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February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

gardensgrey:

I noticed that he kept looking over at me. He had been doing that a lot. So I stood up from the desk, walked over to him and said, “If you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced. I’m Hillary Rodham.” That was it. The way Bill tells the story, he couldn’t remember his own name. -Hillary Rodham Clinton

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from The Discography
February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…a recounting of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, but also a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her.

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December 28th, 2013
thesmithian

"…Obama’s faith has been one of the most misunderstood of any president out there"…People close to the president say that Mr. Obama’s spiritual beliefs are profoundly held. In addition to the daily devotional he receives—which contains lines of Scripture and quotations from people as wide-ranging as Nina Simone and Johnny Cash—Mr. Obama regularly speaks to spiritual leaders on a variety of topics. Every year on his birthday…the president convenes a phone call with ministers “to thank God for the year that was and pray for the year ahead.”

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December 24th, 2013
thesmithian

ourpresidents:

Bill Clinton and his mother Virginia Clinton at a Christmas Party. December, 1963.

[holiday]

November 17th, 2013
thesmithian

'press is comparing this healthcare disaster (presumably the one that happened 6 weeks ago?) to Bush’s Katrina. A better comparison might be from the Bill Clinton era: Whitewater.'

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October 29th, 2013
thesmithian

…the Clinton years featured their own government shutdowns, one of which was longer than the recent closure, along with such polarizing doings as his impeachment hearings. But either things now are so much worse, or hindsight has sufficiently colored the memory, that Clinton can recast those days as a heyday of mutual respect and comity

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art: drawing by Richard Powell

…the Clinton years featured their own government shutdowns, one of which was longer than the recent closure, along with such polarizing doings as his impeachment hearings. But either things now are so much worse, or hindsight has sufficiently colored the memory, that Clinton can recast those days as a heyday of mutual respect and comity

more.

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art: drawing by Richard Powell

July 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

…imagine a future where potential candidates study…Clinton’s impressive post-Presidency income (more than a hundred million dollars in speaking fees alone) and add that to the calculus as they contemplate whether to run for the highest office in the land.

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art: photo by Peter Yang

June 20th, 2013
thesmithian

…[the current] structure also blocks any would-be “New Republicans” such as Chris Christie from gaining the kind of power inside the party that a New Democrat like Bill Clinton received in 1992. The only way they’d be able to attract a following inside the Party would be to commit themselves to policies they’d have to abandon immediately upon getting nominated, as Mitt Romney did with disastrous results.

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April 27th, 2013
thesmithian

ourpresidents:

Program from this morning’s dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

So many Presidents on one page AND “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Politi-gal
March 12th, 2013
thesmithian

The anonymous person who filmed the [47%] tape turns out to a bartender with a local catering company who is coming forward now that the election is over. He’ll reveal his identity tomorrow in a hour-long interview on the Ed Show on MSNBC, but in an interview…Tuesday night, he suggested that he was disappointed that Romney never thanked the wait staff, as Bill Clinton had years before at a different event the same bartender happened to staff.

wow. bold, ours. so just basic respect and manners. more.

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