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Main article: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Over the years, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been involved in various controversies. These have ranged in seriousness from allegations of legal, financial, or ethical wrongdoing to episodes in the American culture wars to clumsy public statements that attracted media attention. Image File history File links Crystal_128_clock. ... Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the Biggest loser/retard these united states have seen from New York. ... The term culture war has been used to describe ideologically-driven and often strident confrontations typical of American public culture and politics since at least the 1980s. ...


Black Panther Party

During the United States Senate elections, 2000, a widely circulated urban legend erroneously ascribed responsibility for "getting the defendants off" in the New Haven Black Panther trials of 1970 and "shutting down" Yale University to Hillary Rodham, as well as to future head of the Clinton U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Bill Lann Lee, who was a Yale undergraduate at the time. This claim has been debunked;[1] along with other Yale Law School students, Rodham volunteered to monitor the trial for violations of civil rights for the American Civil Liberties Union.  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The U.S. Senate election, 2000 was an election for United States Senate which coincided with the election of George W. Bush as president. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... On May 20, 1969, Black Panther Party founder and national chairman Bobby Seale spoke at Yale University. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. ... The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is the institution within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. ... The Sterling Law Building Sculptural ornamentation on the Sterling Law Building Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a major American non-profit organization with headquarters in New York City, New York, whose stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States...

Although both were much too junior to have had any role in the actual legal defense, according to John Elvin of Insight magazine, "Insight reviewed biographies of Hillary Clinton by Milton, [David] Brock and Roger Morris for this story and lengthy selections from such other biographies as Barbara Olson’s Hell to Pay. Together, relying on primary and other firsthand sources, they unquestionably back David Horowitz’s contention that Hillary was a campus leader during the Panther protests."[2] (Whether this means Rodham was a campus leader in general, or a campus leader specifically regarding Black Panther trial activity, is unclear.) In her memoirs, Clinton mentioned the trial but did not say anything about her involvement in it and in protests, other than that she joined a bucket brigade when the International Law Library was set on fire.[3] Lee apparently played no prominent role in any protests.[4] The weekly newsmagazine Insight, now defunct, was published by The Washington Times Corporation. ... David Brock b. ... Roger Morris is a British writer and advertising copywriter. ... Barbara Olson Barbara Olson (December 27, 1955 – September 11, 2001) was a conservative American television commentator who worked for FOX News, CNN and several other outlets. ... David Horowitz is an American conservative writer and activist. ... A Bucket brigade is a method for transporting items where a string of static people pass the items to the next person. ...

While Yale went "on strike" from May Day until the end of the term, this was part of the nationwide American college student strike of May, 1970, and not attributable to the work of Hillary Rodham. Like most schools it was not actually "shut down", but classes were made "voluntarily optional" for the time and students were graded "Pass/Fail" for the work done up to then. May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. ...

Alleged anti-Semitic comments

Several people have accused Clinton of making anti-Semitic comments in private. In the 2000 book State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton by former National Enquirer reporter Jerry Oppenheimer, lawyer Paul Fray, who ran Bill Clinton's failed 1974 run for Congress, claimed that after that defeat, Hillary Rodham, then Clinton's girlfriend, raged that he (Fray) was a “Fucking Jew Bastard.”[5] Fray’s wife and businessman Neil McDonald both claim to have witnessed this slur.[6] Hillary Clinton denied that she ever made such a remark and released a 1997 letter in which Fray apologized regarding statements he had made about her over the years.[7] In addition, Fray had previously been disbarred for altering court documents and also suffered from a medical condition that may cause erratic behavior and memory loss.[8] Moreover, Fray was only one-eighth Jewish, not one-half as the Oppenheimer book detailing the accusation had claimed.[9] However, Fray was reported to have passed a polygraph test regarding the allegation. According to the polygraph examiner, "There's no doubt in my mind that Mr. Fray is truthful."[10] Larry Patterson, a controversial former Arkansas state trooper and bodyguard to Bill and Hillary Clinton who related a series of lurid accusations about the couple as part of Troopergate, then said he heard the couple use anti-Semitic slurs “10 to 20” times. He asserts that he has heard Hillary use the term "Jew Bastard" and called President Clinton a "Jew Boy" and a "Mother Fucking Jew."[11] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The National Enquirer is a national American supermarket tabloid. ... Jerry Oppenheimer is a best-selling author who has written critically acclaimed, unauthorized biographies of several high-profile public figures, including Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour, Rock Hudson, Barbara Walters and Ethel Kennedy. ... A polygraph or lie detector is a device which measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity while a series of questions is being asked, in an attempt to detect lies. ... Larry Patterson is a former Arkansas State Trooper connected to Bill Clinton, who served as the Governor of Arkansas and later, President of the United States. ... Troopergate is the popular name of a scandal involving allegations by two Arkansas state troopers that they arranged sexual liaisons for then-governor Bill Clinton. ...

