the schmooze

Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe
Syosset, New York
*The Yiddish words meaning "to struggle" are "dos gerangl."
The word for "debt" is "khoyv."
The word "debtor" is "bal-khoyv."
An "average man" is a "mittelmessiker."

"AZ OCH UN VAI!" Hillary told Diane Sawyer that she and Bill were broke when they left the White House. "We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, to piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education. You know it was not easy," said Hillary. Those comments touched off a backlash that she was
out of touch with Americans.

Hillary then sought to contain the damage done by this comment that she and her husband were "dead broke" after they left the White House. She said that she understands the economic challenges facing many Americans. "Let me clarify...I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today...It's an issue I've worked on and care about my entire
adult life. (BTW, she didn't repeat the words "dead broke.")

The New York Post showed little "mitgefil" (sympathy) for the couple. The headline read:

            AW, ‘POOR' BILL & HILL.

Politico's headline read: 

                                   ‘SAD'  SONG.

Rand Paul said, "If she [Hillary] wants to come to Eastern Kentucky, to my state and talk to miners who are out of work and see the despair in their faces and talk about her personal plight as being the poor spouse of the president, she's welcome to take that message around the country." Paul added, "Now they are worth between $100 and $200 million.  The sad song of her reporting her financial difficulties and the fact that she hasn't driven herself in a car in 17 years, doesn't sound like she's going to connect with the middle class."

Jim Haygood wrote, "HillaryIsSoPoor she stamped a Louis Vuitton logo under each eye and tried to sell the bags on Ebay.

Shown below is a Yiddish Guide to Hillary Clinton:

"akhtsn" (18)
Americans have named Hillary the most admired woman 18 times.

"arunter" - downward(s)
According to Ed Morrissey (Hot Air, 6/11/14), "Hillary Clinton's favorability rating has dropped slightly. As Clinton publicizes her new memoir, "Hard Choices," 54% of Americans view her favorably.  This is down from 59% inFeb. 2014.  (Gallup Poll conducted 6/5- 6/8.)

"bukh" (book)
In Hillary's first book, she depicts a deeply religious family.  "We talked with God, ate, studied and argued with God.  Each night we knelt by our beds to pray."

Hillary's new book is titled, "Hard Choices."  She launched her book tour at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, NY, on June 10.  (see "hoizirer") Her book tour is widely seen as a rollout for a potential 2016 presidential bid.  A street vendor in NYC was selling "Elect Hillary 2016" T-shirts.

Amazon is selling Hillary's hard cover edition for $21, which means a 40% cut in the sticker price of $35.  A Books A Million store in McLean, VA, has already marked down the price of the tomb by 40% for loyalty members and 30% to the general public.

"bobbeh" (grandmother)
While Hillary was signing books in NYC, someone asked her what changes she planned to make in the White House.  "I'm not thinking about that." She said, "I'm thinking about becoming a grandmother."

"blik" (glance)
Someone wrote on the Internet, "Hillary is so poor, at Christmas time all she and Bill exchanged were glances."

"ershter" (first)
"dame" (lady)
Once Hillary became first lady, she was often referred to as "co-president."

"fotografye" (photograph) and other guidelines
Shown below are Hillary's Book Signing Rules, Regulations, Advisories, and Warnings.  (Note:  The Yiddish words have been added.)

TRUTH REVOLT has exclusively obtained her second ("tsveyter") page of
the instructional guidelines. :-)

"gezunt" (healthy)
Amid the speculation surrounding Hillary's potential White House bid, Clinton has faced questions about her health from several prominent conservatives.  These concerns are due to a concussion and blood clot Clinton sustained after a fall in 2012.

Hillary said that all of her medical records will be made public before any run at the Presidency.  She has to take blood thinners since her concussion.

"hakhnose" (income)
[about Hillary earning $200,000 for a single speech]
Diane Sawyer asked Hillary "Do you think Americans are going to understand five times the median income in this country for one speech?"

Hillary replied, "Well, let me put it this way:  I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than being connected with any one group or company--as so many people who leave public life do."

