A Hillary Birthday Testimonial from a Longtime Staffer

25 Oct 2013

tanden and hillaryNeera Tanden offered a lovely testimonial on Hillary Clinton in Politico entitled “Hillary Is No Quitter.”   Most striking is her discussion of Hillary Clinton’s dedication, kindness to her staff and ability to rebound after difficult setbacks.

Clearly, those who have worked with her, and supporters who researched her record, were already well aware of qualities that millions have only just discovered during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Below are a few selected snippets, but I encourage you to read Ms. Tanden’s article in its entirety.

Since Neera Tanden worked with Clinton for 11 years, it is refeshing to read the impressions of someone with first hand knowledge who can refute the idiotic, abhorrent Hillary-caricature we have had to endure these last two decades from media and opposing politicians:

“When she was fighting for women’s rights in 1995, or health care for most of the past 20 years, she did so with tenacious determination. Whether she greeted factory workers in Ohio at 4 a.m. as the first shift started during a grueling primary campaign in 2008, or fought on when many thought hope was lost, her ability to persevere has had an enduring, positive impact on the country’s long-term view of her.

I was 27 years old when I first started working for Hillary [snip]. Even as the most junior staff member, she sought my ideas on issues and talked to me as a colleague.

…Contrary to the public caricature of her as cold, she went out of her way to envelop all of us who worked for her, making us feel part of an effort larger than ourselves.

She mentored and encouraged the group of women who later became known as “Hillaryland,” celebrated our success and stood with us in the trying times…

…Her tenacity was there in the spotlight on high-profile issues, but it also was there on issues when no one was paying attention, and the odds were long and getting longer.

In the White House, she quietly pushed to increase breast cancer research until it got done, and later in the Senate, she kept her head down and ferociously fought for needs of New York’s first responders who got sick after Sept. 11.”

Ms. Tanden also points out that Secretary Clinton has even won the respect of many of her adversaries because of her grit  and tireless work ethic — which incidentially, are not  qualities that match with “harpy” or “entitled.”  And as to the dubbing of Clinton’s staffers as “Hillaryland,” you cannot inspire the kind of loyalty she has and be the harridan of pundits’ fantasies.

As we head closer to 2016, here’s hoping we will get more debunking of the old sour grapes put forth by Maureen Dowd and company.

Here’s to you, Madame Secretary, and not that I’m pushing, but…here’s my wish that you’ll be sworn in on January 20th, 2016.

Happy, Happy Birthday.  And thank you for all you do!





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