Saturday, April 25, 2015

HRC: 2016 Skipping the Chicken Farm, For Now

NorthSideFour, June 2013:

You know what really piques my curiosity about TBD? That at 65 years old, Hillary Clinton doesn't end her personal biography with a period.That at 65 she thinks there is more to come. What that might be we don't know but the idea that she isn't finished yet is spectacular.

Even if her TBD is settling down and becoming a chicken farmer, I love that Hillary is willing to try something new.

It's a nice lesson in growing up, and finding that you don't really have to know what you want to be when you grow up, ever. 

Written in response to her Twitter biography where she describes herself as "wife, mom, lawyer, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD", I am now thrilled to see that TBD did not include chicken farming, at least not now.

The truth is, I've always been a little fascinated by Hillary. Perhaps because my mother wasn't, or quite likely directly attributed to my mother's dislike of this smart and independent woman, I read all that I could, and discovered early on that there was much more to the then First Lady than being the wife of the President.

Her autobiography, Living History, is an engaging look at her early life, and a detailed dossier of life before the White House. It's a nice reminder, especially now, that Mrs. Clinton's work experience extends much further than U. S. Senator and Secretary of State, impressive as those roles might be.

HRC, State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen) is a detailed account of life post Presidential campaign 2008. A well researched and compellingly written book, Parnes and Allen take the reader into the very real life of a unsuccessful bid for the presidency, the postmortem that follows and the rebirth of a candidate into a chief political ally of the President of the United States. It's a fascinating read, albeit a long one, but given the new face of Candidate Clinton, an important one for anyone interested in presidential politics.

Her next book, now unwritten, is on my must read list.

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