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Thursday: Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?

SOS Clinton with Shimon Peres- Caption this picture

SOS Clinton with Shimon Peres- Caption this picture

Our intrepid Secretary of State is hitting her stride this week with visits to the middle east and Europe.  You can follow her itinerary using this Google interactive map.  Yesterday, she met with Mahmoud Abbas and declared our commitment to a two state solution as well as recognizing the Palestinian Authority as the only legitimate Palestinian government:

“The United States supports the Palestinian Authority as the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people. As a partner on the road to a comprehensive peace, which includes a two-state solution, our support comes with more than words. As I pledged in Sharm el-Sheikh, we will work with President Abbas, Prime Minister Fayyad, and the government of the Palestinian Authority to address critical humanitarian, budgetary, security, and infrastructure needs, both in Gaza and in the West Bank.”

She has been meeting with government officials in Israel as well to reopen the borders with Gaza to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid.  And while she has affirmed our “unshakable, durable, fundamental relationship and support for the State of Israel”, she has also been critical of the efforts of the mayor of Jerusalem who has been tearing down houses belonging to Palestinians.  Such efforts are “unhelpful” to the peace process.

The photos of these meetings are remarkable as a study in gender roles and how she seems to be throwing the book away in that regard.  She looks confident, uses direct eye contact, appears to be fully engaged and isn’t afraid to break down the physical barrier between people.

Hillary and George Mitchell in Israel

Hillary and George Mitchell in Israel

I can remember some anthropologist’s study of Congress from years back.  The researcher was able to pick out the alpha Congresscritters by watching how many people came up to them and touched them.  It sounds weirdly primitive.  Can we see the same kind of phenomenon with Hillary Clinton?  The NYTimes had a picture of her meeting with Mahmoud Abbas where the two are very much within one another’s space bubble.  But it looks comfortable and collegial, not pushy.  What I think we are witnessing is the next evolutionary stage in winning the gender wars.  Hillary is a self-actualized *person*.  Maybe this has been the issue with people who have had to deal with her in the past and have become her worst enemies.  She doesn’t appear to operate in gender space as much as person space.  That kind of thing can be profoundly disconcerting to others who are operating within prescribed gender boundaries formed by years of conditioning.   It might be the case that Hillary looks so comfortable in Israel because the culture has had to put aside gender in the political realm in order to survive.  They have had successful female leaders in the past and could very well have them again.

We’ll get there too someday.  Sometimes evolution happens rapidly.  By physically demonstrating the characteristics of leadership, Hillary may be our catalyst.

In other news:

Planet Money has an interesting interview with Sean West of the Eurasia Group who seems to be a WORMy type.  His argument is that Obama and Geithner are politically savvy.  They are trying to make everyone think they aren’t nationalizing the banks when they really are.  That whole thing where they swapped $45 billion in preferred stock for $5 billion in common stock and an agreement that the US wouldn’t have a controlling share in Citigroup?  It was all a wiley political trick, says West.  They are cleverly fooling the bankers into taking our money so that we can make them think we aren’t owning them by not insisting on anything in return.  Damn, they’re geniuses!  I never would have figured that out.  And I guess that Sean West sounds like a kool-ade drinker and administration apologist out of the goodness of his heart.  It probably has nothing to do with who pays his salary.  Hokey-dokey!

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93 Responses

  1. My caption:
    “Don’t throw bouquets at me
    Don’t please my folks too much
    Don’t laugh at my jokes too much
    It makes Obama jealous”

  2. “We’re glad you came instead of what’s-his-name”

  3. RD:

    You missed a much better picture of the 2.

    Here in Germany, on the front page of Suddeutsche Zeitung (probably the best news daily here) there was a picture of both with Peres planting a gigantic smooch on Hillary’s cheeck.

    It was genuinely funny and I thought: “That’s my girl!”

    • yes – that is the best picture ever 🙂

      see it here: http://drawingasong.blogspot.com/2009/03/clinton-and-peres.html

      I wouldn’t self-promote, but I can’t find the original reuters’ photo of the day link 😦

      • Beautiful .
        Thanks for linking.

      • Omigod, that photo makes me feel like crying all over again. Hillary’s is the face of a world leader; in this photo her entire character shines through. What a tremendous, tremendous loss this country has incurred by not having her as its president. Obama is one of the biggest mistakes this country will ever make and we will pay dearly for his ascendancy. Actually, we already are paying.

