March 18th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Archives to release Clinton's first lady schedules

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The National Archives will release Hillary Clinton's schedules while first lady."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Over 11,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's schedule as first lady are set to be released to the public on Wednesday, the National Archives announced.

The documents are among those the Obama campaign has long said need to be made public in order to fully evaluate the New York senator's experience and tenure while First Lady.

In a statement Tuesday, the Archives said the documents are from the files of Patti Solis Doyle, the director of Clinton's scheduling while she was first lady, and later the manager of her presidential campaign. Doyle stepped down from managing the campaign earlier this year after a string of poor showings in primary contests.

“Arranged chronologically, these records document in detail the activities of the First Lady, including meetings, trips, speaking engagements and social activities for the eight years of the Clinton Administration,” the statement said.

The documents are among those that were the center of a legal battle between the Archives and Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group that has long urged a speedier release of files from the Clinton White House years.

In a court motion earlier this month, the Archives promised to release the schedules by the end of the month, but said it will need "one to two years" to process remaining documents, including over 20,000 pages of call logs - an indication those documents won't be released by the November 4 presidential election.

According to the Archives statement, 4,746 of the schedules have redactions, information removed before being released, that largely relate to privacy concerns and include "social security numbers, telephone numbers, and home addresses."

The documents will be available for view on the Clinton Library's Web site.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. KipKun

    God finally something so the Obama supporters could stop whining. boo hoo Hillary isn't releasing her tax returns. How about Obama and Rezko "little dirty secret?" Hmm? It had been so quiet about that. Let's talk about it some more please.

    Now they both have something we don't know too much about. Just because Hillary has a history that doesn't mean Obama would not start one.

    Whoever is writing most of Obama speeches, quit with the empathy speeches, only suckers fall for emotional and "false-hope" speeches.

    America will be America. The only way we can ever unite is in the time of wars in our own soil. Look at 9-11, I'm pretty sure we all shared something there. Food. Hope. Love. Care. Kindness. Obama cannot do a thing unless he was to start a civil war or threaten humanity.

    March 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Edgar

    Obama is no MLK, JFK or even RFK. He lied people we need to now see who his wife really is! Obama supporters have a double standard when it come to their candidate!

    HRC will make a comeback.

    March 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. RBNYC

    Good - one less thing for anti-Clinton people to obsess about. As for the redactions (not "retractions," as some have mischaracterized the article), that is standard practice to protect the privacy interests of those who may be referenced in the documents. As set forth in the article, the redactions are of social security numbers, phone numbers, and addresses - no "smoking guns" as many seem to imply - simply private, and irrelevant, information!

    March 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Kis

    Josh, your comments are not appropriate for this topic. stay on the issue and get your facts right. Obama did not say that, go and listen to what he said and if you don't understand it, let someone with better understading explain to you.

    In addition, erase your bitterness for the betterment of this country including others too.


    March 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. JIM

    So it takes her almost 8 years since you have been out of the White House to release your first lady documents. Hillary, you now people want to scrutinize you, so why give them the chance unless u really had something to hind. I think you don't, but it raises doubt when you are so reluctant to release documents from your White House days.

    March 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    CNN might owe Bill a few favors. They will not post the truth to save their lives

    March 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. rachel

    Well she had many more records to prepare than Obama and didnt he only release his last year taxes? what about previous years. We want to know what Obama was doing before he decided to run for President. That would be more telling. CNN post my remark.

    March 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Debbie

    To Josh,
    What's your nationality? Jewish race who will never forget the Holocaust, the Irish, Latin Americans, African born people who are still being slaughtered, Italians and all other nationalities will never forget injustice made to them. You are just stupid yourself. You sound like a racist yourself. What your ancestors did don't speak for you.

    March 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. JJ in NY


    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. sw

    where is Obama's record? tax returns?

    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Matt NC

    Does anyone ever tell the whole truth? Most people prefer, as Senator Clinton does, to keep some details about the private life just that-Private. I listened to Obama's speech today with a very understanding ear. However, it is stricking that one thing that has not been picked up about that speech is the contradiction. He stated several times last week that he had not heard any anti American comments from his pastor and had not been present in Church when his pastor has made some of the very comments that have plastered the media recently. But for those who like to overlook the smaller details, did he or did he not admit to being present during his speech today. Contradiction!!!! So, the question in my mind now is Why the lie? The man is a political snake. He once again is playing on the ignorance of the American People and is hoping that he will fool us all or at least enough to win the nomination and the Presidency.

