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Well this story, like the Vampire Tales also seems loathe to die, but perhaps that is a good thing.    The story of the now infamous party crashers at the India State Dinner Wednesday night continues to fly around the interwebs and TV and print media.  I do not want to provide these self-centered fools with additional attention, since, like other Hillary bloggers I spent  a good deal of time from Wednesday night forward  looking for pictures of our very lovely Secretary of State looking like a goddess in her midnight blue gown.   I have found only one, and from what I see at other Hillary sites, this is the only one.

Meanwhile, those two clowns who crashed the dinner are all over the place.   My biggest problem (aside from not being able to find a front shot of Hillary in this beautiful gown which is fabulous on her) is that these two made it through so many layers of security and past the Secret Service.  I keep hearing that they went through metal detectors so there was no danger.  Excuse me?  In a room full of cutlery there was no danger?

I do not know what other layers of security are involved in being waved in, but I am most disappointed, and not for the first time, in the Secret Service.   Outside of the State Department, with its own security team, the Secret Service is charged with protecting one very precious Hillary Rodham Clinton, and this failure on their part does nothing to make me feel that she is safe in their hands.

Last year it was the shoe-throwing at President Bush that they failed to stop, and now it is this.  They let a couple of publicity-seeking nobodies into the tent  with the entire succession of power.  The woman even succeeded in having her picture taken with Vice President Biden – with her hand on his chest!  And there was “no danger?”

And while they were busily being photographed with every official who would give them a tumble,  the pretty SOS was NOT photographed?  In case the photo above is the only one you have ever seen of her in this dress, this is how she looks from other angles in this masterpiece of a dress.

 

So that’s my gripe for today. Rant over –  for now, anyway.

UPDATE: This was just tweeted.    Source: Secret Service agent didn’t check couple.  NBC News is also told that they were not cleared as their lawyer contends.

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Hillary with the women of Mumbais Self Employed Womens Association

Hillary with the women of Mumbai's Self Employed Women's Association


The United Nations Foundation started a Care2 petition to thank Hillary for all of her hard work for women and girls. You can sign it and even add a personal note to Hillary! Also please Tweet and ReTweet this. It grows by the hundreds in minutes when you do!

Here’s the link

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So if the question of last week was “Where’s Hillary?” the answer is pretty much the same this week as it has been for the past four weeks since her injury and surgery – she’s working! Yes, she’s working on the weekend, while the rest of us enjoy the summer weather, and she is being received in India, as she is wherever she goes, like a rock star!

Earlier today, I posted a version of this at A Rose for Hillary and Still4Hill. I decided, on second thought, to put it here as well for a few reasons. First of all, some people are visual learners. They need you to draw a picture for them. Perhaps the “Hillary toils in the shadows” toxic meme needs to be refuted with some beautiful pictures of Hillary working all day (ahem! on a SUNDAY – y’all) and in the bright sun of India. She is hardly in the shadows.

The second reason is a little more complex. People tend to observe others in a couple of ways. We might recognize in another something of ourselves or we might project on another our own habits and characteristics without actually having observed them. I have observed that Hillary Clinton, while in the Senate, kept her nose to the grindstone, worked like a dynamo, and did not get or even seek publicity for many of the initiatives she put forth. She does the work. She never seemed to care about having the spotlight on her. I once had all the videos of her presentations on the Senate floor. She was methodical, organized, matter of fact, got it done, and yielded the floor.

There are some folks in the public eye who seem to need the cameras rolling in order to do their jobs. Hillary is not one of those people. I have to wonder about the people who think that if the cameras are not rolling, Hillary is not working. That is patently untrue and so uncharacteristic of Hillary as to be bizarre! Maybe the people who perpetuated this idea, themselves, work better under the floodlights. Maybe some of them are seeking the floodlights. Whatever the reason for the wrongheaded stories, they are wrong. Hillary has worked every day since her accident – that is how she is, and those of us who visit her State Department website know very well her schedule, her meetings, and her statements.

But for those who need a picture, these should be worth a few thousand words (your words, which you should EAT!). Here is Hillary! We FOUND her! She’s in India! She is shining like the sun, and …uh…I don’t see any shadows around her anywhere! Have a look!


From the album:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on stage with Timothy J. Roemer, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to India (R), and Consul General Paul Folmsbee (L) during the address to Mumbai Consulate staff at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India July 19, 2009. [State Department photo]


AP Photo Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, in white, greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, as she arrives at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India, Sunday, July 19, 2009. India and the United States can jointly devise a breakthrough plan for fighting climate change that will generate massive new investments

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she arrives at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, July 19, 2009. India and the United States can jointly devise a breakthrough plan for fighting climate change that will generate massive new investments and millions of jobs, Clinton said Sunday.


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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a conference on global climate change at the ITC Green Centre in Gurgaon, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, July 19, 2009. Clinton sounded optimistic on Sunday that the United States and India can bridge their differences on reducing greenhouse gases.

Read her Remarks Following Tour of Indian Agriculture Research Institute Research Field

Read her statement re: ITC Green Centre and discussion here.

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