On Monday night, The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton "exclusively" used a personal email address during her tenure as Secretary of State — a slip-up that apparently violated major security requirements under federal law. Worse yet, according to State Department officials, Clinton's aides also failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that any correspondence generated from the account was saved to a backup server. So far, the media has been having a field day with Clinton's error in judgment, with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) alleging that Clinton had used her personal address to "skirt public records law" in a statement on Tuesday.
Whether Clinton intended to hide personal emails or simply didn't understand the seriousness nature of her choices is still up in the air, but the potential backlash might have hurt her chances at a presidential run in 2016. So far, Clinton isn't letting her detractors get to her. Although the former Secretary hasn't officially announced her campaign, it seems as though everything is still set for launch later this year.
If Clinton does still decide to take a chance at candidacy, perhaps she'll be more willing to part with her official memos, rather than waiting for her critics to dig up the worst. And if she takes the leap, there's at least one more thing that she'll need to worry about before she can move onto the next issue — naming her new email account. On Mrs. Clinton's behalf, we've gone ahead and brainstormed a few catchy ideas for her to have at her disposal.
Everyone (including Clinton's rivals) has been waiting for her to announce her 2016 campaign, whether to begin planning counter-attacks against her or to start beefing up their donation savings. Her first stab at the presidency might not have ended well (not to mention the fact that it was consistently punctuated with rounds of boozy, sexist commentary from the cheap seats), but this time around, we're sure she can do it... at least once she gets past the first hurdle: transparency.
Over the years, Clinton has proven that her soaring record on women's rights is not to be messed with. In 1995, then-First Lady Clinton addressed a United Nations audience at the Fourth World Conference on Women and delivered a remarkable speech, insisting that women "must enjoy the right to participate fully in the social and political lives of their countries if we want freedom and democracy to thrive and endure." In the aftermath of her husband's tumultuous presidency, it might have been easier to take a reprieve from the demands of public office — but that just wasn't Clinton's style. In 2000, she went on to snag a Senate seat and was later, of course, appointed as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State in 2012. If Clinton was looking to set a positive example for ambitious women everywhere, she accomplished it (and much, much more). Right on, girl.
Speaking of the former president... if history has proven anything, it's that people seem to love a dynasty, whether it's the Bush family, John Adams and son John Quincy Adams, or the Osbournes (Ozzy and co., not Donny and Marie — sorry, guys). Luckily, Clinton has one thing on her side that the presidential forebears didn't: a refreshing perspective. If Clinton is planning a run at the presidency, it won't be the old fashioned boy's club, father-to-son ritual that it has usually been — a third potential Clinton presidency might just be the nudge this country needs to finally give women a real voice in politics and continue the few successful legacies that husband Bill actually instituted the first time around.
In response to the recent measles epidemic, Clinton decided to clear the air in regards to her stance on vaccination, tweeting on Feb. 2, "The earth is round, the sky is blue and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids." Clinton closed the tweet with the lighthearted hashtag #GrandmothersKnowBest, prompting a flurry of unintentionally hilarious outcries from some who accused the former Secretary of being "new to the grandma" game and therefore having no authority to act as a spokesperson. Let's be honest though: Clinton has been an awesome grandma for some time now — she just didn't have her own adorable, chubby grandchild until recently.
In a speech at Georgetown University in 2012, Clinton urged global leaders to invest more in their country's future generations and to "eliminate preventable child deaths" where they could. Just recently, on Feb. 13, Clinton penned a bipartisan op-ed in The New York Times, pleading with Congress to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program that was available through the Affordable Care Act, regardless of future moves to abolish the rest of the mandate. If there's one candidate who surely has a warm heart for the youth (and future leaders) of America, it's Clinton — and despite what others in the media might say, there's nothing wrong with being a grandma who sometimes wields a little political power too.
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