Category Archive 'Chelsea Clinton'
24 Apr 2017
T.A. Frank, in Vanity Fair, totally demolishes the third member of the Clinton Dynasty.
Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (itâ€™s become â€œfeistyâ€), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an â€œembarrassingly largeâ€ collection of books on her Kindle). With Chelseaâ€™s 2015 book, Itâ€™s Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outletsâ€”Elle, People, etc.â€”are too numerous to count.
One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Havenâ€™t you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, theyâ€™ve persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats. So letâ€™s review: How did Chelsea become such a threat?
Perhaps the best way to start is by revisiting some of Chelseaâ€™s major post-2008 forays into the public eye. Starting in 2012, she began to allow glossy magazines to profile her, and she picked up speed in the years that followed. The results were all friendly in aim, and yet the picture that kept emerging from the growing pile of Chelsea quotations was that of a person accustomed to courtiers nodding their heads raptly. Here are Chelseaâ€™s thoughts on returning to red meat in her diet: â€œIâ€™m a big believer in listening to my bodyâ€™s cravings.â€ On her time in the â€œfiercely meritocraticâ€ workplace of Wall Street: â€œI was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldnâ€™t.â€ On her precocity: â€œThey told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to too. The first thing I learned to read was the newspaper.â€ Take that, Click, Clack, Moo.
Chelsea, people were quietly starting to observe, had a tendency to talk a lot, and at length, not least about Chelsea. But you couldnâ€™t interrupt, not even if youâ€™re on TV at NBC, where she was earning $600,000 a year at the time. â€œWhen you are with Chelsea, you really need to allow her to finish,â€ Jay Kernis, one of Clintonâ€™s segment producers at NBC, told Vogue. â€œSheâ€™s not used to being interrupted that way.â€
Sounds perfect for a dating profile: I speak at length, and you really need to let me finish. Iâ€™m not used to interruptions.
What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clintonâ€”tweets, interviews, booksâ€”is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping.
29 Oct 2014
“NBC created a job for Chelsea, so there’s at least one corporation that created a job.” Chuck Lane, Washington Post
24 Jun 2014
Combined living-dining room of Chelsea Clinton’s block-long, Gramercy Park apartment.
Chelsea Clinton, who got paid $26,000 a minute by NBC, recently informed America that she doesn’t really care about money.
â€œIt is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents?â€ admits Chelsea. â€œIâ€™ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents. I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldnâ€™t. That wasnâ€™t the metric of success I wanted in my life. Iâ€™ve talked about this to my friends who are doctors and whose parents are doctors, or who are lawyers and their parents are lawyers. Itâ€™s a funny thing to realise I feel called to this work both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make.â€
Which posturing not surprisingly provoked Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress”) to put the spoiled young woman firmly in her place.
Stop. Justâ€¦stop it.
Do not follow in your parentâ€™s footsteps and try to convince the world that money means nothing to you. Money never means â€œnothingâ€ to the people who cannot stop talking about it, and between your poor â€œnot truly well offâ€ mother, and your dad who is forever telling us that heâ€™s happy to be a rich guy paying rich guy taxes, and now thisâ€¦just stop it.
You tried really hard to care about money? And naturally you couldnâ€™t because no good or noble person actually does that? Naturally, only greedy, vulgar people would care about money. I wonder who they might be? And do they know how offensive they are?
Come to think of it, I might know some of them, and I can hear them grumbling a bit at the moment, can you? Listenâ€¦cock your ear over here, away from Nobu, and listen to that single mom:
â€œSheâ€™d bloody well care about money if every time the gas and food prices go up itâ€™s another supper of macaroni and cheese for us!â€
Maybe, from your $10 million dollar pad in Gramercy Park you can hear the young couple weighed down with college debt: â€œSheâ€™d freaking care about money if she was living in her momâ€™s basement while trying to find a real job and carrying $45,000 in college loans.â€
Perhaps on your way to the Hamptons this summer you can lean out â€” but not if youâ€™re taking a chopper, of course â€” and hear the family that will be stay-cationing it for the fourth year in a row, because the â€œrecovery summerâ€ hasnâ€™t reached them yet. You should be able to hear them, because the grumbling is getting pretty loud in those neighborhoods.
When you mewl in blissful ignorance about trying â€œreally hard to care about moneyâ€ all you do is emphasize that money worries are a non-issue for you. You insult every man and woman who are forced to â€œcare about moneyâ€ as they struggle to pay their bills and sacrifice so their kids can join a baseball league or take a dance class (like you did); you diss everyone who is forced to â€œcare about moneyâ€ because they havenâ€™t had a raise in a couple of years, though costs keep rising â€” or because they are retired and arenâ€™t seeing the interest income theyâ€™d planned on, and so the house is falling into disrepair, and they canâ€™t sell it because young couples weighed down with student loans arenâ€™t buying those fixer-uppers the way they used to.
Just stop it.
No one minds your being rich, but have a little class about it. Donâ€™t sit in your ivory tower â€” justifiably excited to be expecting the best-connected-baby in the world, with access to the finest doctors and no worries about what sort of school environment or teachers your child will have to endure â€” and suggest that none of it matters, as though youâ€™d be just as happy living in a garage apartment next to 7-11 and with no immediate plans to board a private jet.
You think it makes you sound humble, but it really makes you sound ungrateful. You think it makes you seem down-to-earth, but it only emphasizes the rarity of your air. …
[W]ith all due respect, lady, gain some self-awareness; understand what has been handed to you through very little effort of your own. Before you talk about how much you canâ€™t bring yourself to care about money, why donâ€™t youâ€¦check your extraordinary .0000001% of the .0001% privilege.
21 Jun 2013
Chelsea Clinton recently lamented her great grandmother having no opportunity to terminate the unplanned pregnancy leading to her grandmother’s birth.
From the stage at the recent Women Deliver conference, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clintonâ€™s daughter Chelsea revealed that her much-admired maternal grandmother was the child of unwed teenage parents who â€œdid not have access to services that are so crucial that Planned Parenthood helps provide.â€
Chelseaâ€™s grandmother was born of an unintended pregnancy. And new research shows that her family is not alone in treasuring a person who â€“ if Planned Parenthood had been successful â€“ would not have been born.
Hat tip to Don Surber.
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