Hillary Clinton as a kindergarten teacher?
February 12th, 2014
10:21 AM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton as a kindergarten teacher?

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Fayetteville, Arkansas (CNN) - Hillary Clinton, a woman who's held two of the highest offices in U.S. government, may have originally wanted to become a kindergarten teacher after her eight years as first lady.

The revelation was found in the copious notes and diary of Diane Blair, a close friend and confident to the former first lady.

In a diary entry dated June 23, 1994, Blair expresses concern that going negative on Congress would backfire on the Clinton administration and, particularly, on Hillary Clinton.

"End of BC's [Bill Clinton's] success with Congress and all be blamed on her," writes Blair.

Confidant’s diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge'

Blair goes on to note that Hillary Clinton, while appreciative of her input, said she wasn't worried about future relations with Congress.

According to Blair, Clinton told her that when the Clintons are done with "this," the first lady will "go be a kindergarten teacher and never have to hold hands on the Hill again."

Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Clinton would go on to serve eight years in the U..S. Senate, four years as secretary of state, and is now considered the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

That exchange is among thousands of pages of notes, letters, and diary entries penned by Diane Blair, a political science professor and longtime Clinton friend whose papers were donated to the University of Arkansas after her death in 2000.

Blair Papers offer window into Hillary Clinton

Blair worked on Bill Clinton's two presidential campaigns and advised the President and first lady throughout their eight years in the White House. In particular, she was very close with Hillary Clinton, who called Blair her "closest friend" in her 2003 memoir "Living History."

CNN has confirmed the documents are authentic and has reached out to a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, who has not responded.

There is no way to independently confirm the accuracy of Blair's specific recollections and direct quotations of the Clintons.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Ooh, Ooh, Let's attack her on this one too!

    February 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. rs

    Being a kindergarten teacher would be a huge advantage when working with the curlish likes of the House GOP. Combine those skills with a Catholic School ruler across their knuckles and who knows? Stuff might get done.

    February 12, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Hillary Clinton, a woman who's held two of the highest offices in U.S. government, may have originally wanted to become a kindergarten teacher after her eight years as first lady. The revelation was found in the copious notes and diary of Diane Blair, a close friend and confident to the former first lady."

    And what a "clutch my pearls" revelation it is ... yes? Look, I understand that CNN wants to milk these "revelations" for every click, but seriously ... this is like digging into, well ... cobwebs and dust.

    February 12, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. bill

    hilley is just like bill...get them when their young.

    February 12, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Scandal: Human being muses about escaping the path of their life while imaging an easier and more pleasant road to travel. Story at 11.

    February 12, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Thomas

    She looks like she can taste power , no matter what room she walks into .

    February 12, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Better than a dope that we had that took us to Iraq war and made billions out of Halliburton and broke USA to ground.

    February 12, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. i'malib

    Better than a dope that we had that took us to libya war and made billions out of illegal healthcare and broke USA to ground.

    February 12, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. emskadittle

    well that would be helpful in dealing with republicans in congress

    February 12, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Gunderson

    My God,
    Who we kidding here? Hillary wants to be ruler of the universe. For Hillary, the world is not enough!

    February 12, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Better than a dope that we had that took us to libya war and made billions out of illegal healthcare and broke USA to ground."

    We were not involved in a war in Libya and Obama has not made billions off the ACA, nor is it an illegal law. Have you been playing with grandma's medications again?

    February 12, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. YoonYoungJo

    Kind of sounds like she felt she had a responsibility and couldn't abandon it. I think sometimes when certain doors are opened its impossible to go back. Its like a kid acting as carelessly and foolishly as possible because he knows the day will come when the non sense has to end. A day will come when he can no longer be foolish or careless.

    February 12, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Stuffitu

    Like the death of our Lybian ambassador, "at this point, what does it matter." It appears that the democrat liberal "progressives" are about to run another corrupt liar as president.

    February 12, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @i'malib – Better than a dope that we had that took us to libya war and made billions out of illegal healthcare and broke USA to ground.
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    LOL – you just can't make this stuff up... oh wait!! You DID!!

    February 12, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. rs

    Gunderson

    My God,
    Who we kidding here? Hillary wants to be ruler of the universe. For Hillary, the world is not enough!
    _______________
    Fantasize much?

    February 12, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Hooper

    How about G.W.B. or for that matter any republican, as a speed bump, or door stop? Seems to be all they are capable of.

    February 12, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I can't wait until she wins and YOU have to live with it! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    February 12, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Ugh... the thought of her being that influential in a child's formative years is repulsive.

    February 12, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. rs

    Stuffitu

    Like the death of our Lybian ambassador, "at this point, what does it matter." It appears that the democrat liberal "progressives" are about to run another corrupt liar as president.
    ________________________
    1. You have taken the quote out of context- so- "You lie!".
    2. Please list any Republicans who have not lied.

    February 12, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Ugh... the thought of her being that influential in a child's formative years is repulsive.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why? Her daughter turned out quite well.

    February 12, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Ugh... the thought of her being that influential in a child's formative years is repulsive.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why? Her daughter turned out quite well.
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    Uh huh... probably took after the nanny that raised her.

    February 12, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @rs
    Being a kindergarten teacher would be a huge advantage when working with the curlish likes of the House GOP. Combine those skills with a Catholic School ruler across their knuckles and who knows? Stuff might get done.
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    Wow – that is really a good point. The GOP does act like a petulant little kid, with stomping feet and arms crossed. She might be able to get things going.

    February 12, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @rs
    Stuffitu

    Like the death of our Lybian ambassador, "at this point, what does it matter." It appears that the democrat liberal "progressives" are about to run another corrupt liar as president.
    ________________________
    1. You have taken the quote out of context- so- "You lie!".
    2. Please list any Republicans who have not lied.
    -------------
    I wonder how many of the parrots have read and understood the context of her statement. I actually thought she said the right thing. It didn't make a difference what the mindset of the attackers was. She felt the lost lives were more important. I agree. Of course the conservative parrots will reply "oh yeah, uh well, B-Benghazi!"

    Benghazi – The new birth certificate.

    February 12, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    They never leave politics if they have a choice. It is too much of a cash cow for them. All of them.

    February 12, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Ugh... the thought of her being that influential in a child's formative years is repulsive.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why? Her daughter turned out quite well.
    --–
    Uh huh... probably took after the nanny that raised her.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Riiiigght, because heaven knows, "libruls" NEVER raise good kids on their own! LOL – so many clown cars!

    February 12, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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