Posted tagged ‘Hillary Clinton’

Caroline Kennedy Drops Out Of Senate Race

January 21, 2009

According to the New York Post Caroline Kennedy has dropped out of the race to replace Hillary Clinton as the Senator from New York.

Governor Paterson also admitted on Tuesday to considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the spot. We’ll have more as it develops.


Obama’s Cabinet… so far

December 2, 2008

Today Barack Obama named his latest additions to the staff naming Clinton, Holder, Napolitano, and Rice to his team. This is his team so far:

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Peter Orszag
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
Secretary of Commerce Bill Richardson*
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle*

*Richardson and Daschle have apparently been named by sources close to the campaign as soon to be designated.

Better Know a Member

October 16, 2008

Today we’re here with Andy Sookram the Secretary of the College Democrats.

Chris Puntarelli: So Andy what do you do as secretary?
Andy Sookram: What do I do? Everything. I am a key component of this organization, that’s what I’m told.
CP:What brought you to college democrats?
AS: What brought me to college democrats?
CP: That was the question yes
AS: Brian standing on a table during student orientation during July 2007. I was looking for a pre law organization and I found college dems instead and Brian sold the organization to me.
CP: What are your future ambitions in the organization?
AS: I’m thinking…. I mean I’m already part of the e board, probably go higher, vice president, maybe president I don’t know time will tell. I need to see if the time is right in my life. The future is unknown.
CP: When we go to events you’re usually the only brown person out there. Do you think that the college democrats are reaching out enough to minorities?
AS: This is a tough one. In terms of our campus?
CP: In general
AS: I think they want us brown people. Us brown people don’t really find politics that interesting, because the families think we have to be bigger and better things such as doctors and pharmacists.
CP: recently Ian Rivera said that brown people are only doctors and pharmacists, would you like to address that?
AS: that is true, the majority of them that I know have desires and ambitions to become those things.

CP: So what do you do besides cd?
AS: what do I do? I have to choose my words wisely now. …… besides college democrats I do…… I enjoy watching sports, hanging out with friends and enjoying life.

CP: What do you think of the recent debates?
AS: I think that you know, both candidates still didn’t answer a single question. I think that Obama had to prove that independents voter that he’s the best candidate. He went into detail in his programs both domestic and foreign while McCain has been blabbering around and criticizing his campaign instead of what Obama does, which is lay out his plan. I don’t know what mccains healthcare policy is. How is he going to fund those things?
CP: do you like Barack because he’s also dark skinned? (more…)


September 28, 2008

It’s that time once again. I smell something bad, and it’s not Sarah Palin’s mooseburgers.

I call shenanigans!

This time I’m calling shenanigans on Kevin, Jay, and Derek. Who are these three? Well they are some ill informed, and sometimes outright absurd St. John’s students who seem to want to destroy Senator Obama’s image.

St. John’s University conducted a poll of students about the recent Presidential Debates. Stunningly a majority took Obama’s side in regards to who won.

Read what they wrote after the jump. (more…)

2008 Democratic National Convention

August 30, 2008
Illinois Senator Barack Obama with his family react to applause on the stage at Invesco field to accepts his parties nomination for President of the United States of America. The final night of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Co. John Leyba, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | John Leyba)

Illinois Senator Barack Obama with his family react to applause on the stage at Invesco field to accepts his parties nomination for President of the United States of America. The final night of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Co. John Leyba, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | John Leyba)

I recently came out of shock.

The speeches, the emotions, everything was overload. Never would I have imagined that this year would be the year to change history.

We are all making history right now, the 18 million people who voted for Senator Obama, the 18 million people who voted for Senator Clinton. All of us, joined together to make Barack Obama the first African American candidate for President from a major political party. From Ted Kennedy’s emotional speech recalling John F. Kennedy, to Dennis Kucinich’s spine chilling speech telling American to “wake up”, to Hillary’s speech telling us “no McCain” to Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama’s speech.

All 80,000+ Americans in Denver witnessed it 38,300,000 Americans watched it from their homes, even more watched it online, or read about it in their papers.

Every word was one to remember. Every moment was historical. Below I have chosen two parts of Senator Obama’s speech which stuck with me for one reason or another.

Dream Ticket Redux?

June 27, 2008

OK, I have never thought that the whole “dream ticket” idea was too good of an idea, let alone dreamy. While they do have different strengths, I was always more concerned with their diversity and wide array of weaknesses.

For anyone who was paying attention today, Barack and Hillary campaigned together for the first time, according to CNN, in a conveniently selected place called Unity, NH. To top it off, they both reportedly received exactly the same amount of votes in that town during the Primary. I turned it on knowing how contrived and scripted it would probably appear. It began with them embracing each other. It was like watching two sworn enemies give each other a hug…a hug that they had rehearsed for 4 hours prior to the event – one arm or two, kiss on the cheek or whisper in the ear, to the left or to the right, 75* hug angle or the more business-like 90*, ‘loosen up Hillary, you’re making it look like Barack is groping you’.  I practically expected to see Bill Clinton in the audience with his arm around a black woman while kissing a black baby.

I expected to watch this dual speech and feel the cynic within me following along with an imaginary script. I expected to read into their speeches far too easily, picking out both the soundbytes and the bullet points. However, at some point during the two speeches, something happened to me. The cynicism and pessimism inside of me vanished without much warning and were replaced by feelings of catharsis and destiny. Hillary’s muscle with Obama’s finesse. Hillary’s experience with Obama’s instinct. It suddenly all made sense, both from a political and romantic view. Hillary’s appeal to the working-class, Obama’s appeal to college grads. Hillary’s ethos with Obama’s pathos. Maybe I’m being a bit idealistic, not focusing on the swing-state appeal of a VP from a state in contention, missing the guy who would carry a strong military record, ignoring the long-tenured Senator with a strong voting record a mile long. It’s possible, but capriciousness and idealism aren’t character flaws, they’re traits that give one the ability to see outside the proverbial box…even if the box can hold the Atlantic Ocean.

While that ticket still might not feel like a dream, it’s certainly no nightmare either.

It’s official. Clinton’s out.

June 7, 2008

Today, Senator Hillary Clinton officially suspended her campaign and endorsed presumptive nominee Barack Obama. Even though it was, in some people’s opinions, a couple of days late, it was done very appropriately and well. Although the past 16 months have been extremely tiresome and sometimes bitter for both of the candidates, it is my firm belief that Clinton supporters and Obama supporters will set aside their differences now and fight in unity in the name of the Democratic Party.

“We may have started on separate journeys but today our paths merged,” said Clinton during her speech today in Washington. Quotes like that are bound to give Republicans problems falling asleep each night as we get closer to November. If you combine the grassroots organizing capabilities of the Obama campaign with the Clinton political machine, you have an unstoppable force. I’m not saying that Clinton has to be Vice President in order to completely utilize her powers, she just needs to throw all her support behind Obama, which she started doing today.

If there are any Republicans out there that doubt that the Democratic Party can unite and emerge as one in the fight for the White House, they are certainly wrong. All because the race for the nomination was not exactly lovely by any measure, it doesn’t mean that flocks of Clinton supporters are going to hurry on over to the misguided views of George W. Bush and John McCain. Democrats know that bringing troops back home, revitalizing the economy, making college more affordable and making health care a given right to every citizen of the United States is way more important than some childish party differences.