CHARLOTTE, December 26, 2013 – If you like your president, you can keep your president. Period! That’s the mantra for 2016 as the all-too-early-but-never-ending speculation about Hillary Clinton’s run for the roses of the White House continues to be the eternal flame of politics.
Electing Hillary Clinton president would be little more than re-electing Barack Obama…in a skirt. Maybe worse. (That is only a description, mind you, since Hillary doesn’t even have a skirt in her closet.)
‘Tis the season of love and forgiveness. The Obamas and Clintons are taking a little time away from the spotlight of controversy to regroup as they ready themselves to hit 2014 running. After all, that is what they do best, run. Obama has never stopped running for president. He is still on the campaign trail. The Clintons, on the other hand, are forever lurking by running in place. Fattening their pocketbooks under the guise of public service while never completely emerging from some shroud of dispute that will forever follow them like Pig Pen’s dirt.
Barack and Hillary have much in common. They are both victims of overrated superiority for inferior competency at virtually everything they touch. All while maintaining their rock-star status, which has to be addictive. For Barack it’s all about lies, deception and the “cool.” For Hillary, and Bubba too for that matter, it’s about the money. The only difference between Hillary and Bill is that Mrs. Clinton comes nowhere near possessing her husband’s considerable charm.
So while Obama continues his Affordable Healthcare fiasco and other dismal policies in the Middle East, some of which he and Hillary configured as a team, the female member of the Clinton dynasty is manipulating her way back to the forefront while basking in the sunshine at the edge of that dreaded cloud that perpetually hovers above her head….at lease for the moment.
At some point the gathering storm will arrive. It always does. Both the Clintons and Obamas live for controversy. It is in their DNA. For the moment Barack is keeping Hillary in the sun. That will continue until lame duck status officially kicks in and that hovering cloud over Hillary begins to move in her direction.
Basically Barack and Hillary are products of the same mold. She is every bit as devious, cunning and dishonest as the current occupant of the White House. The only real differences being that Hillary has more pre-election qualifications Barack had and none of his charisma. Nevertheless, Mrs. Clinton did more than her share of globe-trotting as secretary of state which created more than its share of baggage.
By the time Obama is gone, but not forgotten, and that cloud of contention slowly begins to slide into the picture, Hillary will have more than her share of things to talk about.
There are two key names to remember when the Hillary machine cranks up. One is Huma Abedin, the wife of disgraced former U.S. Representative from New York Anthony Weiner, who was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. Abedin has more than a few sleazy skeletons in her closet that will eventually come back to haunt Hillary.
The other is a 37-year old wunderkind named Jake Sullivan who has thus far managed a stealth career beneath the radar while serving as a quintessential devotee of Hillary’s plots and schemes. Sullivan has all the credentials that go along with being the ultimate team player; undergraduate and law degrees from Yale, Rhodes Scholar and onetime clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Combined with his experience in secret negotiations with Iran and you have a personality who will not be able to remain hidden for very long. Especially in light of the diplomatic fragility of the Iranian negotiations.
Three years may be too early to be talking about the 2016 presidential campaign, but the press will never let us forget that they have been talking about it since 2008. Somewhere soon the transitional phase for Barack Obama must begin. When it does, it won’t be pretty, but it will probably be a political Walt Disney World for journalists.
Hillary may begin by standing tall upon a pedestal, but Barack could ultimately be the one who determines whether that pedestal is made of marble or of clay.
Looking at it from afar, the two personalities of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are virtually interchangeable. Which means, “If you like your president, you can keep your president. Period!”
Or as Hillary would say, “What difference does it make?”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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