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Clinton calm in hostage crisis [BARF ALERT - It's started]
AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/1/07 | GLEN JOHNSON

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.

Class dismissed.

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a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

I think I'm going to hurl.

1 posted on 12/01/2007 8:56:36 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: ElkGroveDan
It's the liberal media.

This "hostage drama" was all an act to help Hillary's plunging poll numbers.

2 posted on 12/01/2007 8:58:15 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: ElkGroveDan
BAR ALERT!


3 posted on 12/01/2007 8:59:04 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Oh, the huge manatee!!!)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Geeze...how could she have managed to stay so calm? She was only 500 miles from the scene!
4 posted on 12/01/2007 8:59:37 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: LdSentinal
This "hostage drama" was all an act to help Hillary's plunging poll numbers.

My opinion, also. It's getting her plenty of publicity.

"Hostage taker" a Democrat plant?

5 posted on 12/01/2007 9:00:05 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Gay State Conservative

And surrounded by Secret Service agents.


6 posted on 12/01/2007 9:01:05 AM PST by Newfy
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To: ElkGroveDan
When the hostages had been released [in New Hampshire!!!] and their alleged captor arrested [in New Hampshire!!!], a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home[!!!], the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

7 posted on 12/01/2007 9:01:20 AM PST by samtheman
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To: ElkGroveDan

It is pretty easy to remain calm when the terrorist’s son has already announced that they are simple road-hazard signal flares.


8 posted on 12/01/2007 9:01:20 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Why heck, I was all calm about it too. There just weren’t any cameras or sycophantic journalistas around.


9 posted on 12/01/2007 9:02:23 AM PST by 43north (I hope we are around long enough to become a layer in the rocks of the future.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

They need a spreader for this manure...


10 posted on 12/01/2007 9:03:11 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: ElkGroveDan

Who is Glen Johnson besides an AP plant?

Out of the 100’s we have seen this year, this tops ‘em all right here IMO. I can’t even type what I would like to say.

Class dismissed. Good grief.


11 posted on 12/01/2007 9:03:18 AM PST by cpanter
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To: ElkGroveDan

It must have been a very trying time for her. LOL


12 posted on 12/01/2007 9:03:44 AM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: LdSentinal

It also kept her from having to appear alongside the other candidates at the DNC meeting.

She dodged the final debate too because she “supports the strike” yet she’ll appear on the same network to talk with Katie Couric.


13 posted on 12/01/2007 9:04:00 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Only nag she’s got so she’s going to ride it.


14 posted on 12/01/2007 9:04:22 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Bar alert or MILF alert? ;o)


15 posted on 12/01/2007 9:05:33 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: 43north

CNN was calm too because they knew that by his very phone call, they had an “exclusive” in this story if it turned out “badly”.


16 posted on 12/01/2007 9:05:41 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: org.whodat

That headline almost sounds like a joke. Of course she was calm. She wasn’t there!!


17 posted on 12/01/2007 9:05:47 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: johnny7
The MSM is the spreader for this manure.
18 posted on 12/01/2007 9:05:49 AM PST by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Unreal!


19 posted on 12/01/2007 9:06:20 AM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
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... Along with taking charge while giving the professionals free rein, Clinton offered up a third dimension to her crisis character: humanity.

A predictable kiss-butt AP, kisses the always ready dem behind...

20 posted on 12/01/2007 9:06:27 AM PST by GOPJ ("Imagine the Outrage if FOX had Fixed a “debate” like this??" Freeper bray -- "CNN Sucks" - GOPJ)
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To: SW6906
BAR-milF ALERT
21 posted on 12/01/2007 9:06:38 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: Ole Okie

"THIS DNC job was well done."

22 posted on 12/01/2007 9:07:00 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: cpanter
Class dismissed???

I guess this guy is "teaching" us something here. How to forget about the Debate Plants...

23 posted on 12/01/2007 9:07:58 AM PST by Afronaut (Press 2 for English - Thanks Mr. President !)
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To: ElkGroveDan
but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, everything at the same time," Clinton said.

"And as the calculating b*tch that I am, I immediately began to think about how this could work to my advantage..."

24 posted on 12/01/2007 9:08:44 AM PST by Snardius
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; ElkGroveDan

What kind of Democrat bar scene is that? I don’t see Ted Kennedy anywhere.


25 posted on 12/01/2007 9:08:44 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: ElkGroveDan
a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

Talk about being in the tank! Good Lord what has happened to journalism in this country? Are there no editors anymore? What a load of claptrap!

26 posted on 12/01/2007 9:09:41 AM PST by mort56
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To: ElkGroveDan

I like to think that I have a pretty strong stomach where the Clintons are concerned, but right now I’m feeling more than a little bit nauseated.


27 posted on 12/01/2007 9:09:48 AM PST by LiveFree99
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To: ElkGroveDan
Clinton sought to use the sad moment as a national teaching opportunity, another skill often employed by presidents.

I can't imagine what 'wisdom' the regal one might wish to impart upon us dullards.

Have the right bloodline?

28 posted on 12/01/2007 9:10:05 AM PST by JOAT
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To: ElkGroveDan
""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 could look like a hero instead of letting others do their jobs.

29 posted on 12/01/2007 9:11:35 AM PST by sweet_diane ("A nation that can't protect its border will no longer be a sovereign nation." Fred D. Thompson)
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To: ElkGroveDan

“Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis. “

She was in no danger. This really is disgusting by the media to try to make her look like a leader.

We will probably find the event was all staged.


30 posted on 12/01/2007 9:12:05 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Never underestimate the power of a Clinton to manipulate events for personal gain.


31 posted on 12/01/2007 9:12:48 AM PST by Faith
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To: ElkGroveDan

Heroic Hill Makes Phone Calls, Looks Regal


32 posted on 12/01/2007 9:12:53 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: ElkGroveDan

Unbelievable! I thought this was some kind of satire at first ala Scrappleface.


33 posted on 12/01/2007 9:13:05 AM PST by willk
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To: ElkGroveDan

I switched channel when I saw her arrogant haugthy highness on tv last night. I’m sure she remained calm, these are probably people she’s never met and she was miles away. AP is as biased as cnn.


34 posted on 12/01/2007 9:13:13 AM PST by psjones (u)
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To: ElkGroveDan

The sad part is that you know all the Sunday morning shows will have this as topic #1 or 2.


35 posted on 12/01/2007 9:14:26 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Quick google for Glen Johnson stories finds he is no fan of Mitt Romney.

His email is glenjohnson@ap.org

Romney critized for hotel porn
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=3348953

Hillary yearns for husband’s economy that Bush squandered
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=3573288

Romney plays down health care plan
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/WireStory?id=3035003&page=1

Rivals Chide Romney on Health Care Plan
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h71hK9RBk0ayoC613RoxPsGD67WAD8SU03IG0

Romney’s PAC spending highlights pres preperations
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2006/12/11/romneys_pac_spending_highlights_presidential_preparations/


36 posted on 12/01/2007 9:14:42 AM PST by cpanter
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To: ElkGroveDan

Great political fodder for her to use in any debate against Rudy-9/11. So now you see how this game is played, eh?


37 posted on 12/01/2007 9:14:53 AM PST by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Calm = emotionless

No surprise here.


38 posted on 12/01/2007 9:15:39 AM PST by Scarchin (+)
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To: Ole Okie
Hostage taker" a Democrat plant?

Isn't it sad that with this woman it's the first thought I am sure many people have?

39 posted on 12/01/2007 9:16:25 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: ElkGroveDan

How do I clean vomit off my keyboard?


40 posted on 12/01/2007 9:17:43 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: ElkGroveDan

This writer, Glen Johnson, must drink Hillary’s BATHWATER!! REGAL LOOKING?? IS he a teenager?


41 posted on 12/01/2007 9:18:00 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

The author can be reached here:

glenjohnson@ap.org


42 posted on 12/01/2007 9:18:01 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: HungarianGypsy

It wasn’t my first thought but very, very close. I told my wife the same thing. I couldn’t help myself from thinking that something was staged and she would be a hero in all this.


43 posted on 12/01/2007 9:18:20 AM PST by cpanter
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To: ElkGroveDan
"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.

"My attempt at micromanaging this was sheer brilliance!"

I'm sure, if asked, that she would have volunteered to negotiate with the suspect. She can do anything. She's truly amazing.

44 posted on 12/01/2007 9:18:25 AM PST by upchuck (Hildabeaste as Prez... unimaginable, devastating misery! She will redefine "How bad can it get?")
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To: ElkGroveDan
a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis.

Aren't there porn site with subs eating out of their Mistresses dog bowls?

45 posted on 12/01/2007 9:18:47 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car......with guns.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Please fix the typo in the headline


46 posted on 12/01/2007 9:20:28 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (If Rudy's an influential conservative, then I'm an award winning concert pianist.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

The more times I read this, the more I find. Even the guy who started this mess knows Hillary can fix him.

“They said he walked into the office, demanding to speak to Clinton and complaining about inadequate access to mental care.”


47 posted on 12/01/2007 9:22:28 AM PST by cpanter
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To: 43north

“Why heck, I was all calm about it too.”

And they hadn’t even beefed up your security and you might even have been closer than the hundreds of miles away that Hillary was.


48 posted on 12/01/2007 9:22:43 AM PST by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

so, how much do you suppose he earns for turning tricks like this?


49 posted on 12/01/2007 9:22:52 AM PST by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

You could see it in her face...wow look at all this free publicity I am getting. Cool.


50 posted on 12/01/2007 9:24:38 AM PST by donnab (saving liberal brains...one moron at a time.)
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