The Dems last hope of surviving Obamageddon

Not so much surviving the immediate annihilation, but more of a hope for a future regenesis amid the ashes of what was once the party of FDR.

Chelsea finally enters public life.

From NYT:

Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name
…for the most part, Ms. Clinton seemed determined to keep her private life strictly private, refusing to speak to the news media and requesting the same from her loyal inner circle. Now, however, talk turned to the notion that if she was going to face the downside of being the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, under the constant scrutiny of the news media, why not also take advantage of the upside?

Thus, in the past 12 months, she has joined the board of Barry Diller’s Internet media holding company, IAC/InterActiveCorp; spoken at fund-raisers for organizations like amfAR; taken an increasingly public role with the Clinton Global Initiative; presented an award to her mother at Diane Von Furstenberg’s International Women’s Day event; and hosted her father’s 65th birthday at a Hollywood benefit for the Clinton Foundation with fellow guests Lady Gaga and Bono. She has even started a Facebook page.

And in her most high-profile move so far, she has taken a job with NBC News as a special correspondent, contributing to the network’s “Making a Difference” franchise. On Dec. 12, Ms. Clinton will make her first appearance on the prime-time newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” with a segment she developed about a nonprofit organization in Pine Bluff, Ark.

As she headed to the airport in Little Rock, Ark., on Friday evening, after filming her NBC segment, Ms. Clinton discussed in a phone interview her decision to take on a more public role. “My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility,” she said.

Her move to television was a career shift she initiated, having her close advisers arrange interviews with top network executives and at one point working with the powerful Creative Artists Agency.

“For a multitude of reasons, she decided the time was right to more publicly own a responsibility she feels to serve in the public good,” said Bari Lurie, a former intern in the East Wing of the White House during the Clinton years, whom Ms. Clinton brought on as her chief of staff in September.

In an e-mail on Friday, Ms. Clinton wrote, “I hope to make a positive, productive contribution, as cheesy as that may sound.”

She added, “For most of my life, I deliberately led a private life in the public eye.”

But after campaigning for her mother’s presidential bid in 2008, Ms. Clinton realized that she liked speaking publicly about issues she felt strongly about. Her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, gave her some advice. “She told me being Chelsea Clinton had happened to me,” Ms. Clinton said, “and outside of my advocacy work and campaigning for my mom, I wasn’t doing enough in the world.”

Those conversations continued over the next couple of years — often coming up “when Marc and I were being hounded by the paparazzi for the silly reason du jour” — until Mrs. Rodham died in November. “I took what she said seriously — that I had led an inadvertently public life for a long time and maybe it was time to start leading a purposefully public life.”

I can see how her grandma’s passing could have a deep impact on her.

She’s a good kid, and almost all of America views her fondly. I hope she stays true to her liberal roots and doesn’t get sucked into the tribal progressive world-view.

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32 Responses to The Dems last hope of surviving Obamageddon

  1. myiq2xu says:

    She’ll be old enough to run for POTUS in 2016

    • teresainpa says:

      But she really needs to have been governor or senator for a while. I’d be happy to see her run in her late 40s or early 50s. Hope I am alive to see that first woman President. Hope that woman is as competent as Hillary would have been. sigh

      ps….there was another op ed piece this morning suggesting Obama ask Hillary to run as his VP. I’d be okay with that if he promised to resign right after the election.

  2. Three Wickets says:

    Neera Tanden posted this on fb yesterday. I’d almost forgotten how good Bill was at campaigning.

    • jjmtacoma says:


      He was an ordinary person who went to public school and had hot dogs for dinner with boxed mac & cheese. He probably played in a plastic wading pool during the summer and caught bugs in jars when he was a kid. He knows how to make it personal for other regular people.

      Since Clinton, the presidents have NEVER stepped foot in a regular person’s life and they never attended public schools. They don’t have a clue what life is like on median wages and they have never had friends who lived an ordinary American life either.

  3. foxyladi14 says:

    I am thrilled that Chelsea enters public life.I love the Clinton’s 🙂

  4. yttik says:

    Chelsea’s grandma was right. When you’re inadvertently thrust into the public light, you might as well grab the bull by the horns and make something out of it.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Good article on Chels ! Especially for the NYT who wasn’t too kind to her mom.

  6. guest says:

    Well, I don’t like the sound of this, from the article:

    As President Obama’s re-election campaign heats up, Ms. Clinton will most likely need to step back from news gathering to help raise money. An adviser said she would “100 percent” help him with his campaign.

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