Hillary Clinton on fast track with California blitz
November 8th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
12 months ago

Hillary Clinton on fast track with California blitz

Washington (CNN) – When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the State Department earlier this year, she told reporters that she would be "stepping off the very fast track for a little while."

That time away, however, appears to be over, as Clinton hits the gas with a two-day, five-event whirlwind trip to California this weekend.

The former Secretary of State will travel to Los Angeles and San Francisco on Friday and Saturday in a blitz that combines a corporate speaking engagement, an event for the Clinton Foundation and two award events where she will be recognized for her work at State.

On Friday night, Clinton will be honored with the "Global Champion Award" by International Medical Corps, a philanthropic group that helps respond to natural disasters with manpower and money.

The group said it is honoring Clinton because of her "profound dedication to advancing human dignity, particularly for women and children."

"She has actually been a longtime supporter of our work," Margaret Aguirre, spokeswoman for the group, said. "She visited our programs in the Congo. She has been a big supporter of our work with women and children. She has been really a champion of the work that we do for about going on 15 years."

The event is being held at the posh Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and Aguirre told CNN that the room is already sold out. Upwards of 880 people paid at least $500 for a ticket, she said.

Also on Friday, Clinton is reportedly headlining a discussion put on by the Producers Guild of America. The discussion, which the Hollywood Reporter says is being moderated by Rob Reiner, will center on early childhood education and voluntary national service and will bring together a "small group of TV execs, writers and showrunners to help plug the initiatives."

In her 2008 race against Barack Obama, Hollywood–and its money–largely broke for her Democratic challenger. With Clinton eyeing a repeat bid for the White House in 2016, her time rubbing elbows with producers and television executives is bound to spark speculation she is already courting California's big money donors.

Clinton will remain in Los Angeles for part of Saturday, when she is honored at a brunch put on by the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. Clinton will be receiving the "Hermandad Award," which is presented to someone who works to "enhance opportunity for the people of Mexico and the health and prosperity of the two nations."

Zuraya Tapia, spokeswoman for the initiative, said the group choose to honor Clinton because of her work with Mexican Americans, particularly because of her focus on development in Mexico during her time at the State Department.

Clinton will travel to San Francisco later that day where she will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Realtor's annual meeting.

The event has been closed to the press, as is true with other paid speaking engagements by Clinton. The event was closed to the press "per Clinton’s speaking agreement" with the group, said Sara Wiskerchen, a spokeswoman for the group.

Shortly after leaving her State Department post, Clinton signed on with the Harry Walker Agency as her representative for speaking engagements. She is a highly sought speaker who likely earns in the six-figure range per appearance.

Her address to the realtors group is just the latest of a string of speeches she’s given since leaving the State Department. Her first outing was in April when Clinton addressed the National Multi Housing Council in Dallas.

Later Saturday, Clinton and daughter Chelsea will attend the Millennium Network San Francisco event, put on by the family's Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton Foundation says the event is an effort by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to "inspire and encourage the next generation to address global challenges, and invite future leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Clinton Foundation."

Also in attendance, according to the foundation website, will be a cadre of top flight television stars. Patrick Dempsey, of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" fame, is a featured guest, as is Rashida Jones, known for her role on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." Blue Traveler, a rock band that gained fame in the 90s, will provide music for the night.

The event is nearly sold out, according to the website.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I care. The most corrupt political family in America, the Clinton's, naturally the darling of the welfare frauds, corrupt union bosses and non taxpayers. And of course the pseudo intellectuals that infest the democrat liberal .

    November 8, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. loving it

    Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I care. The most corrupt political family in America, the Clinton's, naturally the darling of the welfare frauds, corrupt union bosses and non taxpayers. And of course the pseudo intellectuals that infest the democrat liberal .

    Voted most admired woman in the world for 17-18 years. Next President of the United States.

    Must hurt knowing that after you "suffer" through the next 3 years of Obama, you'll get to watch Hill & Bill back in the Whitehouse.

    November 8, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @stuffit
    Remember anytime someone says Benghazi, it drives one more person to vote liberal, because they recall just how loony the radical right is.

    BTW I missed your posting when Bush lied and THOUSANDS of people died. Can you re-post that?

    November 8, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. MaryM

    You repubs can benghazi all you want. If big business backs the Clintons, there is NOT a damn thing you can do to keep Hillary from being elected. AND I quarantee you, big business DOES back the Clintons

    November 8, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I care. The most corrupt political family in America, the Clinton's, naturally the darling of the welfare frauds, corrupt union bosses and non taxpayers. And of course the pseudo intellectuals that infest the democrat liberal .
    *************
    Hey folks, its WiredWierdSF! He's back! The fake small business owner is back, you know, the one who complains about the minimum wage employees he claims he hires that won't stay with him because he won't PAY THEM MORE!!! Ah, he's not a psuedo intellectual, just a pseudo human being.