    Another very important thing to note: Please pay attention: He parralled his speech today with with two distinct speeches that were given years ago by one of America's greatest political figures, Barbara Jordan. Please research and listen to Barbara Jordan's Key Note Address of 1976 and also the statements that were made by her at the Nixon hearings involving the Watergate Scandal. His speech once again was nothing original, just like his politics.

    Maybe we all need to understand that this man is not the answer to America's Problems.

    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Rachelraye

    Can we get on with the subjects at hand and elect a Democrat for President. We all know she's hiding something and frankly, I don't care. I don't care about Obama sitting in church listening to Rev. Wright's sermon. I don't agree with everything my pastor says also but doesn't mean he's not a good teacher. These things are not going to lower gas prices, food prices, college tuition, utilities bills, etc.
    Let's focus what's at stake here. Can anybody spell recession.

    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. deb

    Just so you know, the delay is due to lawyers looking through these documents to redact sensitive and personal information. Under the Freedom of Information Act, you are allowed to request information, but they "black out" information that is sensitive to security or contain personal information. For instance, you don't have a right to see people's social security numbers. If this is related to her scheduled, there is probably a lot personal information that needs to be blacked out.

    As for the tax records, Senator Obama only released his 2006 taxes. The Clintons have 20 years of tax returns available to the public, just not the most recent ones. Why doesn't Senator Obama release ALL of his tax returns from his time in public office?

    This tax returns stuff is just a red herring from Senator Obama's office to deflect from his own problems.

    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Emmanuel

    As an Obama supporter, I am willing to take on Rush Limbaurgh, racial hate mongers and Bill and Hilary Clinton loyalyst who want to fan the ambers of racal devide and hatrad in America.

    Rush is a drug addict, he is minimising the importance of civil responsibilities by asking Republicans to vote in Democratic primaries in order to prolong the dog fight between Hillary and my main Man Obama.

    Rush has no credibility, he is a megaphone mouth peice. He says he wants to play Rev. Jeremiah's tape in the fall?. But every time he does that, there should be a response, of the tapes of the KKK burning and killing black people.

    Obama says lets move on. Lets move on. AMerica, all.

    March 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Jermaine

    Dana, you are correct, however OBAMA preacher isn't the only Pastor in these United States talking about politics. Isn't the Republican Establishment built the church and the church all about politics? The Democrats are the same. What Hillary supporters have done is to post the Pastor speach on U-Tube to make OBAMA more racially defined. This has hurt not OBAMA but the democratic party, what I am scared of is that Hillary has ensure that OBAMA will loose the some white votes to Mccain. What I do know is that OBAMA will win the Presidency. I do believe that Hillary will win PA and WVbut loose NC, IN, MT, OR, SD, MI and PR. The notion that she is staying in the race to ensure that she can be the savior of the party should something about OBAMA comes up later proves she is hungry for Power. Hillary Clinton has so damaged that people will either vote for Mccain or stay home. The bad thing is that most of her supporters are supporting here because she is a female over all else, and that is something very naive. Fererro said something she didn't meant to be said in that light, then the Clintons release the U-Tube posting of OBAMA's preacher. Hilliary and Bill better be ware because they cannot set foot in another Black church with credibility after using the media to tear down a black pastor and community. The racial issue will always be apart of American fabric, the problem is in this campaign it seems to be more apealing for blacks to move to the Republican Party. If OBAMA was such a viable candidate in the party of Lincoln he would no doubt be the nomninee. The problem with the "OLD DEMOCRATIC" Party is that it is as bigoted as Hillary supporters who cannot support OBAMA because he is black or for any other reason. They use his lack of experience, his youth, his pastor, his religion, and everything else to include his race, he wasn't black enough for black voters to vote for him, but when blacks voted for him he was too black. Wow, I am so over it! HILLARY should give up now, I hope OBAMA choose AL GORE as his VP, he will most certainly beat John Mccain in a landslide. Gore has the judgement and the leadership to back up OBAMA on any 0300 AM calls. Hillary has dig herself a hole she will never get out of, Oh how she has fallen. The fact that some many super-delegates are on the fence inlcuding Edwards and Richardson proved that they will in the end support OBAMA. What they should do is to end this campaign after PA. Hillary cannot win, and the media need to report good journalism and stop insiteing racial hatred etc. The MEDIA is focusing the campaign in niche groups like a marketing campaign and that in essence is how Hillary focus her campaign thus far and so what I am saying is the media is BIAS towards OBAMA in favor of Hillary, and BIAS towards ending the campaign. The more time Mccain has to run around the world and make waves with Iran, "Bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran" and today saying Iran is inlfuencing Iran, get over it so too is America in Iraq, it would be foolish for the Iranians if they didn't try to get some influence in the region. Should any country Russia and China etc allow the US to meddle in their back yard? Come on people don't be fooled by the political elites like Hillary and Mccain, they have been in Washington for far too long that they are really out of touch with American and the World.
    A John Mccain Presidency is another WAR with IRAN. If OBAMA is not elected President then I am sure the US will be on the downward spiral and I might as well move to CHINA!

