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Chelsea Clinton Snubs 9-Year-Old
WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 12-31-2007

Posted on 12/31/2007 9:29:51 AM PST by Cagey

VINTON, Iowa -- It's one thing for Hillary Clinton's campaign to turn down interview requests for the candidate's daughter, Chelsea. But can't a 9-year old reporter catch a break?

Sydney Rieckoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and "kid reporter" for Scholastic News, has posed questions to seven Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls as they've campaigned across Iowa this year. But when she approached the 27-year-old Chelsea after a campaign event Sunday, she got a different response.

"Do you think your dad would be a good 'first man' in the White House?" Rieckoff asked, but Chelsea brushed her question aside.

"I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you're cute," Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist.

Such is the paradox of Chelsea as she campaigns across Iowa in the closing days before the state's caucuses Jan. 3.

Tall and attractive, Chelsea cuts an impressive figure on the campaign trail; she plunges enthusiastically into the crowd after her mother's speeches, shaking hands and posing for pictures while asking, "Are you going to caucus for my mom?"

But onstage, Chelsea never speaks; she stands next to her mother and applauds but utters not a single sentence and doesn't even say hello. And reporters covering the campaign have been put on notice that Chelsea is not available to speak to them. An aide follows the former first daughter as she works the crowd, shushing reporters who approach her and try to ask any questions.

Famously protective of their daughter's privacy, Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken pains to shield Chelsea from the harsh glare and rough edges of presidential politics. She stayed largely absent from her mother's campaign until December, when she made her first visit to Iowa.

For her part, Sydney looked a bit crestfallen after Chelsea turned her away. But luckily for Hillary Clinton, Sydney's mother has made up her mind to caucus for the former first lady.

"I like her position on family values and health care. And I think it's time we have a female president," Robyn Rieckoff said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barf; beautiful; biatch; canine; chelsea; clintonian; clintons2008; elistist; goodlooking; hotstuff; ia2008; joancrawford; rude; shillary; snub; wirehangers
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To: swain_forkbeard

101 posted on 12/31/2007 10:24:30 AM PST by xrp (Ron Paul: The RIGHT way to vote for freedom.)
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To: Cagey
... it is tasteless and classless to comment on her looks.

It was in the article, and if the author hadn't lied, he wouldn't have had to be corrected.

102 posted on 12/31/2007 10:24:54 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. WILL ROGERS)
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To: CindyDawg
There is nothing wrong with refusing to talk to reporters. It didn’t sound rude at all to me.

Yeah, I can't really fault her for it, either. It sounds like she tried to soften the blow.

103 posted on 12/31/2007 10:26:58 AM PST by Nea Wood (I'm not a bad Christian because I refuse to join you in giving other people's stuff away.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Why would the reporter state this? Was it written tongue in cheek? I did not realize Chelsea was tall. I would not call her attractive nor would I call her ugly.
104 posted on 12/31/2007 10:30:01 AM PST by Jane Austen
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To: stinkerpot65

I sympathize with Chelsea’s hair issues! Since I can’t afford a Hollywood hairdresser, I just keep mine 2” long :-).

Chelsea isn’t pretty, but with the right hairstyle and makeup (and a pleasant expression) she looks okay. Well-chosen clothes and good posture go a long way, too.


105 posted on 12/31/2007 10:32:20 AM PST by Tax-chick ("The keys to life are running and reading." ~ Will Smith)
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To: driftdiver
Their refusal to allow her to talk is quite telling.

Definately! I can't even wrap my brain around the statements in this article. (I'm just finishing my first cup of coffee though)

"...she plunges enthusiastically into the crowd after her mother's speeches, shaking hands and posing for pictures..."

"But onstage, Chelsea never speaks;"

"Famously protective of their daughter's privacy, Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken pains to shield Chelsea from the harsh glare and rough edges of presidential politics."
106 posted on 12/31/2007 10:34:33 AM PST by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: windcliff

LOL!!


107 posted on 12/31/2007 10:37:45 AM PST by stylecouncilor (I'm a loner Dottie; a rebel.)
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To: altura
Maybe we should reconsider the rule about people posting their photos.

LOL! They could always just post them on their profile pages. Except the people who are too scared to make a profile.;-)

108 posted on 12/31/2007 10:38:41 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Cagey
It should be required that if one is to make fun of someone's looks they should be required to post their own photo here along with their derogatory comment.

Be happy to, but I don't know how. I have a picture of myself at the age of 19. Tell me how to post it and I will do so -- just for you.

109 posted on 12/31/2007 10:41:37 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. WILL ROGERS)
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To: Cagey
"I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you're cute," Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist.

Chelsea ... shaking hands and posing for pictures while asking, "Are you going to caucus for my mom?"

