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From top: Bill Clinton’s portrait; from left Denis O’Brien, artist Colin Davidson and Mr Clinton at its unveiling yesterday

As does the nose strangely.

Yesterday.

Clinton Foundation HQ, Manhattan, New York.

Standing beside the painting, Bill Clinton said: “This actually captures a part of my personality I often try to keep hidden because I try always to be upbeat, I always try to be positive I always to think that the best is around the corner.”

…Irish businessman Denis O’Brien was among the guests at the function and he was thanked for supporting the role of the Clinton Foundation in a number of countries.

FBI Agents (out of picture).

Clinton moved by a ‘very Irish portrait’ Tommie Gorman, RTÉ)

Previously: Shaky Foundation

Pics: RTE

From top: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton; Trina Vargo and her new book on US-Irish relations

The new book called ‘Shenanigans: the US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times‘ is written by former Democratic foreign policy advisor Trina Vargo, who runs the scholarship programme, which is named after former US senator George Mitchell,

Ms Vargo writes that in November 2000, Mr Mitchell told her that he had received a call from Mr Clinton, saying he was unhappy that Chelsea’s boyfriend had not been shortlisted for the scholarship to Ireland.

Chelsea’s boyfriend did not get the scholarship. In 2012, the US State Department, then under Mrs Clinton, cut funding to the Mitchell scholarship, citing budgetary measures.

…A spokesperson for the Clintons has told RTÉ News that the claims are “baseless and patently false”.

Clintons deny cutting Irish scholarship funding (RTÉ)

Clintons accused of nepotism in book on US-Ireland relations (The Guardian)

Pic: Getty

Hello you.

This afternoon.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Former US President Bill Clinton and Denis O’Brien at the Concern Worldwide 50 years ‘Tackling Extreme Poverty ‘ conference.

Good times.

Previously: Legal Coffee Drinker: A Serious Judgement Call

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

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This morning.

Dublin City University.

Sleaze-soaked former US President Bill Clinton ahead of an honory doctorate for his hands on work with young graduates the peace process.

Meanwhile…

Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton: A money trail of sexual scandals (Washington Post)

Good times.

Pic: DCU

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Hello you.

Bill Clinton (top) and Clinton Foundation donor Denis O’Brien (above) and Bill Clinton at DCU.

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Bill Clinton and Enda Kenny at a Clinton Foundation event at New York University in February, 2012

As you may be aware Irish Aid, the Government development agency, donated $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Further to this.

For years, Clinton partisans have blindly defended every criticism of the Clinton Foundation by pointing to the good work the charity has done.

But the WikiLeaks emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton‘s campaign chair, have confirmed nearly every criticism of the Clinton Foundation, debunking the claim that it is solely a philanthropic endeavor run by the Clintons.

Jeff Stein, a writer at the generally pro-Clinton Vox, rescinded previous claims he made that the Clinton Foundation wasn’t used to personally enrich the family’s wealth after WikiLeaks released an email revealing Chelsea Clinton used the foundation to direct investors to her husband’s hedge fund and treated Clinton Foundation funds as a personal bank account.

“His raising money for his own fund hasn’t been going well and he has cvc making some calls for him to get mtgs with some clinton people,”

Teneo president Doug Band, who has some close ties with the foundation, wrote in a January 2012 email to Podesta and other Clinton staff:

“Marc has invited several potential investors and a few current business ones to the poker night. I assume all are contributing to the foundation, which of course isn’t the point. What is the point is that he is doing precisely what he accused me of doing as the entire plan of his has been to use this for his business which he is.”

Previously-released emails have revealed a pay-to-play exchange between the government of Morocco and then-Secretary of State Clinton. Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk used his prolific donations to the Clinton Foundation to solicit political favors….

Good times

Latest WikiLeaks Reveals Clinton Critics Were Right All Along (Observer)

The Podesta Emails (Wikileaks)

Earlier: To The Wire

Michael Taft: May The Best Woman Win

Previously: Anyone For Teneo?

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Teneo is a company co-founded by New York-based Irish PR consultant Declan Kelly (top with Bill Clinton in 2011) and currently embroiled in the ongoing Wikleaks dump.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, hosts  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski unpicked the latest leaked memo from Mr Kelly’s Teneo co-founder Doug Band revealing the “intersection” of the Clinton’s charitable and personal income.

