- Then-Senator Hillary Clinton officially announced she would run for President on January 20, 2007.
- Soon afterwards then-Senator Joe Biden officially signed papers with the FEC to run for President on January 31, 2007.
- And right on Biden's heels was then-Senator Barack Obama, who also announced his run for President on February 10, 2007.
There were 26 democratic primary debates between April 2007 and April 2008 (In contrast, there were only 6 democratic debates for the 2016 election).
Joe Biden dropped out of the race a year later on January 3, 2008 after a poor performance in the Iowa caucus.
As the clear front-runner at the time, Hillary was widely expected to clinch the democratic nomination early — and was constantly touting her "experience" back then. But after a long and contentious (and often mean and bitter) battle with Obama during the Democratic primary, Hillary withdrew on June 3, 2008. She only had 1,923 delegates (231 less than Obama) — which was 195 short of the 2,118 required to win the Democratic nomination.
Four days later after dropping out of the race, she endorsed Barack Obama as the presumptive nominee on June 7, 2008.
Not long afterwards (on June 22, 2008) Joe Biden also endorsed Barack Obama — and two months after that (on August 23, 2008) Biden was chosen as Obama's running mate. Four days later in a speech at the Democratic National Convention (on August 27, 2008) Bill Clinton also endorsed Obama:
"You know, I love this, and I thank you, but we have important work to do tonight. I am here first to support Barack Obama. And second, I'm here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden."
Maybe that was some "deal" worked out between Obama and the Clintons: Give her a cabinet post as a consolation prize for losing the primary. Then, in return, uncle Bill would campaign for Obama, and then tell everybody it was to help unite the party for the general election (and to beef up Hillary's résumé for her next possible presidential election).
In the general election on November 4, 2008 the Obama/Biden ticket defeated John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin. A few days later Hillary was offered a job from Obama as Secretary of the State. From the New York Times (November 2008):
The choice of Mrs. Clinton pleased many in the Democratic establishment who admire her strength and skills, and they praised Mr. Obama for putting the rancor of the campaign behind him ... But it could also disappoint many of Mr. Obama’s supporters, who worked hard to have him elected instead of Mrs. Clinton and saw him as a vehicle for changing Washington. Mr. Obama argued during the primaries that it was time to move beyond the Clinton era, and in particular, belittled her claims to foreign policy experience as a First Lady who circled the globe. Advisers said Mr. Obama concluded after the election that the problems confronting the nation were so serious that he needed Mrs. Clinton’s stature and capabilities as part of his team, notwithstanding their past differences. The bitterness that inhabited the Obama team for much of the year has faded with time, advisers said ... Mrs. Clinton had to accept that she might never become president, a former aide said. “There’s a very small chance that she could run again,” he said. “You’re not going to be the president, so you want to make sure your next few years, which may be your last in public life, really make a mark.” ... It is also not clear how Mrs. Clinton’s selection would affect the role and influence of Vice President-elect Joe Biden, whose expertise in foreign policy was a main reason Mr. Obama chose him for the job. Another complication was Mr. Clinton, whose extensive business and philanthropic activities around the world could pose conflicts of interest. Lawyers for both sides spent days combing through his finances and crafting guidelines for his future activities. People close to the vetting said Mr. Clinton turned over the names of all 208,000 donors to his foundation and library and agreed to every condition requested by Mr. Obama’s transition team, including restrictions on his paid speeches and his role at his international foundation. The lawyers agreed to notify all of the donors that their identities would be revealed to the Obama team, but it was not clear if they would all be made public.
Lately, Obama and the Clintons have had nothing but high praise for one another. As for Hillary, it's sometimes hard to tell who's the captain of whose fan club. After dissing each other for not having any foreign policy experience during the 2007/08 primaries — now Hillary is vehemently criticizing Senator Bernie Sanders for lacking foreign policy experience. But as one reader at the Boston Globe recently noted, "Hillary's only real experience is attributable to one thing: marrying Bill Clinton. If she hadn't done that she'd be an unheard of housewife/lawyer in Illinois doing real estate closings."
All the talk about Hillary Clinton's "experience" is a false argument. For one thing, besides having more experience than most of the GOP candidates, it can also be argued that Senator Bernie Sanders also has more experience than Hillary Clinton as well — and certainly has much more experience than President Obama had before he became our two-term president.
- Bernie was the mayor of Burlington Vermont from 1981 until 1989, and served in the House and Senate of Congress from 1990 to the present in 2016 (35 years of political office experience).
- Hillary was the First Lady from 1993 until 2001; a New York Senator from 2001 to 2009; and was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 (20 years of political office experience if you count First Lady as experience).
- Obama was an Illinois State senator from 1997 to 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 (11 years of political office experience).