        • Me too. Err, crying all over again. Whenever I see her out and abot, looking so spiff and happy and comfortable in her job, I mourn again what we’ve lost. At the same time, I’m happy that she seems to love her new job. I just always say to myself, ‘That’s MY president, right there’, and have a bit of a sniffle.

  4. “What I think we are witnessing is the next evolutionary stage in winning the gender wars. Hillary is a self-actualized *person*. Maybe this has been the issue with people who have had to deal with her in the past and have become her worst enemies. She doesn’t appear to operate in gender space as much as person space. That kind of thing can be profoundly disconcerting to others who are operating within prescribed gender boundaries formed by years of conditioning.”

    Out of the ball park!

    “They are cleverly fooling the bankers into taking our money so that we can make them think we aren’t owning them by not insisting on anything in return.”

    So clever it makes tears come to my eyes : (

  5. I remember during the primary as the fight wore on and, instead of beginning to look tired (like someone else), Hillary’s radiance just exploded. It was, and still is, wonderful to watch.

    • I agree completely. The primary revitalized Hillary the longer it went on. Perhaps she knew that she had nothing to lose and just went out there and had a blast. While Barky clawed his way to the finish line, she almost seemed already over it.

  6. Yippee!

    I found the picture.

    It’s here.

    Isn’t it great?

    • Awww!!!

    • If you liked the picture, you’ll love the video:

      All the flowers of Israel for the most flowerly lady.

      • Wow!!!

        The video is just spectacular.

      • Thanks Regency, that made my day.

      • Sweet!

      • Beautyful, thank you so much for this!

      • Thanks, Regency.

        One meme that was floated during the primary was how popular B0 was around the world and how much world leaders wanted to work with him. Co-workers and others used that to justify their support of B0 to me frequently.

        Now we can see how false it was. She is the one beloved in the world. She is the one who can reach out to nation after nation, inspire confidence and action, and build a new reputation for this country that is based on trust and respect.

        Come to think of it, almost everything good thing the 0 campaign said about him was true of Clinton; and every bad thing they attributed to her was really what he embodies.

  7. Good morning-It’s great to see Hillary! One of the bennies of my overwhelming work these days is to pop out of my shell to only see what I want to see. My Obama blackout strategy is working, but it isn’t helping my commentary.

    RD, so right about about the next stage in the gender wars. You must experience it everyday at work too. I’m grateful for the progress but amazed at how far there is to go.

  8. She looks great!
    And it must be a relief of sorts for her to be out of the country and not have to see first hand what a mess wonderBOy is making.

  9. And, while in South Korea:

    “After doing the rounds at Cheong Wa Dae, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Clinton sped over to Ewha Womans University. She came alive standing before more than 2,000 students. “People who think hard about our future come to the same conclusion, that women and others on society’s margins must be afforded the right to fully participate in society, not only because it is morally right, but because it is necessary to strengthen our security and prosperity,” Clinton said.”

    By Kang In-sun from Chosun Ilbo’s News Desk

  10. I agree that Hillary is a self-actualized person, in the Maslow sense. I think that all the pain she has gone through in the past 20 years or so has really helped her find herself and become totally comfortable with who she is. She really seems to live in the moment emotionally. It’s inspiring to see.

  11. Hillary gets better and better with time. She’s amazing. I saw a clip of Hillary with Tipi Livni, (spelling is probably wrong, but you know who I mean) they were walking towards a podium for a photo op. Tipi was leading the way but she was holding Hillary’s hand all the way to the podium, like old friends. It was so natural. I don’t think there would have been that comfort level with BHO. Hillary rocks!!!!!

    • “It might be the case that Hillary looks so comfortable in Israel because the culture has had to put aside gender in the political realm in order to survive.”

      You really can see that cultural difference in that March 3 co-press statement with Israeli Foriegn Minister Tzipi Livni (http://www.state.gov/video/). Just pure, no-nonsense high-level statesmanship. Looks like a winning chemistry that will serve us well (and the middle east) in the future.

  12. The world wide relief Hill is on the scene and SOS is over whelmingly palpable . Where ever she goes, they hold on to her for dear life!

  13. I like keeping track of Hillary’s travels at hillbuzz, they’ve had some wonderful photos of her. She always looks so vital and full of positive energy.