Proper response: "I'm sorry, I don't talk to politicians and that applies to you. Even though I think you're ...."

110 posted on 12/31/2007 10:43:27 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren

I told you not to open that big mouth again! Huh?
You want to open that big mouth again?
111 posted on 12/31/2007 10:48:08 AM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
I have a picture of myself at the age of 19. Tell me how to post it and I will do so -- just for you.

Nah, that's okay. Most 19 year olds have pimples and you know how that goes.

112 posted on 12/31/2007 10:48:38 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Turret Gunner A20

I’ll be happy to show you how to post it. And how old are you now?


113 posted on 12/31/2007 10:54:09 AM PST by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: Cagey
I don't care if a candidates family or friends urinate in public, are rude, use or sell cocaine, pick their noses, wear weird clothes, looks like a family friend and business associate, marry the kid of another president, run for congress, goes to college, doesn't go to college, is ugly, is pretty or handsome, campaigns or doesn't campaign, is gay, straight, bi, celibate, is rich, poor, religious, atheist, left-handed, abstains from alcohol or drinks like a fish.

I don't care which candidate is the most Christian, has the best black or southern accent, has a lesbian relationship with her assistant, how many times they've been married, how many boy-friends or girl-friends they have had, is fat, skinny, or just right, has contributors who are, what they said in third grade, has an ugly or attractive spouse, what their position on sodomy or gay marriage is.

I do care if they sold pardons for votes, cheated on investments and land dealings, stole FBI files, delayed the investigation of the Savings and Loan scandal, takes money from foreign governments, what their position on social security, war on terrorism, energy independence, abortion is; what their experience is, if they flip-flop to pander for votes, who their cabinet members will be.

Please let's stop the campaign madness and get down to business.

114 posted on 12/31/2007 11:06:44 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: stinkerpot65

She has had plastic surgery also


115 posted on 12/31/2007 11:06:57 AM PST by mel
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To: SomeReasonableDude; stinkerpot65; Red in Blue PA

I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, ...” Chelsea

the paradox of Chelsea as she campaigns across Iowa

She’s not a kid. What’s the use of campaigning if she don’t talk to the press? Who can we fool today, like father, like daughter. Do you understand anyone who supports Clinton is wrong, misguided and trying to sell Americans a bad product?


116 posted on 12/31/2007 11:12:39 AM PST by Son House (Lower Tax Rates for MORE Income Opportunities.)
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To: Cagey

“Tall and attractive, Chelsea cuts an impressive figure on the campaign trail”

Someone started early this New Years Eve. It’d take more than beer goggles to turn the former first pooch into anything other than a two-bagger.


117 posted on 12/31/2007 11:16:41 AM PST by exile ("Get off my phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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To: Cagey

I don’t see the problem with Chelsea’s response. Obviously her mom taught her that if she can’t say something nice about somebody, don’t say anything at all.


118 posted on 12/31/2007 11:17:54 AM PST by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: xtinct

119 posted on 12/31/2007 11:18:41 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Cagey
"I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press and that applies to you,

Then why are you following your mother around as if joined at the hip? Does she need you to prove she can 'drop' a kid?

120 posted on 12/31/2007 11:19:21 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: loboinok

“”...she plunges enthusiastically into the crowd after her mother’s speeches, shaking hands and posing for pictures...”

“But onstage, Chelsea never speaks;”

“Famously protective of their daughter’s privacy, Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken pains to shield Chelsea from the harsh glare and rough edges of presidential politics.””

So they are willing to use their daughter to help their political career. Under the guise that she has some kinda qualifications. But they are not willing to let her talk. Are they afraid her use will be diminished if people know her? They are putting her under the harsh glare of politics, under a polarized lens which allows them to tell her what to do and what to say.


121 posted on 12/31/2007 11:21:24 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: Cagey
"I like her position on family values..."

How does she know? Herself has the same policy as Spawn-of-Herself: "I don't talk to reporters."

122 posted on 12/31/2007 11:22:31 AM PST by bannie
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To: Diamond

LOL you are mean, funny but mean. :)


123 posted on 12/31/2007 11:23:10 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: OKIEDOC
absolutely right... Okiedoc...

perpetually offended people need a shrink...

124 posted on 12/31/2007 11:24:31 AM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: stinkerpot65
she turned out pretty well

She got her "degree" on the fly. She got her "job" for the connections. She's playing footsies with the public on her vile mother's campaign trail.

WHERE do you see that she "turned out pretty well"?

125 posted on 12/31/2007 11:25:02 AM PST by bannie
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To: null and void
It's not beneath me!

GACK!

126 posted on 12/31/2007 11:26:11 AM PST by bannie
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To: ElkGroveDan
Web is dead?

Since when?

