FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2015
BY: JEFF KOOPERSMITH
What do we have now – like 40 presidential con-didates and a couple of serious contenders in the quadrennial race for the White House?
It is close to the official first day of Summer on the 21st of June but nothing much on the campaign trail is sizzling under the early broil. Yet you can bet that the Republican Party is planning a strafing of Hillary Clinton’s reputation tomorrow as she throws her hat in the ring for a triumphant return to the White House and Clinton sanity.
Oh, Hillary is making her announcement tomorrow on an island off Manhattan that no one has heard of except those of us who live in the Big Apple. The island is called Roosevelt Island – but was not owned by the Roosevelt’s even though they could afford it at the time.
Why Mrs. Clinton’s seemingly octogenarian-thinking group of “deciders” chose FDR Four Freedoms Park, on that island rather than a hot–contention primary state is beyond me, but I imagine she will tie herself to both Franklin and Eleanor as her silent mentors as she has often done in the past. I can hear her now “This Island was named for the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt…”
Four Freedoms Park the southernmost acreage on Roosevelt Island is a lovely place on the East River between Long Island City and Manhattan. People in fact live there – about 15,000 of them. So expect traffic on the Island Bridge from Long Island and the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge heading to Roosevelt Isle.
Well. I suppose any site with green grass and water and a nice Manhattan skyline view is not a “terrible” choice – yet I have to wonder if the Roosevelt Island Operation Corporation (a NY State thing) gave a her the best deal for a Saturday rental.
What I do worry about are the people of Roosevelt Island. Are they prepared? Have they stocked their shelves with Hillary memorabilia, shirts, flags, sunglasses and hats, Chanel jacket? Have the few restaurants in the area packed in more “American” style food – most important -French Fries and Diet Coke?
Who knows?- but of course the Roosevelt Island businesses and residents must be more excited than they have been in decades.
Yes Roosevelt Island is on THE MAP!
If you can’t find it – it’s just southwest of Rikers Island where many a politician has spent a few nights locked up in the worst local prison in the state – maybe the region.
Hillary would have made far more news had she chosen to announce at Rikers Island because, for one thing, there are as many residents in that huge correctional institution lots of whom are there for selling pot and more than a a thousand prison employees working – so she would be assured of a speckled crowd with a pinto past of at least 16 thousand and at a site most famous for mistreating people who looked at their windows at the age of three years and gave up any hope there might be a wonderful life ahead.
Hillary Clinton worries about these people – and she could have also pointed to them as a disgraceful example of the illnesses currently suffered by our justice system and it’s components – A kind of omen reminding us about what’s coming from the opposite end of the nation’s non-thoughtful but super-rich.
Then again – not Rikers – it is a silly idea.
Why not have the Clinton Announcement on Roosevelt Island? It’s prettier – easy to get to from Clinton HQ in Brooklyn and hopefully it will surrounded by yachts tooting their signals of approval that we, the voters, finally have a chance to maul and maim the Republican Party and once again deny it the White House – followed by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
That’s what we need to pray for as we pray for Hillary.
And I sure hope that close-by La Guardia Airport is ordering takeoffs toward to East or we won’t be able to hear what Hillary says!