Posts Tagged ‘William J. Clinton’

It feels like the #MeToo grenades are exploding left and right. Yesterday was especially active. Additional Roy Moore accusers stepped forward, and then came an accusation – with some photographic evidence – against Senator Al Franken who is trending on Twitter as I type.

The incident occurred in 2006 before he was a senator. He issued two apologies yesterday and said that he would cooperate with an ethics committee investigation. Nevertheless, there is a hue and cry for him to resign. It must be noted that many of the #FrankenShouldGo tweets are saying that if Franken should go Trump also should go.

With sexual misconduct, harassment, abuse, and assault being the hot topic everywhere this week, women in government have stepped forward. Jackie Speier is especially active on this front having shared her own story of an assault when she was a congressional aide.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she knows of two current members of Congress who “have engaged in sexual harassment,” while another congresswoman, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) recounted a member who exposed himself to a female staffer.The members were not named.The lawmakers spoke at a House Administration Committee hearing on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, and about pending legislation to require training for all members and their staffs, and whether further actions are necessary to establish uniform policies.Read more >>>>

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., is hoping the increased national attention on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace will help her push through legislation to strengthen the rules in Congress by the end of 2017.Speier’s spokesperson said that she and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are recruiting cosponsors for the Member and Employee Training and Oversight on Congress Act, or the Me Too Congress Act. They’re signing up lawmakers in pairs, adding one Republican and one Democrat at a time.Read more >>>>

But this is a minefield and not easily negotiated as Kirsten Gillibrand discovered yesterday. She should have been prepared for this.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Nov. 15 said “there is a serious sexual harassment problem in Congress.” Gillibrand is among several lawmakers introducing a bill to revise procedures for reporting harassment in Congress. (Reuters)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency after having a relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the most prominent liberal to weigh in as the issue has moved from conservative media to a wider chorus of voices in recent days.

Gillibrand said she thought it would have been “the appropriate response,” when asked if Clinton should have stepped down by a reporter. The comments were published Thursday by the New York Times.

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I don’t know about you, but I found her response confusing, incoherent. I really don’t know what she was trying to say and cannot make sense of her statement.

Franken’s accuser, Leeann Tweeden said she could not have made her story public 11 years ago. We are in a different time. She noted that Jackie Speier telling her own story is what gave her the courage to speak up.

Gillibrand also alluded to times being different. But what is she saying?

Bill Clinton, we should remember, was impeached but not convicted. He went through a process. Now she (and others) are saying he should have resigned?

I always find these attacks on WJC obliquely aimed at Hillary. That’s just me. The Clintons are out of politics now. They really cannot be hurt. But Gillibrand has been seen as a rising star. With this response she disappointed me and probably shot herself in the foot. Or maybe in both feet.

Here is what Philippe Reines had to say.

Philippe is not known for holding back. He makes an interesting point.

Yesterday Gillibrand said she will give the money Franken contributed to her to charity. Hmmmm… what will she do with the money the Clintons contributed over those 20 years?

(Cross-posted at Still4Hill)









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How painfully ironic that when I wrote that last post I singled out Bill and Hillary’s love of Haiti and prodigious work there.  If the quake had already happened, but it had not, I probably would not have bothered with that post at all because, you see,  I used to live there.  The epicenter was my old neighborhood, Carrefour.  I lived there for ten years.   I taught at the Bi-National Center run by the State Department, the Haitian-American Institute.  I did graduate work at the University.  I love Haiti with all my heart which tonight is broken for the people suffering there.  Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,  how much can a country take?

Haiti Chérie is a song that, for Haitians, has the effect and significance that Cuando Sali de Cuba, or Guantanamera have for Cubans.  (That’s my dear Célia Cruz singing Guantanamera).   It is the longing of the expatriate, but you hear it played all the time when you are in Haiti as well.

Despite all of their hardships,  the Haitian people are the sunniest, most cheerful people you will ever meet on this earth.  Poor as so many of them are, they are among the most generous.  I hope we will all be generous in providing the assistance they need so very desperately tonight and in the coming days.  This was an unimaginably huge earthquake in a very fragile place.

It never fails to amaze me the things that people think are important and the priorities people set.  That anyone expects the Clintons to go on an offensive or have a meltdown because of a few supercilious people who write unsourced tomes that others go on to review or quote causes me to wonder whether people know where their real priorities lie. Well, they lie here.

Hillary on Haiti at the Haiti Donors Conference Today

and here

William J. Clinton Foundation

It would be nice if certain holders of ill-gotten goods would donate the proceeds of their sales to the work of two who are actually helping!

From the State Department.

Subject: Contact number for American citizens with family in Haiti

The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti:


(due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording). Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American Citizens through our Warden Network. Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.

Remarks on the Earthquake in Haiti

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Honolulu, Hawaii
January 12, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: Before I begin with this critically important subject about our future in Asia, I want to just say a few words about developments in Haiti. We are still gathering information about this catastrophic earthquake, the point of impact, its effect on the people of Haiti. The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. And our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families, and their loved ones.

Former President Clinton issues statement about Haiti
Posted: January 12th, 2010 07:30 PM ET

Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, issued the following statement Tuesday after a major earthquake struck southern Haiti:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti.

My U.N. office and the rest of the U.N. system are monitoring the situation, and we are committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts.”

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