    March 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Michael, PA

    Okay, all you ObamaBots, you are obviously not reading the ENTIRE article. It's not hillary that is releasing the documents, it's the National Archives.

    It is the National Archives that are saying that it will take one to two years to process the remainder of the documents for proper release!
    You are all so quick to judge, but you don't want to give proper procedure a chance to take place.

    It's no wonder Obama generally looks squeeky clean (until recently). He's got a horde of mindless automotons whom most can't even name one single accomplishment of Obama, doing the dirty work for him.

    You're all acting like a buch of cattle being herded by Obama, but little do you know your being lead to the salughter...

    March 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jyh1920

    I agree. Josh is an Idoit.

    March 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Brad

    Barack's minister is absolutely no different than the big-monied white televangelists such as Jerry Fallwell and others who have spoken their brand of hatred as well, and they all do it with tax exempt status.

    Hillary, Bill, and Barack as well are destroying the festering remnants of the democratic party; and speaking as a democrat turned independent, I am at this point hoping for a full party split because neither party speaks to me. I truly believe that I would vote for a communist or Ralph Nader before I would vote to include pieces of another dynasty in the White House.

    By the time Bush's term FINALLY ends, we will have had 20 years of our nation in the hands of 2 families, with the possibility of making it 24 or 28 years. And still the Clinton's egos are more important that the United States of America.

    People don't want to hear about ending the war or who voted against the war from the beginning or whether the "surge" is working – those are meaningless questions at this point. We want to hear about how our government will finally place the United States of America first, about how our government will consider Americans more important to the future of America than Iraqis, about how our government is determined to invest in America's future, not Iraq's.

    If ONE candidate addressed the real problems, Americans just may move beyond the race, sex, experience and age topics that seem to always be at the top of the list – Americans just may listen.

    March 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Go Obama

    The Clintons are finished. Their tactic to overtake Obama will not work. I have faith in Pennsylvania voters, and the rest of the nation is looking to them to end the Democratic infighting! Please end the infighting Penn – you have always made the right decision.

    Join the Movement – the future of American politics.

    March 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Edgar

    To Obama supporters: We know about Rev. Wright and Obama confession that he was in the church. Now lets see what we will learn about relationship between Obama & Rezko.

    Wake up Obama supporters you were duped to believe Obama was in the like of MLK, who by the way was a uniter and loved this country no matter what.

    You want another African American who never bad mouth this country and loved it Megar Evers! Remember him an Icon!

    March 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Karlo Hernandez

    I hate Obama!

    March 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Joyce in Florida

    Obama should release all his tax returns, etc. and everything he is asking from Hillary Clinton as well. I am sure he is hiding something. What, we only see his 2006 tax return? What a joke. Would like to know where all his money is coming from. It is only fair. Of course, he says he "NO" to releasing anything else. Kind of makes you wonder what HE IS HIDING.

    Hillary Clinton, all of us here in Florida are routing for you. You have been the most gracious first lady during the Clinton Administration and you still are. I would welcome another Clinton Administration in a heartbeat. You have the smarts and I believe you can win!!

    GO HILLARY FOR '08!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Andy

    What about Obama's schedules? Has he done anything?

    March 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Barack 4 President

    Obama cannot be guilty for his pastor's political views, I have to commend Obama for standing up for all of America in this time is racial un-ease.

    God bless the man, God bless American!

    Virgin Islands.

    March 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. MJB -Decatur, GA

    Good, although there is absolutely no need for any redactions here.


    March 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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