Saturday, 6 August 2016

Compare six American political personalities

1st First Gentleman Life

1st First Gentleman Life
Bill Clinton has continued to be a force behind his foundation, which has overseen the distribution of millions of dollars from corporations, governments and individuals to globally-minded charitable works. The organization has dealt with issues ranging from providing increased access to HIV/AIDS medications to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hillary Clinton Life

Hillary Clinton Life
Hillary Clinton spoke for the duration of her recognition speech on the dnc approximately how her mom?herself a tough cookie who needed to fend for herself at a very young age?taught clinton continually to arise to a bully. when you’re fairly small, or susceptible, or woman, it’s smooth to be intimidated

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Barack Obama Life

Happy Birthday President Barack ObamaBarack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a father from Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. He was also raised by his grandfather,

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Michelle Obama Life

Michelle Obama Life
Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following her graduation from Harvard, she worked at a Chicago l aw firm, where she met her husband, future U.S. president Barack Obama. The couple married on October 3, 1992. As first lady, she has focused her attention on current social issues, such as poverty, healthy living and education.

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Donald Trump Life

Donald Trump Life
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, author, politician, and the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He is chairman of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests.

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Melania Trump Life

Melania Trump Life
At age 45, Melania is a mere seven years older than Donald’s oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., who is 38. Awkward, much? She’s not that far off in age from Trump’s other children, either; Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany are ages 34, 32 an 22, respectively. Melania and Donald have one son together, Barron, whom they welcomed in 2006.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Bill Clinton sports Hebrew 'Hillary' button at convention

Democrats will vigorously defend Obama’s record on Israel, and they are able to cite a formidable array of facts: the launch of the Iron Dome missile defense system – U.S. funding originated not in Congress, but in the administration – and unprecedented levels of military and intelligence cooperation. Stuxnet, the virus that disabled Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity, is widely believed to be a U.S.-Israel operation, and happened on Obama’s watch.

Yet, there is the “kishkes” thing, which drives Obama and his partisans nuts. The subtle – maybe not so subtle – messaging from the organizational Jewish side: Bill Clinton got Israel! Hillary Clinton gets Israel! What’s with Obama? The frustrated reply: Of course he gets Israel, he’s been to Sderot, and made the threat its residents face from the Gaza Strip personal when he said he could imagine his daughters facing it. He visited the grave of Zionist founder Theodor Herzl. He gets it!

And yet. Clinton was the first Democrat to mention Israel on the main stage on Tuesday night, and it came up not in the emphatic “best U.S. ally” way it did repeatedly at the Republican convention in Cleveland last week, but utterly organically, recounting Hillary Clinton’s role as Arkansas’ First Lady.

“Hillary told me about a preschool program developed in Israel called HIPPY, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters,” recalled the former president. “The idea was to teach low-income parents, even those that couldn’t read, to be their children’s first teachers.

“She said she thought it would work in Arkansas. I said that’s great, what are we going to do about it? She said, oh, I already did it. I called the woman who started the program in Israel, she’ll be here in about 10 days and help us get started.

“Next thing you know I’m being dragged around to all these little preschool graduations.”

Clinton reference to the Israeli program was so casual that might as well have been referring to a preschool program founded in Illinois. It’s the unforced familiarity that melts pro-Israel activists, and there it was on display Wednesday evening in the pin he wore.

(The button was also a nice contrast to an event from the day before, when activists outside the arena burned an Israeli flag. Some pro-Israel activists spent Wednesday demanding that the DNC send out an official condemnation of the burning, although Hillary Clinton had already denounced the act, through a spokesperson.)

Obama also had a Jewish moment in his speech Wednesday night, but it was telling in that its reference was purely American. It came toward the end, when he spoke of his Kansan grandparents and how they welcomed the stranger.