In a discussion of the Fray allegation, Dick Morris, a former political adviser to President Clinton, asserted that a couple of years previously, Hillary Clinton may have used a Jewish stereotype during an argument about consulting fees, stating “Money – that's all you people care about is money.” Morris conceded that it was unclear whether "you people" referred to Jews or to political consultants.[12] Dick Morris appears on TVs FOX News channel. ...

Tammy Wynette; baking cookies

During the political damage control over the Gennifer Flowers episode during her husband's 1992 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton said in a joint 60 Minutes interview, "I'm not sitting here as some little woman 'standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together." The seemingly sneering reference to country music provoked immediate criticism that Clinton was culturally tone-deaf, and Tammy Wynette herself did not like the remark because her classic song "Stand by Your Man" is not written in the first person.[13] Wynette further said that Clinton had "offended every true country music fan and every person who has 'made it on their own' with no one to take them to a White House."[14] A few days later, on Prime Time Live, Clinton apologized to Wynette. Clinton would later write that she had not been careful in her choice of words and that "the fallout from my reference to Tammy Wynette was instant — as it deserved to be — and brutal."[15] The two women patched things up, with Wynette appearing later at a Clinton fund raiser.[14] Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is one of three women who have claimed to have had affairs with U.S. President Bill Clinton. ... Not to be confused with a BBC news magazine program of the same name. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was a country singer and songwriter. ... Tammy Wynettes Stand by Your Man album, Epic Records, 1968 Stand by Your Man was a 1968 song, cowritten by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and sung by Tammy Wynette. ... First-person narrative is a literary technique in which the story is narrated by one character, who explicitly refers to him or herself in the first person, that is, I. the narrator is a fool putting his nose into the storytelling exercise. ... PrimeTime is a television newsmagazine from ABC News. ...

Less than two months later in the same campaign, Hillary Clinton was facing questions about whether she could have avoided possible conflicts of interest between her Governor husband (Bill Clinton) and work given to the Rose Law Firm, when she remarked, "I've done the best I can to lead my life ... You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life."[16] The "cookies and teas" part of this prompted even more culture-based criticism, objecting to Clinton's apparent distaste for women who had chosen a homemaker role in life.[17] Clinton subsequently offered up some cookie recipes as a way of making amends, and would later write of her chagrin: "Besides, I've done quite a lot of cookie baking in my life, and tea-pouring too!"[18] Two homemakers. ...


The Whitewater controversy was a series of events and actions that had its origins in 1978. While in Arkansas, the Clintons were partners with Jim and Susan McDougal in a real estate venture known as the Whitewater Development Corporation. According to reports, the Clintons lost their financial investment in the Whitewater business projects. At the time the McDougals operated a savings and loan that retained Hillary Clinton's legal services at Rose Law Firm. When the McDougals' savings and loan failed in 1994, federal investigators subpoenaed Clinton's legal billing records for auditing purposes. Hillary Clinton claimed to be unable to produce these records. After an extensive, two-year search, the records were found in the first lady's book room in the White House and delivered to investigators in 1996. The delayed appearance of the billing records sparked intense interest and another investigation about how they surfaced and where they had been; Clinton attributed the problem to disorganization that resulted from her move from the Arkansas Governor's Mansion to the White House as well as the effects of a White House renovation.[19] After the discovery of the records, on January 26, 1996, Clinton made history by becoming the first First Lady to testify before a grand jury.[20] The Whitewater Controversy (also called the Whitewater scandal or simply Whitewater) was an American political controversy concerning the real estate dealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates in the Whitewater Development Agency during the 1970s and 1980s. ... James B. (Jim) McDougal (August 25, 1940 – March 8, 1998), a native of White County, Arkansas, and his wife, Susan McDougal (the former Susan Carol Hendley), were financial partners with Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton in the real estate venture that led to the Whitewater political scandal of the... Susan McDougal is one of the few people who served prison time as a result of the Whitewater controversy in the United States, though fifteen individuals were convicted of federal charges. ... A corporation under investigation related to Bill Clintons White Water scandal. ... A savings and loan association is a financial institution which specializes in accepting savings deposits and making mortgage loans. ... Rose Law Firm is a law firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

