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WATCH! Hillary Clinton’s Health: Why Does She Need So Much Sleep?

The question’s about Hillary Clinton’s health are raised by more than falls.

In addition to her freezing gait, the amount of sleep she seems to need raises questions about Hillary Clinton’s health.

Here is an extract from a puff piece in 2010 from Harper’s Bazaar. It is also found in the Wikileaks’ emails because her staff sent the text to each other. I highlighted some statements.

She seems vibrant, engaged. “Well, I love what I do, and I love the people I do it with. I’ve had the most lucky life because I’ve gotten to do all these amazing things over the last 25 years. I’ve had extraordinary good luck with my health, other than a broken elbow,” she says, referring to her injury in June 2009, which sidelined her early in her new role. “There’s no day that is the same as the day before. So you have to be energized; you have to be focused.

So we find Hillary claiming that to be the Secretary of State you have to be “energized” and “focused.” Supposedly, the interviewer saw evidence that she was “vibrant, engaged”—thus, confirming that she is able to be a good Secretary of State. And Hillary says she’s had “extraordinary good luck with my health.”

That sounds like it was supposed to reassure readers that falling and shattering her right elbow was an anomaly. How did that work out?

We know of one major fall boarding a plane in Yemen.

Then this happened in 2012: according to the Huffington Post,

“While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.

The article also stated:

Clinton has often been cited as a potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2016 and frequently refers to her general good health. She said in an interview with ABC broadcast on Wednesday that she has “incredible stamina and energy.”

Why would anyone feel the need to constantly repeat this?

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But let’s go back to the Harper’s Bizarre puff piece which found Clinton “vibrant” and “engaged.” Here are the very next two paragraphs.

There must be days, though, when Clinton doesn’t want to get out of bed. “Oh, God, yes,” she says. “The mornings are okay, but by the end of the day, I’m sometimes so tired that I just go home, put my feet up, read magazines, watch TV, try to take my mind out of where I’ve been all day.”

Thankfully, Clinton is a diligent organizer of her own time. She has a personal trainer who “comes and tortures me” at her Washington residence at 6:00 A.M. up to three times a week. “Not that it shows,” she chuckles, “but it does energize me.” She is also a champion napper. Reines notes that in her cabin on her Special Air Mission plane, Clinton can sleep through both takeoff and landing. “I often sleep through both, yeah,” she says. How? “Because I’m so tired! I think I’m chronically exhausted.” Unsurprisingly, she’s big on caffeine. “When I’m in meetings, fending off jet lag, and people come with the trays of coffee and tea, I think, Oh, my gosh, I’ll stay awake for another hour.”

A trainer who comes up to three times a week may only come once a week most weeks. Other than that, it sounds like they are spinning a constant need for naps and caffeine as a virtue. She’s actually, according to her own words, “chronically exhausted.”

Remember the batch of emails Judicial Watch got released last year? The New York Post reported,

In one email exchange on Jan. 26, 2013, Abedin asks fellow staffer Monica Hanley whether Clinton knows to call Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Hanley replies: “She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her.”

Abedin stresses the importance of reviewing the schedule with Clinton: “Very imp to do that. She’s often confused.”

Hanley sent her reply at 4:59pm. Clinton was already sleeping.

Here’s Ezra Levant breaking down the issue:

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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