Saturday, 7 November 2009

Looking Back - Hillary Clinton Is First' First Lady' In Senate

On this day in 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of the president, won a seat for the Democrats in the Senate to become the only First Lady to win elective office in US history.
Votes were still being counted but exit polls showed she had a clear majority over Republican rival Rick Lazio in the state of New York.
The Clinton family voted near their home in Chappaqua, north of the city, with the president telling reporters, "You can't put me down as 'undecided'!"
Mrs Clinton made her victory speech in Manhattan, flanked by husband Bill, her daughter Chelsea, outgoing Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moybihan and incumbent senator Chuck Schumer. She told cheering supporters: "Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans, tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers."
Mr Lazio only entered the race in May after charismatic New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani pulled out to fight prostate cancer.
During an acrimonious campaign he emphasised his strong connections to New York, while Hillary defied accusations she was a carpetbagger and appealed to Democrats in New York City, black, Hispanic, Jewish and women voters - and won through.
'I love him'
Mrs Clinton has also shown her tenacity in the face of the president's much publicised extra marital affairs.
In 1992, when Gennifer Flowers revealed that she had had an affair with him (which he admitted to only years later and then claimed it was confined to one encounter), she uttered the famous words on the CBS 60 Minutes programme: "I'm not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him."
She later had to apologise to the country singer Tammy Wynette who wrote and sang "Stand by Your Man" but was not the character in it - but Mrs Clinton had successfully made her point to the American public.
Then in January 1998 the story about the president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky broke - which Bill Clinton strenuously denied.
Mrs Clinton was defiant once more, declaring in an interview with the NBC Today show that it was all inspired by "this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president".
She had a difficult moment later that year when her husband admitted to having had a relationship with Miss Lewinsky, and TV viewers watched them walking across the White House lawn - Chelsea between them - to the helicopter waiting to take them on holiday.
All that is in the past and now - as her husband prepares to leave office at the end of his second term - Hillary Clinton's supporters are even talking of her running for the top job herself.

Cool Garage Doors

A German firm called 'Style Your Garage' creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if your garage is where all the action is.


Today's brainteaser is the old faithful, general knowledge 'Trivia'. Ten clues, on a variety of subjects, for you to answer.

01 What is an F.R.S.?
02 From where is pumice stone obtained?
03 Where are the English Crown Jewels kept?
04 Where are pearls found?
05 Dr Thomas Arnold was headmaster at which school?
06 Bridge is the name of a game. What kind of game?
07 Where in the human body is the cerebrum?
08 What does the Beaufort Scale measure?
09 A great American city was once called New Amsterdam. What is it called today?
10 What is produced by churning milk?

Good luck with your answers. Answers in tomorrows Journal.

Panda Monium

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Did You Know?

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only one testicle.