The Whitewater investigation was initiated by Independent Counsel Robert Fiske appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno. The case was later taken over by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, and concluded by Independent Counsel Robert Ray. Several other allegations were also investigated under the Whitewater umbrella. The investigations, which took place during Bill Clinton's presidency and cost an estimated $40 million, resulted in the McDougals being jailed and Webster Hubbell pleading guilty to felony charges of lying to federal investigators about Clinton's role in both Whitewater and the savings and loan failure. No criminal charges were brought against the Clintons themselves, as Robert Ray's final report on September 20, 2000 stated that there was insufficient evidence that either of them had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.[21] Robert Bishop Fiske, Jr. ... Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the first female Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). ... Kenneth Winston Starr Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the death of the deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater land transactions by President Bill Clinton. ... Robert W. Ray is an American lawyer who from 1999 to 2002 served as the last head of the Office of the Independent Counsel, investigating and issuing the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House personnel file controversy. ... Webster Lee Hubbell (born 1949), known as Webster L. Hubbell, was an Arkansas lawyer and politician. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Travel office firings

On May 19, 1993, several long-time employees of the White House Travel Office were fired for alleged incompetence or illegal activities. Accusations were made that Hillary Clinton was involved in the firings and that they were unjustified and were done in order to give the business to friends of the Clintons; she denied any role in the firings. Supporters said that the employees in question were officially political appointees (although they had served under Presidents of both parties) who served "at the President's pleasure" and could be fired or reassigned at any time. The affair became known as "Travelgate". On June 23, 2000, Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray stated in a final report that while there was substantial evidence that she was involved in the firings, it could not be proved that she had deliberately lied about the matter, and so no charges would be brought.[22] The White House travel office controversy began on May 19, 1993, when several longtime employees of the White House Travel Office were fired. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert W. Ray is an American lawyer who from 1999 to 2002 served as the last head of the Office of the Independent Counsel, investigating and issuing the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House personnel file controversy. ...

Vince Foster

On July 20, 1993, White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster died by suicide. The general Whitewater investigation included an examination of Foster's death and the circumstances around it. Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation, as well as investigations by the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Park Police, all concluded that Foster's death was indeed a suicide. is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Vincent Walker Foster, Jr. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... Kenneth Winston Starr Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the death of the deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater land transactions by President Bill Clinton. ... DOJ headquarters in Washington, D.C. Justice Department redirects here. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The United States Park Police is the oldest uniformed federal law enforcement agency in the United States. ...

In 1996 Hillary Clinton was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files (related to Whitewater or other matters) from Foster's office on the night of his death. [23] Independent Counsel Starr investigated this, and by 1999 Starr was reported to still be holding the investigation open, despite his staff having told him there was no case.[24] When Starr's successor Robert Ray issued his final Whitewater reports in 2000, no claims were made against Hillary Clinton in this regard. Robert W. Ray is an American lawyer who from 1999 to 2002 served as the last head of the Office of the Independent Counsel, investigating and issuing the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House personnel file controversy. ...

Other critics of the Clintons have made more lurid allegations: that Foster's death was not a suicide, that it was connected to Whitewater, and that Hillary Clinton was somehow involved by covering up activities together with Foster before his death [25] or in that her relationship with Foster was an intimate one.[26] Other conspiracy theories claimed that she had killed Foster herself [27] or had him killed.[28] No credible evidence or charges were ever brought forward in connection with any of these allegations. A conspiracy theory attempts to attribute the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social, or historical events), or the concealment of such causes from public knowledge, to a secret, and often deceptive plot by a covert alliance of powerful or influential people or organizations. ...

