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Thursday March 3rd Appointments: SOS Hillary Clinton

March 3, 2011

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

8:50 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, at the Department of State.

10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

11:55 p.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, at the White House.

1:35 p.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s working lunch with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, at the White House.

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  1. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 3, 2011 3:38 pm

    OT: Oh goody, Newt announced he’s in. Could the Repubs have a weaker field? I heard a rumor Jeb Bush might run — he would be the only credible threat to Obama, IMO.

    I know it’s early but I’d be curious to hear everybody’s opinion about 2012. Any real contender among Repubs? Would you hold your nose and vote for Obama? Will Hillary replace Biden as his running mate?

    • March 3, 2011 7:05 pm

      A bunch of wingnuts running for the GOP ticket. That’s all well and good but they aren’t exactly going to appeal too much to independents, which is I guess why Obama has backtracked on so many campaign promises- to appeal to independents. Cozying up to big business, treating labor unions like doormats, increasing troops in Afghanistan, selling out to the I-Lobby, backtracking on offshore drilling, coddling the human rights abusers he spoke out against so forcefully as a candidate (hello? Making the Dalai Lama enter the WH through a side door and not meeting with him in the Oval Office b/c it might “offend” China? Pathetic), continuing many of Bush’s most questionable anti-terrorism policies including ensuring that despite supposedly banning torture, an exception would remain that would allow its use (see this link: http://www.counterpunch.org/nairn01262009.html), going after whistleblowers just like Bush did (I’m not even talking about WikiLeaks) giving up on closing Gitmo and on and on.

      Needless to say I am disgusted with Obama and right now his most redeeming quality for me is his Secretary of State. I certainly wouldn’t vote Republican and if Hillary were to stay on as SOS or replace Biden I would have much less trouble voting for Obama. Unfortunately, I don’t see Obama switching out Biden. Biden really isn’t a good 2016 candidate so it’s sort of a waste of a position in my view. Vice Presidents are well-placed to fun for POTUS but Biden has just never been a popular presidential candidate. Hillary on the other hand, is.

      If Hillary were to announce she would play no role in a second Obama term then I would consider voting third party as a protest vote. As a progressive, I feel totally taken for granted by the Democrats because it’s clear their attitude is “we can screw them over and they’ll come crawling back to us b/c they have no where else to go…” I think it’s why nothing ever changes and once a dem gets in office they sell out to big business and the neocons. Of course, I’ve voted for dems in the past for exactly that reason- out of fear of a republican winning. We really need viable third party candidates on the left (and the right).

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        March 3, 2011 8:22 pm

        He made the Dalai Lama go through the service entrance?! Wow, I hadn’t heard THAT one. I know I should probably be more upset about some of the other things on your “sh** Obama’s done” list, but somehow I find that single act the most
        reprehensible, wussy, and spineless
        of them all. Geez, grow a pair, Mr President. The guy really is clueless about what leadership is all about. When I think back to Jan-Feb 2008, and all that bullsh** about Hillary’s emphasis on “experience” being a petulent, envious attack on Obama’s eloquence, and Obama’s countering with that sanctimonious “Just words??!” speech (just not Obama’s words, if you recall), it makes me want to scream. There is a basic incoherence to this administration, and it begins with Obama’s lack of experience.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 3, 2011 9:50 pm

    One of the most respected, beloved, humble, compassionate, leaders in the world…and then there’s Barack. He doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as the Dalai Lama.

    • March 4, 2011 8:22 am

      I’m a very big fan of the Dalai Lama – I try toattend his lectures, classes etc. whenever he is Boston. It’s why I have been quite disappointed with this administration’s handling of the Tibet issue and their treatment of the Dalai Lama. George W. Bush to his credit not only treated him like an honored guest and gave him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Both Hillary and Obama talked tough about Tibet and China during their presidential campaigns and since now being in positions to actually do something about it, they have “not let human rights interfere with” more important economic issues with China.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1564582/George-W-Bush-to-meet-Dalai-Lama-in-public.html

      We call out Iran every 5 minutes for their human rights abuses- and it’s good we do that, but why do we ignore the suffering of the people of Tibet? I saw a video of 6 Buddhist nuns gunned down like animals by the Chinese military as they tried to escape over the Himalayas into Nepal- some mountain climbers took the video and they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. There was no coverage of it in the MSM. Women arrested by the Chinese authorities, whether Tibetan or democracy activists, are tortured and not one word about it from our government. I guess having your breasts burned off by the holder of our massive debt doesn’t count as a violation of women’s rights. Or maybe Tibet isn’t close enough to Israel?

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