    November 8, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    StuffIt, are you really that Weird guy or are you Tiffin?

    November 8, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Stuffit

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I care. The most corrupt political family in America, the Clinton's, naturally the darling of the welfare frauds, corrupt union bosses and non taxpayers. And of course the pseudo intellectuals that infest the democrat liberal .
    -----------------
    You should take that and stuff it, can it, and sell it in the right wing media. There's a sucker born every minute.

    November 8, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Name willard

    Hillary clinton was lied her story what happened about 4 amercian murder at benzhina lybia
    Why bill clinton was affair other lenzisky ?v??? That bill clinton was lied talk with people what about affair
    Hillary and bill must tell honest to God

    November 8, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Its nice to see that one of our resident trolls is back, a person who assumes anyone who disagrees with him is a drug user, guilty of welfare fraud and a corrupt union toady. Have I missed any of his key buzzwords?

    November 8, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    @Stuffit,

    "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. I care."

    Good. Then you must also care about the "60 Minutes" embarrassment. Thoughts?

    November 8, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. ST

    Stuffit,
    Why are you an angry person all the time? Don't you know, you are cutting short days of your life by squeezing those arteries unnecessarily? Relax, take life in an easy way and you will always be a happy person.

    November 8, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    @Tampa Tim,

    Several conservative posters post here under multiple handles. I think the idea is to demonstrate that more people agree with their views than is readily apparent.

    November 8, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Next President of the United States."

    Indeed. I truly wish we could get pictures of every single GOPers/Teatrolls' face in 'Murika on November 9, 2016 when they all realize they're going to have to spend 4 years (at least) saying "President Clinton" again. I can think of no other way to describe it than schadenfreudegasm.

    November 8, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, please Stuffit, tell us your thoughts about the lies put forth by CBS. Come on, don't be shy: you rarely are about anything else.

    November 8, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Great Weather ,

    Say hi to jerry Brown a great Governor !

    November 8, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. DEMO KRAT

    Clinton on Benghazi:

    "What difference does it make"!?

    Clinton 2016-

    November 8, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    @ DEMO KRAT

    CBS Apology: any thoughts, or are you sticking to what you are told to post by your employer?

    November 8, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    Tampa Tim

    StuffIt, are you really that Weird guy or are you Tiffin?

    I think Tiffin is actually some right wing te abag ger chick who posts some negative drivel and then runs and hides for three months because she is afraid some 'libtard' is going to bend her over and give her a smacking.
    Not afraid of the smacking, just afraid she will like it.

    November 8, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    @ Data Driven

    Why do you waste your time responding to "something" (Stuffit) that can't even think of it's own original name? You are far more intelligent than that my friend.

    November 8, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. tiffinS

    Billary – A face that only a mother could love... No wonder Bill went cigar shopping.

    November 8, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. DPK

    NO EXCUSES
    NO BALANCED BUDGET NO HOLIDAY VACATION
    The President and Congress need to pass a balanced budget.
    If they don't then they should not take any holiday vacation.
    DO YOUR JOB

    November 8, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom discovered:

    Hey folks, its WiredWierdSF! He's back! The fake small business owner is back, you know, the one who complains about the minimum wage employees he claims he hires that won't stay with him because he won't PAY THEM MORE!!! Ah, he's not a psuedo intellectual, just a pseudo human being.
    --------------------------–
    Wasn't that the person who complained about gas in Florida costing $6.50 per gallon when the national average was only $4 per gallon, and it turned out that the person was citing the lone all night gas station near Tampa airport.

    November 8, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! I swear that woman gets better looking with age !! If I could give her 10,000 votes, I would, if I could...too bad, this country didn't want the most experienced one.....because they had a 'chip" on their shoulder, from her husbands deal, with the intern....( big deal ) so they ended up electing an inexperienced one, a one term senator, who voted "present" on practically everything, not to mention a college graduate, and last , but not least, a community organizer.......If it weren't for Biden, he would be lost.....

    GO JOE !!!

    November 8, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    @tiffinS "Billary – A face that only a mother could love... No wonder Bill went cigar shopping."

    Yes, her accomplishments in office and around the world for women and family issues are amazing.

    This mentality or lack thereof, is exactly why TeaBaggers can wave shiny objects and get a following.

    November 8, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    Woman in Cali,

    Point taken. But I think sometimes we need to challenge these folks even when we're not expecting a debate. The entirety of the Benghazi "scandal" rested on Davies' testimony; and now we learn that we wasn't there. There is no more blood to wring from the Benghazi stone. Stuffit is pretending there is. He must be challenged. Otherwise the truth is forgotten.

    November 8, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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