Improper actions regarding FBI files

In June 1996, White House security head Craig Livingstone improperly asked for and received several hundred FBI background files, including ones on White House personnel from former Republican administrations. Accusations were made that Hillary Clinton had requested these files and that she had recommended hiring the supposedly unqualified Livingstone; she denied these charges. The affair became known as "Filegate". [1] [2] On July 28, 2000, Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray stated in a final report that there was no substantial or credible evidence that Hillary Clinton had any role or showed any misconduct in the matter. [3] The White House FBI files controversy of the Clinton Administration, often referred to in the press as Filegate,[1] arose in June 1996 around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. ... The White House personnel file controversy of June, 1996 arose around improper access to FBI security-clearance documents. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert W. Ray is an American lawyer who from 1999 to 2002 served as the last head of the Office of the Independent Counsel, investigating and issuing the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House personnel file controversy. ...

Imaginary discussions with Eleanor Roosevelt

In 1996 Washington Post writer Bob Woodward reported [4] that from the beginning of her time as First Lady, Hillary Clinton had sometimes conducted "imaginary discussions" with the politically active former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, as a way of gaining inspiration. (Clinton discussed this practice in one of her weekly newspaper columns.) Following the Democrats' loss of congressional control in the 1994 elections, Clinton had engaged the services of self help expert Jean Houston, who allegedly sometimes dabbled in psychic experiences, spirits, trances, and hypnosis. Houston encouraged Clinton to pursue the Roosevelt connection, and while none of these psychic techniques were used with Clinton, critics and comics immediately suggested that Clinton was holding séances with Eleanor Roosevelt. The White House stated that this was merely a brainstorming exercise, and a private poll later indicated that most of the public believed these were indeed just imaginary conversations, with the remainder believing that communication with the dead was actually possible. [5] In her 2003 autobiography, Clinton titled an entire chapter "Conversations with Eleanor", and stated that holding "imaginary conversations [is] actually a useful mental exercise to help analyze problems, provided you choose the right person to visualize. Eleanor Roosevelt was ideal [as a trail-blazer and controversial First Lady]."[29] ... Bob Woodward Robert Upshur Bob Woodward (born March 26, 1943) is assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. ... Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her stature as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 to promote her husbands (Franklin D. Roosevelts) New Deal, as well as civil rights. ... The term self-help can refer to any case or practice whereby an individual or a group attempts self-guided improvement[1]—economically, intellectually or emotionally. ... Jean Houston, Ph. ... Psychic, from the Greek psychikos meaning mental, of the soul (in turn derived from psyche meaning soul, mind), is a term used to describe phenomena or abilities that are said to originate from the brain but which transcend its confines. ... An artists rendering of a ghostly woman on a flight of stairs A ghost is usually defined as the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and encountered in places he or she frequented, or in association with the persons former belongings. ... Trances (1983) is the second album by the American ambient musician Robert Rich. ... Professor Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph BabiÅ„ski. ... Look up séance in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up brainstorming in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Role in 1996 campaign finance controversy

The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy mostly touched on President Clinton, his campaign, and some Clinton Administration officials, rather than Hillary Clinton herself. However, a July 1998 report by the Justice Department's campaign finance task force head, Charles La Bella, recommending an independent counsel to investigate alleged fund-raising abuses by Democratic party officials[30] included the statement that " [A] pattern [of events] suggests a level of knowledge within the White House—including the President's and First Lady's offices—concerning the injection of foreign funds into the reelection effort."[31] No such counsel was appointed, and thus no formal determination was made of Hillary Clinton's or her office's role, if any, in the matter. In a related but hearsay 1998 charge, an assistant to the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown testified that Brown had told her that both Bill and Hillary Clinton had forced upon him a scheme to sell seats on international trade missions as part of raising contributions to the presidential campaign. [32] President Clinton with convicted fund-raiser Charlie Trie The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself. ... Charles La Bella is an American attorney and founding partner of La Bella & McNamara, LLP which specializes in civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, investigations and enforcement actions by regulatory agencies, corporate governance and compliance counseling, and white collar criminal defense. ... Ronald Harmon Brown (August 1, 1941 – April 3, 1996), was the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. ...

