Skip to comments.Huma and Anthony: Washington Horror Couple
Posted on 07/26/2013 1:06:18 PM PDT by lbryce
Author James Michener famously said of Hawaiis nineteenth century New England missionaries that they went to the islands to do good and ended up doing very, very well. Washington commentator Mark Shields has likened those missionaries to many people who come to Washingtonall starry-eyed with idealism upon their arrival but later fixated on the ongoing Beltway stampede for a share of the largess bestowed upon the citys insiders as they combine government service with often-grubby private pursuits.
Which calls to mind Huma Abedin, wife of the disgraced former congressman, Anthony Weiner, and a darling of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is much in the news these days as the defiant defender of her husband, who hungers for a return to public life as the next mayor of New York and who must somehow get past his penchant for sending lewd photos of himself to women with whom he strikes up Internet liaisons. Watching the wife step forward in such a cringe-inducing way, one gets the feeling that her aim is to get the spotlight onto herself so it wont shine so brightly on her husbands crotch.
But theres another question about Huma Abedinand her husbandthat goes beyond the sad spectacle of Weiners starvation for public approval and his wifes strange willingness to abet his misplaced ambition. Abedin should be a bit embarrassed herself over a remarkable sweetheart deal she got from her friendsin and out of governmentafter her maternity leave from her high-level State Department job with its impressive title: deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Clinton.
It worked like this: instead of being a full-time government employee, she now was a special government employeeessentially a consultant, as the New York Times described it. She was allowed to work from homeher New York homerather than report to State headquarters in Washington. But she retained her high-blown title, along with a salary of $135,000 a yearfor unspecified duties. All the while, she undertook outside consulting responsibilities with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, as well as with a strategic-consulting firm run by former Bill Clinton adviser Doug Band. She also had an outside job arrangement with Mrs. Clinton, helping in the secretarys transition out of her cabinet position.
It isnt clear to what extent these outside arrangements augmented her $135,000 government salary, but Anthony Weiner revealed in a disclosure statement, required by his mayoral candidacy, that the couple earned $490,000 in 2012, during the time of Abedins special arrangement at State and when her husband toiled as some kind of consultant himself.
Nice work if you can get it. But most people cant get it. It takes special arrangements fashioned by high government officials and their pals and former associates who now toil in the private sector seeking specific governmental actions in behalf of well-heeled clients. Most American women who work in the real world and wish to stay home with their newborns must take a hit on pay. But if you work for the federal government and are a favorite of some powerful figure, you can have it allthe leave plus the pay plus fat outside consulting arrangements.
This emits a mild odor, but hardly anyone in Washington seems to think it represents anything about the place that is even slightly amiss. The Times did quote one leader of an ethics watchdog group, Melanie Sloane, as expressing some perplexity over the arrangement. If she was being held out as a deputy chief of staff, said Sloane, it would be highly unusual for her to be a part-time employee or a consultant. Being a deputy chief of staff at the State Department is generally considered more than a full-time job.
But that was it. Abedin never so much as deigned to answer reporters questions about the curiously blurred lines between her high-level government work in what was purported to be a sensitive job and her role as a Clinton family insider, as the Times delicately put it. Such sweetheart arrangements, which would have been considered highly scandalous a couple decades ago, now seem to be just part of Washingtons normal routine of business.
Indeed, Abedin certainly didnt seem to suffer any embarrassment over the matter. The Washington Post reports that she recently irritated some of her colleagues and associates by hitting them up for contributions to Weiners mayoralty campaign. But they bit their lips and ponied up. As one anonymous bystander told the Post, The chatter was, if you wanted to stay in Hillarys good graces, you answer the call from Huma.
Buried further down in that Post story was a revealing quote from an Abedin email to Clinton supporters, whom she identified as our friends who care as much about this city as we do, and whom she beseeched to help as much as you can, however you can.
So thats it. Its all about how much they love New York City. Without getting into psychoanalytical journalism here, it seems fair to say that the only kind of person who would seek public office after such a humiliation as that which Weiner suffered would be the kind whose whole identity is wrapped up in being in the public spotlight. There are politicians in Washington who feel like theyre shriveling up into little crumpled remnants of their former selves if they cant have the public adulation that comes with political office. It would be good if voters could identify such people and send them promptly into shrivel mode.
