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Fri Nov 17, 2017, 11:08 AM Nov 2017

Jon Favreau apologized for photo grabbing HRC's -cutout- breast

Why Electing Hillary in ’16 Is More Important Than Electing Obama in ’08
A former Obama ’08 speechwriter explains how and why Secretary Clinton is a lot more compelling than you might think.

Jon Favreau

I hear you’re still not Ready for Hillary.

I get it. I didn’t start off as her biggest fan either. During the 2008 campaign, I wrote plenty of less-than-complimentary words about Hillary Clinton in my role as Barack Obama’s speechwriter. Then, a few weeks after the election, I had a well-documented run-in with a piece of cardboard that bore a striking resemblance to the incoming Secretary of State.

It was one of the stupider, more disrespectful mistakes I’ve made, and one that could have cost me a job if Hillary hadn’t accepted my apology, which she did with grace and humor. As a result, I had the chance to serve in the Obama administration with someone who was far different than the caricature I had helped perpetuate.

The most famous woman in the world would walk through the White House with no entourage, casually chatting up junior staffers along the way. She was by far the most prepared, impressive person at every Cabinet meeting. She worked harder and logged more miles than anyone in the administration, including the president. And she’d spend large amounts of time and energy on things that offered no discernible benefit to her political future—saving elephants from ivory poachers, listening to the plight of female coffee farmers in Timor-Leste, defending LGBT rights in places like Uganda.

Most of all—and you hear this all the time from people who’ve worked for her—Hillary Clinton is uncommonly warm and thoughtful. She surprises with birthday cakes. She calls when a grandparent passes away. She once rearranged her entire campaign schedule so a staffer could attend her daughter’s preschool graduation. Her husband charms by talking to you; Hillary does it by listening to you—not in a head-nodding, politician way; in a real person way.

This same story has repeated itself throughout Clinton’s career: those who initially view her as distrustful and divisive from afar find her genuine and cooperative in person. It was the case with voters in New York, Republicans in the Senate, Obama people in the White House, and heads of state all over the world. There’s a reason being America’s chief diplomat was the specific job Obama asked Hillary to do—she has the perfect personality for it.

more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-electing-hillary-in-16-is-more-important-than-electing-obama-in-08
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Jon Favreau apologized for photo grabbing HRC's -cutout- breast (Original Post) Madam45for2923 Nov 2017 OP
saving elephants from ivory poachers. WOW! Madam45for2923 Nov 2017 #1
Donald & Hillary, twinsies! Madam45for2923 Nov 2017 #4
This is a great tribute to her, even with the regrettable beginning. spooky3 Nov 2017 #2
Thanks for sharing this. Nt NCTraveler Nov 2017 #3
An excellent commentary. CrispyQ Nov 2017 #5


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5. An excellent commentary.
Fri Nov 17, 2017, 11:50 AM
Nov 2017

The 2016 election was and is a major turning point for our country.

I watched a little news yesterday & some women from AL were interviewed. They are so terrified of the "democratic agenda" that they would rather vote for Moore than Jones, or not vote at all. This is what three decades of hate radio has done. Convinced rural America that only they are true Americans and that the dems are evil & as bad as Satan.

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