I took the bait. I admit it. I wasted $20 (including sales tax) buying “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead.”
The oversized but short illustrated book claims it’s for ages four to eight, but children can’t vote. So you have to wonder if it isn’t really for ages 18 and up—that is, for young mothers who can vote.
I found the book on the biography shelf of the children’s section at the bookstore. But the tone is so glowing, and so many important facts about Hillary’s life are left out, that it might have been a better fit in the religion section, with the title of “Saint Hillary.”
On the other hand, if the author had included many of the more seamy incidents in Hillary’s life, would it have been suitable for children?
Readers are told that, “In the 1950s, it was a man’s world. Only boys could grow up to have powerful jobs.” But then “along came Hillary.”
Readers also learn how she upstaged boys in class and lined up “sports events to raise money for the poor. … Her youth group met with poor black and Latino teenagers in the inner city.” How “after college, Hillary entered law school so she could work for justice.”
In Arkansas she and Bill Clinton “loved politics as much as they loved each other. They decided to spend their lives—and serve America—together.”
Have you thrown up yet? There’s more.
The author, Michelle Markel, tells us, “Hillary was a new breed, a superwoman,” because she was managing a career and family—as well as being the First Lady of Arkansas. Actually, lots of career mothers have to manage difficult schedules.
The book only touches on her Senate and State Department stints, and closes by hinting that Hillary is ready to lead again. No doubt she wants to.
But I looked in vain for how Hillary became an instant success—and much more prosperous—trading cattle futures. And I saw nothing about her expertise in Arkansas real estate scams, er, deals.
The author tells us that people “thought Hillary would land a high-ranking job in Washington, D.C. But she didn’t—not yet.” But, of course, she DID, working for the chief council for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. But her supervisor fired her for telling lies and unethical behavior.
And there is nothing about how she and the Clinton team denounced and denigrated the many, many women who came forward claiming Bill had sexually harassed them.
I was also disappointed to see that the book’s illustrator, LeUyen Pham, didn’t include a drawing of Hillary and Chelsea running for cover under sniper fire, as Hillary claimed, when the two landed in Bosnia in 1996.
And just think what a great illustration it would have made showing Hillary telling the families of those killed in the Benghazi raid that the federal government would punish the man who made that anti-Muslim film that caused the attack on our embassy.
What a missed opportunity to give kids a more complete picture of the “girl born to lead.”
So I wasted $20 picking up a biography that isn’t much more than an in-kind contribution to the Clinton campaign. I bought the book, but no one should “buy” its story.