Skip to comments.Jill Kelley's world: White House visits, meals with generals, and name-dropping emails
Posted on 11/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PST by RummyChick
TAMPA Her business card is utterly ordinary. No big titles. No hint of connections with the military and political elite. It lists her address, her phone number and her name in elegant script:
"Honorable Jill G. Kelley."
But the outsized portrait of herself that Kelley presents to the world will fit on no card. It's seen in her emails to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others. She drops names. She mentions lunch at the White House in a casual aside, one of three visits she has made there in the last six weeks.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan is calling from overseas to ask for her help. She spends the weekend with the CIA director whose resignation she would inadvertently help set in motion. And always the party invitations.
Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, said the tawdry sex scandal that Kelley helped trigger is as hard to understand as it is odd. How, he asks, did Kelley a flamboyant South Tampa socialite skirt the vetting normally insulating the nation's top generals?
"This is strange," Zinni said Friday. "To me, it's just so bizarre."
Zinni said he respects both ex-CIA director David Petraeus and Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star Marine leader whom the Pentagon is investigating for potentially inappropriate emails he sent to Kelley.
Allen served as deputy and acting commander at CentCom from 2008 to 2011. Petraeus, before becoming top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and then CIA director, headed CentCom before Allen.
Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was uncovered after Kelley received what she perceived to be threatening emails that she reported to the FBI. Agents traced the emails to Broadwell.
In his day every social invitation and meeting with a civilian was examined by his staff to make sure it would not reflect poorly on the military, said Zinni, a Virginia resident who is now an outside director of the aerospace company BAE Systems.
Zinni said his staff judge advocate an office providing legal support to a military commander helped him navigate these sometimes perilous shoals.
Speaking of Kelley's socializing with MacDill brass, Zinni said, "That's something my staff judge advocate would have been on in a heartbeat."
Kelley was anything but subtle about her connections.
"I'm up in DC having dinner tonight with Gen Petraeus & Gen John Allen," Kelley says in one 2012 email to Buckhorn.
After radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge threatened to "deep fat fry" the Koran earlier this year, Kelley told Buckhorn that Allen and Petraeus were seeking her help to get word to Bubba that doing so would endanger lives.
"Gen Allen will be calling me from Afghanistan at 1pm on this and our next step," Kelley told Buckhorn in a March 7 email.
In recent days, Kelley complained about the constant presence of reporters and photographers outside her house as the scandal broke. She told Buckhorn she was upset that "your police department" released 911 calls she made to Tampa police.
But the 911 tapes were a public record.
"This is a situation of her own making," Buckhorn said Friday. "We're all just bystanders."
Her timing was spectacular.
On Nov. 4, two days before the presidential election and five days before Petraeus visited President Barack Obama at the White House to offer his resignation, Kelley, her twin sister Natalie Khawam, their children and Dr. Scott Kelley went on a tour of the White House.
On Oct. 24, the sisters had lunch in the White House Mess with a White House staffer. That followed a Sept. 28 breakfast between the same three people.
The White House declined to name the staffer, saying his identity would become public in a few months when visitor logs are posted. But an official said the staffer had gotten to know Jill Kelley through connections to MacDill.
The man worked as a civilian lawyer in Afghanistan and got to know military personnel, who invited him to MacDill, where he met Kelley. He now works as a lawyer in the White House.
Zinni didn't have much spare time when he commanded CentCom more than a decade ago. He actually tallied it up when he left the combatant command.
"I was gone more than 70 percent of the time," Zinni said. "And of course I didn't have the same crisis situations CentCom's been dealing with for the last 12 years."
So when Zinni heard news reports that Allen exchanged hundreds, perhaps even thousands of emails with Kelley, he was amazed.
"I don't know where the time came to do all of that," said Zinni, noting that he thinks Allen is one of the military's finest commanders. "It's a full-time job."
He said his biggest concern is that the sex scandal will harm the military's reputation. "It chips away at respect," Zinni said.
Zinni said civilians who love the military often try to get too close and, even though they may have good intentions, they can cause difficulties.
"Sometimes it's hard for them to understand that what they're doing might be inappropriate," he said.
Acknowledging that some of the more aggressive civilians sometimes act like groupies at a Rolling Stones concert, Zinni said with a laugh, "It never happened to me."
Kelley didn't limit her interaction with military personnel to her lavish Bayshore Boulevard home. In October 2010, Kelley jumped out of an airplane with a bunch of commandos.
It was a tandem skydive with a U.S. Special Operations Command's Para Commando parachute team. It's a thrill sometimes offered to select civilians. Miss Florida did it once. No word on where the jump took place. But SOCom, like CentCom, is headquartered at MacDill.
Kelley landed safely.
So Jill is a Judge now???
It has now been confirmed that Kelley had her White House Breakfast at the invitation of a White House Staffer and it was at the WHITE HOUSE MESS - contrary to that ridiculous poster here who told me that couldn't be right.
“As far as degrees of separation go, it is safe to assume that David Petraeus, the disgraced former director of the CIA never in his life thought he would be connected with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge.
