Hillary Clinton got a warm welcome from Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson as she brought her presidential campaign to Chicago on Monday — but a program put together by Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition for her big speech at McCormick Place wasn’t so kind.
A biography for the former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady printed in a glossy program handed to hundreds of attendees at Rainbow/PUSH’s Women’s luncheon noted that Clinton is “the only first lady to have been subpoenaed,” that “her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998” and added that “overall her role as first lady drew a polarized response from the public.”
Ouch! That’s not the type of sanitized biography typically afforded keynote speakers at public events. Politicos normally have their own offices supply biographies scrubbed clean of any controversy or personal strife, and the first rule of etiquette for anyone hosting Clinton is: Don’t mention Monica Lewinsky.
But in this case, a Rainbow/PUSH worker appears to have cut and pasted Clinton’s biography from Wikipedia. While the start of the biography — which is exactly the same as the one that appeared on Wikipedia Monday — notes Clinton’s many achievements, the last paragraph includes a series of episodes she would probably rather forget.
Rainbow/PUSH spokesman Don Terry said later Monday that “a volunteer had a real brain freeze” when he or she lifted the biography from Wikipedia. “It was unintentional,” he said. “It was not intentional to hurt her … we are sincere, not snarky.”
He added that “Mrs. (Jacqueline) Jackson is over the moon” about Clinton. He did not know whether anyone was asked to apologize to Clinton, whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
The gaffe was first spotted by Mike Fourcher, of the Chicago politics guide Aldertrack.com, who tweeted a picture of the program bio Monday afternoon.
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