12 Things From Hillary Clinton's Emails That Reveal Some Fun Facts About The Former State Secretary
Though the former secretary of state may have deleted approximately 32,000 private emails, we can still learn a lot about Hillary Clinton from her emails. The second batch of emails was released Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. ET, and there are over 100 pages of emails detailing the ins and outs of Clinton's former role as secretary of state. The emails are being released after news broke earlier this year that Clinton used a private email address while performing duties of state.
Reaction to the news was mixed; some were concerned that the use of a private email made classified information vulnerable and susceptible to hacking, while others were concerned that using a private email meant they were not logged by the federal government, like other officials' emails are. Still, others worried that Clinton's true role in the Benghazi attacks could be laid out within those emails, and therefore out of reach.
To combat these concerns, a federal judge ordered the State Department to release the contents of Clinton's inbox in a series of stages. However, before doing so, Clinton went through and reportedly deleted 32,000 emails that she deemed private and contained details about her personal life, such as emails about her daughter's wedding or her mother's funeral. Other details are redacted as well, for privacy and security reasons. However, while we don't get a look at the private details of the candidate's life, the newest batch of correspondence does give us some key insights into Clinton's life and personality.
She Thinks About Food A Lot
She really is one of us. Several emails, such as one from August 7, 2009, show Clinton wondering about where to find food. "What are you ordering for dinner? Might need to order for us too," she asks. An aide responds quickly with, "Aren't you giving a big speech now?"
Another email on September 16, 2009 reads:
Clinton: Where are we lunching?Abedin: The cafeteria, sitting in the outside courtyard Hes excited about thatClinton: Help guide me where to get something good to eat!
She's A Fan Of Iced Tea
A girl needs to stay hydrated. An email sent by Clinton on Sept. 30, 2009, has no body text, but the subject simply reads, "Pls call Sarah and ask her if she can get me some iced tea."
She's In A Battle With The Fax Machine
Several emails reference Clinton's ongoing feud with her fax machine (which appears to always be broken), but the gem of the bunch was sent on Dec. 23, 2009, and reads:
Huma Abedin: “can you hang up the fax line, they will call again and try fax”Clinton: “I thought it was supposed to be off hook to work?”Abedin: “Yes but hang up one more time. So they can reestablish the line.”Clinton: “I did.”Abedin: “Just pick up the phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up.”Clinton: “I’ve done it twice now.”
She Calls Obama "POTUS"
Almost every email is full of shortcut typing and abbreviations, but Clinton almost never refers to President Obama as "Obama" or "The President," instead favoring the term "POTUS." Quick and succinct.
She Just Really Wanted To Enjoy Cinco De Mayo
On May 5, 2009, Clinton emailed Abedin saying, "What happened w our plans for this? There's nothing about it on my schedule so I assume nothing is happening." Abedin replied saying that there were no plans because no one was really celebrating due to swine flu. Even the Mexican embassy was having a sad Cinco de Mayo. Clinton did not respond, probably because she was heartbroken.
She Doesn't Really Sleep
Multiple emails to assistants and aides are timestamped with extremely late hours, and Clinton even jokes about it herself in a Dec. 22, 2009, email to a man named Mike, when she says, "Happiest of holidays and here's to a new year w lower emissions, higher transparency and more sleep!"
She's A Big Fan Of Chinese Carpets
During a Dec. 15, 2009, email exchange, Clinton warns an assistant, "Don't Laugh!" Within the email she asks, "Can you contact your protocol friend in China and ask him if I could get photos of the carpets of the rooms I met in w POTUS during the recent trip? I loved their designs and the way they appeared carved. Any chance we can get this?" I'd love to see the carpet in question.
Her Underlings Call Her Bosslady
...or at least Burns Strider does in his July 16 email.
There Was Some Incident With A Yurt
A Dec. 11, 2009, email to Thomas Donilon indicates that there was some joke involving a yurt that still has Clinton laughing. What happened in the yurt? What was so funny? We have to know. The possibilities are killing us.
She And Her Friends Have Nicknames
Even before the campaign, Clinton appears to go exclusively by "H" while she calls Senator Dianne Feinstein "DiFi." That's adorable.
Everyone Is Hanging Out Without Her
Not only did the White House stand her up (twice) and forget to tell her the meeting was canceled, but she wasn't invited to the Cabinet meeting either.
She's A Big Fan Of Apples
And wants them for personal use. Not sure if she means Apple products, or actual apples. Given her penchant for wondering about food, I bet they're to consume.
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