FOX News showed a filmclip of this very incident on Brit Hume's show. She was adament, too !:
Clinton in cross hairs
At a March 1997 White House news conference, she asked President Bill Clinton to counteract rumors that the United Nations was "taking over whole blocs of counties in Kentucky and Tennessee ... and you're going to give our Army to Russia." Mr. Clinton sidestepped the question.
"Time never diminished Sarah's feisty spirit or her quest for the facts," the former president said Wednesday in a prepared statement. "She didn't just ask questions. She demanded answers."
Sarah McClendon being greeted by President Bill Clinton
(Official White House Photo)
posted on 01/09/2003 2:02:07 AM PST
Sarah McClendon being greeted by President George W. Bush
(Photo by Svetlana Orechova)
posted on 01/09/2003 2:05:18 AM PST
Sir, we have majority rule in this country, and you seem to be afraid of it."
Utter nonsense. Sorry for her family at her passing, but this statement indicates to me that she was has no clue about the US Constitution. We are representative democracy. We are not governed by "majority rule" (although, that's what we're rapidly becoming, unfortunately)
A woman who served as a White House correspondent for 52 years and under 12 presidents should have gotten front page coverage! Who else do you know has done that or will ever have the tenacity and integrity to serve that long again?
Sarah McClendon was an amazing woman who did amazing things. She went beyond the call of duty as a correspondent. When she saw something wrong, she proceeded to fix it. If she alone could not fix it, she tracked down who could. She wrote about situations that affected the people of the nation from the farmer to the veteran, not just Washington. She was a veterans advocate and listened to their needs if any of them wrote her a letter. At one point in 1973 during the Nixon Administration she discovered how unfairly veterans were being treated. Yet, the Nixon Administration was issuing statements on how much it was doing for the veteran. Sarah checked the situation out. She went to Nixon and told him he needed to get rid of the VA Director Donald Johnson. Well, he did and things changed for the better for the veterans. ( Boy could the veterans of America use Sarah McClendon's intervention now for they are in the same if not worse situation with healthcare and claims and Anthony Principi while the VA is issuing statements on what they are doing for the vet. Yet on the opposite pages of many newspapers we read about VA fraud in its employees and their prosecutions.)
What disturbs me greatly is the lack of elaboration on Sarah's military service. She was an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps and later the Women's Army Corp earning a number of medals. She was an exemplary soldier and proud of her military contribution. She was disturbed by her involuntary discharge for pregnancy in 1944 and was actually the first officer to give birth in a military hospital. She would not take no for an answer and rightly so! Boy did she get some shorts in a bunch over that!
I to was involuntarily discharged for pregnancy in the Women's ?Army Corp on 8/3/70. Knowing what I have learned of Sarah McClendon and the facts surrounding involuntary discharge for pregnancy I would say that unfair, unequal and unconstitutional discharge is what truly made Sarah the woman we all came to know and her gift for the ability to not give up, to preservere and to fight for the underdog. She knew what it felt like and rather than deal with self pity, like me and others she turned her pain of the wrongs against her into doing something constructive about injustice. As a matter of fact Sarah McClendon and her wrongful discharge was instrumental in giving President Truman the insight into the 1948 Women's Integration Act. For in the Congressional hearings of that act it was discussed in depth the variety of roles of being a woman which included marriage and motherhood. Had the military paid attention and followed President Truman's direction no woman would have ever been involuntarily discharged! Truman was ahead of his time when it came to equal treatment of all people.
The Tyler-Bender Mandatory Discharge Relief Act known as H.R. 5447 in the 107th Congress was introduced on 9/24/02 by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (GA). Due to Gary Mouhoumed who works for Congressman John Boehner, Chairman of Education and Workforce Committee in 'Washington, D.C. our bill never got to the Speaker of the House for a vote. Why? The same reason we were discharged. Complete, outright discrimination of a man who feels women did not belong in the military. Refer Platform and Help icon on the site http://amendment5wacs.homestead.com
If Sarah were still in the White House this bill would never have been delayed. Had I known while she was in the White House what I know now Sarah could have fixed our problem by implementing the Crawford vs Cushman ruling in 1976. The nation will be less of a place now that Sarah is not among us. We certainly could use more like her! She was definitely one of a kind.
posted on 01/11/2003 8:51:45 AM PST
("We are yesterday's voices in an unfinished revolution." H.R. 5447 Tyler-Bender Discharge ACT)
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