Hillary Diane Rodham is born in at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, the first child of homemaker Dorothy, nee Howell, and textile entrepreneur Hugh. For much of her childhood she lives in Park Ridge in a two-story home on Elm and Wisner streets with her parents and brothers, Hugh Jr and Anthony.
She attends Eugene Field elementary school, Ralph Waldo Emerson middle school, Maine Township East and Maine Township South high schools in Illinois. Her family encourage her to develop an independent, professional career.
I wasn’t born a First Lady or a senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a lawyer or an advocate for women’s rights and human rights. I wasn’t born a wife or mother. I was born an American in the middle of the twentieth century, a fortunate time and place.
Enrolls at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, as a political science major. She serves as President of the College Republicans in her freshman year. Reflecting her political views:
Can one be a mind conservative and a heart liberal?
Clinton is interviewed about becoming Arkansas first lady. She talks about privacy, the couple’s young age, children, and her relationship:
I’m very lucky because I married Bill when he was a defeated politician. He had lost his race for Congress, and I had known him for a period of time before that in law school, before I ever knew really that he was interested in politics and had an opportunity to get to know him. We have, for me, an excellent marriage. I’m not sure that it would suit other people, because the kinds of strains that we’ve been talking about, being in the public eye, being separated from one another are ones that not everyone could live with…But I really believe in what he’s doing, I think that he’s a superb human being as well as a good politician, so that for me, those are sacrifices that I’m willing to make, and he’s very supportive of me and everything that I do, and I try to do as much as I can for him so that, I think there are strains in any marriage, and a political marriage, of course, has strains, but I’m not so sure that any marriage doesn’t have their own particular kinds of strains and each couple has to work out an accommodation for whatever reasons there may be. So that we’ve worked out ours and we’re very happy , and I just hope that other people can work our their strains as well as I think we have.
The Clintons are interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about if they argue, and if Bill has ever thought about quitting his presidency. Bill:
I wanted the voters to make up their mind. If the voters say, ‘Hey we think some other person will be a better president!’ I will go home a happy man to the life that I’ve got. It’s a wonderful life.
Clinton talks about women’s rights in a speech to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women:
We focus world attention on issues that matter most in our lives — the lives of women and their families: access to education, health care, jobs and credit, the chance to enjoy basic legal and human rights and to participate fully in the political life of our countries. What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, free from violence, and have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. When families flourish, communities and nations do as well. Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.
Clinton wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album for It Takes A Village.
Bush talks about being compared to Clinton:
I am going to be Laura Bush. Every first lady has been different, and she has used her passion for the benefit of our nation. For example, Lady Bird Johnson made a huge contribution to our country through her love of nature—the Highway Beautification Act was really the start of the environmental movement. That’s pretty radical.
Clinton says she believes abortion should remain a legal option but should be safe and rare. She adds that making alternatives acceptable will lower the number of abortions performed.
I think abortion should remain legal, but it needs to be safe and rare. And I have spent many years now, as a private citizen, as First Lady, and now as senator, trying to make it rare, trying to create the conditions where women have other choices. I have supported adoption, foster care. I helped to create the campaign against teenage pregnancy, which fulfilled our original goal 10 years ago of reducing teenage pregnancies by about a third. And I think we have to do even more.
Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health.
She grew angry when a Republican accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the attack stemmed from a protest.
With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.
Clinton said that there were at least 20 other U.S. diplomatic posts under serious security threat, but declined to name them at the public session.
Senator Bob Corker saying the Benghazi attack and the U.S. response displayed “woeful unpreparedness” for the events sweeping the region. Senator Rand Paul said Clinton should have been fired.
Clinton repeated comments she made on October 15, said: “I take responsibility,” and said she had accepted all the recommendations of an independent panel that investigated the incident and that held lower-level officials responsible.
Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure.
Clinton also defended Ambassador Rice:
People have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of, you know, misleading Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The New York Daily News reports that closeups of Secretary of State Clinton taken during her Senate testimony Wednesday revealed that her head injury last month left her with lingering vision problems. As she testified about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, Clinton appeared to have tiny vertical lines etched onto the left lens of her new brown glasses.
Clinton’s spokesman confirmed Thursday night she is wearing the special glasses as a result of the fall and concussion she suffered last month, but he did not elaborate. Experts told the Daily News that Clinton likely has a Fresnel prism placed on her glasses. The adhesive panel is used to treat double vision. After her fall and concussion, Clinton was later hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia for a blood clot near her brain.
