WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 —“Without memory, there is no culture,” wrote Elie Wiesel. “Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” With that in mind, former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Sunday she will run for president of the United States.
“Everyday Americans need a champion,” Hillary told a nation of government dependents, “and I want to be that champion.”
Hail Hillary, champion of the little guy!
Billy Dale might disagree. After serving more than 30 years as head of the White House travel office, he was fired in 1993 at the urging of First Lady Hillary Clinton.
It is certainly the right of a new administration to fire government employees who serve at the pleasure of the president. The problem for the Clintons was a matter of optics. You see, close friends Harry and Susan Thomases—Hollywood producers and travel service owners—sought a lucrative White House contract that Hillary thought might taint the new administration with the whiff of petty, good-old-boy, Southern Democratic political corruption.
So, to make the travel office firings appear more palatable, its staff was accused of gross incompetence and its director, Billy Dale, was charged with embezzling $54,188.61, escorted off the White House grounds by FBI special agents and shoved into a paneled van and off to prison.
A year later, a jury took just two hours to acquit him. “Dale, 57, wept in his attorney’s arms after the ‘not guilty’ verdicts were pronounced,” the Associated Press reported. He spent all the money he had defending himself against Hillary’s trumped-up charges.
“I think it’s clear that there were some problems in the way the travel office was run,” said President Clinton after Dale’s acquittal, “but there were also clearly some serious problems in the way it was handled by the White House.”
In an oblique reference to his First Lady, Clinton said, “We issued quite a self-critical report on how it [the firing] was handled,” adding, “I’m very sorry about what Mr. Dale had to go through, and I wish him well.”
Hillary told ABC’S Barbara Walters (not to mention FBI investigators and special prosecutor Robert Ray), “I did not direct anyone to make the decisions” regarding the travel office firings.”
A memo from White House aide Lorraine Voles later surfaced telling President Clinton’s White House chief of staff, Thomas McLarty, that “Hillary wants these [travel office] people fired.”
Later, an uncomfortable White House press secretary Mike McCurry said, “President Clinton would sign a Republican [House] bill paying the legal expenses of Dale and six other travel office employees fired in a 1993 purge,” said the AP.
As with all things Clinton, it was a lie.
“I never gave my word on that,” said an angry Clinton in response to CBS correspondent Bill Plante, who asked if he was going back on a promise. “You go back and see what I said… Don’t talk to me. Go back and see what I said… I don’t believe that we should give special preference to one group of people over others. Do you? Do you?”
As the AP later recounted, “Vice President Al Gore and chief of staff Leon Panetta urgently signaled press aides to end the [Rose Garden] session… As his staff followed him into the Oval Office, the president was overheard shouting in anger.”
Clinton failed to see why the government should bail out little guys ruined by false accusations originating from the office of the First Lady when he, his wife and White House aides were piling up legal bills fending off criminal charges stemming from their high crimes and misdemeanors.
Guilt or innocence has little relevance when you see yourself as a “champion” above the laws governing, well, the little guy.
But money—lots of it—makes the littlest guy loom large in the eyes of the Clintons.
Take Jorge Cabrera for instance. Back in 1995, a year before Bill and Hillary ran for re-election, Cabrera gave a generous $20,000 campaign contribution to the champions of the little guy.
The gift earned Cabrera dinner with Vice President Al Gore at a posh Miami enclave and an invitation to a White House Christmas reception hosted by Hillary. The $20,000 came from “an account that included the proceeds from smuggling cocaine from Columbia to the United States,” the New York Times reported.
Congressional investigators said the campaign contribution was arranged by Democratic fundraiser Vivian Mannerud, a Cuban-American businesswoman, at the Copacabana Hotel… in Havana, Cuba.
A spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said, “Once we found out about Cabrera’s past, we immediately returned the money, and we feel we have put this behind us.”
Yes. There’s nothing to see here… just MoveOn.org.
“There are evil people in the world,” Hillary told Time magazine the same month Billy Dale and six White House travel office employees were fired. “And they may be able to come up with elaborate rationalizations to attempt to explain their evil, and they may even have some reasonable basis for saying their conduct needs to be understood in the light of pre-existing conditions, but their behavior is still evil.”
If you’re an oil-rich emir, a Hollywood mogul, a cocaine smuggler or a shadowy hedge-fund manager on the lam, you have Bill and Hillary’s ear … provided you have plenty of cash.
People like Billy Dale and you are made for stomping. You know, the great unwashed. The extremely forgetful, gullible and insignificant little guy. The “everyday American” voter.