Hillary Clinton's about to kick off her official presidential campaign–by kicking a bunch of little kids off their playground.
It's another masterly move in Hillary's brilliant strategy of keeping herself as far away as possible–please!–from those "everyday Americans" she says she's representing.
Her gurus decided that Four Freedoms Park on New York City's Roosevelt Island would be a good place to stage her first major campaign rally on June 13. Except that there was already an event with a neighborhood focus for the 14,000 people who live there scheduled for that day. Guess which event had to be canceled? Yup, you guessed right:
According to the park’s website, a specially planned event for tots called Imagination Playground — which features unique blue building blocks — has been canceled to accommodate the Democratic front-runner for president.
And according to the New York Post, Roosevelt Island residents, many of whom seem to be, um, Democrats, are none too happy. Indeed, their blood temperatures seem to have shot up to the 100-degree boiling point, as Hillary-rival Lincoln "Mr. Metric" Chafee would put it:
Also at risk of major inconvenience: an annual celebration called Roosevelt Island Day, which features a blood drive, hot dog stands and free rides for kids.
“It’s going to be horrendous logistically,” said Sherie Helstien, vice president of the island’s community association, who noted that her community has just one main road.
“I think the campaign should have reached out to the community representatives of 14,000 people — absolutely,” fumed Matthew Katz, former president of the association, and husband of Helstien.
He says residents received no notice from the Clinton camp.
“We are not just a memorial and a park. We’re a thriving community of 14,000 people. It’s just tone-deaf to ignore that,” he added.
Katz, who voted for Clinton and even knocked on doors for her in Pennsylvania, said he was concerned that added security could harm the 18th annual island festival, which has been in the works for months.
So that's two events on one day that Hillary will be disrupting.
It's all reminiscent of Hillary's May 19 eschewing of a private jet in order to take a commercial flight from Dubuque, Iowa, to Chicago:
With a bulkhead in front of her, a window to her right, and trusted aide Huma Abedin between her and the aisle, Clinton donned sunglasses and looked at her BlackBerry as passengers boarded.
The seats around were filled by Secret Service agents, and then campaign staff further back. No one approached her during the short flight.
Upon arrival, Clinton and her entourage were quickly whisked off the plane.
Human-shield Abedin was also at Hillary's side when she made her burrito bowl visit to a Chipotle in Ohio on April 13, whisking her sunglassed self inside and out so efficiently that not a single everyday American among the employees and customers there figured out who she was.
Hillary Clinton wants to be the presidential election choice of everyday Americans. She just doesn't want them to actually be around where she is.