The worst kept secret in Washington finally got confirmed this afternoon, when Hillary Clinton announced she’s making a second run at the Oval Office.
Clinton isn’t seen until about 1 minute and 34 seconds into the 2 minute 18 second video that’s heavy with John Doe’s talking about “getting started” on something: tomato growing, starting a family, going back to work, getting married to their partner, retiring, etc.
“I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president,” Clinton said when she finally shows up, inviting voters to jump on her bandwagon, “Because it s your time and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
The former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State declared her second POTUS bid via Youtube and Twitter, en route to Iowa. Clinton is the first Democratic presidential candidate to declare for 2016, is widely considered the party frontrunner — and, of course is presumed to be Hollywood’s Candidate.
Even before she flipped the switch, Reporters Who Cover Politics spent this morning complaining. First, they complained she was trying to circumvent them, she thinks she’s above being asked questions. They complained that announcing in this social-media manner is not good for her campaign or good for politics, that she’s trying to control the narrative. When her campaign did not issue the video at noon ET, as anticipated – it instead arrived about three hours later – they switched to complaining about that. Then they got testy when her digital strategist mocked them:
As anxious media waited to get its hands on the candidate’s announcement, several TV news outlets ran Saturday Night Live’s version as a stand-in; that version also included Bill’s announcement he would be her running mate.