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John Eyster
Monday, January 28, 2013

Hillary Clinton first female US President

Did YOU see the “60 Minutes” interview of US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last evening? If not, I urge you make time to see it. You can use this link “The President and the Secretary of State” both parts I and II. Links on left of webpage.

Published on Saturday (1/26) before the “60 Minutes” interview was broadcast last evening, I think the interview underscored the brief written by David Rothkopf for a special opinion piece, “President Hillary Clinton? If she wants it.” I agree.

Hillary Clinton will be elected US President on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 IF she chooses to be a candidate for US President in 2016.

Be sure to look through the fantastic gallery of pictures featuring HILLARY CLINTON which complements the article.

Let’s review the credentials of David Rothkopf is CEO and editor-at-large of the Foreign Policy (FP) Group, publishers of Foreign Policy magazine, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of, among other books, "Running The World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power," served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration and for two years as managing director of Kissinger Associates. If you want to learn more about David Rothkopf, I suggest the Wikipedia biographical article “David Rothkopf.”

I urge that you be sure to view the “60 Minutes” interview and read David Rothkopf’s opinion piece BEFORE you comment. What do YOU think?

David Rothkopf asserts, “There are few certainties in American politics. But you can write it down: If Hillary Clinton wants to be the next nominee of the Democratic Party to be president, the job is hers.”

He observes, “Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Warner, Martin O'Malley and the others in the long list of commander-in-chief wannabes will go about their day jobs for the next couple years, but at the back of their minds will be only one question: Will she or won't she?”

Rothkopf outlines the foundation of his conviction, “Because, as the most popular politician in America -- who also happens to be married to America's most popular ex-president and who has in place a nationwide network of donors, campaign staffers and committed supporters -- Clinton has the power to keep potential rivals from raising money or gaining political traction simply by saying, "I haven't decided what my plans are." She's in control.

“That she should be in such a position at this moment is a remarkable achievement and an extraordinary testament to her grit, gifts and track record: She has been the most successful U.S. secretary of state in two decades. That outcome was hardly a foregone conclusion when Barack Obama made the bold decision to pick his former primary rival to assume the oldest and most senior post in the Cabinet.

“She had, after all, lost a bruising campaign to him, there was tension between her team and his and no reason to assume the two ex-rivals would work together. She had never run a large organization before. Beyond that, the United States was facing massive crises at home and bewildering complexity abroad. Many of the issues she would be facing would be new to her.

Clinton was so famous already that she could easily be seen to be upstaging the president, something that would have undone her within the administration and made her look bad.”

I agree too with Rothkopf’s discussion of HILLARY CLINTON’s dealing with the ANGRY REPUBLICANS in the Benghazi hearings last week, “Her tour de force performance this week before Senate and House committees looking into the Benghazi tragedy illustrated how far she has come. In a charged political environment, she commanded the stage and deftly repulsed effort after effort by Republican partisans to shift the focus away from what the lessons of the attacks were and should be, turning aside their theories of conspiracy and devious motives for the missteps surrounding the event. She defended the president and revealed her character by accepting responsibility.”

As a citizen of the State of WI, I was embarrassed by our US Senator Ron Johnson's attitudes and behaviors in that hearing. I am grateful to Rothkopf for discussing that situation.

Rothkopf asserts, “Most importantly, Clinton clearly knew her brief better than any of those questioning her. When Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin attempted to score political points with a cynical line of questioning, she showed her strength and stature as a leader with a direct, unwavering response urging him to focus on the bigger issues at hand.”

I give an A+ to US Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry, long-time member of and more recently chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he was appearing after Secretary of State Clinton, for his direct confrontation with Sen. Johnson as Johnson badgered (pun intended!) Kerry about the details of the September 11, 2012 attack on Benghazi when Kerry asked Johnson about the secret briefings re. Benghazi.

TRANSCRIPT: “Kerry: I think it was very clear… were you at the briefing with the tapes? “Johnson: No. “Kerry: Well, there was a briefing with the tapes, which we all saw – those of us who went to it – uh, which made it crystal clear. We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw all of the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.”

It is clear to me that Sen. Johnson did NOT do his homework. If he were a student in my American Government & Politics class at UW-Waukesha, he would achieve an “F” on the assignment. What grade would you assign our WI US Senator Johnson?

More stunning was Sen. Rand Paul’s announcement that had he been president he would have fired her.

Rothkopf comments, “Her response evinced an understanding of the issues and processes at play; it was evident that only one of the two of them had any chance of occupying the Oval Office in the future. When describing the return of the caskets of the American victims in the Benghazi attack, she showed her humanity. Frequently, she showed the comfort with the setting that comes from her experience not just at State but as a senator.”

I gained awareness and appreciation for HILLARY CLINTON as I read more of Rothkopf’s opinion piece. I encourage you to read it.

Concluding his opinion piece, Rothkopf makes the strong statement about HILLARY CLINTON – “She is likely to be the next president, the first woman to be president of the United States, because of the quality of her character and her work on behalf of the American people. With some luck she will use the next two years to restore her energy and prepare for what lies ahead. Because regardless of what political party in which you may find yourself, it is hard to deny that she elevates our political discourse in ways that few, if any, others do on the contemporary stage.”

I’m ready to vote for HILLARY CLINTON on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Are YOU?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:24 am Monday, April 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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