Hillary Clinton's history-making nomination led to childhood flashback

Sure, the outcome of the DNC roll call was no surprise, but I wanted to see history happen. Around me, editors, fellow reporters, page designers, copy editors and Web producers bustled through their evening routines, ringed by the flat-screen TVs that hover over the Free Press open floor plan. I alone watched one of the TVs as each state made their Miss America pageant mini-speeches and cast their ballots. I didn't want to be stuck in my car when history was made.
The children's book "Girls Can Be Anything" envisioned

My mind was approximately 700 miles — and three-plus decades — away from Detroit in the kitchen of my long-sold house in suburban Boston, where a rickety bookshelf held dozens of children's books, most notably a beloved copy of "Girls Can Be Anything. "

It was a feminist picture book that envisioned a world where a woman could be president of the United States 43 years earlier. The slip of post-Steinem reading material, illustrated with simple drawings, was a surprise in my otherwise conservative upbringing, but I loved it. And it's still referenced by my parents and siblings to this day.

In it, a kindergartner named Marina (A Soviet spy? A reasonable question, considering the era.) repeatedly encounters trouble while playing with her best friend Adam. When he suggests they play hospital, she's forced to be the nurse. She discusses it that evening with her parents, who explain women can be doctors, too. The next day, he proposes they play airplane — with him as the pilot and her as the stewardess. That night, Marina's parents again set her straight. Then, they discuss playing president; Adam offers to let Marina be the first lady. That becomes the big conversation topic at home that night,

Mrs.'s are a bit dated, but remember the era. That exchange inspired Marina to tell Adam that she IS going to be the first female American president. He agreed to play her way and served as the pilot of Air Force One who flew her everywhere to give speeches (after which he gave speeches).

Regardless of your politics, of whether or not you will vote for Hillary Clinton, acknowledge that it was an important moment in history.

Like it didn't matter if you agreed with Sandra Day O'Connor's policy positions when Ronald Reagan appointed her to the U.S. Supreme Court. Or if you felt Sally Ride was too delicate for space travel. Or if you rooted for Manon Rhéaume. Or if you liked Kathryn Bigelow's movie "The Hurt Locker." Tuesday was bigger than blue states versus red states, Democrats versus Republicans; it was about a country coming together to mark — not necessarily, celebrate — a huge first.

Perhaps I was reminded of that little pig-tailed girl who dropped her R's at the end of words and who believed with all her heart that nothing could stop her dreams. Maybe it was my love of history, underscored by almost a decade writing about the subject every Sunday for the Free Press.

I decided to reach out to the author. Klein died in 1989, so I put my journalism skills to work and tracked down one of author Norma Klein's daughters, Jennifer Fleissner, to say thank you. (I now realize that she's the "Jenny" on the dedication page who "when she grows up, would like to be a painter, join the circus, and work at Baskin-Robbins, making ice cream cones. Long story short, she became an associate professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.)

Fleissner got back to me by phone and said that her mother's book hadn't come to mind, because she's on vacation and not even watching TV.

"The moment you said it, my mother would've been in tears of joy that it was happening," said the 49-year-old New York native. "My mother was a very avid feminist and raised me as well. She was good friends with Letty Cottin Pogrebin (a founding editor of Ms.magazine])"

I asked her whether her 10-year-old son has read "Girls Can Be Anything." The answer was yes.

"I don’t think it would dawn on him for boys and girls to do different things," Fleissner explained.

Childhood expectations today are different than they were in the 1970s. A change for the better, without question. But the gender pay gap still exists. So does discrimination in health care. And inflexible workplace parenting policies.

Maybe I'll write an aspirational children's book about that called "Girls Can Have Anything."

China's First Lady Calls for More Support to Children Orphaned by AIDS

Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, said people from all walks of life should do more to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Peng, who is also the World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, made the remarks at the opening ceremony for "Love in the Sunshine"-- the 2016 China-Africa Children Summer Camp, at the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Peng said children orphaned by AIDS, despite their nationality or race, are the future of the world.

It is the common responsibility of society to love and care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, so that they can grow up soundly and happily, said Peng.

The event was a part of the follow-up actions of a China-Africa anti-AIDS advocacy campaign launched by Peng and the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS on the sidelines of the Johannesburg Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa last year.

The summer camp, sponsored by the Chinese Association of STD and AIDS Prevention and Control, has been held six times since 2010.

Fifty-seven children orphaned by AIDS from China, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe attend the summer camp.

Before the opening ceremony, Peng met with South African First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma, WHO director-general Margaret Chan and UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe.

Clinton And Trump: The World, In Their Own Words

Presidential campaign heads into its final months, the U.S. is carrying out daily air sorties in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. A major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, waits in limbo. The U.S. has begun a long-term pivot to Asia and is bringing more Syrian refugees into the country.

