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Hillary Clinton: Interior-Decorator-in-Chief

In a new batch of those Hillary Clinton e-mails that the media continue to shrug at, it becomes clear that the nation’s prospective Grandmother-in-Chief has a troubling habit of neglecting to address whatever pressing topic at hand her aides are notifying her about to focus on more pressing issues, namely home decor and gift shopping.

In response to a forwarded message on December 18th, 2011, from aide Huma Abedin with the subject line message reading “6 soldiers among dead; Syria weighing observers (AP),” Hillary’s first response was, “Is Dalton Brody off Conn or Wisconsin?”

Dalton Brody describes itself on its own website as the “premier gift and accessories retailer” that “carries the full line of the world’s most luxurious crystal by English Designer William Yeoward.” (It’s a shop for the middle class, of course!)

On the same day, Abdein forwarded Clinton a report from the AP regarding Pakistani troops’ battling Taliban fighters over the remnants of a downed U.S. drone. Our always attentive Secretary of State responded:

I like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/contaimners [sic] on one? What do you think?

Abedin, mystified replied back, “Did u mean to send me?”

The response isn’t anything out of the ordinary for Hillary, as Huma Abedin admitted herself that the former Secretary of State is “often confused.” This wasn’t the first example of Hillary’s QVC-shopping-network curiosities taking priority over her concern for international incidents.

In an e-mail a week earlier, again from Abedin, informing her of an AP story on gunmen attempting to assassinate the head of the Libyan Army, Mrs. Clinton was more concerned with the lighting needs of her daughter. “Did you get info from Chelsea about the wall lamps?” Hillary replied. Abedin responded, lamenting that the lamps were beautiful but alas, out of her own price-range. They must not have been cheap.

Both of these e-mails came only months before the September 11, 2012 assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

If the country is going to nominate someone for president whose focus at the time of international incidents is on luxurious crystal and lamps, we’d be better off electing Martha Stewart and leaving Hillary to be president of Bed Bath & Beyond instead. 

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