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April 25 2017

Chelsea Clinton Airs That Letter to Reagan One More Time

by Charlotte Allen

Chelsea Clinton is now on her second round of publicizing that letter she wrote Ronald Reagan when she was five years old.

The one where she begged "Mr. President" not to visit the Bittburg "cemetary"--a reference to the late president's controversial 1985  visit to a military graveyard in Germany that contained bodies of Waffen-SS members.

Clinton posted an image of the letter on Twitter a couple of days ago.

The letter says:

I have seen "The Sound of Music." The Nazis don't look like very nice people. Please don't go to their cemetary.

The 37-year-old Clinton's tweet notes huffily, "I never received a reply."

Maybe that was because the letter has "Mom and Dad Dictated This" written all over it, from the whiff of cuteness (Nazis "not very nice") to the  perfect punctuation and syntax, except for that one misspelled word, "cemetary" (again, cute). In case you're wondering how it is that Chelsea still has the letter, even though it supposedly ended up in a White House wastebasket, Doting Dad Bill, then governor of Arkansas, apparently made a photocopy.

That letter originally made the rounds in 2015, when Chelsea included another photocopy of it in her book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, which is supposed to be an inspirational children's book but looks more like a handbook for ambitious youngsters (and their parents) looking to do some resume-burnishing with do-gooder projects so they can impress admissions officers at top colleges. (Chelsea now has an even newer and more didactic children's book out: She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.)
 

What's with that letter? The bigger question is: What's with that relentless round of Chelsea Clinton promotion these day? Exhibit A: That Variety cover displaying a grinning piano-keys-toothed Chelsea clad in a black leather jacket and blue jeans? "How cool does Chelsea look?" gushed Variety editor Claudia Eller.

Even at the reliably liberal Vanity Fair, writer T.A. Frank had this to say in an article titled "Please God, Stop Chelsea Clinton From Whatever She Is Doing":

Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it’s become “feisty”), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an “embarrassingly large” collection of books on her Kindle). With Chelsea’s 2015 book, It’s Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets—Elle, People, etc.—are too numerous to count.

And the answer to the question is: Democratic Party Desperation. This is a party that put all its apples, every single one of them, into a pantsuit-shaped basket titled Chelsea's Mother. There's no one else left on the Democratic political horizon, much less any remotely credible presidential candidate who could take on Donald Trump in 2020. Who's around? The ancient Bernie Sanders and the abrasive string quartet of Nancy Pelosi, Tom Perez, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren.

And so Chelsea and more Chelsea and her oh-so-darling letter to God, I mean Ronald Reagan. As their White House nemesis would say: Sad!

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