Skip to comments.Clinton calm in hostage crisis [BARF ALERT - It's started]
Posted on 12/01/2007 8:56:35 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.
The image, broadcast just as the network news began, conveyed the message a thousand town hall meetings and campaign commercials strive for namely, that the Democratic presidential contender can face disorder in a most orderly manner.
"I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well," she declared as she stood alone at the microphone.
Little more than three hours later, just in time for the 11 p.m. local news, Clinton reaffirmed that perspective. In New Hampshire, she embraced her staffers and their families, and lauded the law enforcement officials who brought a siege at her local campaign headquarters to a peaceful conclusion.
It was a vintage example of a candidate taking a negative and turning it into a positive. And coming just six weeks before the presidential voting begins, the timing could hardly have been more beneficial to someone hoping to stave off a loss in the Iowa caucuses and secure a win in the New Hampshire primary.
Aides said Clinton was home Friday afternoon, getting ready to deliver a partisan speech in Virginia to the Democratic National Committee, when she was told three workers in her Rochester, N.H., headquarters had been taken hostage by a man claiming to have a bomb.
Police later arrested 47-year-old Leeland Eisenberg of Somersworth, N.H., and charged him with kidnapping and reckless conduct. They said he walked into the office, demanding to speak to Clinton and complaining about inadequate access to mental care.
The aides said Clinton immediately canceled her trip and began working the phones. She later told reporters she had New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a fellow Democrat, on the phone in eight minutes.
Over the ensuing five hours, as a state trooper negotiated with the suspect and hostages were released one-by-one, Clinton continued to call up and down the law enforcement food chain, from local to county to state to federal officials.
"I knew I was bugging a lot of these people, it felt like on a minute-by-minute basis, trying to make sure that I knew everything that was going on so I was in a position to tell the families, to tell my campaign and to be available to do anything that they asked of me," the New York senator said.
At the same time, the woman striving to move from former first lady to the first female president was eager to convey that she knew the traditional lines of command and control in a crisis, even if the events inside the storefront on North Main Street were far short of a world calamity.
"They were the professionals, they were in charge of this situation, whatever they asked me or my campaign to do is what we would do," Clinton said.
Along with taking charge while giving the professionals free rein, Clinton offered up a third dimension to her crisis character: humanity. She said she felt "grave concern" when she first heard the news of the hostage-taking.
"It affected me not only because they were my staff members and volunteers, but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, everything at the same time," Clinton said.
It was a thawing moment for a stoic figure who once snapped that she opted for professional life instead of staying home to bake cookies.
She buttressed it with one final message. Clinton sought to use the sad moment as a national teaching opportunity, another skill often employed by presidents.
She paid tribute to the thousands of believers who set aside their lives every four years so they can propel presidential campaigns on little more than blood, sweat and tears.
"They believe in our future. They work around the clock. They are so committed to their cause, and I just want to commend every one of them from every campaign who really makes what is a sacrifice and a commitment," Clinton said. "A lot of them postpone school, leave their families, move across the country, and I'm so grateful for them every single day, and I'm especially just relieved to have this situation end so peacefully without anyone being injured.
She has just been elected....
And it just so happened that all he wanted to do was to tell Hillary that he, and many other Americans, can’t afford health insurance. Just a little to slick for my tastes.
Agreed. Way too slick...this is one of the sickest stunts I have ever seen a campaign pull on the so-called “stupid” American public. Imagine what these folks who planned this think of the average person out there—and prepare to feel insulted, very insulted, and outraged, that our public services were tied up in such a fiasco, in this country.
“Nothing that happens to the clintons is coincidence.”
Everything seemed a bit “staged”, in my opinion.
Regal looking? No way. Calm? Why not, she was safe. And she got the publicity to take attention away from the disaster aka “the CNN presidential debate.”
I guess by class dismissed the guy means we all need to learn from Hillary that she should be president. This story does not suprise me, after the last Republican debate where questions were planted by Democrats and after Hillary had the last Democratic Debate stacked with her supporters so that Obama and Edwards would be booed, nothing surprises me anymore.
“First of all, the AP reporter should be fired on the spot for writing such drivel”
Talk about imcompetence, I agree, it sounded like pure propoganda. There is a reason why Hillary is called Hitlery and this disgusting propoganda piece is a good example of why.
But the media isn't biased.
The blatant bias coming from the MSM is really disgusting. Could these “professionals” try any harder to get her elected?
My thoughts exactly.
This was my immediate thought. We all know how she wins by being the victim. The media is making her the victim, not the hostages. Regal? Calm? She had this situation staged. There is no doubt. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
“Reacting instantaneously as one who has experienced many many crisis situations, Mrs Clinton dug in her purse for the diamond encrusted platinum pill vial containing the Valium”
>> It was a thawing moment for a stoic figure who once snapped that she opted for professional life instead of staying home to bake cookies.
