The wind-up:

When she was asked to headline an event with hundreds of political reporters, editors and executives, she recounted thinking, “What could possibly go wrong?”

“I am all about new beginnings,” Clinton said at the Toner Prize event in Washington. “A new grandchild, another new hair style, a new email account, why not a new relationship with the press? So here goes, no more secrecy, no more zone of privacy. After all, what good did that do me?”

And the pitch:

Honored on Monday was reporter Dan Balz, The Washington Post’s chief correspondent and an icon in the political reporting world. Upon accepting his prize, Balz thanked Clinton and said, “I am happy to yield my time back to you if you want to take some questions.”

Clinton declined, but did chat briefly with some of the reporters in the room before leaving the event.

Hillary Clinton, will you live up to your pledge to be more open?

Didn’t think so.

Update:

At the end of the event, reporters gave Hillary a standing ovation in appreciation of all she’s done to deceive them and as a show of their willingness to nonetheless carry her water in 2016.

Here’s Michelle Obama last week in China:

“It’s very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother,” she said. “And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China.”

Sure, and she also intrudes on school lunches very rarely.

It depends on what your definition of “very rare” is:

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And that doesn’t include last year.

Rare? The facts argue otherwise. CNN has a photo gallery of FLOTUS’ overseas trips. Since becoming First Lady in 2009, Michelle Obama has visited Africa (2013), Northern Ireland and Germany, South Africa (2011), Mexico City, Haiti, India, Copenhagen. Those are official visits, at a rate of more than two overseas trips per year.

Mrs. Obama has also taken a series of overseas vacations that include trips to Spain and France…

As a matter of fact, FLOTUS was in China just one year ago. But maybe “very rare” translates to “a hell of a lot” in Mandarin.

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton said there’s a “fun deficit” and put forth the idea for “camps for adults” where tents would be pitched and friendly relationship-building exercises would take place (Hillary’s husband used to refer to that as “The Oval Office”).

So with that in mind, here are your quotes of the week:

Iowans’ tax dollars at work:

Hard to believe he hasn’t been elected to national office yet, isn’t it?

Today I heard Rush Limbaugh read this quote delivered by John Kerry during one of his “we’re all gonna die unless everybody except me stops flying and living in mansions” global warming alarmist speeches and I nearly drove off the highway:

“My heroes are people who dared to take on great challenges without knowing for certain what the outcome would be. Lincoln took risks, Gandhi took risks, Churchill took risks, Dr. King took risks, Mandela took risks, but that doesn’t mean that every risk-taker is a role model,” Kerry said speaking to the Atlantic Council as part of the “Road to Paris Climate Series.”

“Terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty, nuclear proliferation, all challenges that respect no borders – climate change belongs on that very same list. It is, indeed, one of the biggest threats facing our planet today,” he added.

Awful comparison by Lurch, who has obviously entered stage 5 of toxic Botox shock syndrome. People like Churchill, MLK, et al took on challenges without knowing for certain what the outcome would be, but Kerry, Gore, etc. have invented a challenge while knowing exactly what the outcome will be — because they’ve already scripted it.

In case anybody thinks that BS isn’t about silencing dissent, twice in the clip below Kerry mentions rights, and how those who disagree with the alarmism don’t have any on this matter:

1) “By what right do people just stand up and say ‘well I dispute that’?”

2) “That is a dramatic statement of fact that no one of good conscience has a right to ignore.”

John Kerry is the collective face of panicked grant recipients fearing the well is running dry, and you lose your “rights” if you disagree with him:

“The biggest threats facing our planet today” include lunatics like obscene hypocrite John Kerry.

As always, “shared sacrifice” is for the rubes, and not our elite leaders:

While the dance-off between the first lady and DeGeneres had its fair share of entertaining moments and positive media coverage, afterward the White House press corps pelted the president’s press secretary with questions about why the first lady and the president had taken separate flights to the area on the same day.

According to a recent Air Force estimate, Air Force One costs $228,288 an hour to fly, making a four-to five-hour flight to Los Angeles roughly $1 million each way.

And before we know it these same people will be trying to scare America into doing something about man-made climate change (or maybe that should be “first lady and president-made climate change”).

Greta Van Susteren rightly called out the hypocrisy:


Did the dog get his own aircraft too this time?

Have you seen the god-awful “spoof” video the Clintons did 20 years ago? There is one redeeming quality: In it, “Hillary Gump” advises a reporter investigating a potential political wrongdoing (a spliced in Robert Redford from “All the President’s Men”) to “follow the money.” As always, the same goes for anybody trying to get to the bottom of any Clinton “scandal,” including secret email servers.

Check your gag reflex at the door and take a look:

Hillary offered Bill a “box of chocolates” just after he gave a “Walt Whitman’s Sampler” to his side action.

(h/t Ed Morrissey)

That title isn’t totally accurate, but since this is a post about Lanny Davis, the truth has no home here. Besides, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch if the Hillary Clinton email thing drags on for much longer.

From Sunday, the Clintons’ longtime designated liar Lanny Davis served up a whopper for why Hillary opted for 100 percent use of personal email while Secretary of State:

On an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday morning, Davis said “a secretary of state traveling to 111 countries might be needing to have one email system versus people in the department who should use the official system.” When pressed on the point, Davis continued, “as secretary of state she might feel the need, traveling all over, with a hand-held device… ” (at this point, Wallace — fortunately for Lanny Davis — interrupted.)

It was a shame Wallace interrupted, because I sensed Davis’ self-beclowning wasn’t even half over.

Basically Davis was trying to say that “she couldn’t use a government email system while traveling because the cord isn’t long enough.” At least that’s my interpretation. Hillary moves too fast for government email to keep up with, so she had to use a homebrew server registered to her home address.

I can’t offer any better than this to keep the weekend rumbling along. Can the universe possibly get more aligned?

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It’s a good thing this meeting didn’t happen on Bill’s 69th birthday this August or the universe might have imploded.

NBC News? The Washington Post? CNN?

Nah, apparently the next Woodward & Bernstein types might be found at TMZ:

Much of the rest of the Fourth Estate is still hedging their bets about either doing some serious digging into the story — OR — passing up that kind of direct involvement in favor of being granted the first interview with President Hillary Clinton.

Update:

I’ve also been reminded that it took the National Enquirer to bring down John Edwards, so the biased dereliction of the “mainstream media” isn’t exactly anything new.