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Hillary Blames Media

Oh, of course, it was the media's fault.

Senator Hillary Clinton said during last night's Democratic debate that she sent daughter Chelsea to Sidwell Friends School instead of a D.C. public school because of reporters. "I was advised -- and it was, unfortunately, good advice -- that if she were to go to a public school, the press would never leave her alone," she said.

Funny thing. That's not what the White House said in January 1993 when it announced the decision. "They chose Sidwell Friends because it's a good school," spokesman George Stephanopoulos said at the time. "It's an academically challenging school." And, he noted, "one of the things that was particularly attractive to the family was that Sidwell has a service component that goes along with their academic requirements."

Nothing about the mean, nasty reporters. Who by the way over eight years pretty much left Chelsea alone, regardless of school.

--Peter Baker

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RD Padouk, you forget three things:

1. Rush Limbaughs "joke" - heard by millions of people - about Chelsea being "the new White House dog." That was discussed plenty in the media. There was also a joke about her looks on Saturday Night Live, John McCain's "joke" about her looks, and so on.

2. You don't know how restrained (or not) the press would have been if Chelsea had been sent to a public school, because it didn't happen.

3. The press, with rare exception, most certainly ARE a school of "viscous" barracudas. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: lurkingcanary | July 25, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

RD Padouk, you forget three things:

1. Rush Limbaughs "joke" - heard by millions of people - about Chelsea being "the new White House dog." That was discussed plenty in the media. There was also a joke about her looks on Saturday Night Live, John McCain's "joke" about her looks, and so on.

2. You don't know how restrained (or not) the press would have been if Chelsea had been sent to a public school, because it didn't happen.

3. The press, with rare exception, most certainly ARE a school of "viscous" barracudas. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: lurkingcanary | July 25, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you, Washington Post. This nation faces many important, difficult and complex issues. Where our candidates' offspring went to school is not one of them.

Posted by: jane.wilkinson | July 24, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Amy Carter went to HARDY MIDDLE SCHOOL so Jimmy hardly dissed the public schools as bad as SHILLARY. If all the schools were PRIVATE maybe you wouldn't have to be a rich freeloading, money grabbing politician to send your kid to a DECENT school.

Posted by: pop_socket | July 24, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The irony of the comment by Senator Clinton is that the press showed amazing restraint with Chelsea during her White House years - and yet the press still ends up being portrayed as a marauding ominous force. Can't the Senator just admit that the press managed to behave itself because they are not all viscous barracudas? Must all good things be solely because of her Wise Decisions? Senator Clinton is too good a candidate to pull this kind of nonsense.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | July 24, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter didn't send Amy to the Washington, D.C. public schools either. If you had a choice, would you?

Posted by: DualAg | July 24, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

What is with your attitude, Peter?

Obviously they sent Chelsea to Sidwell Friends for SEVERAL reasons, one of which was Sidwell's experience with high-profile kids. It would have been a grand gesture to send her to a public school, but it would have been a huge drain on the other students, the teachers and the school administrators who would have had to work around all the security and privacy issues.

Stop trying to play "gotcha!" - you look petty and childish.

Posted by: lurkingcanary | July 24, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why harass Hillary Clinton when DC's own Mayor, Adrian Fenty, does not send his kids to DC Public Schools? And this from the alleged education mayor.

I attended Banneker Academic High School and can attest that at least one DC public school does have a rigorous community volunteer program and that I benefited from it. It's a terrible shame that public servants of all stripes have snubbed the public schools so thoroughly, in this city and others, for the last two decades.

Posted by: scorm | July 24, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Since Mr. Baker is supposedly quoting someone other than Hillary I find this a questionable if not silly complaint. And the reason she gives sounds like one all politicians would consider. There may have been other reasons too, but really, who cares?

The media left Chelsea alone? You must have been on a different planet to miss all the nasty comments that were reported regarding her appearance. And if you think the constant hateful criticism of her parents had nothing to do with her, think again. And of course lets not forget that she had to hear, over and over again all the sordid details of what happened between her father and another woman.

Posted by: mousepainter | July 24, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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