"hor" (hair)
Susan J. Douglas wrote [1994] "To arm herself against all that's come her way [on Capitol Hill] and maybe even to keep them all off guard, she's done what any woman would do when she wants perceptions about her changed:  She's gotten some new hairdos."

Hillary said that most of the comments on her travel as Secretary of State was about her looks and wardrobe ("garderob").  She says she was so tired of having her hair done every day so she grew it out and used scrunchies.  "Hillary became a global bulldog in pantsuits," says Diane Sawyer.

"hobn humor" (sense of humor)
No longer forced to keep her lips zipped and bake cookies, Hillary Clinton has galvanized millions of women by blending femininity and feminism. When this brainy and attractive First Lady testified before Congress on behalf of universal health care in 1993, senators were stupefied to discover that a feminist could wear nice clothes and could even have a sense of humor.  (Note:  The Yiddish word for feminine is "vayblekh.")

"hoizirer" or "pedler" (Americanism) - peddler
Street vendors were hawking $20 ‘Hillary for President" T-shirts and tote bags.  One hot seller was a shirt picturing Hillary standing with Sen. Tom Cruz, House Speaker, John Boehner, and Gov. Chris Christie and the phrase,"IT'S A MAN'S WORLD, BUT A WOMAN SHOULD RUN IT."

"klug" (smart)
"kibed" (refreshment)
Susan J. Douglas wrote ("Where the Girls Are - Growing Up Female with the Mass Media," 1994) that her daughter "knows we have a smart, accomplished first lady, because that's what her mother tells her.  What she doesn't know yet, but will soon learn, is the price that first lady had to pay simply for refusing to sit by the sidelines, cheerlead once in a while, and serve refreshments to the boys."

"knepl" (button)
Outside of Barnes & Noble in NYC many supporters wore buttons from  Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign or ones with a photo of her in sunglasses and the message:  "#TBD" or "to be determined," in reference to her plans for her future.

"matematik" (mathematics)
Chuck Plum wrote, "Dead broke...Really?  Did she use common core math?"

"neies"/"nayes" (news)
The Clinton team chose ABC's Diane Sawyer for Hillary's lead interview for Hillary's book rollout, an anchor with enough news credibility to overcome any sense of getting softballs, but without a track record of having a real killer instinct either.

"opruf" (reaction)
Hillary said, "I can understand the reaction [to my saying that they were "dead broke"], but I think that in life things need to be put into context and as I recall, we were something like $12 million in debt."

"oremkayt" (poverty; poor), YIVO recommended spelling
Someone using the hashtag "#HillaryIsSoPoor" wrote:  "Hillary is so poor that she buys used pantsuits from Madeleine Albright."

"oysgeputst" (dressed up)
Hillary wore a hot-pink blazer and a splashy silver necklace ("haldzband") at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, Manhattan.

"rateven" (to rescue)
[speaking about Taliban 5] "These five guys are not a threat to the United States," says Clinton.  "They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  It's up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here.  We want to get an American home, whether they fell off a ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try to rescue everybody."

"shtrofn" (to punish)
Susan J. Douglas (1994) wrote, "All our lives, we have watched women from Beatles fans to Anita Hill and Hillary Rodham Clinton breaching barricades and crossing boundaries they weren't supposed to:  we have seen how stepping out of line has been punished and how effective-- and utterly futile--such punishments have been.

"unterhern zikh" (to eavesdrop)
Hillary has been known to hurl a book at the back of the head of one Secret Service agent driving her in the Presidential limo, accusing him of eavesdropping.

According to Caroline Howe, she told a Secret Service agent, "Stay the f*** away from me.  Just f*****g do as I say!!!"  (This agent refused to carry her luggage.)  Agent Dan Emmett felt that she treated the Secret Service like hired help.

"zhurnal" (magazine)
In 1993 Hillary was on the cover of nearly every magazine in America, including the "humoritish" (humorous) magazine, Spy, which featured her as a black-lingerie-clad dominatrix.
MARJORIE GOTTLIEB WOLFE believes that "three things cannot be hidden:  love, coughing and poverty. 
"Dray zakhn ken men nit bahaltn:

libe, hustn u


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