Hillary Clinton's Memoir: 5 Things Learned
Hillary Clinton's memoir, Hard Choices, isn't officially released until Tuesday, but several news organizations have already managed to find and purchase copies of the book in stores.
CBS News announced on Thursday that it bought a copy at a bookstore and published several key revelations online later that day. NBC News' Today show revealed Friday morning that it too had bought a copy in a bookstore and reported on some important parts. The Associated Press has obtained excerpts while ABC News' Diane Sawyer sat down with the former secretary of state for an interview set to air on Monday.
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Here are five things learned from CBS News and Today's reports on Clinton's book:
1. Bowe Bergdahl's Release Was a Priority
Clinton writes that the Obama administration demanded the release of Bergdahl in every discussion it ever held with the Taliban about prisoners. "The Taliban's top concern seemed to be the fate of its fighters being held at Guantanamo Bay and other prisons. In every discussion about prisoners, we demanded the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured in 2009. There would not be any agreement about prisoners without the sergeant coming home," she writes according to CBS News. "I acknowledged, as I had many times before, that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war."
2. There Will Never Be "Perfect Clarity" on Benghazi
Widely reported last week, Clinton writes about the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, saying that while no one will ever know exactly what happened, she is committed to discovering the truth. "There will never be perfect clarity on everything that happened," Clinton writes. "It is unlikely that there will ever be anything close to full agreement on exactly what happened that night, how it happened, or why it happened. But that should not be confused with a lack of effort to discover the truth or to share it with the American people."
3. Iraq War Regret
Clinton says that while she voted for the 2002 resolution to authorize the U.S. to go to war with Iraq during her time as a New York senator, she later felt that was a mistake. She adds that she made the best decision she could on the information available. "[M]any senators came to wish they had voted against the resolution. I was one of them. As the war dragged on, with every letter I sent to a family in New York who had lost a son or daughter, a father or mother, my mistake become [sic] more painful," Clinton writes. "I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had. And I wasn't alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple."
4. After 2008 Campaign, She No Longer Cares What Critics Say
Clinton recalls her secret meeting with Barack Obama before the 2008 Democratic convention. "We stared at each other like two teenagers on an awkward first date, taking a few sips of Chardonnay," she writes. "Both Barack and I and our staffs had long lists of grievances. It was time to clear the air. … One silver lining of defeat was that I came out of the experience realizing I no longer cared so much about what the critics said about me." Today added that Clinton reveals she wanted to go over some of the painful moments from the campaign that had been taken out of context, including charges of racism against Bill Clinton.
5. Being Secretary of State Prepared Her for Wedding Planning
Clinton writes that her job gave her the "elaborate diplomacy" needed to plan daughter Chelsea's wedding. "As mother of the bride, I was delighted to help in every way I could, including reviewing photographs of flower arrangements from the road and making time for tastings and dress selections back home. I felt lucky that my day job had prepared me for the elaborate diplomacy required to help plan a big wedding," Clinton writes, according to CBS News.
Watch Today's report on the book below.