Holding Hands and Hauling Out Chelsea…

Clearly the Clintons are in full campaign mode once again. What other politicians would drag their 23+ daughter away from her job and boyfriend to take her on the “important” photo-ops. Poor girl has her own life…except during a campaign, when the hand-holding and “family unity” shots are required.

The Clintons, who live in Chappaqua, N.Y., had interrupted a visit to Israel to make a brief trip to Jordan at the invitation of King Abdullah II.

Stepping over broken glass, silver knives and napkins on a carpet soiled by blood and plaster dust, Bill and Hillary Clinton held hands to affirm their abhorrence of the bomb that tore through Wednesday’s wedding party.

Oh, come on, this is really sickening. “Holding hands to express abhorrence?” How does that work, exactly? Would the press write this about ANYONE but the Clintons?

I read this and all I can remember is Hillary kissing Suha Arafat on the cheek after Mrs. Arafat’s speech wherein she charged that Jews were killing Palestinian children by poisoning the water. Afterward, Hillary’s people said she hadn’t realized what Arafat was saying…she “had a bad translation.”

Everyone else there had an accurate translation, but the First Lady of the United States got a substandard one. Got that? You totally believe that, right?

Dear Lord, the insulting disingenuity of these people makes me want to vomit up a lung.

UPDATE: A blog for all notes that when the WTC was bombed in 1993, President Clinton never even visited the site, much less the victims as he rushed to do here in Jordan. Lawhawk rightly wonders why the need to do so in JORDAN?

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  • Ellen

    This image will show up on Herself’s campaign once she gets going.

  • convert

    Good grief, are there no real editors at the AP anymore? How exactly did the reporter divine this knowledge, that they were holding hands to “affirm their abhorrence”? At one time, Anchoress, I thought that there was no way the American people would fail to see the sickening lack of objectivity and professionalism of the press when it came to things Clinton, but now I’m not so sure. With the press able to actually convince people that BUSH LIED about WMD’s despite overwhelming evidence, despite Democrats own statements of assertion, etc. then I’m somewhat losing faith in the American’s sheeple’s ability to see through the fog. It’s really scary.

  • http://ohhowilovejesus.com Jeanette

    Off topic, Anchoress, but Polipundit himself is criticizing you in this post. Thought you should know so you can defend yourself.

    In the meantime this is my weak but pissed off defense for you.

  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    I went to my falafel shop yesterday and held hands with the owner.

    I’m hoping CNN airs the footage.

  • anniebird

    oh, I was going to be clever until I read the SC&A comment…forgot what I wanted to say because I’m giggling now:) Preserve those precious lungs, sister! The Clintons don’t deserve such a precious offering.

  • http://davejustus.blogspot.com/ Dave Justus

    I think criticizing the Clintons for hauling out Chelsea are unfair. That happens with all politicians. I don’t recall any criticisms of Bush for ‘hauling out the twins’ and disrupting their lives.

    I would also assume that Chelsea is happy to do this and supports her family and believes in their politics.

  • http://none Darrell

    I was touched. It takes a real tragedy for a married couple to hold hands, afterall.

  • gcotharn

    Dave-
    After Chelsea made it into her upper teens, she would conveeeiiiinnttly pop up whenever Bill had trouble – especially Monica trouble. I agree that pols traditionally use their older kids to some extent – the older kids surely WANT to help. However, if you are a veteran Clinton watcher, the entire Jordan hotel scene – including the appearance of Chelsea, makes you want to hur…urp… aaagh! – gotta go…

  • karen

    Wow, A. J said *pissed off* and she was getting really stoked at the end. I love good friends and Jennette sure is one of yours. What a blessing.

    Also, ditto Anniebird. Love it.

  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    Do the Clintons ~really~ live in Chappaqua?
    .
    Now that there has been a “Chelsea sighting,” does that mean she’s fair game for the press, like Jenna, Barbara, & Alexandra? And is her “boyfriend” off limits?
    .
    Enquiring minds wanna know!

  • TheAnchoress

    I think criticizing the Clintons for hauling out Chelsea are unfair. That happens with all politicians. I don’t recall any criticisms of Bush for ‘hauling out the twins’ and disrupting their lives.

    I think you can count on one hand the number of times the Bush twins have travelled with their parents and made themselves available during the trip for full photo-opping, not including the standard “family gathered at the convention” stuff we see everywhere. You do not see the grown children of politicians traveling the world with them whenever they are campaigning, unless that child is – like Karenna Gore – a campaign manager. Poor Chelsea is being hauled out like a prop, as she is every election, or whenever there is a bit of controversy brewing.

  • TheAnchoress

    Egad! Jeanette cussed, sort of! :-)

    I appreciate it, but really, don’t worry about it. I’ve never responded to the provocations of a blogger before, and I don’t know that I feel inclined to, now. I could if I wanted to, particuarly as Poli seems not to have really read what I wrote. Why worry about having Pat Leahy in charge of a committee if the Republicans we elect all but hand over their majority, anyway?

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  • http://www.theglitteringeye.com Dave Schuler

    I think you’re being unfair here, Anchoress. Wouldn’t you express abhorrence if you held hands with Hillary?

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com david foster

    Re the Suha Arafat incident; Even if it had not been for the comment about the “water poisoning”, the Arafats were not the kind of people it is appropriate to recognize in this way. There was no more justification for Hillary kissing Suha Arafat on the cheek than there would have been for Eleanor Roosevelt to kiss Magda Goebels on the cheek.

  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    Hillary may run. Jordan trip makes for ‘we feel your pain,’ Hillary style.

    Not to mention the photo ops.

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