    This is somewhat off topic, but Jim Cramer wrote a powerful response to Rush and the White House that is worth reading.

    http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/news/cramer-my-response-white-house?page=1

    “But Obama has undeniably made things worse by creating an atmosphere of fear and panic rather than an atmosphere of calm and hope. He’s done it by pushing a huge amount of change at a very perilous moment, by seeking to demonize the entire banking system and by raising taxes for those making more than $250,000 at the exact time when we need them to spend and build new businesses, and by revoking deductions for funds to charity that help eliminate the excess supply of homes.

    We had a banking crisis coming into this regime, but now every area is in crisis. Each day is worse than the previous one for this miserable economy and while Obama’s champions cite the stimulus plan, it’s really just a hodgepodge of old Democratic pork and will not create nearly as many manufacturing or service jobs as we hoped. China’s stimulus plan is the model; ours is the parody.”

  14. caption:

    ‘Whose your daddy now?”

  15. I’m sorry, Ted Kennedy is being knighted?

    Really, Camelot as a myth wasn’t bad enough?

    • Via Politico (h/t Hillbuzz):

      Statement from TK

      […]

      “So for me this honor is moving and personal— a reflection not only of my public life, but of things that profoundly matter to me as an individual. I accept this honor in the spirit in which it is given, with a continuing commitment to be a voice for the voiceless and for the shared ideals of freedom and fairness which are so fundamental to the character of our two countries.”

      Okay, then, Teddy.

  16. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Economy/story?id=7009596&page=1

    Scandal at Treasury: Official Quits Amidst Fraud Scandal (Darrel Dochow allowed IndyMac to cook its books)

    “The man at the center of a fraud scandal at the Treasury Department has been allowed to quietly quit and retire from his job as a government regulator, despite allegations that he allowed a bank to falsify financial records and amidst outcries from investigators who say the case shows how cozy government regulators have become with the banks and savings and loans they are supposed to be checking on.”

    What ever happened to accountability?

  17. Regency, on March 5th, 2009 at 9:32 am Said:
    I’m sorry, Ted Kennedy is being knighted?

    Really, Camelot as a myth wasn’t bad enough?

    lol! Sir Ted Kennedy….help. What’s next? Dame Nancy?

    • Please, don’t give the queen ideas. She might yet appoint PBO as head of the Church of England.

      I don’t even think she can do that but this is a whole new world we’re living in. She might try!

      • Regency – At least if he was made head of the Church of England (the Anglican Church), he might start attending church again.

        Has BHO been since the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in D.C.? (Note – an Episcopal Cathedral, or the American version, often at odds with the Anglican See sometimes).

  18. In other news:

    Foxnews has a pic of John Edwards’ love child.
    She looks a whole lot like daddy.

    And CNN is still talking about MO’s arms.

    They are trying to make our brains numb.
    In my case it may be working.

    • Say no to Clearly Not News. You’ll be happier.

      • You’re so righ, Reg.

        I always think, ok, I’ll just glance the headlines-in case there is a terrorist attack and no other media outlet is reporting it 🙄

        But, it’s always the same. MO’s arms. Day in. Day out.

        Last week I lost it and sent a nasty email to Hadley Freeman, one of the fashion writers for The Guardian.
        Her MO obsession just put me over the edge. I blew a gasket.

        Thank goddess for HRC. Of course, she barely makes the headlines, except on TC…

        • She headlines ALL day long at Hillary Daily. I admit, it’s run by a bunch of youngsters from around the world, but we adore that woman and she’s fun to talk about. There are new pictures about 3 times a day. There’s nothing but love there. It’ll cheer you up. Trust me on that.

  19. I haven’t posted much lately, just too busy and demoralized. But seeing a smiling Hillary really helps my day. I truly miss her.

    Here’s to having a job for another day!

  20. Sir Ted, speaking about his KNIGHTHOOD

    “I accept this honor in the spirit in which it is given, with a continuing commitment to be a voice for the voiceless…..

    lol!

    • But the part that killed me is…

      and for the shared ideals of freedom and fairness which are so fundamental to the character of our two countries.”

      Srsly, Ted? I hope he wrote that down because if he said that with a straight face, I might actually start to think he’s a pathological liar.

      I can see you laughing over there.

  21. Regency, on March 5th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    lol! And his ancestors are rolling in thier peat bog graves!

  22. Okay, I have joyfully dominated this thread enough. I have two tests today and a workout date at the rec center. Wish me luck.

