Hillary Clinton to President Barack Obama: 'I'm sorry'

19 April, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have been attracting major media attention recently due to the release of their new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.

Around 7:45 on election night, when Hillary Clinton and her aides still thought they were headed to the White House, troubling news emerged from Florida.

It was after Clinton had conceded defeat to Trump that Obama placed a consolation call to her. Clinton apologized solemnly during the call, saying she was sorry to have let him and the party down.

When the announcement came that Trump had won, most of the news was centered around that and what a Trump-led America would look like.

But the book provides abundant evidence that Hillary and her people played a large part in losing it.

Clinton said that wasn't her "job anymore". Bill had reportedly expressed concern before the election that Hillary's campaign was underestimating Trump.

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"I'll be supportive of the country's success, and that means your success as president", Clinton said.

The devastating impact of election loss on Clinton was accentuated by the fact that she was not prepared for it.

Sullivan argued that Clinton ought to tell voters how she really felt. At the end of the script, he was asked to use the former first lady's campaign slogan. In the recording, Sanders was supposed to criticize Republican nominee (now U.S. President) Donald Trump for his views on the economy and the reality of climate change on a global level.He would also advertise Clinton policies on health care, education, and minimum wages. She struggled with the question of why Obama hadn't done more to apprise the public that the Russians had gone way beyond what had been reported [in influencing the presidential election].

The president, who had hit the campaign trail hard for Clinton, now believed the race was over and was determined that she accept her defeat with "dignity". Instead we get a slow-building case against the concept and execution of the Clinton campaign, with plenty of fault falling squarely on the candidate herself.

But let's say he had the right model - would Clinton have had a winning strategy, or would she have known she was going to lose? Her top aides "were as miserable as mid-level bureaucrats in an agency with no clear plans" and longtime adviser Huma Abedin "couldn't be counted on to relay constructive criticism to Hillary without pointing a finger at the critic".

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