A British Pakistani student asked Hillary Clinton during her Tuesday morning “Townterview,” farewell event what her lasting regret was:
“Well, certainly the loss of American lives in Benghazi was something that I deeply regret and am working hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent,” Clinton responded. “When you do these jobs, you have to understand at the very beginning that you can’t control everything.”
Clinton also said there are “terrible situations” playing out in the Congo and Syria and said she wished there were clear paths for the international community to solve those crises as well.
In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday (1 Feb), Clinton told AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that the furor over the assault would not affect whether she runs for president in 2016. She also said that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world,” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system.
I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts, refused to accept the findings of an independent Accountability Review Board, politicized everything about this terrible attack. My job is to admit that we have to make improvements and we’re going to.
There are some people in politics and in the press who can’t be confused by the facts. They just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that’s regrettable. It’s regrettable for our political system and for the people who serve our government in very dangerous, difficult circumstances.
Regarding here critics, Clinton said she refused to be “discouraged by the fact that they are never going to accept the facts and the limitations of the facts.”
You have to get up every day and work to do best you can and communicate that to the vast majority of fair-minded Americans whether they’re in Congress, in the press or in the public.
At a Thursday hearing in the Senate, Republican Ted Cruz asked both Leon Panetta and General Dempsey if they had been in contact with Hillary Clinton
CRUZ: In between 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time, when the first attacks started, and 5:15 am, when Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods lost their lives, what conversations did either of you have with Secretary Clinton?
PANETTA: We did not have any conversations with Secretary Clinton
CRUZ: And General Dempsey, the same is true for you?
Four months after Clinton leaves office her email server is moved to Platte River Networks., New Jersey. All of Clinton’s e-mails are then migrated to a new server.
Lewinsky writes an essay for Vanity Fair, detailing her personal feelings about her affair with former president Bill Clinton. This is the first time Lewinsky has addressed the affair in detail in a public forum. Lewinsky claims the broken silence is a form of “taking back my narrative” to “give a purpose to my past.” The piece describes the way the Clinton administration branded Lewinsky as a perpetrator, claiming she “was made a scapegoat in order to protect his [Clinton’s] powerful position.”
That was one of the worst days of my life. I was a virgin to humiliation of that level until that day. To be in the vortex of this media maelstrom was quite alarming, and frightening and confusing. I think a lot, too, had to do with the fact that I was a woman. To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context…it was excruciating.
She details the difficulty she had in finding employment, as well as the moral conflict she felt over lucrative offers to share her story with the media. Her goal moving forward, she writes, is to help victims of online harassment, claiming that she was “possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”
Clinton’s upcoming book, Hard Choices, will reflect how she defines her legacy as part of Obama team. The book be available for purchase in June 10,2014, Publisher Simon & Schuster say in a statement and will offer an “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges that Clinton faces as secretary of state”. Clinton:
All of us face hard choices in our lives
At an event in Denver, Clinton makes supportive statements on the Obama Administration’s trade for Bowe Bergdahl. She believes Bergdahl would not have lasted more than the five years he was already in captivity. She also notes that retrieving soldiers is a noble tradition that the U.S. holds. Clinton did not answer directly whether she would have made the trade if in office herself, however she stands behind the decision.
American allies often make such deals.
Clinton reveals in Hard Choices, her yet to be released book, that she accepts responsibility for lives lost in the attack but refuses to enter into debate on her actions as she believes “a regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation and flat-out deceit” is floating in the air. Clinton said she ordered an investigation within nine days of the attack and has implemented all 29 recommendations by the Accountability Review Board.
Clinton insists that the event is blown out of proportion by some media persons and political opponents She refuses to react to the criticism as she believes America needs to stop politicizing issues related to dead Americans.
Clinton will promote her new memoir, Hard Choices, at CNN’s town hall on June 17. Christiane Amanpour moderates the show. CNN expects Clinton to take questions from the audience and Amanpour with “nothing off limits”. The town hall will offer Clinton an opportunity to clarify her position during the events surrounding the Benghazi attack.
Paul tells the press that Clinton’s book, Hard Choices, is not impressive and not worth plagiarizing. He makes no positive statements about any part of the book, and references Harry Potter as a better read. Paul finds it unlikely that he will read another Clinton publication and calls it a waste of time.
I read a lot of books, and it’s rare that I don’t find a passage or two to lift here or there.