At a recent campaign rally in Clinton, Iowa Hillary Clinton drew a modest group of 450 people. In her speech she recalled being in the White House Situation Room analyzing intelligence of a terrorist plot pegged to President Obama’s 2009 inauguration. "It came down to experience and judgment,” she said. The big problem with that story was, she wasn't the Secretary of State at the time ... unless she was secretly working in the Bush administration.
Hillary Clinton has been known to embellish stories to make herself sound more important, relevant and heroic. The most infamous story was during the 2008 election against Obama when she claimed her and her daughter came under sniper fire in Bosnia. In the 3-minute video below Mike Allen from Politico said, "Who knows if she misremembered, misspoke, exaggerated ... whatever. It makes the case for senator Obama that, all that experience she's been talking about, is at least partly her imagination."
The video shows Hillary Clinton — not being shot at — but partying with Sheryl Crow, who ended up endorsing Obama in 2008 instead. (Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem at the CNN Democratic presidential debate on October 13th last year, but has yet to decide who she'll endorse for 2016. She said she's hoping there will be a push among Democrats to help middle-class and poorer families by raising the minimum wage.)
In the video you'll also see Hillary comparing herself to Eleanor Roosevelt, and making the excuse for her false remarks by saying, "That's what I said when I was sleep deprived. You can read my book — I said something very different. Yeah, I misspoke", she said with a wave of her hand as her supporters were laughing it off.
Hillary is always plugging her books $$$. Since then, Hillary has said that her vote for 4,486 American deaths in the Iraq war was a "mistake". At an event in Iowa last year Hillary Clinton told reporters: "I made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple. And I have written about it in my book, I have talked about it in the past". (Yes Hillary, we are flush with cash, so we'll be sure to buy your damn books.)
Now the whole Clinton family (Hillary, Bill and Chelsea) are all campaigning against Senator Bernie Sanders — and not very nicely. So can you imagine them all endorsing Bernie at the next Democratic convention? And after he wins the democratic primary and general election, should Bernie also offer the former secretary a job? Another 4 more years in that position will look great on her résumé if she were ever to decide to run for President again (maybe against Bernie Sanders in 2020). After all, they say "Three times a charm!"
There's even some speculation (consternation) about Hillary possibly being Bernie's running mate after he wins the democratic nomination. Can you imagine a Sanders/Clinton ticket? Egads no! The Democrats would surely lose the general election with her on the ticket! Not one single Republican would ever vote for Bernie with her as VP — being just one heartbeat away from the Presidency. (But a Sanders/Warren ticket would make it a landslide win!)
In the 6-minute video below Hillary Clinton is at the CNN Iowa Democratic Presidential Town Hall (January 25, 2016) answering questions from members in the audience about her honesty, the lack of enthusiasm from young people (about her campaign) and income inequality. The first young man (a Bernie supporter named Taylor Gipple) said to her: "I've heard from a lot of people my age who think you're dishonest..." to which Hillary replied:
"Well, I think it really depends upon who you're seeing and talking to ... I've been around a long time. People have thrown all kinds of things at me, and I can't keep up with it. I just keep going forward — they fall by the wayside, they come up with all these outlandish things, they make these charges — I just keep going forward, because there's nothing to it. They throw all this stuff at me, and I'm still standing. But if you're new to politics, if it's the first time you really paid attention, you go "Oh my gosh! Look at all of this!" And you have to say to yourself, "Why are they throwing all of that?" Well I'll tell you why: Because I've been on the front line of change and progress since I was your age ..."
Of course, anybody born before 1980 knew exactly what Hillary was taking about: her husband Bill's infidelities and his impeachment, all the charges of his sexual assaults, and Monica Lewinsky's DNA-stained blue dress while the Clinton's occupied the White House — aka the vast right-wing conspiracy as she said in her own words. But the young man may not have even known about all that "stuff", and was only wondering about Hillary's false claims of being under sniper fire while she was partying with Sheryl Crow.
Then a young lady asked Hillary about income inequality, who responded: "I think it's fair to say that I have a 40 year record of going after income inequality (bla, bla, bla)." So then, with Hillary's 40 years of "experience", she must have done a piss-poor job on income inequality, because why else do we have so much more now than we did 40 years ago? Was she claiming that things would have been much worse without her personal efforts?
A third audience member (an older man) had praised her, and then asked her a question about foreign policy; but we already know about Hillary's foreign policy experience — because her vote for the Iraq war and her role as Secretary of State helped create ISIS. (If anybody hears a straight answer from her, please let me know.)
* Note: Her entire remarks at the forum would have been too long to post at
my YouTube account because (for some reason) YouTube started imposing a
15-minute limit on my videos. But all the full videos are posted at Youtube:
The CNN Iowa Democratic Presidential Town Hall Forum at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa on January. 25, 2016 that was moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo -- In the order that they spoke: