Skip to comments.Hillary not Wild About Harry
Posted on 01/13/2006 5:15:04 AM PST by HonduGOP
Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowly avoided political disaster yesterday by staying at least 15 feet away from Harry Belafonte at all times during the Children's Defense Fund lunch in the Rainbow Room. That, presumably, was a safe distance.
With any luck, New York's junior senator won't be captured in any photographs - even those taken with a wideangle lens - cozying up to the tough-talking activist, who last weekend on a trip to Venezuela called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world."
In Caracas, Belafonte also lavished praise on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying: "We respect you, we admire you" - never mind that Chavez lambasted Jews (in a televised Christmas Eve speech, no less) as "descendants of those who crucified Christ" and "a minority [who] took the world's riches for themselves."
In short, Belafonte might have star power, but he doesn't offer the sort of celebrity linkage that helps a politician who's been positioning herself as a right-center Democrat while considering running for President in a couple of years.
Like Clinton, a founder and former chairman of the children's advocacy organization, the 78-year-old calypso legend was listed prominently on the program. She was keynote speaker while he was a presenter (along with Marlo Thomas) of the group's Beat the Odds Award to five teenagers.
But when the 58-year-old Clinton swept into the room mid-meal, she didn't do the usual thing and stop by Belafonte's table for a quick hello. She didn't even acknowledge his presence. She simply pretended he wasn't there.
She strode onstage to deliver 10 minutes of remarks, sat through somebody else's speech, then bolted out the door - moments before Belafonte's turn at the mic - without taking reporters' questions.
Children's Defense Fund lunch organizers also had Harry on a tight leash. Had he spoken to Hillary lately? "If you are even thinking about asking a question like that, I can't let you talk to him," one handler advised Lowdown.
Later, during a press conference on health care, Clinton refused to address it. "I'm sorry, this is about Medicare Prescription Part D," she scolded a nosy reporter. "You're welcome to call my office, but I'm talking about something that is literally a life-and-death matter to hundreds of thousands of people who I have the privilege of representing."
The senator's flack was also mum.
And calling President Bush a terrorists is NOT a matter of life and death. These people have minds and spines of mush.
If anyone was taking the Hildabeast's picture they would definitely be using a wide angle lens...
She just can't stand to be near black men!!
$200 says Hillary met privately with him so she wouldn't have to speak with him in public.
This ain't gonna help her in the red bits.
Sunday, Belafonte told Venezuela's communist-leaning President Hugo Chavez, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution."
It never happened.
Dear Concerned Americans,
Hillary Clinton's revisionist tome notwithstanding, 'living history' begets a certain symmetry. It is in that light that I make this not-so-modest proposal on this day, exactly 64 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The context of our concern today--regardless of political affiliation--is Iraq and The War on Terror, but the larger fear is that our democracy may not survive.
We have the requisite machines, power and know-how to defeat the enemy in Iraq and elsewhere, but do we have the will?
In particular, do we have the will to identify and defeat the enemy in our midst?
Answerable to no one, heir apparent in her own mind, self-serving in the extreme, Hillary Clinton incarnates this insidious new threat to our survival.
What we decide to do about Missus Clinton will tell us much about what awaits us in these perilous new times.
December 7, 1941+64
AN OPEN LETTER TO TIM ROBBINS, DAVID GEFFEN, CHRIS MATTHEWS, MAUREEN DOWD + JEANINE PIRRO
RE: a not-so-modest proposal concerning hillary clinton
COPYRIGHT MIA T 2005
What's up with calypso musicians? Harry Belafonte and calypso Louis Farrakhan making insane remarks? Too much calypso or too much ganja?
Seriously. So when's Hillary's "Sister Souljah" moment, eh? Her "campaign" reminds me of Mario Cuomo's in 1990-91.