Feathers fly at Clinton campaign stop

January 28, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Anticipation ran so high ahead of a stop here by Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, it seems that even the famed ducks who perform at The Peabody Memphis hotel were flustered.rtr1w7xv.jpg

Each morning at the hotel, seven trained ducks emerge from an elevator, walk across the lobby and dive into a marble fountain where they spend their day. Each evening, they make the reverse trip and ride the elevator to their quarters upstairs.

But the day before Clinton arrived late on Saturday at the hotel, where she held interviews with the press, the ducks went awry, hotel staff said. Two birds escaped upstairs, and one who fled into a banquet room was AWOL all day, a duck handler said.

The next morning, the ducks flubbed again, when one bird strayed from the parade to run around the lobby through the legs of onlookers before being scooped up by a handler. Onlookers gather in the historic lobby to watch the ducks parade, a hotel tradition.

The parade is so popular that even Clinton urged reporters to watch the spectacle rather than accompany her to church services.

Ducks running amok at the Peabody is unusual, said the handler, who noted these particular ducks were new to the Peabody. Every 90 days, the ducks return home to a local farm, and a new troupe takes their place.

But one hotel staffer mused that Clinton’s arrival sent the ducks atwitter.

“She must have ruffled some feathers,” he said.

– Photo credit: Reuters/Sukree Sukplang

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obama was the one who played the race game. it worked to his advantage. the rest of the nation has yet to be heard. GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by melody, Snohomish, wa | Report as abusive

This is too funny!! You know, by instinct, dogs can tell which people are nice and which aren’t. A dog can go up to a stranger, sniff, wag its tail, and be as friendly as can be even rubbing against that person and allowing that person to pet him and scratch his ears; that same dog can walk toward another stranger, and within a certain distance will stop, raise its hackles and growl softly and will NOT go near that stranger, if that stranger tries to approach, the dog will growl louder, as if to say, stay the hell away from me!!. I understand that is because the dog senses that person is somehow threatening. I cannot help but wonder if ducks have that same type of instinct which protects them from their predators. Maybe they sensed Hillary’s threatening and predatory political skills!!!

Posted by NinaK | Report as abusive

As a former lame duck, Bill must have identified himself with those birds…

Posted by rodrigo | Report as abusive

Bill & Hillary Clinton?

Time for some facts

All have been verified

experienced coruption

1) turning $1000 into $100000 in cattle futures while working for the Rose law firm. She received tips from James B. Blair who was outside counsel for Tyson Foods in Arkansas. In one day she made over $10,000 on day trading which would point to insider knowledge from within Tyson Foods.
Washington Post
(Please check my references if you like.)

2) to Whitewater, a 1980s land deal that went bad and revealed that 1) Bill Clinton exerted pressure on an Arkansas businessman, David Hale, to make an illegal loan that would benefit him and the owners of Madison Guaranty; and 2) that an Arkansas bank had concealed transactions involving Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign in 1990.

3) to Travelgate, the 1993 firing of seven longtime employees of the travel office, which handles travel arrangements for reporters and television crews covering the president. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is alleged to have pressured White House lawyers into dismissing the travel office staff and bringing in the FBI to investigate them, so that friends of the First Family could enjoy the office’s patronage spoils.
Columbia Journalism Review/New York Observer

4) In the aftermath of the apparent suicide (yes, it gets ugly!) of her former partner and closest confidant, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, Hillary Clinton ordered the overturn of an agreement to allow the Justice Department to examine the files in the dead man’s office. Her closest friends and aides, under oath, have been blatantly disremembering this likely obstruction of justice, and may have to pay for supporting Hillary’s lie with jail terms.
New York Times

5) In August 2000, during her first Senate run, Clinton met with the Hasidic community in New Square, where many members were working to obtain clemency for four members of their community who had been convicted of stealing tens of millions of dollars from the state and federal government.
She refused to talk about the controversial pardons of the four New York Hasidic Jews by her husband. New Square voted 1359-
10 for the first lady – although other nearby Hasidic enclaves voted 3480-152 for Clinton’s GOP opponent, former Rep. Rick Lazio.
New York Times

6) Hillary Clinton’s brother Hugh Rodham , was paid approximately $200,000 from Almon Glenn Braswell, whom President Clinton pardoned for mail fraud and perjury, as was Carlos Vignali, whose sentence for cocaine trafficking was commuted. News of his involvement in the pardon controversy prompted an outrage in Washington, D.C.
“I knew nothing about my brother’s involvement in these pardons,” Sen. Clinton said at the time. “I knew nothing about his taking money for his involvement.”
The Clintons asked Hugh Rodham to return the cash, which he did.
Time Magazine

7) Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham was paid $244,769 over 2½ years by a carnival company, United Shows of America, owned by Edgar and Vonna Jo Gregory. The Gregorys had been convicted of bank fraud and were seeking pardons. Tony Rodham has said he mentioned their pardon application to his brother-in-law, who ultimately granted the Gregorys a pardon. But Rodham said he was not paid for anything having to do with the pardon.
Boston Globe

8) Peter Paul has business relationship with Clintons that goes bad. Clintons steal one of his clients and he retaliates turning Clinton in for violating campaign regulations during a fundraiser he held for her to the tune of $1 million. The FEC formally determined that Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign treasurer, Andrew Grossman is legally responsible for the three false FEC reports that Hillary’s finance director, David Rosen, was criminally charged and tried for in mid-2005. Mr. Grossman signed a “Conciliation Agreement” with the FEC on December 13, 2005, admitting his culpability, and agreeing to pay a civil fine and amend his false reports to reflect the $721,000 that he failed to report since October, 2000.
Wall Street Journal

9) Pastor Got $1.5 Million in Clinton Earmarks Before Endorsement
Widely reported

10) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gives large earmarks of $1 billion in government-backed financing for a development project called Destiny. Robert Congel, the owner of Destiny, then turned around and financed and campaigned for her.
Robert J. Congel Congel, his family and associates affiliated with his development have donated $40,000 to Clinton’s state and national campaigns since she first ran for office in 1999.
Congel co-hosted a Syracuse fundraiser for her, an event said to have raised an additional $50,000. Lobbying firms hired by Congel in connection with Destiny and other ventures also donated more than $200,000 to various Clinton campaign funds, records show.
LA Times

11) New School, which received $1.6 million in earmarks in this year’s defense budget and $6 million previously, is particularly well-connected. Its president, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), campaigned for Clinton in Iowa. Three school trustees are among Clinton’s most prominent backers, having each raised at least $100,000 for her campaign. A former trustee is Norman Hsu, who was indicted on fraud charges. After Hsu’s criminal past was revealed last summer, Clinton returned $850,000 he raised for her.
LA Times

12) to falsely attacking Obama as a pro-life candidate for voting “present” in New Hampshire.

13) Her husband Bill Clinton says he consulted her on every major decision. Does that include Rwanda, and his decision to stand by and watch genocide kill hundreds of thousands of people? She is firmly entrenched with Bill and the establishment, at best a dirty politician who knows everything there is to know about our political system. A vote for her is a vote for the status quo. The Republicans are so sure she is the next Democratic nominee that there’s even a movie set to release.

14) http://www.hillarythemovie.com/

15) btw Bill Clinton, an experienced sexual predator, at least half a dozen rapes or assaults on women reported.

Posted by Karen Donaldson | Report as abusive

I planned to vote for Hillary Clinton until Bill started to take advantage of his status and make the playing field so unfair. Not only that, but look at the context and intent of his senseless and divisive words which will have a huge effect on the Democratic party in November. I’m not totally convinced that Obama is so great, but now he seems to be a better choice than Billary Clinton.

Posted by KennyD | Report as abusive

Maya Angelou, the African-American poet who is one of the most influential and respected literary voices of the modern age, has written a poem praising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign for The Observer.

Angelou, author of an autobiographical series of books, including the international bestseller I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was moved to send the verse after being asked by the newspaper for her reflections on Clinton.

“State Package for Hillary Clinton”

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may tread me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits’ end, but she has always risen, always risen, don’t forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.

Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.

There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you’re born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.

She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.

She means to rise.

Don’t give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear.

Rise, Hillary.

Rise.

Posted by BrentM | Report as abusive

The only problem with Obama’s campaign are his angry and sometimes ignorant supporters. They turn every Hillary article into political hate threads…chill out people.

Posted by Arthur | Report as abusive

“obama was the one who played the race game. it worked to his advantage. the rest of the nation has yet to be heard. GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

How on earth has Obama played the “race game”? Aside from the fact that he is, in fact, black he hasn’t mentioned it whatsoever. Hillary’s “I dont noways feel tired” idiocy reeks of it though…

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

WoW is this article wrong on its facts about the hotel. goes to show you that they will write anything to get a response or slam anyone, maybe the writer should have checked their facts a bit harder.

Posted by Memphis | Report as abusive