Clinton appears on ABC News in an interview with Diane Sawyer, in which Sawyer presses Clinton on the issue of the attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. After a lot of discussion, Clinton publicly admits responsibility for the first time, saying
I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.
Clinton reveals that she and Bill faced financial trouble following his tenure as President.
We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know; piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.
The couple resolved their financial problems and built up a net worth of $50 million.
Clinton’s memoir, titled Hard Choices, is released. It describes her world travels and her work as a public diplomat. The book leaves out several important political events, including the Edward Snowden scandal, and is noted for its lack of White House gossip, or observations about other politicians.
Early sales disappoint for Hard Choices, Clinton’s memoir of her time with the State Department. Publisher Simon & Schuster is ‘nervous’ after 60,000 hard covers and 24,000 e-books are sold in the first week, compared with a target of 150,000 hardcovers. One million copies are reported to be shipped before the June 10 publication date. An industry source on the sales:
Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster […] They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime. It’s a bomb but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.
Bill defends Hillary after she receives negativity for her comments about their financial situation. He corroborates Hillary’s comment that they were broke after leaving the White House and says that she is “not out of touch.” He says that Hillary is an advocate for the working class and that they even shop at the local grocery store and talk with the townfolk. Bill also criticizes that reporters have taken Hillary’s charity work out of context, and shares the story of Hillary offering free legal services and advocating for paid leave for pregnant women. He comments:
You just have to be transparent and tell the truth
University of Nevada students do not support Hillary’s $225,000 compensation for her upcoming October visit. In light of the school’s new tuition raise plans, students are upset with the large expense. Although the University says private funds will pay Hillary, some students feel as if the money could go towards tuition decreases. The undergraduate student body president comments that the University is trying to improve its offerings despite it negatively affecting current students. The event will be invitation only for philanthropists and investors who support the University, with various fees from $200 to $20,000. The Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation confirms the fall speech, however the Clinton team says the money will not go towards their own foundation.
During a PBS interview with Gwen Ifill of PBS Newshour, Clinton apologizes for her recent comments concerning her wealth. Clinton tells
I shouldn’t have said the five or so words that I said, but my inartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am.
Clinton also told Ifill that you’ve got to be:
a little crazy to run for president.
While being interviewed by the BBC, Clinton confuses Britain’s political parties, thus incorrectly slating them as rivals. Asked by the host what she thought of the special relationship between the US and Britain, Clinton replies:
There’s not just a common language, but a common set of values that we can fall back on. It doesn’t matter in our country whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat or frankly, in your country, whether it’s a Conservative or a Tory. There is a level of trust and understanding. That doesn’t mean we always agree because, of course, we don’t.
“Tory” is another name for the Conservative Party in Britain.
Clinton’s book, Hard Choices, is knocked out of its number one spot on the bestseller’s list by Edward Klein’s Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas. Klein’s book is about tensions between Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas. Hard Choices still leads the list in Hardcover Nonfiction, but trails when print and e-books are combined. Nielsen Bookscan figures show Carson has sold 162,000 books, while Clinton has sold 177,000.
Stewart interviews Hillary Clinton in promotion of her upcoming book. During the interview, Stewart attempts to get Clinton to make the big announcement of her presidential candidacy on his show. Clinton:
You kind of spoiled it, so I have to reconsider where I go do it.
Clinton says that Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for the crash of Malaysian Airline flight MH17.
I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly — through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian Special Forces and intelligence agents — bears responsibility for what happened.
Paul criticizes Clinton’s foreign policy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, saying that interventionism led to the rise of ISIS:
To interventionists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, we would caution that arming the Islamic rebels in Syria created a haven for the Islamic State. We are lucky Mrs. Clinton didn’t get her way and the Obama administration did not bring about regime change in Syria. That new regime might well be ISIS.
[…] Those who say we should have done more to arm the Syrian rebel groups have it backward. This is not to say the U.S. should ally with Assad. But we should recognize how regime change in Syria could have helped and emboldened the Islamic State, and recognize that those now calling for war against ISIS are still calling for arms to factions allied with ISIS in the Syrian civil war.
The Clintons make a joint statement regarding the death of de la Renta.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey. We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives.
Clinton breaks her silence over the use of her personal email account as Secretary of State.
In a press conference Clinton says she used a private e-mail account to conduct State Department business for “convenience”. She says she has released more than 27,500 emails (from a total of 62,320) that involved official government e-mail addresses, such as those addressed to .gov addresses, names of government officials and Clinton’s staff, but also for terms including “Benghazi” and “Libya.” 31,830 e-mails were deemed personal and deleted. She said she did not discuss classified information on her personal e-mail.
