News / USA

Hillary Clinton Launches Book Tour

Hillary Clinton Launches Book Touri
X
Carla Babb
June 10, 2014 8:24 PM
Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has launched an international book tour for her memoir “Hard Choices” Tuesday. VOA’s Carla Babb in Washington has more.
Carla Babb
Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has launched an international book tour for her memoir “Hard Choices” Tuesday.  

Let the Hillary Clinton media blitz begin.  Clinton started her book tour at a New York Barnes & Noble store. Hundreds lined up down the block, eager for the chance to say "hello" and get a signed copy of her memoir.

Political pundits and journalists say the book appears to be tied to another run for the presidency in 2016, even though she has not yet announced her intent to run.

Washington Post reporter Anne Gearan has covered Clinton since the 1990s and purchased an advanced copy of her memoir.

“The book sort of leaves off with a very tantalizing comment about whether she would or would not run and she says she hadn’t decided yet. So it kinda leaves you hanging," said Gearan.

The memoir “Hard Choices” highlights Clinton’s decisions as secretary of state and explores causes dear to the diplomat, from slowing the growth of poverty to advancing opportunities for women.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Women in Public Service Project launched by Clinton and several women’s colleges in 2011.

“Secretary Clinton has put in a lot of effort for us to amplify women’s voices around the world.  Women galvanize around her leadership. She is not seen just as a woman who belongs to the United States, she belongs to the world and wherever we go women say she is “one of us," said de Alwis.

“I couldn’t imagine a better role model or partisan or partner than my mom.”

Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been united in their support. Clinton will take time off from her international book tour to join her family for an annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Denver.

But the Post's Anne Gearan says Clinton should not assume her book tour and media rollout will commence with all positive reinforcement.

“Anything Hillary Clinton says or does from now until the moment she announces will be in some way countered by Republicans trying to figure out, trying to knock a couple holes in the person they see as not only the most likely candidate but the strongest of the potential field of Democrats," she said.

Clinton’s last memoir sold 40,000 copies in 24 hours. People close to the former secretary of state say they hope to surpass that number as a sign of widening support.

You May Like

In China, Mixed Signals on Ebola Controls

How authorities are monitoring at-risk individuals remains unclear, including whether there are quarantines for Chinese health workers returning from West Africa More

Video Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Elections

Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats More

Solar's Future Looks Brighter

New technology and dropping prices are contributing to a surge in solar power More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Electionsi
X
October 31, 2014 4:10 AM
Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad. This is especially true for a key voting group both Republicans and Democrats are trying hard to win over: women. Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats, with majority control of the Senate at stake. VOA’s Cindy Saine looks at the crucial role women voters will play in deciding the elections.
Video

Video Women Voters Anxious Ahead of US Elections

Public opinion polls show American voters are deeply dissatisfied with their government and anxious about threats from abroad. This is especially true for a key voting group both Republicans and Democrats are trying hard to win over: women. Analysts say if women are focused on national security, it could be bad news for Democrats, with majority control of the Senate at stake. VOA’s Cindy Saine looks at the crucial role women voters will play in deciding the elections.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid