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Hillary, Chelsea, And “Pet Rocks”

(March 10, 2011 – Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

The above photograph was taken at the Diller-von Furstenberg 2nd Annual Awards, as Chelsea presented her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the first Inspiration Award.

Some of the most poignant moments for me of the 2008 Campaign were to see Chelsea Clinton with her mother. The pride she felt, the love, the connection, was evident by the way Chelsea looked at her mother when she was speaking. This photo reminds me of those days when a woman garnered the most votes of any candidate during a primary ever.

Yes, it brought back some memories, like this one of Chelsea and her mother:

(Joe Raedle-Getty Images)

Ah, yes – those were the days. It seems appropriate during Women’s History Month to remember, to affirm, just how close we came to having a woman president for the first time in this country. And to recognize just how far we have to go to achieve true equality in this country. Sadly, more qualified, accomplished, women still have to take a back seat to younger, unqualified men. It is a sobering thought.

Given that Clinton was just awarded an Inspiration award, what should we make of it when the Secretary Clinton consistently highlights the importance of girls and women to be educated, that the very development of communities, and countries, depend on how women fare. Yet when discussing Afghanistan, women, and USAID, a senior official claims that:“Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities. There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.” (H/t to Yttik.)

“Pet rocks”? That’s how this “senior official,” who would speak only under conditions of anonymity, describes over half the population in relation to a USAID contract in Afghanistan? And on the eve of International Women’s Day, no less?

I hope you appreciate my restraint in not writing what I really think of this man (but you can feel free to add your two cents worth about him).

Allow me to provide some context for his assholic remark, though it may make you even madder. The quote is from a Washington Post article entitled, “In Afghanistan, U.S. Shifts Strategy On Women’s Rights As It Eyes Wider Priorities.” Yes, the headline does provide a bit of a clue as to the intent, but this makes it crystal clear:

When the U.S. Agency for International Development sought bids last March for a $140 million land reform program in Afghanistan, it insisted that the winning contractor meet specific goals to promote women’s rights: The number of deeds granting women title had to increase by 50 percent; there would have to be regular media coverage on women’s land rights; and teaching materials for secondary schools and universities would have to include material on women’s rights.

Before the contract was awarded, USAID overhauled the initiative, stripping out those concrete targets. Now, the contractor only has to perform “a written evaluation of Afghan inheritance laws,” assemble “summaries of input from women’s groups” and draft amendments to the country’s civil code.

The removal of specific women’s rights requirements, which also took place in a $600 million municipal government program awarded last year, reflects a shift in USAID’s approach in Afghanistan. Instead of setting ambitious goals to improve the status of Afghan women, the agency is tilting toward more attainable measures. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ah, yes, “attainable measures.” Right. Presumably that means turning the other way when girls get acid thrown in their faces by the Taliban. Or when women are killed through “honor” killings. I could go on, but I trust you get the idea.

So a senior official refers to women as “pet rocks” in a discussion of how USAID, which falls under the State Department, has thrown women under the bus in their contract requirements. Wow.

I remember well those days, just three short years ago, when Hillary Clinton was amassing the most votes of anyone ever in the history of the country. I remember well the excitement of women, children, and men alike that this incredible, capable, intelligent, qualified woman had surfaced in a run for the White House. And I remember well how the media, the DNC, and Obama himself, worked to destroy her by any means necessary, including massive misogyny at every turn.

And then she went to work for him.

The issues that affect women and girls has always been of the greatest importance to Hillary Clinton. Or at least they were until she became Secretary of State under the least qualified man ever to sit in the White House, pushed over the far more qualified woman. The issues that always meant so much to her, to us, now take a back seat as “special interests.” Over half the population in the world has been reduced to a “pet rock.” Holy moley.

I have never been inspired by a politician the way I was by Hillary Clinton. I have never donated so much time, money, or energy as I did for Hillary Clinton. Two years ago, I would have said, “hell to the yes” she deserves an Inspiration Award. But when her department fails to do what is right for women in Afghanistan, or Egypt, or Libya, or Iran, or anywhere else in the world, because women are seen as “special projects,” not worthy of full humanity, well, I find that less than inspiring.

Frankly, I find it disturbing. How about you?

  • SWPAnnA

    Christ; do trolls never stop?

