Clinton touts 'indispensable' America in memoir excerpts
May 27th, 2014
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Clinton touts 'indispensable' America in memoir excerpts

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton reflects on her long life in politics and her "unexpected" partnership with President Barack Obama in excerpts released Tuesday of her upcoming memoir.

In Clinton's "Hard Choices" – which is due out on June 10 – the former secretary of state writes that when making decisions during her life she "listened to both my heart and my head."

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Among those decisions was her "unexpected" partnership with Obama after the contentious 2008 presidential primary.

"I've served our country in one way or another for decades. Yet during my years as Secretary of State, I learned even more about our exceptional strengths and what it will take for us to compete and thrive at home and abroad," Clinton writes. "I hope this book will be of use to anyone who wants to know what America stood for in the early years of the 21st century, as well as how the Obama Administration confronted great challenges in a perilous time."

The excerpts – released by Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher, and provided to CNN by representatives for Clinton – come from the memoir's four-page author's note section. The release also comes with a 10-minute audio clip of Clinton reading the passage.

Clinton adds that she didn't write her memoir for the "followers of Washington's long-running soap opera – who took what side, who opposed whom, who was up and who was down."

Instead Clinton writes that she wrote the book for "Americans and people everywhere who are trying to make sense of this rapidly changing world of ours" and "anyone anywhere who wonders whether the United States still has what it takes to lead."

"Talk of America's decline has become commonplace, but my faith in our future has never been greater," Clinton adds. "While there are few problems in today's world that the United States can solve alone, there are even fewer that can be solved without the United States. Everything that I have done and seen has convinced me that America remains the 'indispensable nation.' I am just as convinced, however, that our leadership is not a birthright. It must be earned by every generation."

Clinton's memoir has been highly anticipated since she left her role as America's top diplomat in early 2013, primarily because the former first lady has been weighing a run at the presidency in 2016.

Because of that, the release of "Hard Choices" is an important moment for Clinton. Critics have charged that her time at State was marked by a lack of a crowning achievement, while Clinton confidants have looked to frame those years as a success and see the book as the most potent way to do that.

Clinton has crisscrossed the United States for the past six months, giving speeches to different corporate groups and college campuses. The themes of those speeches - America's future and Clinton's decision making process - are seen throughout Tuesday's excerpt release.

The former first lady and senator from New York has said the book begins with her accepting President Barack Obama's offer to become secretary of state and covers a range of topics, including Iran, Syria and Libya.

She has joked that the memoir will be "just another light summer read" and will cover topics from "Crimea to climate change."

But the book will also likely reflect on the whole of Clinton's life, too. In the author's note, Clinton references her decision to follow her heart and move to Arkansas with Bill Clinton and how her heart "burst with love at the birth of our daughter, Chelsea."

This is the second release of "Hard Choices" excerpts. Earlier this month – in honor of Mother's Day – Vogue Magazine published excerpts from the book that pertained to Clinton's mother - Dorothy Howell Rodham - and her death in 2011.

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In addition to the memoir's release, Clinton will embark on what will be a highly watched book tour after the June 10 release.

While not all events have been announced yet, the schedule is starting to come together.

Clinton will speak at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto  on June 16 and then two days later – on June 18 – Clinton will speak at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The former first lady will appear in Austin on June 20 and then five days later, on June 25, the former first lady will speak in San Francisco. Clinton will also appear on June 14 at a Costco in Arlington, Virginia.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. j newkirk

    why is this crazy woman spouting off about what she THINKS she's done ? She's done NOTHING,

    May 27, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. tom l


    I'm curious from your post about the Santa Barbara shooter. Once again, you are using a tragic event to try and push your agenda of stricter gun control. California has stricter gun legislation than any federal proposals that would be implemented and none of those greater restrictions would have prevented this event at all. Why would you try and leverage a tragic event, in which 6 people were murdered to talk about your agenda? Just last week, you were complaining, and rightfully so, that there were politicians trying to raise money based on the Benghazi investigation and how exploitive that was. Now how are you doing anything any different? You are trying to "campaign" for stricter gun legislation and your post was based strictly off of the event in Santa Barbara. You are doing the exact same thing....campaigning for your cause and basing that campaign off of the deaths of 6 people (3 of which died from being bludgeoned by a knife) so tell me the relevance of your post and how that differs from a congressman trying to get funds off of Benghazi? You are no better. In fact, you're worse because you know how wrong it is yet you went ahead anyways...

    May 27, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. salty dog

    Tom l. Blah blah blah, yada yada yada, anything new to add?

    May 27, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Peace

    @ j newkirk
    It seems yourself and Karl Rove are losing sleep because of Hillary. Name calling, throwing all dirties you can find, thinking she is old and stale etc. etc. What are all these for? Why can't you promote your candidate if at all you have any? She is coming, she is coming in a very big way. You better run and hide before she makes her official announcement that she is in.

    May 27, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. NameJay

    I wonder what she did in Thailand, that has produced this current mess, and wasted millions of "US Aid"? Anthony B. might know.

    May 27, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    While the US Military IS Indispensable, it is not LIMITLESS. It should be used judiciously. When you're yanking National Guardsmen & throwing them into Combat w/out training or the proper equipment (Iraq), that is a Flashing Light that Civilian Leaders have misused our Military.