However, just like many other four-star generals and national intelligence chiefs, Bubba had dealings with Tampa socialite and some-time honorary consul for South Korea, Jill Kelley.
Adding a tawdry new level to the Petraeus scandal, it has emerged that 37-year-old Kelley and Bubba crossed paths when she involved herself in a spat over the radio host’s claims that he was going to deep fat fry a Koran earlier this year.
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How can some individual just call up an FBI friend (?) and thereby instigate an FBI investigation? And how did that lead to an FBI agent photographing himself bare-chested and apparently infatuated with a married mother of three? How can a PhD candidate, without any journalistic or historical credentials, become the public face of a four-star general and be privy to information to the point of hitting the lecture circuit to pontificate about a CIA annex in Benghazi? How did an early-middle-aged married mother of two suddenly morph into a court biographer who lectured on everything from military practice to leadership to national-security challenges? How can a Florida socialite by any stretch of the imagination merit a vast email correspondence with the nations highest ranking warriors entrusted to conduct our most critical struggles? What in the world is an honorary consul general and who extends such Alice Through the Looking Glass titles? Why do generals seek to go back stage to meet a Denzel Washington or have Angelina Jolie pop up for a photo-op?
Are people like her the real movers and shakers that make things happen? Lord help us all.
Some one correct me if I am wrong....
Jill Kelley and her sister were born in Lebanon.
The military command at CentCom completely dropped the ball vetting these women. Jill Kelley’s activities sound EXACTLY like a sleeper agent’s action in ingratiaing herself into a position of influence.
Touring the White House, huh? This is starting to look like the Obama Administration ‘sprung a trap’ on Gen. Petreaus in order to (a) get rid of him, and (b) discredit him in the process. Don’t get me wrong... Petreaus did a good job of getting fired but the issues surrounding Benghazi are far larger than his personal problems (minor) and the security leaks (more serious). He deserved to get fired. He shouldn’t be muzzled.
Jill Kelley and her sister look like the Kardashians, who also are famous for nothing.
These people serve a purpose of distraction while behind the curtain our society is being destroyed on purpose, socialism has invaded every part of our lives, and we will wake up in 2013 to 2nd term of a marxist/communist/socialist president.
They might be “eye candy” but they are really poison...
Every time I read anything about Jill Kelley, I am left with the impression her lifestyle is commensurate to a call girl’s.
I can't believe nobody else has pointed that out.
I think she is just a Whore
IMHO - If Jill Kelly was homely and flat chested she wouldn't be living in a waterfront mansion, dining at the White House and watching grown men make asses of themselves.
Check this out from Debbie Schlussel:
bubba has up his video of the song he blasted outside of Kelleys’ home
She is going to pay a price for claiming that Generals ask her to get involved in the Koran burning incident. he will not let this go
Eye candy is a real stretch but to each his own I guess.
I’m not convinced they are just groupies.
They won’t tell us who the staffer is at the White House who they dined with twice.
And a tour of the White House on Nov.4th is another red flag. The visits all within the past couple of months.
I think there is more going on here than just the superficial stuff.
It’s interesting that they won’t tell us the name of the staffer until the White House logs come out.
“The man worked as a civilian lawyer in Afghanistan and got to know military personnel, who invited him to MacDill, where he met Kelley. He now works as a lawyer in the White House.”
So a lawyer at the WH ,...hmm....
You haven’t read enough threads. It’s been on almost every thread that I have posted about Jill Kelley.
AP story about Petraeus scandal mistakenly refers to Florida socialist Jill Kelley
Before we can post about Jill Kelley, we have to go through her titles...
Her Royal Highness The Princess Jill G. Kelley, the Honorable Florida housewife, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Great Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queens Service Order, Honorary Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Chief Grand Commander of the Order of Logohu, Member of Her Majestys Most Honourable Privy Council, Canadian Forces Decoration, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, Royal Majesty Jill Kelley, by the Grace of Petraeus, German Emperor and King of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg, Burgrave of Nuremberg, Count of Hohenzollern, Duke of Silesia and of the County of Glatz, Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine and of Posen, Duke of Saxony, of Angria, of Westphalia, of Pomerania and of Lunenburg, Duke of Schleswig, of Holstein and of Crossen, Duke of Magdeburg, of Bremen, of Guelderland and of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, Duke of the Wends and the Kashubians, of Lauenburg and of Mecklenburg, Landgrave of Hesse and in Thuringia, Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia, Prince of Orange, of Rugen, of East Friesland, of Paderborn and of Pyrmont, Prince of Halberstadt, of Münster, of Minden, of Osnabrück, of Hildesheim, of Verden, of Kammin, of Fulda, of Nassau and of Moers, Princely Count of Henneberg, Count of the Mark, of Ravensberg, of Hohenstein, of Tecklenburg and of Lingen, Count of Mansfeld, of Sigmaringen and of Veringen, Lord of Frankfurt. Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea.
this is a great story and funny synopsis
A generation ago, people like this were snubbed as nouveau riche social climbers...strictly low-class.
