Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bits and Pieces: Hillary Clinton in the News

Even while she is enjoying (we hope) a well-deserved,  if brief,  break away from the woes of the world,  Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot evade press exposure.  As campuses all over the country welcome the class of 2016,  The Christian Science Monitor published the Beloit College Mindset List granting faculty a glimpse into the world in which entering freshmen have grown up.  Secretary Clinton rings in as #12 (although she is not named), and President Clinton is #8, but it is Hillary whose picture appears in the article along with Justin Bieber and an iPhone.
This photo combo shows, from left, entertainer Justin Bieber, an iPhone, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This year's Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation, is meant to remind teachers that college freshmen, born mostly in 1994, see the world in a much different way. (AP Photo)

Beloit College Mindset List: How does the class of 2016 view the world?

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.
Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1994. For these students, Kurt CobainJacqueline Kennedy OnassisRichard Nixon, and John Wayne Gacy have always been "historic" not "contemporary" figures. According to Beloit college officials Ron Nief and Tom McBride, there are 75 ways the freshman of 2016 look at the world differently than their professors.
- Ron Nief and Tom McBride, Beloit College

See the list >>>>

While there remain a full range of attitudes toward the blogger Ulsterman and broad speculation as to the true identity of his Deep Throaty (class of 2016 please see Wikipedia here) informant (including that it is none other than an alternate personality of Ulsterman himself), he has,  more often than not reported stories, that later arise in other media vetted by different sources.   Such is the case with this story, originally reported by Ulsterman here on May 2, 2011.

Author Richard Miniter cites a source within Joint Operations for this story, thus a completely separate one from Ulsterman's "White House Insider."

Hillary Clinton Pulled The Trigger On Bin Laden Raid, Not Obama [Book]

A new book claims that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, not a reluctant President Obama, was the one who pulled the trigger on the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
In his new book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, investigative journalist Richard Miniter says that President Obama axed three operations meant to kill Osama bin Laden before finally caving on the operation that did just that — but only at the behest of Hillary Clinton.
“Obama feared taking responsibility for a risky raid that might go tragically wrong,” Miniter alleges, according to NY Daily.

One might project a good deal of nostalgia to come when, in January, this secretary of state steps aside, but one thing we might also predict (and yours truly is exceedingly bad at predictions) is that gone will not be forgotten, and we will continue to see her in the news.  Here, for good measure, is that iconic picture.

File handout photo shows U.S. President Barack Obama with members of the national security team in the Situation Room of the White House