My mother, Pearl, always gave great advice in life. “Always wait a half hour after eating at the beach before you go swimming.”
“Finish your food. Children are starving in Europe [or alternatively, China, when I noticed that children were fat in France].”
And she warned me to clean up after myself when visiting someone’s house. And she gives good advice to this day.
Obviously, however, this is not something Bill or Hillary Clinton followed. It seems they both left their crumpled up pre-speech “To Do” lists on the Podium at the Convention. Fortunately, because of my wide spread connections in the world of politics, I knew the staffers who cleaned up, and they forwarded to me the actual notes themselves, warts and all.
And now I share them with you:
Actual speech “To Do” List found on the Podium at the Democratic Convention after the speech made by President Bill Clinton Wednesday night, in Bill’s handwriting, apparently....
Bill Clinton ---Notes to myself:
1. Remember to refer to Denver as the Mile High City, not the “Mile High Club”.
2. Keep eye contact with Hillary or Chelsea or both ONLY, NOT the hot looking blonde delegate from Hawaii in the third row. OK to say ‘hi’ to her by tugging on your ear during the speech.
3. Keep speech on topic; find out what the topic is.
4. Make sure you mention that Hillary got 18 million votes at least three times. Avoid mentioning “Michigan” or “Florida”.
5. Use the “…a place called Hope” line. They still love that crap.
6. Oh yeah, and it’s “Barack Obama” ---you’re endorsing---try to work that name in somewhere in the speech.
7. Don’t mention that you were actually the first Black president.
8. After the speech, return Eliot Spitzer’s call, and get that phone number from him of his ‘friend’.
Notes from Hillary.
Also, this is an actual “To Do” List found on the Podium at the Democratic Convention after the speech made by Senator Hillary Clinton Tuesday night, last week.
1. Wear dark pants suit, the one that makes you look thinner. When waving, don’t turn your back to the audience.
2. Don’t laugh. No matter what---just smile.
3. Don’t cry. Again, no matter what---just smile.
4. Work in a pitch for contributions, we have a huge campaign debt to cover.
5. When you tell people to vote for “Barack Obama” [BAH-ROCK OH-BA-MA], and not John McCain, try to look sincere. Look straight in to the camera, and smile. Practice this in front of mirror!!! Keep teeth gritting to a minimum.
6. Update resume for job search.
7. Bring signed copies of “It Takes a Village” for back of room sales, after speech. Remember that Obama wants his cut of all sales.
So, there you. You probably are as surprised as I am at their carelessness. But, maybe, just maybe, they wanted these “To Do” notes to be found.....hmm.