  • SWPAnnA

    I concurr.  She’s got to be eating her heart out over the life Bill has fashioned for himself and would be free to truly blossom under similar circumstances.  She’s doing one last stint in office, then I do believe she’ll become the same sort of Humanity Advocate Bill has become.  Her life will be vastly more worth living, she will be free to speak her mind and take up the honest to god work of uniting Women around the world in their own self-interest, free of the Obama Ball & Chain.  No doubt she views her present “servile status” as one final educating experience with at least an insider’s take on the eventual history.  Having survived the back-stabbers, she knows what’s out there and what motivates them.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Yawn, flag, swat DBB. Same old bullshit!

  • Rene

    Hillary has dedicated her whole life to women and children’s rights. Every policy, every speech, every trip, every town hall meeting, every handshake, incorporates her belief and dedication to that cause.

    We are watching true history in the making with this women and I feel fortunate to be able to witness it.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    DBB:

    Were you born stupid, did you achieve a state of stupidity all by yourself, or was it thrust upon you by the blue wagon varnish you are wont to imbibe? Just curious, dink.

  • cat

    guess Dbb didn’t know the “K” stands for kick-ass 8-)

  • sowsear

    et tu brute

  • foxyladi14

    he is due for that seisure :-D

  • helenk

    so what does that have to do with MY comment and answer to your attack on me?

    Do you get paid by the letter or comment? It sure is not for the thinking.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Dbb

    Well, helen, Oowawa’s comment is on this same thread just north of here and you are listed among others who “like” it.  So I assume you read and agreed with it.  

  • helenk

    and just what did that  have to do with MY comments?  You  personally attacked me. I gave the courtesy of an answer. You did not like the answer and I guess could not refute what I said.
    Thats on you. So you change the focus and bring race it to it.
    Go get better taking points from you party going leader or his teleprompter.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Dbb

    Oh no, you’re not going to get away with that.  It was “oowawa”, your fellow NQ devotee who said, “If ALL of the unions are arrayed on Obama’s side, along with 90% of the black population and whatever voting blocks the community organizer can commandeer, it’s going to be really tough to get him out of there.  And THAT is my overriding concern”  

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Well done on the video – I thought of it immediately.

    Yeah, I’m not “ready to make nice” either. Not sure I ever will be. The only way the DNC could ever get me back is to have a spiritual awakening, and start acting more ethical. I am not holding my breath for that.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Huh? I haven’t seen articles here DERIDING Hillary, sowsear. Just last night, Larry had one abt her professionalism. The day before that, he had one abt how he supported her, and PJ Crowley had to go.

    Mine is not deriding her, either. I have never in my entire years supported ANYONE like I did Hillary Clinton. I voted for Bill in the hopes that, one day, Hillary would run for president. It KILLS me to see her carrying the water for Obama, supporting his policies, even when they stand in direct contradiction to her lifelong work. That is not derision, that is sorrow.

  • helenk

    Typical obot , no critical thinking. when all else fails use race.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Excellent point, JB.

    You know, the first Hillary rally I attended in Charleston was easily half black/half white. The people leading the cheers the most were black.They were so excited, so energized by her running.

    Then Clyburn and Obama framed Clinton (both of them) as a racist. The next rally still had a number of black people there, but there was definitely a change.

    The DNC could have kept the black vote, AND the women’s vote, with Hillary, but I think you are right – she was not malleable enough for the powers-that-be…

  • Dbb

    Sad, just sad.  Good luck with your project to build an unstoppable movement separate and distinct from Republicans consisting 100% white middle-class non-unionized people.

  • MG

    Unless OBOZO gets rid of Biden and has Hillary run with him as the vice president.   Which he will use her to get the votes…then toss her in the closet!
    Or  send her overseas as much as he can….or  put a muzzle in her mouth with threats..the Chicago way.

    I wish she would have more integrity and stand up to him.

  • EllenD

    And yet Waxman’s district encompasses the beautiful people of Malibu and Santa Monica.

  • EllenD

    “Win The Future,
    Or take home a stuffed toy.

  • EllenD

    They’re slack-jawed, mouth-breathing, hop-scotching douchebags.
    I’m trying to get that image out of my head.

  • EllenD

    Oowaw, if Hillary couldn’t get us to support Obama the first time, she sure won’t be able to get us to do it in 2012.

  • helenk

    I usually do not answer obots because I believe their stupidity in inflicting backtrack on this country hurt the country.

    I have belonged to a union for most of my working life.
    The union leaders today use their members not help them.
    The original bill did not include police and fire in the collective bargaining elimination. The police and fireman I know would be ashamed to let thugs trash a statehouse.  For the teachers is was only that they could no longer bargain or benefits. They still had the right to bargain for wages.
    The runaway democrats hurt the unions bigtime. By not staying and doing their jobs and trying to get changes made or amendments passed they prolonged the agony.
    This allowed the thugs , not hard working  people that belong to a union to be the public face of the union. That image will remain for many years.

