By Audrey Mann Cronin
Editor’s Note: We are announcing “Me and the Clintons”–a photo jam of your favorite snapshot with our famous family! Inside Chappaqua invites all residents to submit one photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include as many as we can in our back to school September/October 2012 edition and on our site, www.insidechappaqua.com. Please include all relevant information about the picture and identify persons from left to right. Thank you in advance.
As we inch closer to the Presidential election, what seems to be on everyone’s mind is, “Will Hillary run for president in 2016?” This month’s “Leader’s Digest” centers around Hillary’s international impact and her many honors, Bill’s return to the campaign trail and Chelsea’s influence on the youth vote. Here is what our esteemed neighbors have been up to…
Former President Bill Clinton: Obama, Bill Clinton Join Forces as Romney-Obama Race Heats Up If case you had any doubts, don’t–Bill Clinton’s fully on board President Barack Obama’s re-election effort. “Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected president of the United States,” the former president said, as he joined the current officeholder at a fundraiser for the Obama re-election campaign. Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership.
Clinton Endorsement Carries Candidates to Victory Bill Clinton has had a major impact this primary season with his endorsement carrying candidates to victory. According to Democratic strategist Jef Pollock, “President Clinton can be very effective and remains popular with a broad range of voters who will be key swing groups come November.” Indeed, Clinton is also one of the few politicians who gives his wife a run for her money in the popularity department. A Pew poll from about a year ago (the most recent we could find) showed 67 percent of people viewing the former president favorably, including 27 percent who viewed him very favorably.
Bill Clinton “Happy” if Hillary Runs in 2016 It has been reported that Bill Clinton weighed in on the prospects of his wife Hillary running for president in 2016. In an interview with Good Morning America he said, “It’s entirely up to her. I believe that she’s being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn’t think she’ll go back into politics. If she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives, I’ll be happy; if she changes her mind and decides to run, I’ll be happy.”
Dreaming of Hillary in 2016 Hillary Clinton holds the record for being named Gallup’s most admired woman, 16 years to be exact. Her favorability ratings among the general population are in the mid-sixties and among Democrats she has an 86 percent favorability score.
The question now is what is she going to do with this stockpile of good feeling?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied that she will seek elected office after stepping down from her current position. More specifically, she has denied interest in running for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.
Secretary Hillary Clinton Urges U.N. Pressure on Syria U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged such diplomatic actions would likely be vetoed.
Clinton’s comments to Western and Arab diplomats from the so-called “Friends of Syria” group came as the head of the United Nations accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of failing to honor a peace plan that recently went into effect.
Hillary Clinton Honored by TIME On April 24th at Lincoln Center, TIME magazine held a gala honoring its picks for the 100 most Influential People in the World–including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the TIME issue, each honoree was recognized. In tribute to Hillary, Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, “In a world that is ever more complex, turbulent and dangerous, Secretary Clinton, 64, has made a singular contribution to strengthening this country’s relationships with allies, partners and friends; rallying other countries to join us in dealing with challenges to the global order, from Libya and Iran to the South China Sea; and reaching out to people in scores of countries to demonstrate that America cares about them.”
Chelsea Clinton: Board Member, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative. Chelsea Clinton on ‘Change Makers,’ the Youth Vote, and More “Young people should look to politics to be the ‘change makers’ they want to see–by both voting and running,” Chelsea Clinton said in a joint interview with her father after the recent Clinton Global Initiative University meeting.
Now that Chelsea is somewhat of an elder stateswoman at age 32, she said, she sees today’s students looking not only for a way to contribute but to become “change makers” themselves, “I hope that young people will also look to politics as a vehicle to not only have their voices heard, but actually to be the change makers that they want to see. They are disaffected, understandably, but I hope that young people will not only turn out to vote but also run for office.”
Freelance writer Audrey Mann Cronin is president of Mann Cronin PR, a marketing, communications and social media consultancy. However, she considers her highest office as the noble leader of the Cronin family. A Chappaqua resident, she has been the enthusiastic recipient of multiple Clinton family handshakes and fuzzy iPhone photos.