127 posted on 12/31/2007 11:26:53 AM PST by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: OKIEDOC
Now, I'm goin' to bed worried! I'm tryin' to figure out into which category I fit.


128 posted on 12/31/2007 11:29:14 AM PST by bannie
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To: bannie

You’re in a class by yourself...


129 posted on 12/31/2007 11:31:59 AM PST by null and void (Don't taunt the tiger...)
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To: Cagey
"For her part, Sydney looked a bit crestfallen after Chelsea turned her away. But luckily for Hillary Clinton, Sydney's mother has made up her mind to caucus for the former first lady."

just wow...this is the kind of supporter that woman has.

If your kid disses MY kid, no way would I vote for you..but that's just me.

130 posted on 12/31/2007 11:33:23 AM PST by sweet_diane (Happy New Year!!)
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To: null and void

Shucks, Null! So are you.

(Should we wonder if everyone else just got up and left?)


131 posted on 12/31/2007 11:34:16 AM PST by bannie
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To: bannie

(I think they left, while making gaging noises behind our backs)...


132 posted on 12/31/2007 11:36:08 AM PST by null and void (Don't taunt the tiger...)
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To: null and void

Good!

ALONE, AT LAST!!!


133 posted on 12/31/2007 11:37:49 AM PST by bannie
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To: bannie

Come here you!


134 posted on 12/31/2007 11:42:05 AM PST by null and void (Don't taunt the tiger...)
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To: null and void

o!


135 posted on 12/31/2007 11:45:33 AM PST by bannie
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To: Cagey

She’s got all her mother’s charm, I see.


136 posted on 12/31/2007 11:47:03 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Someone needs glasses, or maybe he had the girls confused with each other.


137 posted on 12/31/2007 11:48:04 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: bannie
bannie wrote:
Now, I’m goin’ to bed worried! I’m tryin’ to figure out into which category I fit.

Courtesy Comment:

From your rather provocative comment (bed in the middle of the day)I would say your in your own special fun category.

LOL

Happy New Years to your and yours.

138 posted on 12/31/2007 11:49:09 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
at least admit she's tall

And she does not sweat much!

139 posted on 12/31/2007 11:49:28 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (Life is Good!)
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To: Cagey

translated:

My mom has ordered me to keep the muzzle on so I can’t tell the press what I really think of her.


140 posted on 12/31/2007 11:51:49 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: xtinct
LOL

Thank God I live with one.

For the past number of years I have been her best client as I haven’t aged gracefully or willingly.

Happy New Years to your and yours.

141 posted on 12/31/2007 11:52:21 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: null and void

"Eh . . . What's up, Doc?

142 posted on 12/31/2007 11:55:06 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: jonascord
If you slosh enough paint on an outhouse, you can make look like a mansion, but it’s still full of sh!t

OMG! What a great line!

143 posted on 12/31/2007 11:57:58 AM PST by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: OKIEDOC
LOL!

My "standing date" for New Year's Eve is with two of the cutest little girls ever created in God's Great World. I get a slumber party with my granddaughters!


144 posted on 12/31/2007 12:01:01 PM PST by bannie
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To: Cagey

Didn’t fall far from the tree did she?


145 posted on 12/31/2007 12:02:36 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: null and void

We all have photographs of ourselves that aren’t very flattering because most of us don’t live in the “glamor shot” mode. I never would get glamor shots done as if someone saw me later in everyday life, they’d just ask “you been sick or something?” - My BIL took a bad picture of me a few years ago at a family gathering; he then made matters worse by putting it on the computer and doing a “weirdo warp” number on it. I noticed that he didn’t do that with everyone’s picture and I think he was just keeping a collection of them of the people he didn’t like. I decided since then to as much as I could limit the amount of time I spent around him, and when his and my husband’s mother is gone he doesn’t have to worry about me being a captive audience for his rudeness any more at all. Not intending to be vindictive, it’s just that if it was a “joke” it was a cruel and spiteful one. (He placed the photos in a photo album and that’s when I noticed he had been very selective in who he chose to do that to. Passive / Aggressive anyone?)


146 posted on 12/31/2007 12:21:41 PM PST by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . .)
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To: devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; bitt; Cagey; FARS

147 posted on 12/31/2007 12:22:51 PM PST by potlatch ("Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!")
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To: Cagey

Chelsea has the same charming way with words as her mom.


148 posted on 12/31/2007 12:23:29 PM PST by InvisibleChurch ( my favorite palindrome ... “a man, a plan, free republic”)
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To: wideawake

and madeline albright


149 posted on 12/31/2007 12:23:54 PM PST by stan_sipple
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Didn’t fall far from the tree did she?

No, but she did manage to hit every branch on the way down...

150 posted on 12/31/2007 12:24:36 PM PST by null and void (Don't taunt the tiger...)
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