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Chelsea Clinton Leans In
Parade Magazine ^ | April 7, 2013 | Lynn Sherr

Posted on 04/07/2013 12:46:04 PM PDT by John W

“Hi,” she says, striding into the room with a smooth gait and a low, sure voice. “I’m Chelsea!” The handshake is confident, the eyes firmly fixed. With the ease of her father and the directness of her mother, Chelsea Clinton is stepping out into the world.

At 33, she wears her political royalty in triplicate: There are her famous parents, of course, but also her mother-in-law, former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies. After several years in the private sector (with McKinsey & Company, then with a hedge fund), Clinton has emerged onto the civic stage in her own right, graceful and glowing and, today at least, in brilliant magenta and lime green.

“My grandmother always wanted me to wear more color,” she says. “She was right.” Her whole life, Chelsea has looked up to Dorothy Rodham, who died in November 2011, and she tries to wear something of her grandmother’s daily. At the moment it’s a clear bangle bracelet.

Rodham was actually the person who most encouraged Chelsea to turn her years of self-imposed privacy into a more public life. Chelsea is now helping to run CGI U, an annual meeting for college students held through the Clinton Global Initiative, which her father launched in 2005 to develop innovative solutions to challenges around the world. The CGI U sessions, like the one taking place this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis, require attendees to make a Commitment to Action—a concrete plan to tackle a local or global problem. And the conference itself emphasizes practicalities and logistics, with speakers (from comedian Stephen Colbert to Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey) and workshops that explain how to get projects done.

On this day, at CGI’s midtown Manhattan offices, Clinton presides over a sharp, focused meeting to pick which projects to spotlight onstage at the St. Louis event. One will plant trees with the money saved by using electronic rather than paper receipts at campus bars and shops; another proposes a low-cost mat that helps diagnose postpartum hemorrhages in women.

Clinton’s concentration does not waver. She demonstrates a masterly command of the issues and swiftly zeroes in on crucial questions. Statistics roll comfortably off her tongue; praise comes as quickly as critical suggestions. Wonky words like metrics and cohort fit naturally into her carefully constructed sentences. When the meeting ends, she sits down for a conversation about how she got here, starting with the challenge of growing up in the public eye. In New York, she says, people stop her every day.

PARADE: Does the attention ever get to you?

CHELSEA CLINTON: I have never known anything else. When I was born, my father was governor of Arkansas. And I’ve always been aware of how extraordinarily extraordinary my life is in some ways and, thankfully, how extraordinarily normal it is in other ways.

There’s got to be a little bit more anonymity in New York than in other places.

My husband and I love living in New York City. We walk on the street, ride the subway. Yesterday, I was standing in line at Starbucks, and I ordered a Black Eye, which is a coffee with two shots of espresso, because I was very tired. And this guy said, “Chelsea, you seem like such an interesting person, and that’s such a boring drink.” And I said, “I’m so sorry, sir. You know, I drink coffee for the caffeine and because I like the taste, not because I think I need to be, you know, expressing myself.” But moments like that are also a privilege, when people share their thoughts or their questions or their ideas. And it gives me a window, in some ways, into the zeitgeist.

What do you want people to know about CGI U [cgiu.org]?

CGI U is a testament to why we all should be optimistic about the future. We have more than 1,000 students coming from every state, from all across the world, who have made more than 600 commitments. It just gives me so many reasons to believe that our future will be brighter, healthier, more equitable than life has ever been.

Is this desire to do public service something that you believe is a feature of your generation?

I think there’s a movement towards action. I think people realize we don’t have any time to waste. "I think there’s a movement towards action. I think people realize we don’t have any time to waste."

What have you observed about 20-somethings that has surprised or inspired you?

Their belief and expectation that they can change the world, and the responsibility they feel to at least try. They embody what we say in our family: “It is always better to be caught trying.” They are also determined to have fun, and I think that makes the work more sustainable for them and more infectious for others.

Community service seems to be part of their DNA. Why do you think this might be?

I think social media has made it easier for people to match their passions with opportunities to serve. And more broadly, I think technology has made it easier for people to give small dollars to make a big difference collectively—which is what we saw after the earthquake in Haiti, when 50 percent of American households donated to relief efforts. Increasingly, high schools have made service part of the curriculum; I think that helps create a habit of giving back. It’s lots of threads twining together, and we’re all better for it.

What are your duties at CGI U?

I guess I see myself as responsible for the success of CGI U. Our name is on the door, so I think all of us feel a responsibility—

All of us Clintons?

Yes, to ensure that we are living up to the implicit bargain we make with the CGI U attendees, that we are bringing together people who really are change makers so they can learn from one another and from whatever we have to offer; and, candidly, so we can learn from them.