  23. mlhath, on March 5th, 2009 at 9:47 am Said:
    …..Here’s to having a job for another day!

    Lordy, you aren’t kidding! My husband’s library job is always under the sword….but hey! He still has his job today! Yippee! I’m not being snarky!

  24. I cringe a little bit when I see seriosly I’ll people being ridiculed…
    On a happy note-I LOVE THE PHOTOS on hillbizz. Also, visit hillarys army blog to see wonderful crazy joyous images of Hillary. That site is very refreshing!

    • I cringe a little bit thinking about a young woman drowning to death in the back seat of a car.

      • That was ugly.
        One thing the last election taught me is that the left can be as cruel as the right. I don’t want to be a part of that if I can help it.
        Why did u have to be nasty to me in your response?

  25. But that’s another thing, is Ted that ill? If he had what they said in May, he’s been gone by now or at least retired . I don’t want Ted to pass of course! I’m just tied of being lied to .

    It’s impossible to know cause we have to hear late breaking news about Michele’s upper arms

    • paper doll- my husband had the highest grade brain cancer and lived relatively symptom free until it recurred at 4.5 years, killing him at 5. That is unusual, though. The prognosis is usually 6-12 months for the grade 4 gliomas. Kennedy has at least grade 3, probably grade 4 from what they were saying initially. He probably doesn’t have long, but you can live relatively normally until the sh*t hits the fan, to put it crudely. Sorry to be self-referential here.

      • Thanks for that info lililam….and I’m sorry about your husband. It’s remarkable it doesn’t effect one more.

        • Thanks, paperdoll- it seems to depend on the area of the brain affected and how non-invasive the original surgery was. One of the most common chemos used is relatively mild as well. I have seen some subtle changes in Kennedy and am abslutely no fan, but I am trying to look at it objectively.

      • I’m so very sorry to hear that, lililam. I don’t know if I could go through that and come out whole. Bless you.

  26. News and pix of Hillary always make my tired heart swell…she is the consummate professional, unlike BO chewing gum with his mouth open courtside at a b-ball game.

    RD: I love your take on how her example, her confident presence, is in itself revolutionary, and I wholeheartedly agree. We cannot even see the effect it will have on generations of women around the world, but it is there. I’m grateful that I have been here to witness it–our very own Eleanor Roosevelt.

  27. Off-topic, but Kenosha Marge just sent a post that is up immediately…a real gem to help lift our spirits!

    STANDING TALL: DECLARATION OF AN INDEPENDENT

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/declaration-of-an-independent/

    I sure made me feel better when I opened it up a few minutes ago!!

  28. fif, on March 5th, 2009 at 10:13 am Said:
    …. I’m grateful that I have been here to witness it–our very own Eleanor Roosevelt.

    I have to agree about this & that it’s a great post, thank you RD.

    It’s Hillary’s time. While her gaining of the oval office could be stopped. They cannot stop that it is her time.
    She shines regardless

  29. What I think we are witnessing is the next evolutionary stage in winning the gender wars. Hillary is a self-actualized *person*. Maybe this has been the issue with people who have had to deal with her in the past and have become her worst enemies. She doesn’t appear to operate in gender space as much as person space. That kind of thing can be profoundly disconcerting to others who are operating within prescribed gender boundaries formed by years of conditioning.

    This is also so true. This week in my office, the topic of Hillary came up, and one woman said, “I don’t think she likes sleeping with women.” It struck me. I know that rumors have been around for years, but the source of the comment seemed to be that since she is strong (alpha, if you will), and is willing to be assertive, make eye contact, challenge men openly, then people assume she is a “dyke.” It is deeply embedded conditioning about proper roles and behavior that women are supposed to demonstrate. Hillary does not let that limit her natural abilities. She is powerful and it radiates from her. She does not deny her intelligence in order to be acceptably feminine, and that makes people (Tweety, I’m talking about you) very uncomfortable.

    • It seems Hillary has had the conditioning most women grow up with burned out of her by now. We are getting the pure Hill.

      • That’s why so many people responded to her during the primaries. The more difficult they tried to make it for her, the more radiant and determined she became, and anyone with an open mind/eye could see it.

        • I agree, and when you see her in person, she radiates even more and is very warm and responsive- she is like the epitome of the genuine relation between people, as in Buber’s I and Thou.

