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CNN Political Analyst and author of "A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Senator Hillary Clinton personally assured Barack Obama today that she recognizes he has won the Democratic nomination for president, and that “I’m prepared to help in any way I can,” according to a person familiar with their conversation.
Though she would prefer to be on his ticket as the vice presidential nominee, said this person, Senator Clinton has said her only requirement as the campaign goes forward is that “she be a player in the whole process. She doesn’t necessarily want to leave the Senate, but she does want to be sure that key people from her campaign will have a role in Obama’s presidential campaign and—if he wins the presidency—his administration.”
“Yes, it is somewhat a power play for vice president,” said this person, a Clinton supporter in Washington with whom she sometimes counsels on important matters. “But being on the ticket is not a requirement” for her unqualified help, especially in convincing her supporters to embrace Obama’s candidacy. “Her speech [Tuesday night] was about being a player and making sure she was a player.”
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Mary Anne Fox
Here We Go Again...
I feel like we just finished last year's Planet in Peril and already here I am with cameramen Phil and Neil in Northern Rwanda filming Planet in Peril: Battle Lines.
The three of us are what you can call the "advance team". When possible, we get to the locations early to begin filming, go over logistics and meet with possible characters to interview. I always enjoy this time to really soak in our surroundings – the people, the landscape, and the food.
We're here in Rwanda to tell the story on how the conservation of wildlife can actually help rebuild a country. The Mountain Gorillas have done just that for Rwanda, despite its tragic history which left the country in shambles in 1994. In 2007 alone, the Mountain Gorillas brought in more than 7 million U.S. dollars; making tourism the third largest generator of foreign capital for this small country.
Over the next week, we'll be spending time in the villages impacted by the ecotourism industry, talk to guides who put their life on the line during the genocide to protect the gorillas and perhaps one of the most incredible opportunities ever – time in the forest with one of the most magnificent and endangered animals on the face of the planet.
Editor's note: You can read about this and other Planet in Peril stories here.
Today, I bring you a few things you may have missed in this primary frenzy… in no particular order:
“Hello, Big Brother? Go away!”
Northeastern University researchers tracked more than 100,000 people through their cell phones without these people knowing. Sure, the study wasn’t done here, and that kind of tracking would reportedly be illegal in the US, but those facts don’t make me feel all that great. My phone wasn’t tracked but I still feel violated.
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It was the eyes of the baby elephant that got to me: they were gone. Lying next to its mother, who along with 64 others, had been savagely slain for their ivory a few months ago. Slain by nomads who had lived off the same land as them for eons. Why would they do this? To them the elephants are only lumbering animals, and who cares anyway, they’d say, when there is so much misery and suffering across the boarder in Sudan.
I stand in the Zakouma National Park in Southern Chad, trying to make sense of this senselessness. Why would I even be here? Simple. I am looking for the conflict lines which are to become the theme of Planet in Peril 2.
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Political Director, The Huffington Post
Senator Clinton's speech last night was a justifiably proud recitation of her accomplishments over the course of this campaign, but it did not end right. She didn't do what she should have done. As hard and as painful as it might have been, she should have conceded, congratulated, endorsed and committed to Barack Obama. Therefore the next 48 hours are now as important to the future reputation of Hillary Clinton as the last year and a half have been.
I am disappointed. As a long time Hillary Clinton supporter and more importantly, an admirer, I am sad that this historic effort has ended with such a narrow loss for her. There will be the appropriate "if onlys" for a long time to come. If only the staff shakeup happened earlier; if only the planning in caucus states had more focus; if only Hillary had let loose with the authentic human and connecting voice she found in the last three months of the campaign. If only. If only. I have written many times on this site about the talents of Hillary Clinton and why I thought she'd make a great President.
After last night's final primary, she was only about pledged 100 delegates behind him. Ironic that after not wanting to make the decision for so long, it was in fact, the superdelegates who made the decision. But I guess they did so for another reason...
On a train to New York, and I am considering the next move in this unending saga called Election 2008, with the battlefield of the general election suddenly rolling out before us.
Specifically, I'm looking at a pile of newspapers, and paging through websites that are mulling this idea of Clinton as Veep for Obama.
So much talk is being logged around this idea of what she could bring to him, in terms of support, but it seems to me that the evidence of this campaign shows that to be an incomplete way of viewing this situation.
The missing part of this "Hillary on the ticket" idea is the same thing that torpedoed her campaign. It does not address her "negative" factor. There are undeniably people who like her, and might come to Obama if he takes her on as running mate, but many others may be turned away by that very move.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Editor, The Nation
A week ago I expressed my hope that Senator Hillary Clinton would exit this historic race, gracefully, with dignity, after the last primaries. A smart op-ed by Anna Holmes in the New York Times this past Sunday suggests one way Clinton might manage to do just that – starting with a speech that offers an expansive message for all women – especially for a future generation of women who could be energized and moved by her campaign, rather than deflated by it.
Holmes argues, “Of course there’s been sexism throughout this campaign. But at this point, keeping track of every tone-deaf criticism matters less than delivering an active, impassioned response. Senator Clinton is the one woman in America right now who has the perspective, and the responsibility, to give that response.”
Senator Clinton could deliver a rousing speech that challenges us to examine the structural sexism in our media, culture and politics. She could challenge the media to bring on more women of all ages, races, and views, as Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell recently called on her newspaper to do....
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360° Senior Producer
Today reminds me of that odd feeling when you see a heavily promoted "Season Finale" on TV, but you know a whole new season begins any minute–right after your too quick summer vacation.
Sure, the amazing and gripping Obama vs. Hillary contest is over... But what now–does he pick her as running mate, win over her supporters and heal the party–and get Wild Bill rustling up trouble, to boot?
Or does he pick some lesser mortal to form some dream-is-over ticket, and hope everyone will forget the valiant but too-late rally by Hillary and her supporters, and let him get on with the real title fight with John McCain?
The fellow parents waiting at my daughter's bus stop this morning could talk about nothing else. Daughters? Oh yeah–bye!! Love you!!
What's your view?