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Clinton's first lady records released

Latest update : 2008-03-20

More than 11,000 pages of former first lady Hillary Clinton's White House schedules were released Wednesday. The records reveal nearly all of her meetings and social activities while her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president.

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton now argues that the North American
Free Trade Agreement needs to be renegotiated, but newly
released records showed on Wednesday she promoted its passage.
 

The National Archives and the Clinton presidential library
jointly released more than 11,000 pages of Clinton's daily
schedule as first lady from 1993 to 2001.
 

The release came in response to charges that she is overly
secretive, and also allowed her campaign to promote her
argument that she gained valuable White House experience during
her years as first lady.
 

Clinton and Obama are battling to win Pennsylvania on April
22, the next contest in a closely fought campaign for the
Democratic presidential nomination to face Republican John
McCain in the November election.
 

The documents clearly indicated that Clinton had a powerful
role at the White House, frequently meeting foreign leaders and
presiding over meetings.
 

The NAFTA agreement, linking trade between the United
States, Canada and Mexico, was considered a major
accomplishment by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
 

But now many Americans blame the agreement for the loss of
thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
 

NAFTA has become such an issue on the Democratic
presidential campaign trail that both Clinton and rival Barack
Obama have vowed to renegotiate it.
 

The former first lady's records showed first lady Clinton
worked on behalf of the accord.
 

Among the thousands of details of daily life for Clinton,
there was a Nov. 10, 1993, entry -- a "NAFTA Briefing drop-by,"
in Room 450 of the executive office building next door to the
White House, closed to the news media.
 

Approximately 120 people were expected to attend the
briefing, and Clinton was to be introduced by White House aide
Alexis Herman for brief remarks concluding the program.
 

LEWINSKY, RICH REMINDERS
 

The documents, while a mundane accounting of Clinton's
daily movements, brought back some reminders of the Clintons'
White House tenure.
 

On Jan. 26, 1998, for example, the day Bill Clinton
declared "I did not have sexual relations with that woman,"
Monica Lewinsky, first lady Clinton had a busy day, including a
round-table discussion with students from her alma mater,
Wellesley College.
 

Later she went to New York for an education event, and
spent the night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The weather
forecast on that day's schedule said, "Mostly cloudy. High 37.
Low 27.
 

When Hillary Clinton appeared at a January 1999 event at
the Kennedy Center, it was Beth Dozoretz who escorted her to
her seat, according to the records.
 

Dozoretz two years later was reportedly linked to a
last-minute drive that succeeded in persuading President
Clinton to grant a pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich, a
decision that has haunted Clinton in his post-White House
days.
 

The documents also showed the first lady got herself
quickly immersed in what would be a failed attempt to revamp
the U.S. health care system.
 

 Clinton's first known meeting to discuss health care came
just three days after President Clinton's Jan. 20, 1993,
inauguration, according to the records.

Date created : 2008-03-20

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