          • Nicely put

          • Liliam, I like your mentioning Martin Buber’s I and Thou in connection with how Hillary relates to people and the effect this has on them. She has the rare ability to listen carefully, give full attention, show interest and respect the other, keeping always her own integrity and dignity.

        • very true.

  30. Love Hills…

    but not really feeling the administration’s position on all this.

    I support a one-state solution.

    Not too hot on the

    The United States supports the Palestinian Authority as the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people.

    bit either.

    • Looking at the birthrates, you will probably get your wish. I sometimes think Hillary supports a two state solution in order to ensure Israel’s survival, as much if not more ,than as a way to gain a place for the Palestinian people.

  31. Sorry to be OT — but y’all need to discover Black Agenda Report dot com (one word) if you haven’t already. Kindred spirits live there. Example:

    “The damage done by the complete capitulation of many progressives to Obama is now bearing fruit. He is able to dismiss them and his own party without suffering any political damage. He said as much in a PBS interview with Jim Lehrer.

    JIM LEHRER: You’re not the least bit uneasy over the fact as John McCain and John Boehner, the Republican leader of the House, have praised your plan while the Democrats are criticizing it?

    BARACK OBAMA: You know, I don’t – I don’t make these decisions based on polls or popularity. I make the decisions based on what I think is best.

    In other words, the Democrats can go to hell. He doesn’t care what they think. He doesn’t have to care what they think because they gave him carte blanche to say and do anything he wanted during the campaign. McCain and Boehner are now his cheerleaders and Democrats have to be happy with whatever their leader deems to be acceptable. “

    • That’s a good site- they had BO’s number during the primaries. For some reason, I have difficulty pulling it up now- I guess they added a lot of graphics.

    • I’m surprised BAR hasn’t been held up to public ridicule as a r@cist organization. From time to time, I go the site because there’s always comfort in thoughtful company.

  32. I have come to the conclusion that if you suffer from CDS you are not a liberal nor are you a true Democrat. The Democratic Party should be down on their knees thanking Bill and Hillary Clinton for everything they did for the Dems and this Country. Instead you get fauxgressives spewing CDS while Obamanation nods in approval. This is just shameful.

  33. Self-actualized, indeed. Good observations. Notice she’s not physically deferential to teh menz? Holds her own space or shares it without backing down from them?

    Want a little of the Hillary alpha buzz? Next time you’re walking down the street and you’re headed for a collision with some men taking up all the room on the sidewalk, don’t step out of their way. They don’t even realize that they assume they have the right to all the public space. Hold your lane and enjoy the thrill of asserting your right to be there.

  34. “..to love and to cherish..”
    “..no, to respect and to honor..try it again shimon, without the feeling..”

    When Hillary was in Asia, the degree of deep and genuine respect (beyond protocol) that heads of state showed her as a leader (and a woman) was unprecedented. I have personal ties in all four of those nations, and Hill’s example and impact will ripple and ripple. Of course, there has barely been any coverage in this country.

    Good one on the Planet Money interview. Imo, the administration is avoiding big bank nationalization, not for reasons of strategy or policy. They are avoiding it because right now they don’t have the people in place to handle receivership on such a scale, even if it were deemed the best thing to do. Money would also have to be in place. If Geithner takes this route, he could be asking Congress for another Tarp sized bucket in fiscal 09 to cover the losses.

  35. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/04/business/04penny.html?_r=1&ref=business

    Ex-Leaders of Countrywide Profit from Bad Loans

    “Stanford L. Kurland, Countrywide’s former president, and his team have been buying up delinquent home mortgages that the government took over from other failed banks, sometimes for pennies on the dollar. They get a piece of what they can collect.

    “It has been very successful — very strong,” John Lawrence, the company’s head of loan servicing, told Mr. Kurland one recent morning in a glass-walled boardroom here at PennyMac’s spacious headquarters, opened last year in the same Los Angeles suburb where Countrywide once flourished.

    “In fact, it’s off-the-charts good,” he told Mr. Kurland, who was leaning back comfortably in his leather boardroom chair, even as the financial markets in New York were plunging.”

    • This a$shole should be quartered and drawn.

    • yep- I’m sure a lotta people have been making a lotta money outta this crisis.

      I mean all those trillions lost must have gone somewhere…

      And I’m sure it’s all centralising somewhere.

    • If you want to read more “inside” stories like this there is a site called dealbreaker.com that specialized on the inside dirt on Wall Street.

      Very Interesting Stuff.

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