Features — 04 November 2016

Hillary Clinton

By Carleen Surrena @SURRENA_C

In 2001, Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate making her the first American first lady to ever win a seat in public office. From 2009-2013 she served as the 67th U.S. secretary of state. She has continued to climb the governmental ladder, reaching new heights and her most recent achievement, becoming the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.

Born Hillary Diane Rodham, Clinton was raised in a politically conservative household in Park Ridge, Illinois.

In high school she participated in the student council and was elected vice president her junior year. She was a National Merit Finalist her senior year, and voted most likely to succeed.

Clinton majored in political science at Wellesley College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. It was another first in her life, as she became the first student in history to speak at the commencement ceremonies.

After graduating, she went on to Yale Law School where she met Bill Clinton. She served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. In her second year at Yale, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center, where she learned about childhood brain development. She interned in Oakland, California at Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, a law firm known for its support of constitutional rights, civil liberties and radical causes.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale in 1973, and continued her postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.

In 1974, Clinton (still Rodham at the time) moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas with Clinton after she failed the District of Columbia bar exam. She passed the Arkansas exam and became one of two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

She taught criminal law classes and became the first director of a new legal aid clinic at the school.
After marrying Bill in 1975, she cofounded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977 and became the First Lady of Arkansas in 1979. She remained in that position for 12 years.  During this time she also became the first woman to be made a full partner of Rose Law Firm.

The achievements added up as Clinton continued her career. It seems as though her first failing did not come until 1993 when the Clinton health care plan was unsuccessful but even after that, she bounced right back to help create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The next hiccup in her career came when Clinton used a personal email that operated through a private server instead of an email address safeguarded by State Department servers.  She allegedly mishandled information that pertained to national security which is a federal crime.

The FBI found no evidence that her email account had been hacked or that the emails in question would have compromised national security.

With this in mind and as the debate winds down this month, Clinton looks to become he first female president of the United States.

 

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Donald Trump

By C.J. Peterson @CJPETERSON

Most people know Donald Trump as a man of catch phrases.

In the early 2000s, it was “You’re fired” but in 2016, Trump has changed his slogan to “Make America great again.”

To many in the United States, Donald Trump represents what used to be right with America, while others view him as everything that is currently wrong with it.

After graduating from the New York Military Academy in 1964, Trump’s patriotic mindset was instilled early. Reaching the rank of Captain showed that Trump was not only capable, but strong in a leadership role.

After finishing high school, he obtained his business degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.

It was then time for Trump to enter the family business, real estate.

Working alongside his father, Trump began to learn ins and outs of the real estate world at “Elizabeth Trump and Son”, which primarily focused on middle class housing in the New York City.

After gaining several years of experience, Trump was given control of the company in 1971, at which time he made his first major move as the man in charge.

He would change the name of the company from “Elizabeth Trump and Son” to “The Trump Organization.”

By 1973, Trump was the president of the organization and oversaw nearly 14,000 apartment complexes across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Ten years later, in 1983, Trump would build the iconic “Trump Tower” in midtown Manhattan. This would represent the peak of “The Trump Organization” and solidify Trump as a major player and success story in the real estate world.

Trump was able to acquire several other high profile locations including the Taj Mahal Casino in New Jersey.

In 2003, Trump began what most people today know him for: The Apprentice.

Airing on NBC, Trump starred as the intimidating, high demanding and ruthless boss whose catchphrase and most notable line was “You’re fired.”

Several seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice” a spin off series of the original, followed after the success of “The Apprentice”.

The show continued for 14 seasons and was ultimately canceled in 2015 after remarks made by Trump about immigration surfaced.

Taxes and other expenses forced his investments and ventures into high amounts of debt ultimately forcing him to declare bankruptcy six times between 1991 and 2009.

With the failures of his past, in 2014, Trump announced that he would be running for president of the United States in the 2016 election and has since been selected as the GOP nominee.

His strong stances on immigration and foreign policies have made him a polarizing figure that has gained the support of millions in his campaign to become America’s 44th president.

That along with ”charisma” and bold opinions make him the choice for many in this year’s election

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  1. The author of this article failed to research Mr. Trump very well as seen in the statement “After graduating from the New York Military Academy in 1964, Trump’s patriotic mindset was instilled early. Reaching the rank of Captain showed that Trump was not only capable, but strong in a leadership role.” The Washington Post reported in January that there was some controversy regarding Mr. Trump’s time at the New York Military Academy. In specific, he was promoted to Cadet Captain (another error in the article) and assigned command of a cadet company. After only one month, he was relieved of that assignment, removed from barracks with cadets, and put in a cadet staff officers position. While Cadet-Captain Trump likes to spin that as a promotion, anyone who has actually served in the military understands that when someone is abruptly removed from a command position, actual real military or boarding school cadets; that is not a promotion however it may be spun to put a positive face on the incident. The highest honor a military officer or military cadet officer holds is as a commander. The exception may be for the cadet or officer selected to work as the Operations officer. That would be the officer in charge of all operations and in real war or peace, who develops and executes based upon Commander direction, the plans that place soldiers’ lives in jeopardy. Mr. Trump however, ended his military career at the NY Academy as a Staff Supply Officer. The trade of assignments from staff supply officer to cadet company commander was a promotion for the other guy, and a demotion for Cadet-Captain Trump who became the Cadet Supply Officer. The observation/opinion of the author that this incident reflects the leadership qualities of Cadet Trump is only partially accurate. This incident does reflect leadership, the lack and poor quality of Mr. Trump’s leadership skills.

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