Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States of America on April 12, 2015. Since then, heated controversy, ruthless press and passionate campaign speeches have kept this former First Lady in headlines across the world.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947, Clinton was raised by a republican father and a democratic mother. While in grade school, Clinton volunteered to babysit the children of Mexican immigrants. She was voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ by her high school classmates and gave the first student commencement speech at Wesleyan College. She met former president Bill Clinton in a library at Yale Law School. Together this lovable, political, powerhouse couple conceived one child named Chelsea Victoria Clinton.
Intense disputes transpired between Hillary and Bill after the shocking Monica Lewinsky affair was exposed to the public. A woman of resilience, Hillary has since forgiven her husband and continues to make strides as a politician. However, this presidential hopeful has a lot of campaigning to do and even more convincing to the American population that she can handle the role of Commander in Chief. Is America ready for the first female president to be voted into office? Will the brilliance and absurdity of Donald Trump’s antics trounce her in the polls? You be the judge, but as you are comparing her extraordinary resume to that of a Ben Carson, take a look at these 12 Facts About Hillary Clinton You Probably Didn’t Know.
12. Hillary Clinton Wanted To Be An Astronaut Not A Politician
Hillary Clinton has an opportunity to become the first female president of the United States of America. One might think Hillary had the ambition to become an exceptional politician since childhood, however this presidential hopeful had dreams of flying to the moon first. Unfortunately, in the 1960s, NASA did not permit female participation. Hillary Clinton revealed to an audience in 2012 that, “When I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut… and of course, there weren’t any women astronauts and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen.” A standard NASA rejection letter read that, “…we have no existing program concerning women astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan.” Ouch. Thankfully, Sally Ride defied these odds and became the first female astronaut in 1983.
11. Clinton Won A Grammy
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A Grammy recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry. This accolade is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. Only the most exceptional musicians and artists become Grammy winners. Grammies have been awarded to some of your favorite artists such as, Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne and Rihanna.
Try not to get jealous, but Hillary Clinton is tone-death, and yet you can add a Grammy Award to her substantial list of accomplishments. In 1997, Hillary was awarded a Grammy for the Best Spoken Word Album category. The former Senator of New York won for the audio version of her book “It Takes A Village.” It expresses how the then-first lady hoped to “to help make our society into the kind of village that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults,” according to
10. Hillary Can’t Eat Without Hot Sauce
Many people can’t go a day without adding hot sauce to their food. Hillary Clinton is no different. The Wall Street Journal reported that Hillary puts hot sauce on everything imaginable. The report even states that Mrs. Clinton dabs Tabasco on her salad. Clinton was asked what she packed with her during her numerous travels as Secretary of State. Her response was sunscreen, iPad, and confessed it was necessary that she bring red pepper flakes and a small bottle of Tabasco hot sauce with her.
During a recent “60 Minutes” interview, she professed her love for spicy things. She told CBS New anchor Katie Couric that she sustains her stamina by eating a lot of hot peppers. She opened up to Couric saying, “I for some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it. I think it keeps my metabolism revved up and keeps me healthy.”
9. Hillary Is A Cubs Fan
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series in over 100 years. This may give explanation as to why die-hard Chicago Cubs fan Hillary Clinton was quoted saying, “Being a Cubs fan prepares you for life – and Washington.”
This year, during the Chicago Cubs wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Suntimes reported that on the morning before the big game, Fox News flashed a banner across the screen reading “HILLARY CLINTON SAYS SHE’LL CHEER FOR CUBS IN WILDCARD GAME.” Hillary must be good fortune, because the Cubs won, beating the Pirates 4-0.
This much-loved Chicago franchise had a memorable 2015 season, though they came up short to the New York Mets in the National League Champion Series. You can bet Hillary was just as disappointed as other fans when the Cubs played their final game of the season, losing 8-3 at home at Wrigley Field. Better luck next year!
8. Hillary Clinton Loves Taking Shots
Hillary Clinton is known for her impressive resume and scandalous controversy, but I bet you didn’t know she loves taking shots. According to The Telegraph, Dimitri Demjanov, owner of an Estonia restaurant, claims that he witnessed Hillary Clinton taking shots with Senator John McCain. As the night went on, the two politicians began a drinking game. Demjanov said, “Hillary won. She stayed correct after four shots…” Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign manager at the time, later confirmed Clinton’s and McCain’s drinking contest. She said in an interview with the BBC that Clinton had “beaten” McCain in the challenge. During her exclusive interview with MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow, Hillary Clinton revealed that after her grueling 11-hour Benghazi hearing, she drank beer and wine with friends and talked about sports. I think everyone can appreciate a woman who knows how to let loose!
7. Clinton Wants To Waive Deportation For Certain Immigrants
The U.S has been forced to address the issue of deportation and the number of families that are separated due to illegal immigration. Eva Longoria, Pitbull, America Ferrera and others celebrity/activists have spoken out against America’s immigration problem.
