March 24, 2008
People are pouring through more than 11,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s public schedule for her eight years as first lady. Judicial watch had filed a freedom of information request and lawsuit to get them released. Since Senator Clinton has declared her experience as first lady has prepared her to be president, it’s worth looking at the documents to see if that’s true.
As even the New York Times pointed out, some of the documents serve to conceal much more than they reveal. Many sections are blacked out and on many days there is an entry for “private meeting” that gives no clue as to whom she met or what the meeting was about.
The documents offer no support for her claims she helped broker the Irish peace agreement or facilitated the flow of refugees in the Balkans. There’s nothing about the Family and Medical Leave Act which she also claimed to help pass Congress. In fact, there is nothing on her calendar that indicates she attended the bill signing ceremony.
There’s plenty of stuff associated with what first ladies do, but that’s about it. More to come.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.