Writing in 2011, Mr Band said Teneo partners had raised “in excess of $8 million for the foundation and $3 million” in paid speaking fees for Bill Clinton and secured contracts for the former president “that would pay out $66 million over the subsequent nine years”.

Good times.

‘Bill Clinton, Inc.’ Memo Reveals Tangled Business, Charitable Ties (Time)

Inside ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: Hacked memo reveals intersection of charity and personal income (Washington Post)

Podesta 20 (Wikileaks)

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Right so.

From Mr Band’s memo.

Full document here

The American Ireland Fund?

Thanks Johnny

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This morning

The Bill Clinton statue, Ballybunion, County Kerry/

Radio Kerry‘s Jerry O’Sullivan writes:

Pretty creepy….by the hair I’m going with it being a mask of The Donald.

Update: Donald Trumps Clinton In Ballybunion

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This afternoon.

Barry H writes:

In the window of Picado Mexican restaurant on Richmond St South [Dublin 2]…

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Further to the mortgage arrears crisis.

A finger-wagging warning from history.

“I think right now the world thinks more of Ireland than many Irish think of their own country. There’s not a single person who knows anything about the global economy who lives outside of Ireland who has a moment’s doubt that you will recover from this, the question is, how quickly and how. So I will resist my normal temptation to be almost maudlin every time I come here and try to say some very specific things.

This country made a big macro-economic decision when you made up your mind that you would save your financial structure and not be seen as defaulting on your debt, and I’m sure it made a lot of people mad because they thought we’re helping people who profited out of our misery. It was the right decision it made people want to be here.

Now you have one more big economic decision which,and I just got briefed by your leaders on it and it’s the same decision America had to make but you’re way here further than we are down the road.

You’ve already decided you’re not going to throw many homeowners out of their homes but when you carry around as much unresolved debt as we have and you have because your own people are afraid to spend, they actually save more which is a personal virtue but a collective problem in a downturn in which interest rates are virtually zero and there’s not enough demand.

So even if you recapitalise the banks, they’re reluctant to lend and people are reluctant to borrow.

The only way to do it is to deleverage the economy, so the government has come a long way on this and they are looking at a variety of options, there are fifteen ways to do that in which people who have to make a little sacrifice now to deleverage and to work out the mortgage terms whether you lengthen the term of the mortgage or whatever you do to clean this debt up can get it back on the back end as the value of housing goes up and the country returns to full health.

I know that they’re dealing with it so when the decisions are made and proposals put forward just remember this, this depends on whether you want beat the five-year average.

Japan spent two trillion dollars on infrastructure projects the good ones by the way which will add to its long-term productivity and help it for 30-40 years into the future kept a lot of people working, they had a 20% personal savings rate but when their banks collapsed in 1990, a decade later they had not yet returned to a full-employment high-growth economy because they could never find out how to deleverage and work through all this debt. so without even knowing the details of what they’ll wind up proposing, I support it, because there is no perfect solution, someone will be disappointed, somebody has to give a little today to get tomorrow.

But I’m telling you, I want you to beat the five years, and you can read, you don’t have to take my word for it, you can go down to any of the university libraries and dig out old economic tomes, you can go back five hundred years, it takes five years to get out of these things, or ten years, because it’s always politically difficult to deleverage when you’ve got excess debt.

But if you don’t then even the best Irish entrepreneurs, particularly those that have markets in Ireland, have to get up every day with chains on their legs so that’s the first thing I want to say, I’m for it and I want to know what they’re going to propose but if it helps you to accelerate this you’ll be doing something that most countries do not have the sense, the courage or the political will or ability to do, then the United States has to do it too if we want to beat the five years.

Bill Clinton [starts at 9.10] addressing The Global Irish Economic Forum, Dublin , October 2011.

There you go now.

It’s tough to overstate the extent of his potential victory in Ireland…

Former US president Bill Clinton says he could in theory run for president in Ireland or France — but admitted his bad French would make him “toast” in an election there.

The 66-year-old, who served two terms in the White House from 1993 to 2001, said his Irish heritage made him eligible to run for office there, while the fact he was born in Arkansas means he could enter a Gallic poll race.

 

Bill Clinton: President Of Ireland Or France (France 24)

Thanks Michael Pidgeon

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)