    May 27, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Name

    "Unexpected partnership" = her party rejected her and went with the "new guy". In order to prevent her from "poisoning the well" and also siphon off her band name, Obama sets her up as SOS.
    If their alliance is so strong: why is Biden floating around? Why did Bill call out Barrack's "you can keep your policy. Period" statement?

    May 27, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. smith

    @Sonny-FYI, all Natinoal Guard personnel had to attend a combat readiness or warrior transition program before being depolyed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Your comment is false.

    May 27, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. bassman

    I wonder if the AP will bring back the eleven fact checkers they employed to check Sarah Palin's book. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. Double-standard at its ugliest.

    May 27, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. smith

    @Tom l- Your comment to rs is spot on. Gun violence has been on the decline since the 90`s and you would think that the gun control crowd would be happy. I think the real motive behind the gun control movement is going after what they think are big GOP donors(NRA, gun manufacturers, and dealers).

    May 27, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. turd cruzin

    Smith, you get more training at MacDonald's on the french fry machine

    May 27, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Claude

    I love watching Karl Rove and the other Republicans squirm as they contemplate facing a truly great and completely qualified American, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential race.

    May 27, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Hillary and Bill think they are "Indispensable" and you need a Baby Sitter and the have Appointed themselves. So, do you need a baby sitter? Well of course you do! That's why you elected the Annointed One. Gee, I wonder who is minding the store?

    May 27, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. YoonYoungJo

    Still have Hillary as my clear favorite as the next President. As for second place, Biden and Christie (as long as he isn't implicated in the bridge scandal) are in a close second. Although I would have to put Biden slightly ahead of Christie just because of policy differences. Still, if I was forced to vote for a GOP'er it would be Christie. As for Hillary, not many people have served this country as long as she has. She has a wealth of experience and probably smarter then most of us. Plus. When Hillary wins, it will remove any chance that the efforts made by the Obama administration will end up reversed. Unfortunately, due to a ineffective Congress, it appears it may take multiple democratic administrations to achieve a little more equality for the middle class.

    May 27, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. D Thomas

    Did She mention anything about Whitewater. I guess everyone has forgotten about that. Politicians are like athletes, they think they are above us and deserve special treatment. Educate yourself about Whitewater and let me know what you think.

    May 27, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Deserttrek

    the woman has done nothing in life except lie, steal, commit treason, smear other people and cover for bill. that makes her perfect for a real housewives episode, not president.

    May 27, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. jim

    Get ready, CNN readers... it's going to be All Hillary All The Time until November 2016. I just wish she'd ever said or done anything memorable, then maybe she'd be worth all the (virtual) ink.

    May 27, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. sly

    Hillary Clinton is a very intelligent woman, the most powerful woman in the world, and considered one of the most effective Secretary of States in the past 50 years.

    She will make a good, progressive President to continue the fine work of President Obama.

    This administration has tremendous accomplishments – killing our #1 enemy of all time, record stock markets, plummiting federal deficit.

    These are good times for America, and I know I'm enjoying every moment of growing prosperity.

    May 27, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Gun violence has been on the decline since the 90`s "

    Another gloss-over copout. It decreased for several years after a peak in about 1990 but has remained very stable over the past decade, even showing some slight increase since 2007. Reaching back tot he peak and then ignoring the stabilization of the incidence rate is dishonest. It's like claiming "polio rates have dropped significantly since the 1920's" in an attempt to imply that the past decade has also seen a decrease and so-and-so should get credit for it.

    May 27, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. P Hoffman

    Gee, being part of the most corrupt and inept administration in American History qualifies her for what? Today's democratic party is a mess, if these are the people they choose to run the best country in the world!

    May 27, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. rufus

    She's a legend in her own mind.

    May 27, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. smith

    @Liberal-You wonder why people think liberals are anti-military or that liberals don`t support the troops? Take a gander at comment 11 with regards to military combat readiness training.

    May 27, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. amazed

    Inevitable that Hillary wins 350 or more electoral votes twice if she runs. She will appeal to young people, GOP women and independents with carefully poll tested soundbites.

    GOP stands no chance till 2024 at the earliest. And then they will run someone to the left of the Kennedy and still lose as they'll still be painted as far right.

    May 27, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    @ D Thomas, since you have already made up your mind that she is guilty of some malfeasance, why are you even bothering to ask anyone what they think? Its interesting that you don't anyone to access the GOPer candidates and their pasts.

    May 27, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Hillary and Bill think they are "Indispensable" and you need a Baby Sitter and the have Appointed themselves."

    Given your penchant for baby talk, they might not be far off in their assessment. As for "appointing" that why they rely on elections and people voting to determine whether they have any power?

    "I think the real motive behind the gun control movement is going after what they think are big GOP donors(NRA, gun manufacturers, and dealers)."

    Bull. Pure bull. If you think approximately 32,000 victims of gun violence per year is at all acceptable, and that genuine concern over all the lives and families destroyed every day in this country as a result of the kind of societal negligence we practice can be written off by some cynical conspiracy theory about people trying to attack campaign funding and donors, then you're clearly suffering from the age-old conservative disease of "it hasn't happened to me yet."

    May 27, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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