Foreign policy is usually a campaign afterthought. But the next president will inherit a raft of global challenges in January. And compared with domestic issues, which can often depend on congressional legislation, the president has much greater leeway to act independently in foreign affairs.

Donald Trump's repeated controversial statements and Hillary Clinton's emphasis on her diplomatic experience as the former secretary of state have also been pushing foreign policy and national security front and center this year.

Here, in their own words, are some of Trump's and Clinton's remarks on global affairs:

ISIS and the Middle East

"I know more about ISIS than the generals," Trump said in November, in line with his repeated pledges to ramp up U.S. military action against Islamist extremists on multiple fronts.

National security experts of all stripes, including some retired generals, have taken umbrage and questioned his qualifications to be commander in chief.

"We must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, in Libya, in Egypt and in Syria," Trump said at the Republican National Convention on July 21. "Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly."

Clinton, meanwhile, says she too would step up action against ISIS with an intensified bombing campaign.

"We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen," she told the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

Clinton says she won't send in U.S. ground troops. Trump has suggested at times he would use ground troops but has stayed away from making such remarks recently.

The U.S. currently has nearly 10,000 military personnel in Afghanistan, more than 5,000 in Iraq and several hundred in Syria. They are mostly involved in training, advising and the air campaigns.

Russia and Vladimir Putin

Over the years, Clinton has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "bully," and while running for president eight years ago, she said he "doesn't have a soul."

Shortly after becoming the top U.S. diplomat in 2009, amid deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia, Clinton hit the "reset button" with Russia's foreign minister. But it didn't take. In the years since, the U.S. and Russia have tangled over Syria, Ukraine and Libya, among many other issues.

Family friends say Hillary Clinton may ask Chelsea, not Bill, to do the boring parts of being first lady

Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic candidate for the president of the United States, former president Bill Clinton is the closest that anyone has ever been to becoming the 1st first gentleman (or first husband, if you prefer).

It remains to be seen what he’ll make of that role. The presidential spouse is free to decide how to spend the years in the White House, and history is full of first ladies who have managed to leave a great mark on the world while their husbands were presidents—from Eleanor Roosevelt to Jacqueline Kennedy to, yes, Hillary Clinton, who worked on important healthcare policy during her husband’s tenure.

If elected in November, Hillary Clinton has expressed a desire for Bill to be involved with policy, just as she was when he was president, alongside the traditional presidential spouse duties—which include diplomatic elements and the domestic duties of running the White House.

But publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have cited Clinton family confidantes saying that Bill Clinton may get a pass on much of the drudgery of ceremonial housekeeping—and that the responsibility for choosing cutlery and curtains may fall to the couple’s 36-year-old daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

“People close to the Clintons said they could see Ms. Clinton, should her mother be elected, taking on some of the roles traditionally reserved for the first lady, such as organizing holiday parties and selecting menus for state dinners,” the Journal reports.

Chelsea Clinton, who does not appear to have commented publicly on this speculation, is a public health expert with experience in investment banking and in a leadership role at her father’s foundation. She holds degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and Columbia universities. She is also mother to a toddler and a 5-week-old baby. Still, Clinton associates say she won’t mind taking on some of the functions of a traditional first wife. “I do think she will chip in to help her father and mother with managing life in the White House,” a family friend and former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, Thomas F. McLarty III, told the New York Times. He added, however, “I don’t see her playing White House social secretary.”

It’s a complicated message to send. Why can’t Bill Clinton perform these tasks himself, as Hillary did during his time as president? Presumably, because he is a man. Apparently, while it was fine for his overachieving wife to put her energies to tree trimming, such activities are seen as beneath him.

It’s possible, of course, that the task of managing the White House’s domestic functions is just too large for Bill Clinton to handle alone. After all, at 70, Clinton is not young. If his wife is elected, he will be the oldest presidential spouse in history.

As for Chelsea Clinton, one might wonder whether, had she been a son rather than a daughter, she would be expected to help out in this way. In any case, her mother should not ask her to do so. For all the groundbreaking work Hillary Clinton has done to advance women in public life, she should not let her husband’s lack of interest in china (of the crockery kind) send such backward message.