On the face of it, Hillary Clinton certainly has an impressive resume. She was First Lady of the United States, U.S. Senator from New York, and most recently the Secretary of State. I suppose I could also mention that she was a contender for the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2008, but since most people usually don’t put their failures on their CV, I won’t mention it. Sorry for the slip, Hillary.
Now she’s promoting her newly-released book, Hard Choices. As I write this, her book is third in the Amazon.com bestselling rankings, and the bestselling book in the biographies category, so it must be pretty good, right? Well, not necessarily, if you go by the reviews posted at Amazon. Out of the 465 reviews so far, Hard Choices has gotten 150 five-star reviews, a smattering of two, three, and four-stars, and a whopping 275 one-star reviews. Interesting, I thought, so I read a couple of those rated most helpful by customers, and what I read wasn’t pretty.
For example, one reviewer called it “a very well written book about a lot of nothing.” Another wrote, “Supposed factual information is difficult to support, if not impossible to verify.” Still another, a bit more scathing, wrote, “The fact is, the book makes her look even more like an incompetent fool than she already does.”
What caught my eye was the last paragraph of the book overview which said, “Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use ‘smart power’ to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world – one in which America remains the indispensable nation.” Yes, it really says that, which I found laughable in light of the fact that she served as head of the State Department under the only president we’ve ever had who has done all he could to make America dispensable from the world stage. The jury’s still out on whether I’ll read it myself. At roughly 650 pages, it could either be a good, worthwhile read or a colossal waste of time. Somehow I suspect the latter, given the author. Why? Because I simply don’t trust her to tell the truth.
Hillary talked about her book and other topics in an NBC interview with Cynthia McFadden. When asked whether she would run for president in 2016, like all seasoned politicians, she downplayed it by giving reasons why she may decide not to. However, when asked if she kept a diary during the Benghazi attack, she said she kept notes, and the obvious next question was whether she would turn those notes over to an investigative House committee. In typical Hillary fashion, she glibly said, “They can read it in the book.” I wondered yet again which one has the most undeservedly inflated sense of self importance – Hillary herself, or Barack Obama?
In another interview, Hillary claimed she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House. Not only that, but she also elaborated further by saying that while Secretary of State, “The most important thing I did was help restore America’s leadership around the world, and I think that was a very important accomplishment. We were flat on our back when I walked in there the first time. We were viewed as being untrustworthy because of the eight years that preceded us…”
Absolutely amazing. The arrogance and haughtiness, even the delusions of grandeur of this woman have truly reached Obamaesque proportions, complete with the blaming of the Bush administration for the problems she claims to have inherited. What Mrs. Clinton doesn’t seem to understand is that we all inherit problems left by our predecessor when we take on a new job, whether we’re the President, the Secretary of State, a machinist, or working in a sewer treatment plant. Not only are her statements outright lies, but I sometimes think she actually believes them. No, she couldn’t. Besides, any problems left by the Bush cabinet were minuscule compared to the problems that will be left to the next President’s cabinet.
Bottom line, though, is Hillary going to run for President in 2016? Look, she’s Hillary. She’s going to do everything in her power to get nominated as the Democratic candidate – never mind what she said in the interview about wanting to just spend time being a grandmother. She’s a politican first and foremost. I just hope that her little January 23rd “What difference does it make?” diatribe finally spelled the end of her political career. Frankly, I think there’s a good chance of it, don’t you?