I don’t get it. This is one time I agree with most of the left.
What is the big deal about Hillary’s schedule as First Lady?
Brian Ross, in a mindlboggingly stupid and inane article, breathlessly informs us that Hillary was in the White House when Monica Lewinsky was servicing her husband:
Hillary Clinton spent the night in the White House on the day her husband had oral sex with Monica Lewinsky, and may have actually been in the White House when it happened, according to records of her schedule released today by the National Archives.
An initial review by ABC News of the 17,481 pages of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s schedule as first lady, released today by the National Archives, also finds significant gaps in time and many days containing only “private meetings” at the White House with unnamed individuals.
The public schedule for Sen. Clinton on Feb. 28, 1997, the day on which Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress would become stained by the president, shows the first lady spent the morning and the night in the White House.
The Feb. 28 schedule lists her as attending four “drop-by” events, closed to the press, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and then records her as staying in the White House overnight that fateful day.
I can’t tell you how uninterested I am in knowing this information. It doesn’t even register on my Banal-o-Meter. In fact, I would say without qualification or hesitation that the knowledge regarding Hillary Clinton’s whereabouts on the day that her husband achieved a form of coital bliss with Miss Lewinsky is so far down the list of “Things I wish to know before I die” that I would have to live to be 108 to get to it. It doesn’t even top the query “Is bigfoot real?” or “What brand of chewing gum does Britney Spears chew?”
The Wall Street Journal tries very hard to outdo Brian Ross but ultimately fails because let’s face it, sex is a more enticing lede than murder/suicide:”
The day before Fosterâ€™s death, Clinton was in Southern California. She spent the morning at Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, touring the facility and meeting with students, then attended a luncheon in honor of Iris Cantor, the head of a foundation that supports, among other things, womenâ€™s health care. She spent the night at a hotel in Santa Barbara.
On July 20, 1993 â€” the day of Fosterâ€™s death â€” Clinton spent several hours conducting media interviews. She had a live appearance on the â€œMichael Jackson Showâ€ (with the following rule: â€œNote: NO Call-in questionsâ€), talked with the WAVE newspaper and later flew from Los Angeles to Little Rock, Ark.
That day, a Tuesday, Foster was reportedly found dead at a park in around 6 p.m. local time. According to her schedule, Clinton would have been in the air at that time (she wasnâ€™t schedule to land in Arkansas for another two and a half hours).
Does this eliminate Hillary as a suspect? Or did she call Foster from the plane and give him the kind of pep talk given by Tom Hagen to Frank Pantangeli in Godfather Part II?
Tom Hagen: When a plot against the Emperor failed… the plotters were always given a chance… to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah, but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and killed themselves, then nothing happened. And the families… the families were taken care of.
Tom Hagen: That was a good break. A nice deal.
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah… They went home… and sat in a hot bath… opened up their veins… and bled to death… and sometimes they had a little party before they did it.
I’m sorry to say that the Wall Street Journal failed to discover if such a scenario played out. Why they would think any person who doesn’t believe Vince Foster was murdered by the Clinton’s to shut him up would be interested in Hillary’s whereabouts on that tragic day is beyond comprehension. Perhaps someone should ask the Journal why they are pandering to people who believe in nutty conspiracy theories about the Clinton’s when there’s a financial crisis that could rock everyone in America’s world hovering like the Sword of Damocles over the country at present.
There’s more. We learn from the Washington Post that Bill basically stuck Hillary in a closet after the health care debacle, not giving her much to do and ending (we assume) that “co-presidency” idea that riled conservatives and cheered feminists during the campaign.
I would much prefer to have read about this in Cosmo or even Ladies Home Journal rather than the pages of our nation’s premier political newspaper. What “news” value it has isn’t registering at the moment. Anyone who followed politics at the time knew that Hillary’s role changed after the health care mess so for the Post to devote column inches to the definition of a “non-story” is astounding.
The Brits get into the act with The Guardian scolding Hillary for not being in the “War Room” when we attacked Serbia:
On the day that dozens of US cruise missiles rained down on Serbia in an attempt to punish Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for the country’s onslaught against ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo, first lady Hillary Clinton was far from the White House war room: instead she was touring ancient Egyptian ruins, including King Tut’s tomb and the temple of Hatshepsut. And on the day before the signing of the Good Friday agreement in Belfast she was at an event called “Hats on for Bella” in Washington.
In her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has touted her experience in the Clinton White House as preparation to lead the nation in a time of crisis. “Ready on day one” has been her slogan.
But an initial reading of some of the more than 11,000 pages of Clinton’s schedules from her days as first lady, released today by the National Archives and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library, shows that she was often far from the site of decision-making during some of the most pivotal events of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
The Guardian being something of a left wing rag, perhaps they are unaware of a modern invention known as “the telephone” or just “the phone” to us Americans. To the extent that Hillary Clinton could advise her husband, I am sure – like every other First Lady who has lived in the White House – she gave him the benefit of her thoughts on the matter. And something as momentous as going to war with Serbia, I would expect that Bill Clinton consulted her for at least her opinion on some of the political ramifications of the attack.
Does Hillary exaggerate her foreign policy “experience” in the campaign? Only the most rabid of Hillary partisans knows full well that she does so shamelessly. Is it news that she was out of the country during big foreign policy decisions and not in the “war room” with Dr. Strangelove and the rest of the “experts?” If you believe that Bill Clinton did not take advantage of consulting with the one person he was sure would tell him the truth about any action he would take, then you should sleep on the couch tonight. Shame on you for not trusting your wife.
With 18,000 pages to go through, I’m sure the press will come up with other vitally important stories on where the First Lady of the United States was and what was she doing during some of the more exciting events in the 8 years the Clinton’s ruled Washington and the country.
The only request I have regarding further revelations is that they be placed in the section of the newspaper most appropriate to their impact and importance:
The comics section.