Socialists and socialites are running the show. What happens in Benghazi stays in Benghazi. President Plunder and General Disaster.
R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.
Facetime for frauds and their friends BUMP!
“Use your diplomatic cred to stop Bubba The Love Sponge from ‘deep fat frying’ a Koran. Kelley emailed Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn to stop a radio DJ from burning the Muslim holy book, a mission she claimed she was sent on by Petraeus himself. When the mayor’s office said they were working on it, Kelley responded, “OK keep me in the loop... Gen Allen will be calling me from Afghanistan at 1 p.m on this-and our next step.” It is very difficult to imagine this phone call, but you should try it, it’s well worth the effort.”
Still would like to know what police record was expunged from his record when he was a youth.
Was Petraeus told by Obama to hold his resignation until after the election?? I do believe Petraues has been set up and blackmailed by Obama....with forethought and malice.
The "Tilted Head Twins" are BAD NEWS....are they SPIES???
As long as you don’t call her a slut.
One can only imagine her naughty emails to the W.H. staffer.
“Socialite” is the new word for SLUT!
The gloves have come off!
In emails she sent to the mayor of Tampa, local socialite Jill Kelley is calling David Petraeus’ mistress Paula Broadwell a “criminal” and accused her of “stalking us all.”
In emails she sent to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and released by his office on Friday, Kelley wrote complaining that her name along with those of Petraeus and Gen. John Allen being “exploited by the media,” reports The Tampa Bay Times.
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“I wouldn’t care if they got the facts right and the focus was on the criminal that stalked all of us,” she added in a reference to Broadwell. “But the truth will one day prevail.”
As RadarOnline.com has been reporting, Kelly set off the Petraeus sex scandal after she began receiving anonymous threatening emails warning her to stay away from the general-turned CIA Director. Those messages were traced to Petraeus’ biographer Paula Broadwell, and a further search of her emails uncovered her sexy correspondences with the married Petraeus.
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He has now stepped down from his job as the country’s top spy, and his wife Holly is said to be “furious.”
Yes, these have become the real movers and shakers. What I want to know is: What is the connection between these Arab women and Valerie Jarrett? Jarrett is the ultimate mover and shaker.
Top 10 Oddest Facts Related to Jill Kelley, Axis of David Petraeus’s Love Pentagon
“1. E-mail communications with this one woman have figured in scandals surrounding two of the top officials in the U.S. national-security apparatus.”
All we know at this point is the WH staffer is a lawyer.
This story reeks as just more of the B.S.
These Khawal womyn sure sound like spies to me. They are portrayed as “socialites” who just happen to hang around all of our generals, DOD people and the CIA?
B.S. They’re spies, probably working for Iran.
Broadwell, whatever her extramarital sex-life, sounds more like a patriot and a hero for trying to save stupid Patreus(sp) from her.
The Khawals are in and out of the WH like it has a revolving door.
I’m sure this “Jill” was assigned to comprimise Patreus. Before something better could be managed by “Jill”, Broadwell interveaned, and they thought what they had about her was good enough. Patreous didn’t think so, and said “Go ahead. Expose it. I quit!”
The real story her is these Khawal spies.
Someone needs to be investigating them!
Of course, the real story is Benghazi, but since the latest boner from the White Hut is outing these spies, I say go for it, too!
How to address an Ambassador. That is , a REAL ONE
This is why she came up with Honorable Jill Kelley.
The great thing about this story is that she has lost everything . She is a laughingstock of America and her credentials with the Base have been pulled.
The plot thickens.
I tend to think the same. That Obama sought to control the manner & timing of Petreaus' dismissal. That he was going to fall for this at some time was beyond question.
I suppose that there is a slight possiblility that Petreaus thought that 'friends' might save his bacon if he could just hang-on. Rather than blackmail, it could have been somebody holding out false-hope for a general clinging to a 30-plus year military career without any (public) blemishes. Trapped by his public reputation.
She could be the daughter of a viscount.
I’ve heard it said that these sisters are of Lebanese extraction. People tend to forget that until fairly recently Lebanon was dominated politically by Christians, not Muslims. I’ve heard that the family is Lebanese-Christian, but I haven’t seen that confirmed yet. It would make it unlikely that they are working for Iran, but the intelligence game includes people (spies) who don’t even realize who they are ultimately working for. So anything is possible.
I agree with Debbie.
I just call them “The Tilted Head Twins”.....they ALWAYS have their heads atilt in evey picture!!
or a red light woman
...that is the divorce/custody angle we hear about the generals writing about in support of Jill Kelly's sister.
I tend to as well.
She has some interesting stuff on her site, I think I'll spend a little time there today.
Well that's convenient isn't it?
Look at his Father. Paul G Grayson
“WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) Two U.S. officials say just a handful of the emails between the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and a Florida woman are potentially problematic, but the vast majority of the 20,000-plus pages of documents reviewed by investigators were routine.”
But what is this guy doing sending 20k pages of document to Jill Kelley in the first place.