But when people expose themselves to public embarrassment as Weiner did, they and their spouses should have the decency to remove themselves from the airwaves and the Twitter flow and head off to contemplate their lives for a respectable period of time. They may want to ponder an episode from Will Durants multivolume Story of Civilization. Its about a young courtier at the Court of Elizabeth I, who once presented himself to the queen with elaborate obeisance and, in doing so, inadvertently broke wind. So consumed with embarrassment was the poor fellow that he promptly booked passage for the New World, where he nursed his embarrassment for three years before concluding he had expiated it sufficiently to return to England and show his face once again at court.
He presents a nice object example for the likes of Anthony Weiner and his wife. In their effort to keep open their prospects of someday becoming a hot Washington power couple, they have turned themselves into Washingtons latest horror couple.
Huma and Anthony are hardly in the same impugned league, but still, their seedy, disreputable persona, politically dysfunctional state of affairs, odd if not bizarre marital arrangement certainly qualifies them as "dishonorable mention" in the "Horror Couple" Sweepstakes.
Quote of the Month:
“Her aim is to get the spotlight onto herself so it wont shine so brightly on her husbands crotch”
Thanks to the mixed economy caused by libtards, we have corruption, crony capitalism, and pressure group and special interest group warfare.
“Which calls to mind Huma Abedin, wife of the disgraced former congressman, Anthony Weiner, and a darling of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton”
They forgot one, “daughter of the woman who founded the womens branch of the Moslem Brotherhood”.
If A. Weiner gets elected, won’t that signal open season for him to sexually harass any woman he pleases?
Yes. Page Six of the New York Post mentions what you’ve said as the reason why she nixed the offer to put Weiner’s life story up in big lights in “Crotch on Broadway”.
Do not kid yourself.
Huma is connected to the MB who probably arranged her marriage. They are the ones propping this creature up way past his sell by date and where the pressure is coming from.
Hillary is worse than anyone we
ve ever had to endure but it could get worse, especially with her at the helm, like in this case.
DO not underestimate the story here.
This guy’s under so much pressure having done a faustian deal that he’s acting out. She has no way out.
Imagine two miserable powerful people in charge.
It could get worse than bill and hillary. These tow already are worse
Huma is the one to watch and is dangerous as a snake. Her jewish pervert purse holder schmuck husband is nothing but a stepping-stone on the path to her political ambitions.
“sweetheart deal” “darling of former secretary of state”
This guy’s funny.
Once Weiner is elected Mayor, the loose dick can be blackmailed.
When Weiner is Mayor, he has some connection to the
NYPD: Counter Terrorism Units (Wall Street Protection of Utmost Importance in Post 9-11 Era) posted about here:
All this is a way to infiltrate our national security, and especially NYC’s security.
In the interest of accuracy...
Huma is an operative of the MB, who agreed to her marriage -- after it was arranged by Bill & Hillary. Weiner performed a service as Huma's beard, while Huma continued to service Hillary.
Billy Jeff and Herself, Madame Benghazi, the Cold and Joyless, did set the bar pretty high for “Horror Couple”, but believe me, Huma and Anthony are certainly striving to meet that standard.
Conceived in mischief and allowed to mature in the darkest, dankest cave of human existence, these dynamos of deceit and merry dancing upon the graves of patriots have become the new paradigm.
The road to ruin is not by back alleys and darkened streets, but in broad, well-lighted boulevards with marching bands and star-spangled mounts on parade.
“You’re going to answer to the Coca-Cola company.” Col. Bat Guano
” ...her husband toiled as some kind of consultant himself.” (shudder)
Dear Penthouse ....
No. We dont know therefore my speculation is as good as yours. Her family is bundling
Follow the $$$$
He has no job no future. BUT he has 4.3 million cash leftover in his Congressional campaign. He won’t quit the race until he’s spent that. Watch for him paying himself and wife, making deals for kickbacks in expenses etc. it is just about the money.
I can see Hillary advising Hummer. Let him run around but have him checked for STDs periodically. Go on national TV and say that you support him. The stupid people of NY will feel sorry for you and elect you as a senator from NY. Possibly a job in Hillary’s cabinet as SOS and later a presidential run.