August 4, 2016 |
They both wore white: Melania Trump in a beautiful sheath, and Hillary Clinton in a chic pantsuit. For both, it was a great choice. The color is trendy, and it symbolizes clarity, honesty, purity, and fresh starts, all important to the public images and brands of Trump and Clinton. Yet I couldn't help but see them differently. I wrote that white gave the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party a soft, strong, and most important, presidential look. Could it be she also was trying to send us a message about integrity and trustworthiness, her glaring weakness no matter what poll?
July 30, 2016 |
It was, after so long, her moment. And so it was a moment for all of them, ushered in with a most basic and loving gesture: a daughter returning the favor of a mother's love. "This," Chelsea Clinton said, "is the story of my mother. " In an arena with tens of thousands of supporters, before millions of viewers, she spoke softly. Her tender stories of a mother's sensible advice about imaginary triceratops, of being a child who knew the "feeling of being valued and loved" stilled the crowd.
July 29, 2016
I WAS THINKING of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a few weekends ago, when my husband and I spent an afternoon biking around Washington. "Y'know," I said as we pedaled along the Potomac, "if Hillary wins, I really want us to come back here for the inauguration, the way we did for Obama. " We had taken our then-young daughter and her friend to Obama's first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. We practically lost our fingers and toes on that frigid day as we jammed onto the National Mall with more than a million others to witness America's first African American president taking the oath of office.
July 29, 2016 |
At an LGBT delegate luncheon Wednesday, Chelsea Clinton lit into the Republicans, calling the rhetoric out of their convention in Cleveland "divisive, degrading, demeaning. " "I thought about what I found most offensive last week - it's hard to pick just one part," the soft-spoken Clinton said, stepping into the convention spotlight in a warm-up to her speech Thursday introducing her mom, Hillary Clinton. "What I actually found most offensive was the open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican platform, in other words child abuse," she said, referring to the medically discredited theory that gay people can be "converted.
July 28, 2016
Chelsea Clinton, wearing a blue floral dress, addressed a crowd of more than 100 fashionable women at a joint Glamour and Facebook event Tuesday afternoon. "We have to come together and work together. As mom said, 'We are stronger together,' " Clinton said during a live Q&A at the Wells Fargo center that also featured actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera. The 30-minute discussion touched on various campaign issues such as immigration and women's rights, with all three women chiming in. Ferrera said she understood what Bernie Sanders' supporters are feeling.
July 28, 2016 |
Somehow the rumor spread that former U.S. Representative Marjorie Margolies of Montgomery County would be introducing Hillary Clinton on Thursday night. "Everybody is saying, good luck with your speech," she said. A nice thought, but not true. She is however, the mother-in-law of the person introducing Hillary Clinton on Thursday night: Chelsea Clinton, who married Margolies' son, Marc Mezvinsky, in 2010. Margolies, a former journalist who cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, then was defeated in the next election, is busy enough this week.
July 28, 2016
Somehow the rumor had spread that former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies of Montgomery County would be introducing Hillary Clinton on Thursday night. "Everybody is saying good luck with your speech," she said. A nice thought, but not true. She is, however, the mother-in-law of the person introducing Hillary Clinton: Chelsea Clinton, who married Margolies' son Marc Mezvinsky in 2010. Margolies, who cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, then was defeated in the next election, is busy enough this week.
July 26, 2016
Time to let the big dog hunt. Let's agree convention week isn't so far a ton of fun for its soon-to-be nominee. There's that large dose of email controversy - not hers, her party's - exposing a rigged primary process and firing up the Bernie "we was robbed!" Sanders folks. There's tossing the party chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who likely now will be encouraged to stop yelling "I'm with her. " And CNN polling Monday showed a predictable bump for Trump but, worse for Hillary, a staggeringly high new she's-not-honest, she's-not-trustworthy number of 68 percent.
February 24, 2016
THE New York Times reported last week that Hillary Clinton's top fundraisers and strategists had an emergency meeting to discuss ways to retool her campaign - with the challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stronger than expected and under-30 voters avoiding the former secretary of state like an album of 1970s "dad rock. " What struck me about the Times piece was not so much the "who" or the "what" as the "where. " The confab took place in the New York office of Clinton donor and Wall Street investor Marc Lasry.
December 22, 2015
TEXAS No indictments in Sandra Bland's death A grand jury will not indict anyone in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell in July. Five months after her death drew national protests, one of special prosecutors for the case, Darrell Jordan, told the Washington Post that the grand jury decided not to indict anyone, including staff at the Waller County Jail, where Bland was held, in connection with her death. The grand jury will reconvene in early January to "take up remaining issues," Jordan said.