    By the way your party going leader told you to play nice, did you forget already?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGNECE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • sowsear

    Remember May 31 2008

  • Onofre’s arm

    This guy’s face sends plastic surgeons screaming into the night.

  • helenk

    Most PUMAS will always remember May 31 2008. Will not forget or forgive. Not only backtrack but every democrat that helped imflict him on this country.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • oowawa

    “A dead ringer for Quasimodo”

  • Dbb

    Yeah, those firemen and cops who supported the public workers despite Walker cravenly exempting them are the scum of the earth, aren’t they helenk.  Does the k stand for Keller?  Nah, she was blind and deaf but as far from dumb as can be imagined.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Yes oowawa, we all need to focus, or Obama will fuck us all.

  • oowawa

    I don’t want to see Hillary derided.  But I also do not want to see the Obama campaign using her as a tool to lead all of the disenchanted PUMAs (among which I include myself) back into Happy Demoland.  The spotlight should be squarely on Obama, IMHO.  And He loves the spotlight!

  • oowawa

    I don’t want to see Hillary derided.  But I also do not want to see the Obama campaign using her as a tool to lead all of the disenchanted PUMAs (of which I include myself) back into Happy Demoland.  The spotlight should be squarely on Obama, IMHO.  And He loves the spotlight!

  • Onofre’s arm

    This will really piss you off oowawa:

    (Imagine Edward Everett Horton narrating)

    So, the Cardinal of Notre Dame decided that Quasimodo was overdue for a vacation, and told Quasi to find a temporary replacement to assume his duties in the bell tower. The temp service quickly sent over a promising candidate, and Quasi took the candidate up into the bell tower for tutoring.

    Quasi showed the young man his secret technique for eliciting the most pleasing sounds from the bell; he stood back about 20 feet and then charged full speed toward the bell and smashed into it face first—-BONG! He then let his young apprentice attempt the maneuver, and to Quasi’s delighted surprise, his student created an equally beautiful sound from the bell. Satisfied that his replacement would fit the bill, Quasi left for his vacation.

    The next day, when it was time to sooth the city with the heavenly dulcet tones of Notre Dame’s bells, the young replacement, wishing to make his mark, charged at the bell with great fury and smashed into it with such force—–BONG—-that it produced the loudest tone that anyone had ever heard, a smashing success! The somewhat dazed Temp, wasn’t satisfied however, and was determined to repeat, if not improve upon, his previous achievement, so he reared back and charged with all of his might toward the bell. Unfortunately, his previous gong left him so dizzy, that he missed the bell by several feet, and his momentum carried him out the bell tower window and down to his death on the street below.

    A crowd gathered to see what had happened, and one of the onlookers queried, “Does anyone know who that is?” Another bystander answered, “No, but his face sure rings a bell.” And then another in the crowd also answered, “I’m not sure either, but he’s a dead ringer for Quasimodo.”

    Are ya’ mad now?

  • sowsear

    One big wedge issue, as you say, is Hillary. NQ has had four articles in the last four days deriding her….. Where should we be focusing?

  • Onofre’s arm

    Well Helen, if the emergency was that the person by my side was suffering a terrible seizure, I would definitely want it to be Obama. 

  • helenk

    he golfs and  parties.
    she travels and works.
    So just who is the weaker sex here? Who would you want by your side in an emergency?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/14/clinton-paris-talks-libya-crisis/

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • cathnealon
  • PssttCmere

    Does it matter?  8-)   They are all good for nothing!!

    “Say What You Will…It Feels So Good”

  • oowawa

    Hey Oa, you’re making it real hard for me to get mean and serious here without cracking up!

  • helenk

    2008 made me take a good look at the party I had supported all my voting life. I did NOT like what I saw. It really hurts to find out that I was wrong .
    For the rest of my life I will always be a Party Unity My Ass PUMA.
    I will look at the individual before I vote. I will look more closely at third party candidates and republicans. I no longer believe that candidates associated with the democratic party are good for the country.
    I look at 2008 and Wisconsin and think we have a powerful enemy within this country. They are just more open now.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Onofre’s arm

    Hey, that’s not a ‘real’ modo, it’s just a quasi modo. I wonder if he uses shampoo or real poo.

  • oowawa

    Too bad Henry Waxman is in the wrong party . . . Have to go for Chris Christie!

  • oowawa

    Hey!  Found a great poster-maker site!  Let the campaign begin!

    http://freepostermaker.com/