And since she’s indicated that she’d like to take it just a little bit easier in retirement than she has in the past four jet-setting years, we thought Loop fans could help her out by coming up with a title for her memoir.
Make her work just a little easier, you know?
So send us your very best book-title suggestions — no more than two entries per person, please — and our five favorites will win a coveted Loop T-shirt. Just send them via e-mail by the end of the day Feb. 8 to intheloop@
washpost.com, and be sure to provide your name, profession, mailing address, phone number and T-shirt size (M, L or XL), in case you’re a winner.
Don’t forget that phone number: You must include one to be eligible.
(Congressional and administration types may enter “on background.”)
Need inspiration? Our colleague Ann Gerhart suggested this: “Bob Barnett Made Me Do It,” a reference to the superagent/lawyer who famously handles all the blockbuster book deals for the political elite. We liked her suggestion so much that we promptly drafted her as a member of our august panel of judges.
For reference, Clinton’s other books have included “It Takes a Village” and “Living History” — and let’s not forget the classic “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.”)
We’re confident Loop Fans can do better.
Where green is green
The search for a new interior secretary may be coming down to a battle between two women from Washington state.
Enviros have been buzzing this week about a new candidate said to be in the mix for the job: Sally Jewell , head of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), the hugely successful and eminently green outdoor-outfitting company headquartered in Kent, Wash.
The enviros — especially the climbers, bikers and hikers — think she’s terrific and certainly has the recreational aspect of the job covered, in addition to having a stunning record as a businesswoman.
And it seems Jewell has been on the White House radar for some time, having introduced President Obama two years ago at a White House conference on “America’s Great Outdoor Initiative.” She noted that the $289 billion outdoor-recreation industry is the source of 6.5 million jobs.
But some enviros worry that she lacks the political experience and broad knowledge of the issues confronting the sprawling department. Its responsibilities include management of public lands; oil, gas and timber production; fish and wildlife; tribal lands; and federal policy on places such as Guam, the Northern Marianas and Samoa.
“She comes unencumbered by experience” in the political arena, one veteran enviro noted. On the other hand, maybe that’s not such a bad thing, thinking outside the box and all that.
The other Washington state woman in the mix for Interior is said to be former governor Chris Gregoire, who is also mentioned for a couple other Cabinet jobs.
Meanwhile, Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, former president of Colorado State University at Pueblo, is said to be a leading candidate for secretary of labor, Reuters reported Thursday.