You’ve said that your grandmother helped steer you into public service. What exactly did she say to you?

She would always say life is not about what happens; it’s about what you do with what happens to you. And she had a life that was truly like something out of Charles Dickens. She was abandoned twice before the age of 8. She had to leave home at 13 to work and then put herself through high school. Yet, even when she was a teenager, she still volunteered at the church on Sunday. That had a profound influence on my mother and very much directly on me.

Was there a moment when your grandmother pushed you a little harder?

She started to push me further after Marc [Mezvinsky, her husband] and I were engaged. She said, “Well, it’s about time.”

That’s what a grandmother’s supposed to say!

Before that she had given us a sculpture of two people embracing, called Wedding Rings. I said, “Grandma, this is not subtle.” She said, “I’m not trying to be subtle.” She had also started to say that she thought I wasn’t doing enough with the opportunity I’d been given to be Chelsea Clinton.

Did something click then?

I’d chosen to kind of live in the recesses, to work very hard and try to be a good person. I hadn’t planned on or expected to have a public dimension in my life. But I was starting to feel like I had a responsibility to at least try to make more of a difference—that indeed it was better to be caught trying.

Speaking of your family, your father was governor when he was 32. You’re 33. Do you feel like a laggard?

[laughter] No. My father always knew what he wanted to do. And I don’t. If I had one singular galvanizing ambition in life, I would try to reverse engineer toward it, but I don’t. I want to make the most difference I can every single day. I want to be the best daughter and wife and friend and person I can be. And I want to help empower the people around me to be the best they can be.

Will you be involved in the decision to determine whether your mother runs for president?

Right now, I want her to rest. I’m grateful that she had a perfect health report [in February]. And ultimately, I want her to make whatever she thinks is the right decision. I always want to help her in any way I can, because I unapologetically and unabashedly am deeply biased toward my mother.

Would you ever run for office?

I don’t know. Before my mom’s campaign in 2008, I would have said no, not because of any kind of thoughtful, deliberate questioning, but simply because people have been asking me that for as long as I can remember. I’m grateful to live in a city, in a state, in a country where I strongly believe in the confidence and ethos of my direct elected representatives. If there were a time where that wasn’t true and I thought that I could make a disproportionately positive impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question.

Can you describe the circumstances that might make you lean toward running?

No, but I’ve never thought too far into the future.

Your mother has been an extraordinary champion of women’s issues. Do you call yourself a feminist, too?

Of course. And everyone I know is a feminist.

Some young people see the word as having bad connotations. You don’t shy away from it.

No. I think certainly for us—whether “us” is defined as my family or “us” is defined as CGI—we believe we have to keep talking about a problem and working on developing solutions to stubborn, not-yet-cracked challenges. And so many things that fall into that category relate to women and girls. It’s not only morally the right thing to do but it’s also the smart thing for us to do, to get to the better world we talked about earlier.

People would love to know more about what you do for fun. Are there Clinton family rituals?

I’m incredibly close to both my parents individually and collectively. And thankfully, my husband loves them. Lots of dinners, lots of movies, lots of walks with the dogs. Between the four of us, we now have four dogs.

What do you have?

We have a terrier named Soren.

Soren as in Kierkegaard?

Yes. She was so contemplative as a puppy, and so quiet. Everyone said that Yorkies bark a lot, and she never barked. So we named her after the founder of Christian existentialism, obviously!

What movies do you watch?

When Marc and I are in town, we go to a movie every Sunday and sit in the back row. We watch artsy, thought-provoking movies or documentaries, always on things that we know nothing about, because we like to learn things together. Or we go to blockbuster action movies. We have seen every awesomely bad and awesomely fantastic big action movie that’s come out in the last eight years.

You like the noise? You like the action?

I love the pageantry of it.

You’re incredibly fit. Talk about your exercise regime.

I work like six days a week, and I exercise six days a week. It’s either a stress prophylactic for the day or stress relief. I’ll run on the treadmill and watch the news in the morning, or I’ll go to the gym and work on the trainer, or I’ll go to spinning class.

Rumor has it you’re a vegan. True?

I was never a vegan. I gave up red meat when I was 11 because in my seventh-grade life science class, we read two articles about red meat, and I think probably I needed to be a little zealous about something. I gave up all meat when I was 13. Then when I was 29, I woke up one day and craved red meat. My husband, who is an inveterate carnivore, was thrilled. My father is quite famously a vegan, and I am thrilled by that.

Was his change in diet your influence?

I’m so grateful that my father really did take [his heart surgeries] for the wake-up they were intended to be. He is so much more conscious about what he eats. And he walks a lot now to help relieve the stress. Selfishly, I want him around forever.

