Barack Who?

Hillary Clinton continues to distance herself from Barack Obama and his presidency. She has been asked in recent interviews about the United States’ relationship with Valdimir Putin.

In the interview, she made clear that she communicated her later reservations about Putin to Obama.
“I, you know, certainly made my views known in, you know, in meetings, as well as in memos to the president,” she said. Regarding the long-term viability of the “reset,” she said that “I think that what may have happened, is that both the United States and Europe were really hoping for the best from Putin as a returned president. And I think we’ve been quickly, unfortunately, disabused of those hopes.”
She reiterated the references to the memos in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, part of which was posted online Friday evening. A full interview is slated to air next Tuesday.
“I warned everybody,” she said regarding Putin, who returned to the presidency — after a period out of the office — while she served at the State Department. “I sent a memo to the president, I sent another memo on my way out, that I believed Putin was coming back in a much more aggressive way.”

I can’t wait for the full interviews. The CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria will air Sunday night.

FLOTUS Weighs In on 2016

Michelle Obama attended a fundraiser July 10th at the home of Evercore Partners financier, Charles Myers. Shocking isn’t it? The Obamas….hangin’ with rich Wall Street folks??!?

No word on what was served at this round table lunch, but there were unconfirmed reports that there was a bit of a “creme feud” over dessert….

Mrs. Obama also had something to say about who might replace her husband at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue….

The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.

~SNIP~

When she was asked if she had any aspirations to run for office, Obama said “no” because her children need some time being out of the spotlight. Without mentioning Hillary Clinton’s name, she then added: “I don’t believe one family should be in the White House or running for office constantly,” according to the recollection of one person at the event

Now I know, in fairness to Michelle, she didn’t say she wouldn’t support a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016……however, can we ever forget this from 2008?

The Mourning Begins

BBC image

CNN) — A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell “Last Post” marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.
In a ceremony rich with martial symbolism — from saluting soldiers to the haunting tune used to send war dead to their rest — 40 bodies borne in simple wooden caskets were solemnly unloaded from two military planes. Soldiers then walked them to waiting hearses and lowered them inside before rendering a final salute.
The only sounds: the hushed orders of soldiers and a whipping wind.

A civilized society responds to a barbaric act.

This photo is from a memorial service in Australia honoring the victims from that country. Photo credit: The Guardian

Will She Run?

Charlie Rose interviewed Hillary Clinton last night. The complete interview is not available yet*…at least that I can find. [*See Update.] The following clip is a detailed response to Charlie’s question on her potential candidacy. He phrased the question in a unique way. He asked her what goes into such a hard choice as deciding to run? She gave a very thoughtful response. What do you think?

**UPDATE** Many thanks to Hugo for posting the full interview in the comments. I’ve been unsuccessful trying to embed it in this post, but I will keep trying!
FULL INTERVIEW BELOW!

Thanks again Hugo!

Talk Softly and Carry a Big Guitar

When Hillary Clinton began her tenure as Secretary of State, she introduced what she called, “Smart Power” diplomacy:

“We must use what has been called ‘smart power,’ the full range of tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal, and cultural — picking the right tool, or combination of tools, for each situation,” Clinton said in her opening remarks. “With smart power, diplomacy will be the vanguard of foreign policy.”

Our current SOS, John Kerry apparently has added a new diplomatic tool……Guitar Power?

Was he trying some kind of new torture technique???

Perhaps it’s not not that unusual, and maybe I’m being too hard on ol’ John Kerry….George Bush tried it…..

As well as Daddy Bush…..

photo credit: NY Times.com

This actually isn’t the first time Sec. Kerry tried Guitar Power. Here he is in Vietnam…..

I wish him luck with this new approach, I really do.
In related John Kerry news…..President Barack Obama shakes Sec. Kerry’s hand in a rope line…..

photo credit: Daily Mail

(He-he….sorry…I couldn’t resist!)

I’m just having a little fun here at Kerry’s expense. Hey, my motto these past six years fourteen years has been: “If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry.”