Immigration is the movement of people into a country to which they do not possess its citizenship to reside there or gain employment and means to improve their condition. Immigration reform includes promoting, expanding, or opening immigration, as well as reducing or eliminating immigration.
For the up-coming 2016 primary elections, immigration reform is a controversial topic and is repeatedly debated among presidential candidates. Trump says build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
What’s Hillary’s stance on the issue? She believes deportation should be waived for some immigrants (presumably non-criminal immigrants) and that undocumented residents should be given a path to legal status.
6. Hillary Banned Bill Clinton From Their Bedroom
During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary Clinton forbid her husband and then-president Bill Clinton from entering their bedroom for over three months. The Democratic Party front-runner also stuffed her face with mocha cakes to cope with the betrayal of her husband and media scrutiny. The first-hand account of these events were documented and revealed in the tell-all book called, “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House.”
The Residence reveals the days leading up to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Maids, butlers, cooks, doormen and others who tended to the needs of Bill and Hillary Clinton were interviewed extensively. One secret exposed by former white house butlers included staff witnessing “Bill Clinton and Lewinsky cavorting for years.” The shocking manuscript also reveals a testimony that Hillary clocked Bill Clinton with a book so hard that their bed was covered in blood. Amazingly, Hillary and Bill recently celebrated their 20th anniversary!
5. Hillary Was Subpoenaed By The FBI
Hillary Clinton was the first and only First Lady of the United States to be subpoenaed and fingerprinted by the FBI— pretty bad-ass right? The Whitewater Controversy triggered the FBI summons. The controversy surrounded both Hillary and Bill Clinton. A New York Times article alleged that the Clintons were involved in the purchase of 220 acres of land via an illegal loan. Essentially, the Clintons invested and lost money in a business called the Whitewater Development Corporation. An investigation arose from this. In 1994, a grand jury subpoena was issued to both President Clinton and the First Lady for documents relating to the case. The case was dropped when the prime accuser was sent to prison for fraud. Hillary was found innocent, however, this investigation went on to discover Bill Clinton’s extramarital affair.
4. Clinton Takes Responsibility For The Benghazi Scandal
Hilary Clinton’s life reminds me of an episode of Scandal. The only thing missing is Kerry Washington starring as Olivia Pope. While composing an article on Hillary Clinton, it wouldn’t be fair to disregard the infamous, private emails that everyone has been talking about. It was discovered that during Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State, she often used a private email account. This email account is significant because of the Benghazi Scandal that occurred while Hilary was in office. On September 11, 2012, a Muslim terrorist group stormed the American embassy outpost in Benghazi, Libya and the outcome was devastating. The Benghazi Scandal resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. “I take responsibility,” Clinton told CNN in an interview while on a visit to Peru. “Nobody wants to get answers more than I do. These were people who I care deeply about.”
3. Clinton Wants To Cut Middle Class Taxes
When people living in America don’t pay taxes, such as illegal immigrants or persons utilizing a black market, others have to compensate for it. Thus, like immigration reform, tax reform is a frequent debate topic. Most citizens rich, middle class or poor want their taxes to be minimized. However, someone has to pay for the cost of public services and it’s usually a lopsided collective effort. Drake raps “Shout out to all my [guys] living tax free/Nowadays it’s six figures when they tax me/Oh well, I guess you lose some and win some.”
So, what’s Hillary Clinton stance on tax reform? If elected as president, Hillary would consider closing loopholes and cut middle-class taxes. PBS.org reports, “in the past, she has indicated concern over concentrations of wealth by higher incomes, including at a speech last year where she [Clinton] said, ‘extreme inequality has corrupted other societies.'”
2. Hillary Is Pro Medicinal Marijuana
Cannabis enthusiasts claim that the psychotropic plant can lead to medical innovations. They argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. Challengers of medical marijuana argue that it is too risky to use, lacks FDA approval, and that several legal drugs make the use of marijuana unnecessary.
When asked about general marijuana legalization, Clinton has a “wait and see” stance. She advocates for more research. In regard to medicinal marijuana, Clinton says, “…For people who are in extreme medical conditions and have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances… I do support the use of medical marijuana and… We have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana.”
1. Obamacare Was Almost Hillarycare
The Clinton Administration aggressively pursued the authorization of affordable health care. The Clinton Health Care Plan, also known as “Hillarycare”, was a healthcare reform package proposed in 1993. The goal was to organize an effective way to provide health care for all Americans. This pursuit was controversial. During a speech, Bill Clinton proposed a plan to enforce employers to provide health insurance coverage to all of their employees. Hostility to this plan was considerable from conservatives, libertarians, and the health insurance industry.
Hillary Clinton was selected by the Clinton Administration to re-structure and market the potential health care act to the American people. Unfortunately, things quickly went south. Pharmaceutical and health insurance industries urged the public against affordable health care and were successful. By 1994, the final compromise Democratic bill was denied. Years later, many political analysts claim and suggest that Obamacare is Hillarycare 2.0.