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Hillary’s words of wisdom – it’s all about me

By From page A11 | June 18, 2014

I did it! Mere hours after hearing Hillary Clinton say she and her husband had to exploit their public service by earning millions and millions and millions of dollars to pay their mortgages by paid public speeches and memoirs, my finger clicked on “buy” on my e-reader.

Disbelieving that her new book, “Hard Choices,” could possibly be as self-serving and boring as critics described, I paid $14.99 to see for myself. After all, I have interviewed her, drunk wine with her, traveled with her in such exotic places as China and Ohio, and followed her political ambitions for decades.

Believe me, the book is a self-serving travelogue. It was written by three ghost writers who stuffed it with as many facts as they could find. If you have followed the Hillary saga at all, there is nothing in this book that will surprise you. Did you know as secretary of state she visited 112 countries and traveled nearly 1 million miles at our expense?

Nobody doubts she intends to run for president. If it weren’t for Hillary, political reporters would be bereft, even with House GOP leader Eric Cantor’s stunning flameout in Virginia. (Life comes at you fast, Mr. Ex-Majority Leader.)

Meanwhile, back to the book, it’s a little hard to accept her premise that her book clearly explains what a tense encounter in St. Petersburg, Russia, means for families in St. Petersburg, Fla., how a collapsing business in Athens, Greece, affects businesses in Athens, Ga., and how a revolution in Cairo, Egypt, impacts life in Cairo, Ill. Good thought, but, no, the book doesn’t explain it or what she would do about any of that as president.

This book will make her more money (a $14 million advance has been mentioned), keep her in the limelight, salute President Obama while cleverly praising herself and reveal nothing detrimental to her eventual campaign. She also claims she now feels free to say what she actually thinks, although she doesn’t do much of it.

Here are the main points. She fought a tough race with Obama in 2008. She respected him. She was floored when he asked her to be secretary of state. After much angst, she said no. She had to pay off her $6 million campaign debt. Then she said yes because she’s a Methodist: “Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Obama also assured her, “I think we can become good friends.” They did, merging Obamaworld and Hillaryland. Sometimes they disagreed, but she can’t talk about that while he is still in office.

She learned her new job was being the nation’s chief diplomat, Obama’s principal adviser on foreign policy and CEO of a big bureaucracy. She had to balance her time and energy and decided not to pick a few issues and own them but “pay attention to the whole chessboard.” But she did want to pay more attention to Asia-Pacific and made that her first trip to “signal to Asia and the world that America was back.”

She wants you to know that just one penny of every federal dollar spent goes to diplomacy and development.

Hillary studied her predecessors for guidance. When discouraged, she’d squeeze the paw of the teddy bear in her office to hear it sing: “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

By the way, America is not in decline; its greatest days are ahead if each generation believes. And, she’s sorry about voting for the war in Iraq.

Hillary Clinton is remarkable. Warm, funny, smart and incredibly diligent and ambitious, she was the high school friend who’d stay up with you half the night as you moaned about a devastating personal crisis such as not making the cheerleading squad and then she’d ace the big test at 8 a.m.

She may well be the first female president. Burning no bridges in this book, she cites a lot of facts about the world. Really, a lot. Ultimately, she had no big diplomatic breakthroughs. We learn nothing new about Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans. This catalog of crises will neither help nor hinder her in getting back to the White House.

In short, I spent $14.99 so you don’t have to, but, of course, millions will.

Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune. Readers may send her email at [email protected]

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  • BobJune 17, 2014 - 6:17 am

    She was Obamas main advisor, remember that at election time so Obama doesn't take all the blame but shares it with what's her name. As his main advisor she must take responsibility for Benghazi and not push it off and say we did everything we could, BS, I was going to say a real man stands up and takes responsibility for his/her mistakes, but I've never heard if Hilary has what it takes to be a man, maybe that's why Bill found comfort in other women, I mean come on. I don't think she would be a good president. If the republicans want to come back try appealing to the small guy, the unions, work with the people you've shunned for all these years, quit fighting the things the little guy needs to survive, a higher minimum wage, reform the dole system, start drug tests, put them to work like FDR, fixing roads god knows we need it. But quit thinking like your better then the blue collar workers, support them!

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 8:06 am

    hey Bob, I have about 200 co-workers that will lose their job if San Francisco raises the minimum wage

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  • patrickJune 17, 2014 - 11:57 am

    "Hillary’s words of wisdom" 3 words that don't belong in the same sentence.