Remaining married to Bill Clinton

Allegations and relevations of Bill Clinton's extramarital affairs, including ones he eventually admitted to with Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky; also stories of Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Elizabeth Gracen, Juanita Broaddrick, and Sally Perdue, Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is one of three women who have claimed to have had affairs with U.S. President Bill Clinton. ... Monica Lewinsky as she appeared on her U.S. Government ID in 1995 Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and... Paula Corbin Jones (born Paula Rosalee Corbin on September 17, 1966, in Lonoke, Arkansas) was a former Arkansas state employee who sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment and eschewal. ... Kathleen Willey was a White House aide who on March 15, 1998 claimed on the TV news program 60 Minutes that she and President Bill Clinton were in his private study off the Oval Office when Clinton sexually assaulted her. ... On the cover of Playboy, May 1992 Elizabeth Ward Gracen is an American actress known almost as much for her off-screen activities as for her movie and television roles. ... Several presidents of the United States have been accused during or after their presidencies of earlier committing rape. ... Sally Perdue is known as a former Miss Arkansas (1958) and local radio talk show host. ...

When Bill Clinton required immediate heart surgery in October 2004, Hillary Clinton canceled her public schedule to be at his side at the Columbia University Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He actively campaigned for her Senate races and is considered her closest political advisor.[33] Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart, typically to correct congenital heart disease or the complications of ischaemic heart disease or valve problems caused by endocarditis. ... Columbia University Medical Center is name of the medical complex associated with Columbia University located in Washington Heights area of Manhattan. ... New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a prominent university hospital in New York City, composed of two medical centers, Columbia University Medical Center and New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, each affiliated with an Ivy League University. ...

Attendance at funerals after September 11

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Senator Clinton was criticized in November 2001 by commentator Bill O'Reilly, among others, who claimed that she "didn't go to one funeral or one memorial service of any of the regular folks killed at the World Trade Center" and that "the only events we know she attended were three highly publicized memorial services." [6] Clinton responded on an interview program that she did, in fact, attend several memorial services and funerals of people she knew, but that she did "not believe, after a long lifetime in and around politics, that people should thrust themselves into private grief just because they're politicians." [7] A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... It has been suggested that Bill OReilly political beliefs and points of view be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the former World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City. ...

Gandhi comment

Clinton came under criticism in 2004 after saying that Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis." This comment represented a stereotyped view of South Asians living in the United States. Clinton apologized, blamed "a lame attempt at humor," and claimed that she "admired the work and life of Mahatma Gandhi and had spoken publicly about that many times." [34] Michelle Naef, administrator of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence said she didn't think Clinton was trying to demean Mahatma Gandhi and credited both Clintons as long having supported the Gandhi message. However, Naef said that Clinton's remarks were offensive and could be "incredibly harmful." [35] Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gujarati: , Hindi: , IAST: mohandās karamcand gāndhī, IPA: ) (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir). ...

2006 Martin Luther King Day comments

During a speech at the Rev. Al Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Day National Action Network conference at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem on January 16, 2006, Clinton sparked a modest political firestorm when she said: "When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about. It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary point of view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument." [36] [37] Alfred Charles Al Sharpton Jr. ... The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. ... The National Action Network (NAN) is a charitable organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton and a group of political and human rights activists in New York City, New York in early 1991. ... The Apollo Theater on 125th Street; the Hotel Theresa is visible in the background. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Clinton's remarks drew immediate criticism from some politicians and commentators, exemplified by New York Representative Peter King's denunciation: "It's wrong to use the word 'plantation' in any political context because it's cheap racial politics. But to do it on Martin Luther King Day is really disgraceful." [38] Peter T. King (born April 5, 1944) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of New York, currently the U.S. Representative for the states 3rd Congressional District (map). ...

It subsequently emerged that in 2004, Clinton had made the same simile: "I mean they're running the House of Representatives like a fiefdom with Tom DeLay as, you know, in charge of the plantation." [39] Her comparison in this case to fiefdoms and thus feudalism made any racial connotation less obvious. As another example of the same simile (or in this case, metaphor), in a Washington Post article from October 1994, future Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said of the Democrats who at that time were in control of the House, "Since they think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I’m actually willing to lead the slave rebellion." [40] Under the system of feudalism, a fiefdom, fief, feud, feoff, or fee, often consisted of inheritable lands or revenue-producing property granted by a liege lord in return for a form of allegiance, originally to give him the means to fulfill his military duties when called upon. ... Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ... ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the... Newton Leroy Gingrich (born June 17, 1943), Ph. ...