I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two…Looking back it would have been better to use separate phones and two separate e-mail accounts. I thought one (mobile) device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way…I have no doubt we have done exactly what we should have done.
Clinton said she “chose not to keep” personal e-mails:
No one wants their personal e-mails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy.
When asked about the impact of the controversy on whether she will run for President:
I trust the American people to make their decisions about political and public matters and I feel that I’ve taken unprecedented steps to provide these work-related emails, they’re going to be in the public domain, and Americans will find that interesting and I look forward to having that discussion.
The Associated Press files a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. The AP’s FOIA requests–and their lawsuit–are trying to uncover materials related to Clinton’s public and private calendars; correspondence with aides, especially the documents related to the decision to grant a longtime aide a special position within the department; and emails concerning the Osama bin Laden raid and National Security Agency surveillance practices.
After careful deliberation and exhausting our other options, The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents, which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton, a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, during some of the most significant issues of our time.
Clinton talks about having sleepaway camps for adults and more relationship-building in Washington, at the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey’s Tri-State CAMP Conference.
We really need camps for adults. None of the serious stuff … I think we have a fun deficit in America…If you don’t build relationships with people and all you do is show up to argue or show up to point fingers, you can’t get anything done.
Gowdy claims that Clinton wiped her email server clean and refuses to turn it over to an independent third party for investigation.
Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.
Clinton says she will announce her run for President on Sunday on Twitter.
During a press conference in Panama at the Summit of the Americas, Obama talks about Clinton as next President:
She was a formidable candidate in 2008, she was a great supporter of mine in the general election, she was an outstanding secretary of state, she is my friend, I think she would be an excellent president.
Asked whether he hopes she campaigns on his record:
I’m not on the ballot. So I’m not going to step on her lines. When she makes a decision to announce, I’m confident that she will be very clear about her vision for the country.
Clinton announces she will run for President in 2016, in a video called Getting Started. The video features a group of Americans talking about preparing for different life events.
I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president. Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it’s your time, and I hope you’ll join us on this journey.
Clinton wants the Supreme Court to rule in favor of legitimizing same-sex marriage to establish full equality for gay couples on a national basis. Spokesperson:
Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right.
The Clinton Foundation says its disclosure of foreign donations is “stronger than ever.” Acting CEO Pally says the foundation will only accept donations from “a handful of governments.”
When Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, we took unprecedented steps to avoid potential conflicts of interest by going above and beyond what is required of any philanthropy and instituted voluntary annual disclosure of all donors on our website.
Pally also pushes back at specific criticism of donations linked to Giustra and a charity he established. Pally stresses that the charity is independent, and that Giustra established it in Canada so that Canadians could receive a tax credit for their donations to support the Clinton Foundation.
But as it is a distinct Canadian organization, separate from the Clinton Foundation, its individual donors are not listed on the site. This is hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency — unlike in the U.S., under Canadian law, all charities are prohibited from disclosing individual donors without prior permission from each donor.
In response to charges of conflict of interest in Schweizer’s forthcoming book Clinton Cash, the Clinton Foundation admits that it made “mistakes” as the philanthropy grew but maintains that it did not intentionally do anything wrong.
Yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future.
Schweizer says that he did not have “direct evidence” of ethical misconduct, but says the pattern he uncovered should raise eyebrows and trigger an investigation.
Clinton’s campaign changes its Facebook and Twitter avatars to a gay-friendly rainbow-flag version of the H-arrow logo. This change comes as arguments begin in the Supreme Court aimed at finally resolving two key remaining questions over gay marriage.
Clinton reacts to the Baltimore riots.
It is heartbreaking. The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples’ homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system.
Graham strongly opposes Clinton’s proposal to expand President Obama’s offer of deportation relief to undocumented parents of children brought to the U.S. illegally.
What she’s doing is ensuring a third wave of illegal immigration. I think there’ll be a backlash in this country.
Sanders denies that he would be a “spoiler” for the electoral chances of the establishment favorite:
Maybe I shouldn’t say this: I like Hillary Clinton.
Sanders asks if the media would “allow us to have a serious debate?”
Or is the only way you get media attention by ripping apart somebody else?
On the subject of her vote in favor of the Iraq war Clinton states:
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. What we now see is a very different and very dangerous situation.