You are credited with saying he had to get his weight down before your wedding.

I never said that to him. If he wants to say it motivated him, I’m happy to take the credit.

I have to ask: Your mother said at a Middle East policy forum in November, “One day, I hope to take my grandchildren to visit Israel.” I know this is a running joke between you. Do you share that hope for her?

You know, my grandmother was not shy about expressing her expectations that I would become more of a public person. My parents are not shy, clearly publicly and otherwise, in expressing their hopes that they will soon be grandparents. Yes, I mean, absolutely, like God willing, Marc and I will have children. Right now, we’re both working very hard. But yes, I certainly share my mother’s hopes that at some point, she will be able to take our children around the world.


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51 posted on 04/07/2013 2:27:36 PM PDT by RetSignman ("...a Republic if you can keep it")
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To: RetSignman

“Still fugly after all these years” - Paul Simon.


52 posted on 04/07/2013 2:28:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: John W

Gotta love the subtle, if disingenuous, reference to TRIPLE political loyalty. What about QUADRUPLE political loyalty? Could the groveling writer have possibly forgotten Marc’s dad was also a Democrat Congressman, just like his mom? Oh, so what if he was a small time Bernie Madoff wannabe who went to the slammer? He’s still Marc’s dad. And he was a DEMOCRAT Congressman


53 posted on 04/07/2013 2:28:38 PM PDT by EDINVA
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Please help Finish This
FReepathon THIS Month!!

54 posted on 04/07/2013 2:35:54 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Big Giant Head

55 posted on 04/07/2013 2:59:01 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: John W

My brothers flight landed in San Francisco and was held from unboarding for an hour while the Princess Chelsea was strolling off her plane comming back to Stanford...I saw her walking with young secret service agents and I could see her Arrogant looks at everyone She passed....It was a look of “I am so much better than all of you”....
She is a chip off the Marxist Block and a future Millstone around America’s Neck.


56 posted on 04/07/2013 3:00:56 PM PDT by LtKerst
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To: John W; mickie; flaglady47
Another dynasty-offshoot non-entity currently putting in limited time in a non-job marking time while waiting to become a non compos mentis U.S. senator.

Leni

57 posted on 04/07/2013 3:02:59 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

you left out of your list Hill’s greatest “triumph”: Benghazi!


58 posted on 04/07/2013 3:03:32 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: John W

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59 posted on 04/07/2013 3:15:09 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: John W


60 posted on 04/07/2013 3:23:30 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: LtKerst

I’m sure she’s worse now.
She claims that she and her husband ride subways. Sure thing.


61 posted on 04/07/2013 3:38:49 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: RetSignman

Actually I thought it was an excellent response. I have no use for people that want to make some statement with what type of coffee or food they order. She wasted the guy with that response. Love it.


62 posted on 04/07/2013 4:20:03 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: rlmorel

Beef jerky time! Merry new year! Ah ah ah ah ah!!


63 posted on 04/07/2013 4:55:59 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: John W

Coming from the gene pool she does it’s hard to see how the world won’t be at least a little worse off...if not substantially worse off...with her having lived in it.


64 posted on 04/07/2013 5:02:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

That pretty much says it all.


65 posted on 04/07/2013 5:03:46 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: peggybac

She married into big money


66 posted on 04/07/2013 5:04:39 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: John W

They embody what we say in our family: “It is always better to be caught trying.”


Out of the mouths of babes.


67 posted on 04/07/2013 5:12:09 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Chickensoup
She married into big money

I'm not sure it's "big" in the definition of Warren Buffet or Bill Gates, but he did work at Goldman Sachs so he's not a pauper, LOL.

68 posted on 04/07/2013 5:19:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: varmintman

As far as being ‘’educated’’, a relative term really, I don’t care how much education this young woman has had, to me Chelsea Clinton is so stupid it’s a wonder she can even breathe. If it weren’t for her parents, in particular her Dad, if he really is her father, would the world have ever heard of her?


69 posted on 04/07/2013 5:45:20 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

‘’Trying’’? Trying what?


70 posted on 04/07/2013 5:47:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: John W

A very cognent presentation on why hereditary aristocrats are the fittest people to rule.


71 posted on 04/07/2013 5:47:46 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: John W; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

So the ‘toons have a shakedown foundation that Chelsea’s running? What a cozy arrangement. You know it’s a shakedown operation - pay for access to Mom or Dad who’ll help open the doors to the cabinets of members of the ruling nomenklatura.


72 posted on 04/07/2013 5:48:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nascarnation

His Daddy is the big money. He is just playing in the market.


73 posted on 04/07/2013 5:55:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: plain talk

[Actually I thought it was an excellent response...]