Remarks on young people's work ethic

In May 2006, Hillary Clinton spoke at a gathering of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. In her remarks, she criticized young people saying they have "a sense of entitlement after growing up in a culture that has a premium on instant gratification,"[citation needed] and "that young people today think work is a four-letter word."[41] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the worlds largest not-for-profit business federation, representing 3,000,000 businesses 2,800 state and local chambers 830 business associations They are staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists and lawyers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

On May 14, 2006, speaking to 2,000 graduates during a commencement address at the Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, Clinton said that her daughter Chelsea had objected to her remarks: "She called and said, 'Mom I do work hard and my friends work hard.' And I said, 'I know that. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to convey any impression that you don't work hard. I just want to set the bar high because we are in a competition for the future.' We can't take anybody or anything for granted."[42][43] May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is a private institution of higher education located in Brookville in Nassau County, New York. ... In the White House: Chelsea (lower right), together with her parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton. ...

Coping with the alleged fashion double standard

Hillary Rodham Clinton has at times allegedly been faced with the purported double standard that prominent women are judged more on their appearance than prominent men. In the 1970s, the issue of fashion raised initial tension between Rodham and her future mother-in-law, Virginia Kelly. During this time, Rodham wore little makeup, and paid little attention to current fashion. Kelly, by contrast, focused a great deal on appearance, even wearing a white skunk-stripe through her naturally black hair. Once Clinton reached the White House, friends prevailed upon her to drop her trademark headbands and try different clothes and hairstyles, and she discovered she enjoyed exploring new fashions.[44] A double standard, according to the World Book Dictionary, is a standard applied more leniently to one group than to another. ... Virginia Cassidy Blythe is the mother of Bill Clinton. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... Fashion illustration by George Barbier of a gown by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, from La Gazette du bon ton, the most influential fashion magazine of its era. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Street haircut in Harbin, China For humans, haircut, hairstyle, or hairdo normally describe cutting or styling head hair. ...

The public fascination with Clinton's role as First Lady extended to her personal appearance. Clinton's experiments with different hairstyles were documented at a web site, now defunct, which was popular around 1996 during the early days of the World Wide Web.[45] By 1998, First Lady Clinton appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine. [46] In her Senate career, Senator Clinton is often seen wearing a suit. However, twice in 2006, Clinton was criticized by National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez for showing cleavage while speaking in the Senate. [47][48] Lopez implored Clinton to be more modest. WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Suits from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog A suit, with varieties such as a business suit, three-piece suit, lounge suit or two-piece suit , comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of: a coat (commonly known as a jacket) a waistcoat (optional) (USA vest) — without this it is... National Review Online is the online presence of the prominent conservative political magazine National Review. ... Kathryn Jean Lopez Kathryn Jean Lopez, (born March 22), a native of Manhattan, is an American conservative columnist, who is nationally syndicated by the United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association. ... Aria Giovanni displaying cleavage Cleavage is the cleft created by the partial exposure of a womans breasts, especially when exposed by low-cut clothing. ...

In March 2006, high-voltage actress Sharon Stone expressed her doubt about Clinton's presidential chances, saying "Hillary still has sexual power, and I don't think people will accept that. It's too threatening." [49] On a similar topic, on August 9, 2006, the sculpture The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States of America [50] was unveiled at the Museum of Sex in New York. Sculptor Daniel Edwards hopes it will spark discussion about sex, politics and celebrity.[51] Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Museum of Sex, known as MoSex for short, is a sex museum based in Manhattan in New York City. ... Daniel Edwards controversial sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth featured at the Capla Kesting Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn. ...

In October 2006, Clinton's New York Senate race opponent, John Spencer, was reported to have commented on how much better Clinton looked now compared to in the 1970s, and speculated that she had cosmetic surgery. [52] [53] John Spencer (born November 17, 1946 ) is the former Mayor of Yonkers, New York (1995-2003) and the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. ... Plastic surgery is a general term for operative manual and instrumental treatment which is performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. ...


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