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  • Anyone reading the book?June 17, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Funny, I just read a report that Simon and Schuster are getting ready to fire a bunch of people because her book sales are so low. Evidently some cleansing book beat hers on Amazon. I guess we'll soon see it on the discount aisle.

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  • SalJune 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Author or not, she is America's next new woman president, so you hill billies, take that in your pipe and smoke it. The writer of this artile who pretends to be a real journalist never squeaked about Bush and Cheney making millions from Halliburton and becoming richer than they were ever before. Yet when an educated, well spoken former first lady is upfront about making money via public speaking to pay mortgage, all red neck hell breaks loose. Losers!

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  • LarryJune 18, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Sal. We would be the loser if our country made the mistake of electing her. She didn't do anything in office and she would do worse as president. I just don't understand why people vote for people because of the color of their skin or because they are a democrat.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Larry: You don't? Really?

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  • LarryJune 18, 2014 - 6:50 am

    I vote for the candidate that I believe would do the best job. I don't look at the color of their skin or if they are a man or a woman. Hillary is a survivor and she went to college but when people say that qualifies her for the presidency, I cringe. But, I should be surprised because so many are looking at the government as their sugar daddy. The problem is that eventually you run out of other peoples money.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 7:13 am

    So you don't understand why other people don't vote like you is what you're really saying.

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  • LarryJune 18, 2014 - 7:54 am

    I understand that people vote for a candidate for a variety of reasons. I only have issues when they vote just to receive a payout or based on the political party that person belongs to. I would prefer that they take the time to research the candidate of their choosing rather than to be lazy.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 18, 2014 - 11:07 am

    @Larry: I love that. You are essentially saying that the poor are driving our political process. Up is down and right is left. I think it is time you took your brain to the shop to have your neurons re calibrated.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    I understand Republicans give payouts to the wealthy and Democrats to the poor, and I suppose some of them vote accordingly. Certainly not all. But I don't understand an objection to people voting based in party if there are no moderates in a race.

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 11:36 am

    What cleansing book? I would love to read it,,

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    I think it has something to do with your GI tract. Happy reading!

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 9:28 pm


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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 6:16 am

    HClinton has had a rough road to the White House. The fact she's still in the game is an indication of how tough she is, if nothing else. She might not be a nice person.

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  • LarryJune 18, 2014 - 8:59 am

    It is so good to have another Larry on the "Leave a Comment." can you address yourself as Larry 2,3, I use the name as Larry also. Thanks.

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  • Larry WJune 18, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Larry is a great name. Sure

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  • Salty DogJune 18, 2014 - 11:43 am

    The problem is that most of the people that vote are uninformed as to what the candidates stand for or what their views are. These voters don't take the time to find out about them.

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  • SalJune 18, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    No shi-! Look how many morons voted Bush in and look what happened to us and many generations to come because of what he did to our country!

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    George W won with 50,456,002 votes and Obama won with 65,899,660 for a difference of 15,443,658 votes, looks like you have more morons (your word) then we do,, Congratulation on your victory !!!!

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  • LarryJune 18, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Salty Dog I concur with your comments. I may say that what ever the Daily Republic prints, some will agree with it 100 percent.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Suffice it to say that the uninformed morons who vote for one side think the people who vote for the other side are uninformed morons.

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  • 2realJune 18, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    If shes anything like her husband, she will be smoking pot and having affairs in no time. Nobama nohillary!!

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  • SalJune 18, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Smoking pot doesn't compare to false wars which costs thousands of innocent lives and left us in a trillion dollar deficit. Clinton left money in the pot, Bush wiped it out for generations to come. And he did cocain, which doesn't seem to bother you rednecks.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    Still voting for Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee and the Republicans don't come up with someone better. Republicans better get busy.

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    on the Dem side,,, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    She'd be competitive for my vote in the primary, but I don't think she will run. It's more likely she won't run but will accept a high domestic position in a Clinton administration, like Treasury.

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  • Rick WoodJune 18, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    With Joe Biden now being proven right about Iraq, Clinton may have a serious challenger for the Democratic nomination.

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  • http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/joe-biden-iraq-107858.htmlJune 18, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Check out the link and the history.

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  • JagJune 18, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    This wont help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll_goH-aivU

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