Hillary Clinton began her campaign by announcing she would introduce herself to the public and the media – as if we hadn’t known her for decades. From there, she has tried no less than five reintroductions.
Hillary’s Re-Re-Re-Re Reintroductions (to steal an idea from the New York Times) follow.
INTRODUCTION ONE: THE FIRST OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Hillary Clinton made her announcement on Twitter with this simple, unimpressive and ill-received Tweet after much hoopla.
She was trying to draw in the youth and appear hip but 56% of her 2 million Twitter followers were fake people.
We were all asked if we were Ready for Hillary.
INTRODUCTION TWO: THE SECOND FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT IN IOWA
The tweet failed so her campaign said she would make her real announcement with a car trip through Iowa.
Hillary kicked off her campaign as the “champion” of the little people in Iowa while driving in her van which she called her Scooby van. It was a big black van with darkened windows. She didn’t meet with the everyday people or the media.
Hillary’s campaign posted a tweet to announce her first stop that said, “Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton talks with Iowa voters at the Jones Street Java House in Le Claire, Iowa.”
As it turned out, they were operatives who were shipped in to the Java House.
New York Magazine touted her 8 spontaneous moments which were all staged and which they recorded with no small amount of irony, as in their comments about her visit to Kirkwood Community College.
At the Kirkwood Community College in Monticello “students who were deemed unfit to engage in informal banter with Clinton were locked in their classrooms,” New York Mag wrote.
“Members of the media were at least free to use the bathroom,” they continued. They proceeded to make fun of the running of the press as they chased her Scooby van like Rottweiler’s with dynamite strapped to their backs.
Hillary wouldn’t give the press the time of day and she paid a price for that.
Clinton’s emails were prominently featured in the article that early in the campaign.
The propaganda for her trip via The NY Times was:
“Our purpose: To give every family, every small business, and every American a path to lasting prosperity by electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States.”
In a sentence freighted with significance, the memo continues: “This campaign is not about Hillary Clinton and not about us — it’s about the everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
The trip was about nothing but her.
Buzzfeed reported during the tour that she told Iowans, “All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going,” Clinton said.
In fact, only her grandfather was an immigrant. All the rest came over in the 1880s.
Her campaign’s response?
“Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a spokesperson says.
Let’s hope she doesn’t think of herself as Marie Antoinette.
INTRODUCTION THREE: HER REAL FIRST KICKOFF RALLY
The next big kickoff rally was in New Hampshire. Her reputation as insincere and distant was beginning to take root after Iowa.
This second trip was to humanize her and show her meeting with actual everyday people, students, teachers and small business employees, her campaign team said.
She still wouldn’t talk with reporters but did let them film her in a natural, spontaneous moment.
To prove this was the spontaneous, un-phony Hillary, the New York Times wrote in an article about Re-Re-Re Reintroducing Hillary:
In the kickoff rally for her campaign last month, Clinton said she would not be fazed by the accelerated graying of hair brought on by presidential stresses — because, she said, ‘‘I’ve been coloring it for years.’’ The line, which she had used previously, got a nice laugh. It was a good moment (relatable), and later I would receive a call from someone who would only be identified as a ‘‘senior campaign official’’ assuring me that Hillary had come up with the line herself. An actual authentic everyday quip, more or less.
INTRODUCTION FOUR: HER SECOND BIG KICKOFF
Hillary’s second kickoff was with an under 2,000 crowd in New York City. The overflow area had maybe 100 people. The 2,000 people were crammed into a small area to make it look as if there were far more.
INTRODUCTION FIVE: WOMEN FOR HILLARY
She is promoting herself as the fighter for women and managed to almost fill half a small room at the Ohio Women for Hillary event today. This was after her campaign operatives announced that she would now be spontaneous, joyful, and humorous which they also said was going to happen back in New Hampshire.
Hillary was immediately interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres, a sweet lady, who fed her lines to which she responded with humor. She danced, chatted with a cute little girl and was spontaneous as planned.
This time we will see the real Hillary.