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Friday
Oct262012

Happy Birthday Hillary! Secretary of State Clinton Turns 65

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has been many things in her life: first lady, senator, presidential candidate, and now secretary of state. Now as the high-achieving Secretary Clinton turns 65 Friday, ABC News takes a look back at her long and accomplished career.

Hillary Rodham was born to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham on Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago. She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met her future husband, Bill Clinton.

Upon graduation, she moved to Arkansas in 1974, and married Bill Clinton in 1975. While in Arkansas, Clinton worked as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and later worked at the Rose law firm, where she became the firm’s first female partner, a first in a long list of accomplishments that would crack a glass ceiling for women everywhere.

She served as first lady of Arkansas for 12 years after her husband was elected governor there and became first lady of the United States after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992. During her tenure as U.S. first lady, Clinton worked to improve the country’s health care system, and became the most traveled first lady in American history, voyaging across the globe to advocate for both women’s rights and human rights, arguing that two issues were one in the same.

During this time, Clinton also worked with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to found the Vital Voices Democracy initiative, an organization that, according to its website, works to “identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential. …”  

Clinton’s extensive political activity during her time as first lady set the stage for a historic 2000 Senate run, which resulted in her becoming not only the first U.S. first lady elected to the U.S. Senate but also the first female senator to represent the state of New York.

In 2007, Clinton launched a bid to become president of the United States, which had she succeeded, would have made her the first female U.S. president. She ceded the nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning extensively for him. He made her secretary of state in 2008, a position she holds today.

Clinton is the first former first lady to serve in a president’s cabinet, and remains the most traveled secretary of state for her time in office.

While Clinton has announced her intention to retire from government at the end of President Obama’s term, some speculate she might be doing so to prepare for a second run at the presidency. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep172012

Four Generations Skydive for Washington Man's 87th Birthday

KOMO/ABC News(TACOMA, Wash.) -- Monty Montgomery had one wish for his 87th birthday. He wanted to go skydiving, and he wanted it to be a four-generation family event.

His family granted his wish. Montgomery's 60-year-old daughter, Donna Haskins, took the leap with him, along with a 38-year-old grandson and a 19-year-old granddaughter in Tacoma, Wash.

It took several years for Montgomery to convince Haskins to take the jump, but he said it was important to him to do it now because he is going blind.

"He has macular degeneration, so he's losing his eyesight, and my son is deploying to Afghanistan in the near future, and he wanted to do it while he could still see and while he grandson was still here," Haskins told ABC News.

Montgomery is blind in his left eye, but still has some vision his right eye.

 

The group jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet and fell for 8,000 feet before deploying parachutes.

"It was awesome," Haskins said. "When you're doing the free fall, it's like the world was at my feet and the horizon was beautiful, and it just felt very freeing."

Montgomery told ABC News' Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV that he was thrilled to feel the fall, hear the wind, smell and taste the air, but, most of all, that he could see the view.

"He loved it," Haskins said. "He wants to skydive once more."

The adventure was especially meaningful for Montgomery and Haskins, who were reunited seven years ago after a divorce separated them when Haskins was a child.

"I took me a while to just work through all the emotions of the whole thing and I finally contacted him. I called him on the phone and said, 'This is your daughter,'" she said. "We met and we've had many adventures, skydiving being the best."

When Montgomery saw Haskins seven years ago, he told KOMO he "cried like a baby."

"One day I don't have a family and the next day I have beaucoups of them," Montgomery said with a laugh. He is expecting his first great-great-grandchild next spring.

He and his family are relishing all of their time together.

"He's got a very quick wit," Haskins said. "He's very funny and he's a typical man from that generation. He does not like to show emotion, but now as he's around his family and great-grandchildren, he can be very tender and emotional."

The 87-year-old Montgomery is already planning his next big adventure.

"He said that he would like to try bungee jumping," Haskins said. "He walks every day and he lives alone, and he still cooks and takes care of his house. He's just amazing for his age."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan172012

Michelle Obama‚Äôs Birthday Dinner

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama is celebrating her 48th birthday Tuesday night with her husband and close friends at BLT Steak in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the White House.

Tonight’s dinner continues a birthday tradition. In years past, the first lady has celebrated at some of D.C.’s finest restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s The Source and Restaurant Nora.

The president, who is two years older than Mrs. Obama, joked about his wife’s age Tuesday. “When we first married, it was a little controversial that she was 2 years younger than me, but now it seems to have worked out O.K.,” the president quipped.

“I’m 48,” the first lady proudly declared to the audience.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan172012

The Presidential Planner: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama turns 48 on Tuesday, a milestone that her husband’s re-election campaign is using to rally supporters.

“I’m writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 on Tuesday, and I know I’m not her only fan out there,” the president wrote in a letter asking supporters to, “join me in wishing her a happy birthday.”

“This fall, Michelle and I will have been married 20 years. The next 10 months will be harder than any we’ve experienced together, and I couldn’t do it without her. I know she’d love to hear from you today,” the president wrote.

No word yet on how the first lady plans to celebrate her birthday. She rang in the 47th last year with dinner with her husband at Wolfgang Puck’s Washington restaurant The Source.

As for the president, he will spend Tuesday morning meeting with his Jobs Council at the White House.

Obama will meet in the afternoon with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office. “The President looks forward to discussing a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues during their Oval Office meeting, including King Abdullah’s leadership in advancing our shared goal of a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” according to the White House.

Later, the president will honor the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in an East Room ceremony.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct052011

October 5th is America's Most Popular Birthday

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 1 million Americans will be blowing out birthday candles today. Oct. 5 is the most common birthday in the United States, according to a survey conducted by AnyBirthday.com.

On any given day, an estimated 750,000 Americans celebrate a birthday, but today, more than 960,000 will do so, the website says. Among them are some famous faces, including Julie Andrews, Kate Winslet, and Nicky Hilton.

But why is Oct. 5 such a popular day for babies entering the world? One need only think about New Year's Eve. The length of an average pregnancy is around 274 days. Counting backward, the date of conception for Oct. 5 babies would be that holiday known for parties, champagne, and -- at least according to the data -- a little more than a simple smooch at midnight.

Conversely, the website found that the most uncommon birthday is May 22, although it gave no explanation as to why.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug102011

Casey Anthony a No-Show at Caylee's Birthday Memorial

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Amidst a sea of violet balloons, hundreds gathered to commemorate what would have been Caylee Anthony's sixth birthday. Among the gatherers, stood the people who perhaps knew her best: Caylee's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony.

They mingled, murmuring words of thanks and appreciation Tuesday evening as the densely packed crowd clamored for hugs and a chance to show their support. They gathered at the site where Caylee's skeletal remains were found three years ago.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, remains in hiding following her acquittal of murder charges in Caylee's death.

For the elder Anthonys, the grief is still fresh.

"It's hard to come down here," said George Anthony, sobbing. "It's hard."

The crowd marched together, some hand in hand. They said a prayer and, in unison, released a torrent of balloons into the sky. Cindy Anthony released a butterfly, a symbol, she said, for Caylee. As they marched back, Cindy and George Anthony shared a hug and the crowd broke into the birthday song.

The site at which they gathered is soon to turn into a memorial for the slain toddler.

A non-profit organization, Bring Kids Home, just released the design for the planned Caylee Anthony Project. The project will be a walkway near the site where Caylee's remains were found and is estimated to cost $200,000. They are asking for $25,000 in public donations and are continually seeking partners to help alleviate costs. All workers are volunteers, and none of the money goes towards salaries.

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