1. When she was 12 years old, young Hillary wrote to NASA asking for information about becoming an astronaut.
She was told the job was for men only.
2. When asked what attracted her to Bill Clinton (who proposed marriage many times before she finally accepted), she is reported to have said, “He wasn’t afraid of me.”
3. As First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan of 1993, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress.
4. After the evidence of President Clinton’s affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky became incontrovertible, she issued a public statement reaffirming her commitment to their marriage. The public’s response was mixed.
5. On January 26, 1996, Clinton became the first First Lady to be subpoenaed to testify before a Federal grand jury. The Clintons had been accused of partaking in a failed business venture that also included fraud and conspiracy charges. After several Independent Counsels had investigated, a final report was issued in 2000 that stated there was insufficient evidence that either Clinton had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.
6. Clinton strongly supported the 2001 U.S. Military Action in Afghanistan, saying it was a chance to combat terrorism while improving the lives of Afghan women who suffered under the Taliban government.
7. She is the first woman ever to have run for public office, and also the first woman to run not just once (2008) but twice for a Presidential bid.
8. Hillary deals with defeat well, being the only political figure to lose a campaign and then work under their opposition. Hillary was Obama’s Secretary of State between 2009-2013.
9. If Hillary Clinton wins the initial Democratic Presidential bid and indeed wins the 2016 Presidential campaign, she will be the first female President of the United States of America.
10. What do others think? “Polarizing” is a word often associated with Hillary Clinton.
Decoded: Almost all of her views reflect her identification, in this instance it would be that of a Democratic outlook. Well we should hope so given that she is a Democrat.
So here’s to knowing a little bit more than you did five minutes ago, and being fully prepared to learn a lot more over the next year.
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