I think, you know, you are probably, you know, right. She was awesome and very, you know, intelligent and interesting too.


74 posted on 04/07/2013 5:57:19 PM PDT by RetSignman ("...a Republic if you can keep it")
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To: John W

I noticed that the article conveniently did not mention Chelsea’s father-in-law, Edward “Ed” Mezvinsky . He is a former Iowa congressman (Democrat, of course) who was convicted of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud in 2001 and served 5 years in federal prison. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Mezvinsky


75 posted on 04/07/2013 6:02:39 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Chickensoup

Is his father Ed Mezvinsky?

The guy who went to jail for bank fraud?


76 posted on 04/07/2013 6:08:59 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t see how his dad has ‘big money.’ His dad is probably lucky to have any money at all after he got out of jail and made (or is making) restitution to all the people he swindled, including his own family.


77 posted on 04/07/2013 6:11:07 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: poobear

‘Spewing vomit. Next.’

Typical Friday evening at Web Hubbell’s daughter’s house, ‘Chelsea, bring me another beer! Braaaaccckkkk!!!’


78 posted on 04/07/2013 6:30:08 PM PDT by Delta Dawn
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To: EDINVA

Hillary’s first act in office as POTUS can be issuing a pardon for her daughter’s father-in-law.


79 posted on 04/07/2013 6:35:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: John W

The worthless idiot, Chelsea, would be flipping burgers somewhere were it not for her criminal parents.


80 posted on 04/07/2013 6:41:02 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: John W

My wife was reading me choice excerpts from this puff piece this morning and we fell out of bed laughing.


81 posted on 04/07/2013 7:00:58 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

I read it where I have read Parade for most of my adult life and it was a very appropriate location today.


82 posted on 04/07/2013 7:04:48 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Delta Dawn

:)


83 posted on 04/07/2013 7:38:58 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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And, no trouble for Chelsea from the “99%”ers.

Chelsea Clinton to buy $10.5 million apartment on Madison Square Park (In Case You Missed This)
New York Daily News | March 14, 2013 | Phillip Caulfield
Posted on 04/07/2013 12:22:42 PM PDT by IbJensen
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3005149/posts


84 posted on 04/07/2013 7:55:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
She’s running for office. Guaran-g-ddamn-tee it.

Chelsea will have to go into politics.

She has pretty much shown that she is totally worthless and incompetent at everything she has tried.

So there isn't much else she can do and she would fit right in with the rest of the incompetent professional Pols in Washington.


85 posted on 04/07/2013 7:55:25 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Well Megan McCain has a couple of huge, Ahhhhh, “assets” going for her.


86 posted on 04/07/2013 9:25:27 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

In the cases of Megan McCain and Chelsea Clinton, their combined bust sizes are larger than their combined I.Q.


87 posted on 04/07/2013 10:57:49 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Iron Munro

She’s helping to run one of the Biggest SLUSH FUNDS in history....Clinton Global Initiative!! They don’t even have to STEAL anymore, DOPES GIVE them MONEY!!


88 posted on 04/08/2013 4:06:39 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: BBell

Alas, a poor substitute for brains. If either Chelsea or Meghan were Conservatives, neither would be given any fawning attention by the media at all (except to deride them).


89 posted on 04/08/2013 9:31:46 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Revolting cat!

Too bad! Have you seen her in a wet T-shirt?


90 posted on 04/08/2013 10:59:19 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: lonevoice

Looks like she had her front teefs ‘unbucked’ as well.


91 posted on 04/08/2013 12:27:28 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: John W
Wow, Barf-O-Rama!

Lynn Sherr appears to be HOT! HOT! HOT! for Chelsea Clinton.

92 posted on 04/08/2013 2:55:19 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: MasterGunner01

What makes you think I was talking about bust sizes?


93 posted on 04/08/2013 3:54:06 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

I figured that Chelsea’s bust size was bigger than her I.Q., because Meghan McCain’s certainly is. If you look at the kinds of jobs they’re doing or they’ve done, neither one could be accused of doing rocket science. They’re where they are because of their parent’s names and influence.


94 posted on 04/09/2013 4:12:55 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

Political Dynasties rule, but historically only in the short term in this Country. I think neither of these two will go anywhere. If we could just get rid of the Kennedys...........


95 posted on 04/09/2013 7:44:23 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell
It has always puzzled me why the Kennedys are so loved by Americans. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was a lying philander. He was banging the maid immediately before he was married [the same day]. The boys — Joe Jr., John, and Teddy — were all cut from the same cloth and their kids have been no better. The whole Kennedy dynasty is one huge dysfunctional mess. Yet, the public thinks they are royalty. Go figure!
96 posted on 04/09/2013 8:11:50 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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