side-lined", as is being suggested. She doesn't deserve that.
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Post by racehorse » 08-12-2009 11:59 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/world ... ml?_r=2&hp

Clinton Courts Good Will in Nigeria

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Published: August 12, 2009

ABUJA, Nigeria — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continued her message of good government and stronger relations with Africa while visiting Nigeria on Wednesday, taking a noticeably softer tone with this continental heavyweight and crucial oil supplier to the United States.

On the fifth stop of her seven-nation Africa tour, Mrs. Clinton thanked Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, for its help in resolving wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone and for providing peacekeepers to Sudan.

“Nigeria has been particularly active on key international and regional issues,” she said. “It is critical for Nigeria to succeed in fulfilling its promise.”

But when it came time to address corruption — and Nigeria is notorious for corruption, from the top ministers in the government to the police officers on the street — Mrs. Clinton’s message was muted. She simply said, “We strongly support and encourage the government of Nigeria’s efforts to increase transparency, reduce corruption,” and prepare for a clean national election in 2011, after a problematic one in 2007.

Mrs. Clinton also avoided answering a question about the Nigerian government’s recent crackdown on an extremist Islamic group in northern Nigeria after a spasm of violence there. In police raids on the headquarters of the group, known as Boko Haram — the name is a Hausa expression meaning “Western education is prohibited” — more than 700 people were killed, many of them civilians. The Nigerian authorities reported the leader’s capture alive, and then displayed his bullet-ridden body, raising accusations of an extrajudicial execution.

The group had no known links to any broader organization.

Mrs. Clinton said she did not have enough information to comment on the Nigerian operation against Boko Haram, though she said, “We have no doubt that Al Qaeda has a presence in North Africa” and that terrorists would “seek a foothold wherever they can.”

Nigeria is crucial to the Obama administration’s efforts to improve relations with Africa. It is a huge country, with 150 million people, and it is the continent’s largest oil producer and the United States’ fifth largest supplier of crude oil. It could supply even more, but heavily armed insurgents in the oil-producing areas have hampered drilling operations by blowing up pipelines and kidnapping Western oil workers, seemingly at will.

But this problem, which has been raging for years, could ease somewhat under the Nigerian government’s amnesty program for rebel fighters.

“There was a need to be bold and imaginative,” said Nigeria’s foreign minister, Ojo Maduekwe, who met with Mrs. Clinton for more than a hour on Wednesday. “Old methods were not going to be good enough.”

He added, “Nigerians by nature are not a very violent people.”

The United States and Nigeria already cooperate closely on military affairs, with many of Nigeria’s top officers having passed through American military academies. Mrs. Clinton said that the Nigerian defense minister asked her for specific American military help to quash the remaining rebels in the oil-producing areas and the American government would look closely at the request.

Mrs. Clinton will meet with Nigeria’s president, Umaru Yar’Adua, later Wednesday. She is scheduled to arrive in Liberia on Thursday and Cape Verde on Friday.
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Post by racehorse » 10-13-2009 07:53 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 68_pf.html

Clinton Says No to Another Presidential Bid

By Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A year and a half after the end of her historic presidential campaign, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday for the first time that she will not run for the job again, firmly setting aside a question that has followed her for most of the past decade.

She has dismissed the notion of a future presidential bid before, and even her most hopeful supporters have long conceded that a 2016 Clinton campaign would be unlikely.

But until this week, there always seemed to be a way to interpret her response as a "maybe." That was not the case in her interview with NBC's Ann Curry, who asked whether she had any regrets about not winning the presidency -- or any interest in seeking it again.

"Will you ever run for president again? Yes or no?" Curry asked.

"No," Clinton said.

"No?" Curry asked.

"No. No," Clinton replied. "I mean, this is a great job. It is a 24/7 job. And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."

Clinton will turn 65 in October 2012, putting her at the older end of the range of typical White House seekers. Yet she remains the most viable female potential candidate in either party, after winning 18 million votes, raising more than $220 million and becoming the first woman in history to win a primary.

It is unlikely that any Democrat would challenge President Obama in 2012, when he is all but certain to run for reelection. If he were to win another term, it is unclear who would succeed him as the leader of the Democratic Party in 2016: Vice President Biden will turn 74 that year, making him older than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was during his presidential campaign in 2008 -- and leading to speculation that Clinton, or perhaps another woman, could emerge as a more viable candidate.

It remains to be seen whether Clinton's flat denial is enough to permanently put to rest questions about her future. Other political figures have ruled out a campaign only to reverse themselves, as Obama did after declaring in 2006 that he would not run for president in 2008.

In the interview, Curry asked Clinton if she ever wished she were president so she could make big decisions for herself. "I have to tell you, it never crosses my mind," Clinton said, adding that she is "part of the team that makes the decisions."

She also called "absurd" what Curry described as a concern by some "that you have been marginalized, that you -- that the highest-ranking woman in the United States [is] having to fight against being marginalized."

"I think there is such a -- you know, maybe there is some misunderstanding which needs to be clarified. I believe in delegating power. You know, I'm not one of these people who feels like I have to have my face in the, you know, front of the newspaper or on the TV every moment of the day," Clinton said. "I would be irresponsible and negligent were I to say, 'Oh, no, everything must come to me.' Now, maybe that is a woman's thing. Maybe I'm totally secure and feel absolutely no need to go running around in order for people to see what I'm doing. It's just the way I am. My goal is to be a very positive force to implement the kind of changes that the president and I believe are in the best interest of our country. But that doesn't mean that it all has to be me, me, me all the time. I like lifting people up."
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