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How To Interview Hillary Clinton
Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 06/11/2014 7:41:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

There are two ways to interview potential presidents. You can pepper them with tough questions, and why not? They're going to apply for the job of Leader of the Free World. Hillary Clinton is used to the other way: Shameless pap. Softballs to be knocked out of the park.

She has been a media darling since forever. This is a typical soft pitch offered to Clinton on national television. It came just the other day: "Mitch McConnell said at one point that 2016 will be the return of 'The Golden Girls.'"

This was designed to make the Senate Republican leader look like a jerk and allowed Clinton to shoot back, "That was a very popular, long-running TV series." Cue laughter. This softball interviewer, like every other, pushed Clinton to announce her candidacy for president and pampered her with grandmother questions.

But then came a shocker, something thoroughly unexpected, a tough TV interview honing in on Benghazi, Libya: "Is there anything you personally should have been doing to make it safer in Benghazi?" Clinton arrogantly replied: "I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That's why we hire people who have that expertise."

But no one asked Clinton to be an architect. They expected her to approve greater security for diplomatic facilities in dangerous countries, which Libya quite obviously was. Instead, security funding for Libya's diplomats actually decreased. The questioner didn't let Clinton get away with her notion that Libya wasn't one of the 10 most dangerous locations in the world.

The tough interviewer wanted an admission of some guilt. "I wonder if people are looking for a sentence that begins from you, 'I should have, I should have.' We saw your face on that tarmac (at Andrews Air Force Base, when the caskets arrived). Something that said, 'I should have done this differently. I would give anything on this Earth to personally, if I have -- could have done this differently.'"

Clinton said she wished it had never happened, but fell into self-contradiction: "I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions." The interviewer had succeeded in unmasking the haughtiness of this woman.

The answers were worse when the tough interviewer asked Clinton about her $250,000 speaking gigs. "It has been reported you've made $5 million making speeches. The president's made more than $100 million." The statement was simple, direct -- and something the former first lady didn't expect.

"You have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt," Clinton blustered. "We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy."

Nonsense. More than a month before Bill Clinton left office, Hillary signed one of the largest book deals in history, with a near-record advance of $8 million. People might not remember because it was downplayed. The New York Times put that scoop on Page B-5.

The softball interviewer in this scenario was ABC's Diane Sawyer. That's no surprise. But the hardball interviewer was also Diane Sawyer. This may be one of the first TV interviews that ever flustered Hillary Clinton. How could she come unprepared for Benghazi hardballs or look unready to defend her huge speaking fees? She has been pampered by the press for far too long.


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1 posted on 06/11/2014 7:41:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Tell her she looks like a FOOL waving her arms around


2 posted on 06/11/2014 7:42:11 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Kaslin

Towel. Board. Bucket of water.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 7:46:58 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Kaslin

When the very core of your being is nothing but political appetite, those are the decisions made and the answers you get.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: Kaslin

Ask her why she is a pathological liar. Never in my life have I seen someone who has a problem with the real world.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 7:48:48 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: molson209; Kaslin

Sawyer hammered her, yes, but at the same time, she almost seemed to be ... PLEADING ... with Clinton to take the responsibility, actively trying to make her look better as a candidate.

It was almost like “I’m HANDING you this opportunity you stupid, arrogant ass, why aren’t you jumping on it?”

Sawyer was more angry at her not taking the cue and acting her part, rather than genuinely PO’d about evading a responsibility that was clearly in Clinton’s court.

That was my impression of it, anyway..


6 posted on 06/11/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: bigbob

” How To Interview Hillary Clinton “

exactly


7 posted on 06/11/2014 7:51:23 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Kaslin

Hillary instead of FDR:

‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941 my husband and I were deeply saddened at the failure of Navy command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to prevent a Japanese attack.’


8 posted on 06/11/2014 7:54:52 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: Kaslin

Clinton without a TelePrompter is much like Obama without a TelePrompter or a baby without a ‘binkie’.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 7:55:17 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

Meh. This only works in a particular bubble. There is MUCH more about which to speak. Been saying it all along, focusing on Benghazi is a mistake.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 7:58:48 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin
With the proper set of questions and aggressive followup on her non-answers, her campaign will have a new slogan:

"Thar She Blows"

11 posted on 06/11/2014 8:01:26 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Kaslin

Forward your list of questions to her ahead of time and tell her it’s an FBI file!!

Then you KNOW she’ll respond!


12 posted on 06/11/2014 8:01:43 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I agree. Certainly, give due focus to the wealth of Hillary scandals. But the main thrust of our opposition should be her gross unsuitability for the office. She has NEVER held an elected office! Not one. in fact, her resume is thinner than barack’s, if such a thing is possible. And we’ve seen what his inexperience and incompetence has cost us.

THAT should be the bulls-eye we paint on her. The Oval Office is not the place for on-the-job training!


13 posted on 06/11/2014 8:07:23 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: Kaslin
I am sick of that name it will always evoke this Hillary crime:

Ms. Clinton and her boy do not belong back in the White House...EVER!

14 posted on 06/11/2014 8:16:17 AM PDT by yoe
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To: RIghtwardHo
There is MUCH more about which to speak.

I believe the Clinton's arrived at the White House with little baggage as in belongings....however when they left weren't there two if not three moving vans taking their new belongings to....some of which belonged to the White House inventory...don't forget how cheap they are..EVER!

NO TO HILLERY AND TO BILL!!!

15 posted on 06/11/2014 8:25:17 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

Bump


16 posted on 06/11/2014 8:32:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: NFHale
Sawyer was more angry at her not taking the cue and acting her part, rather than genuinely PO’d about evading a responsibility that was clearly in Clinton’s court.

Obviously, Sawyer already had a talking point for Clinton. Sawyer was going to spin the response to something like Clinton tried to do something, but it was not enough and she feels bad. Sawyer knows that the Benghazi incident is a mill stone that must be cut from that stumbling drunk's neck.

17 posted on 06/11/2014 8:35:54 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: VRW Conspirator

It was pretty transparent, wasn’t it...

Still, she came off looking pretty bad, shrill, arrogant, and I almost expected clinton to say “This Was BUSH’S Fault”...

By now, it’s reflexive with these lunatics.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 8:48:33 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Kaslin

CORRECTION

I have been reminded that Hillary Clinton has indeed held an elected office, as senator from the state of New York. It must have been her entirely unremarkable tenure in that office that made it so easily forgotten.

I hope she’s not mad at me for my mistake ...


19 posted on 06/11/2014 8:54:51 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack
She has NEVER held an elected office!

Well, to be fair, she WAS elected U.S. Senator of New York.

Regards,

20 posted on 06/11/2014 8:56:51 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Kaslin
"How To Interview Hillary Clinton."

Don't forget to bring refreshments.


21 posted on 06/12/2014 4:26:45 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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