Her red phone is right beside her bed and will answer that 3 AM phone call. Her chief of staff Cheryl Mills called to report the BP spill and the loss of lives. She asked Cheryl to give her the phone nos. of the families. Then she called the WH switchboard to get her the chief of the Coast Guard to get a brief assessment, commanders of ships in gulf area, cabinet people (not czars) to step up and meet her at the gulf by daylight. Meanwhile, Pres. Clinton gets up to brew coffee and heat some cinnamon buns at the family kitchen.
After she hang up, she had the operator call the BP ceo to meet her at daylight along the gulf (she won’t need to be served coffee, she’ll bring her own from the coffee pot made by Pres. Clinton at the WH family kitchen with a cinnamon bun. He knew it will be a long day from then on). While she was taking a quick shower, her phone rang, it was Cheryl who said the list of phone nos. are with her personal secretary, ready to make the calls to the families, and that the helicopter and Air Force One have been coordinated by the Secret Service. She then told Cheryl to have the Secretary of Protocol cancel all the social events, to be rescheduled until further notice.
While continuing to dress, she called Chelsea to tell her where she’s going and that she reviewed the wedding invitations last night and they look great! She then called her mom Dorothy to give her daily love and to tell her not to forget her dental appt.; she then told the housekeeper to let her neighbor in to take her mom to the dentist. Meanwhile, she told Pres. Clinton to go back to Haiti and CGI (no politics, Bill!).
By the time she finished putting on her old and grabby-looking jeans and nautical tee shirt, the helicopter was parked on the lawn ready to transport her to Air Force One. Her favorite old boots that she wore when Chelsea was in grade school in Little Rock was parked in her seat. Her mother’s old straw hat was also ready for her. She said it makes her feel close to her mom in her travels.
And off she went aboard Air Force One to travel to the gulf at daylight on that same day, to see first hand the oil spill coming from five thousand feet below. While on board, she called the families of the victims and offered her thoughts and prayers to them. On landing, she was met by the Coast Guard chief and BP ceo and their respective cohorts. She quickly asked questions and listened thoroughly, asked for suggestions. Then she went to talk to the small businesses, the shrimpers, the fishermen, sat down with them to reassure them that this is on top of her priority.
She also got regular updates and calls to action on the neighborhoods suffering from storm floodings in the mid-west from the governors directly, and with the head of FEMA.
At the end of that day, no beachside photo op statements, just calls to action, helping and feeling the pain of the commonfolks! Meanwhile, her WH staff was busy working to get information from BP, other oil companies and domestic and foreign experts on how to stop the spill, clean up and lessen the impact on the natural resources.
This is my DAY ONE! What’s yours?
Normita, a proud hillaryvillager