Glen Johnson was apparently deprived the gift of homemade cookies - bittersweet indeed.
Didn’t you see the sign on the door? “No Kennedy Allowed”
Do you think those lovlies would be anywhere near that pervert?
Deserves an answer.
I think the 'hostage taker' had his schedule mixed up. He was supposed to show up at the Republican Debate and grab a microphone and berate the pubbies for not providing folks with mental health care.
Missing the bus to the debate, he contrived this little episode to make up for it.
And she did what? Called people. Damn, what a leader!
Good thing she didn’t get it mixed up with her “final exit” cyanide capsule.
I was in NYS so closer to the NH crisis than Hillary by several hundred miles. I think I showed masterful leadership.
My cell phone was on the whole time. I had a plan. So what if no one asked me what it was.
Hillary is just trying to steal my thunder because I showed more leadership than she did.
Of course if anyone in Vermont had their cell phone on, I guess they trump me (and Hillary too).
Not going to post the url, but media matters wrote a nice article about us:
“After previously highlighting comments on progressive blogs, will media cover hateful comments on Free Republic about NH hostage situation?”
Some of you got special mention. They cut and pasted a number of posts. Congratulations FReepers.
I heard a rumor that Hitlery called BJ and he said ‘wait ‘til you see the next one.’
Like she had anything to do with handling this crisis. This reminds me of the Holiday Inn Express commercials ...I solved the hostage crisis ...are you a hostage negotiator? ....no I stayed at Holiday Inn.
Here is my comment on yesterday thread pertaining to this issue:
To: roses of sharon
Someone in Hillary Clinton campaign spread the lie that this happened in her campaign office thinking that this will generate sympathy to the most unlikeable and meanest Presidential candidate in modern time.
219 posted on 11/30/2007 11:02:45 AM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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My post above was a response to this:
To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Fox say may be NEAR her office, not in it.
188 posted on 11/30/2007 10:58:03 AM PST by roses of sharon
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Oh no! Another Jimmy Carter who can't delegate and let people do their jobs without interference, who feels they must micromanage every little thing.
She remained calm after Vince was found, too...
But the media isn't biased.
You can be calm in a crisis too...
Try Oxy-Clinton today!
the Clintons are such masters of deceit and dirty tricks I hate to admit that is the very first thing that crossed my mind when I heard the report.
that’s not me - that is, except when the Clintons are involved.
What a sickening, fawning reporter this guy must be. Can she do anything without staging it? Never mind, I know she can't.
We KNOW that certain people have opted to go to prison for the Clintons rather than tell what they know.
And we know that the Clintons can be generous with pardons when the time is right.
What we should all walk away from this with is dangerous individuals support Hillary and watch and respect CNN.
I like BAR ALERTS—esp. on Saturday afternoon!
Helooo ladies! Do you stay at the Courtyard Inn often?
Who owns CNN now? Is it the Saudis?
I don’t know but the hostage taker had several of CNN’s phone numbers and communicated with them during the seige.
“I want to talk to Hillary”
“Hello? This is the HRC Public Information.... I mean... CNN.
How can we help you?”
I’ve been begging them to fix it, but apparently I am being left to twist in the wind.
We fixed your title but BAR ALERT was pretty funny.
I had the same thought. Then realized, naaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
The DUmmies are “progressive” and the MSM knows they may be the last people around that read their stuff nowadays. PROtecting their PROfits.
The Bar is now closed.
She was probably concerned that police might stumble onto campaign contribution documents in that office, which would mean she might have to "eliminate" a whole new batch of people/witnesses.
LOL.. It’s started?
ehhhh yaaaah,, a long time ago in a little village called Hope, Arkeensaw.
She’s been a hostage of Billary for years.
Jim said: “so, how much do you suppose he earns for turning tricks like this?”
Eggman asked: “Are you referring to the hostage taker or the author of this piece of Hurlery Hype?”
I was simply suggesting that he makes a living in presstitution.
Did you know she wasn't’t even called “Hillary” as a child?
It’s a boys name, and she started using it later in life.
Just try getting your hand on her birth certificate!
She is a TOTAL Fraud! So, what is it to her to play footsies with every little thing that happens, making it work in her favor, twisting truth like a child chewing gum?
She may be a bigger FRAUD than Bill Clinton!
Bill Clinton -— LUST
Hillary Diane Clinton... —— ABUSER of TRUTH!!
Why wouldn't she? She wasn't even there. This idiot reporter created drama for the drama queen to make her look like a hero. Too bad it didn't work.
I wonder why the DBM won't "examine" the evidence? You think they would really want to get to the bottom of this story. They may be too busy using this as a cover-up for the hillary/Huma lesbian rumors.
HA!! Sounds like we are on target. You know you are over the target when you are getting hit with flak.