American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Path to Power by Christopher Andersen

By Christopher Andersen

"I do not hand over. I retain going."
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She also campaigned successfully to end college rules barring men from setting foot in Wellesley dorm rooms. At twenty, Hillary was already being criticized for using her office to reward cronies with assignments to key school committees—a charge that would be leveled against her and her future husband repeatedly over the coming years. ” Politically, Hillary’s metamorphosis from Goldwater Girl to student activist was continuing apace. ” In March 1968 she drove up to Manchester, New Hampshire, to campaign for Eugene McCarthy, the antiwar Minnesota senator who was challenging LBJ in the Democratic presidential primaries.

Hillary, in fact, went far beyond merely standing by her man. It was the First Lady who confronted each crisis head-on, masterminding legal strategies and mounting counterattacks to debunk charges and discredit those with the audacity to have made them. Now it was Bill’s turn, and he did not have to be told what was expected of him. For years, White House staffers had been murmuring about “The Plan,” the long-standing agreement that, once the Clintons left the White House, they would reverse roles: in return for all the sacrifices Hillary had made over the years—all the dreams and ambitions put on hold, not to mention the heartache and searing humiliation she had had to endure because of his rampant womanizing—Bill would throw himself behind his wife’s political career.

Already adept at networking, Hillary quickly determined who was important to know on campus—and who might be of use to her in the future. Among the friends she would make during this period: Teddy Roosevelt’s great-granddaughter Susan Roosevelt, who would go on to marry future Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Eleanor “Eldie” Acheson, granddaughter of Truman’s secretary of state, Dean Acheson. With no men on campus to impress during the week, the women of Wellesley paid little attention to their appearance—and Hillary was no exception.

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