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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Long-suffering" Huma

Anthony Weiner got caught in another sexting scandal a couple days ago and it was announced yesterday in the New York Post that his wife Huma Abedin was separating from him:

Anthony Weiner's long-suffering wife, Huma Abedin, finally saw the light and kicked the sex maniac to the curb on Monday — after the Post revealed the lewd selfies he sent to a busty brunette, including a crotch shot of himself with the couple’s young son lying next to him.

Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide, released a statement saying, in part, “I have made the decision to separate from my husband.”

It's hard to have any sympathy for Weiner. Before he was married to Abedin, he was a consistently combative, abrasive presence on the talk shows. It was said that he had a higher rate turnover of staff than any other member of the House of Representatives, and was unpopular with his fellow Congressmen as well.

Then came the first sexting scandal, Weiner's resignation from office, and an outpouring of public sympathy for Huma as the betrayed wife. 

But there was always something amiss with this picture. Weiner never seemed to actually physically get together with the women with whom he traded sexy text messages. (Which seems a little pathetic, when you think about it.) Meanwhile, Huma was pretty obviously Hillary Clinton's lesbian lover.

So, technically, Weiner was being faithful while Abedin was not. 

Google "Hillary Clinton Huma Abedin affair" and you'll get 164,000 results. Does anyone not terminally naive doubt that the once ambitious Weiner was anything but a beard for Abedin right from the start?

From Huma's Wikipedia entry:

She has been described as a 'second daughter' to Hillary Clinton.

While a student at George Washington University, Abedin began working as an intern in the White House in 1996, assigned to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton...For several years, she served as the back-up to Clinton's personal aide. She officially took over as Clinton’s aide and personal advisor during Clinton's successful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York and later worked as traveling chief of staff and "body woman" during Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Writing in Vogue during the 2007 campaign, Rebecca Johnson called her "Hillary's secret weapon" and noted that what seemed to motivate Abedin was not the details of policy or political horse-racing, but rather "the way that politicians are uniquely invested with the power to help individuals...

After leaving her post at the State Department in 2013, Abedin served as director of the transition team that helped Clinton return to private life, continued her work for the Clinton Foundation, and set up a private consulting firm, Zain Endeavors LLC.

Hillary Clinton has been described as a mentor, and a mother figure to Abedin. In 2010, at Abedin's wedding to Weiner, Clinton said: "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would (be) Huma." During a trip that Clinton and Abedin made to Saudi Arabia, Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, said to Clinton: "Hillary, you have spent more time with my daughter than I have in the past 15 years. I’m jealous of you!"

Huma seems to be a "second daughter" to Hillary the same way Monica was a second daughter to Bill (who originally claimed to be "ministering to a troubled young girl").

Ask yourself this: what 24-year-old is so politically perspicacious that a candidate for US Senate would rely so heavily on her counsel as "personal advisor?"

Abedin's 2008 title of "body woman" seems more apt.

And what of that sham marriage? Why did Abedin never take her husband's name? And why did she spend so little time with him? And why did she stick by him and have that baby with him right after the first sexting scandals?

Abedin's own words, quoted in that NY Post article, are revealing:

In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, Abedin said Weiner had been "essentially a full-time dad" while she was on the campaign trail."

What kind of woman is happy to spend so little time with her newborn son?

My guess: a woman agog at being the lover of the next President of the United States. 

No one should shed tears for the "long-suffering" Huma.


Mark Caplan said...

Huma Abedin's mother is editor-in-chief of an extremist Wahhabi journal based in Saudi Arabia. Huma herself worked along with her brother as assistant editors on the journal for 12 years. Somehow she ends up marrying a politically well-connected NY Jew with close ties to the Zionist U.S Sen. Charles Schumer. It's hard to beieve there isn't an understory related to natinal security that's being hidden from the pubic.

John Craig said...

Mark --
That makes some sense. Especially given the close ties the US government has had to Saudi Arabia over the years, as proven by the fact that it made such painstaking efforts to cover up the Saudi connection 9/11.

It's possible, however, that the understory is the one I've outlined in the post, and that the purpose of having had Abedin marry Weiner was to show what a one-big-happy-open-minded-inclusive-Kumbaya-family the Clintons are. As in, "if a Jew can marry a Muslim, then anything is possible!"

I still say the most likely scenario is that Hillary needed to cover up her lesbian inclinations if she wanted to run for President.

Steven said...

The truth is stranger than fiction.

Anonymous said...

If you think about it, the Clintons have spent their married life living out a soap opera, constant drama. Good grief. They should divorce already, ending their sham marriage. If Huma and Hillary are truly a couple, then they should just BE A COUPLE. The constant drama surrounding Bill, Hillary, Huma, Anthony, etc. gets old.
I think the American public could handle Hillary and Huma as a couple. It wouldn't come as a total surprise to learn the true nature of their relationship.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
I'd certainly respect Hillary more if she came out, but there's no way she would. And frankly, doing that while running for President would be suicidal.

8 foot 9 said...

Well if Abedin had been willing to do the whole Huma A. Weiner thing And maybe tried to meet some of Anthony's needs... Does anyone else wonder if this Women is a Saudi bribe?

High Arka said...

It's a real historical loss that Obama, Hillary, Michelle, Venus, etc., have not been more open about their sexual identity and sexuality. How are future generations of LGBTQPZ supposed to have role models if everyone breaking ground now conceals who they really are or what their true feelings are?

John Craig said...

8 foot 9 --
I don't think Huma was ever meant to do those things to begin with. Weiner knew from the start that he was entering into a deal which would help his political career by giving him access to the Clinton machine; the marriage was never supposed to have anything to do with sex or love, other than to the public. He knew all along his role was merely to provide cover to Hillary and Huma. And he's looking weirder and weirder, it seems he has no desire to actually get together with women, only to sext with them.

John Craig said...

High Arka --
Venus Williams?? I had no idea.

In a way I can't blame the politicians for staying in the closet, they'd never get elected if they were out. It's amazing though how few people seem to be onto Obama; he's hiding there in plain sight, and while plenty of people in the blogosphere seem to know he's gay, most of the people I talk to in every day life are remarkably naive. ("But he's married -- and he has kids.")

High Arka said...

Whether or not the Williams Professional Tennis Entertainment Products™ were born as a certain thing or other is not something I take a strong position on either way, but the evidence of something being hidden is about as strong as it is for Barack and/or Michelle.

John Craig said...

High Arka --
Interesting, thanks. I had been unaware of that, but, not being a tennis fan, had never really paid too close attention.

While I think that Barack's entire life is one big subterfuge, and he's basically a con man, I don't see Michelle in the same light. I know there's a whole internet meme about how she's a man, but I think that's silly. There's a long record of her as Michelle Robinson. I think she's just what she appears to be, a big, strong, sullen, resentful, not overly intelligent woman. She seems to have gone into that marriage with her eyes open, via Jeremiah Wright's matchmaking service for ambitious young gay men who wanted beards. The whole business of her mother living with them in the White House is certainly a unique one; the media has tread lightly on that one.

Rona said...

I've read rumors on Clinton/Huma on many blogs, but I'm not sure how credible they are. Huma is a good looking woman and Hillary Clinton is...less so. Then there's the age difference.

She seems to be like Clinton in many ways. Marriage for political reasons, having only one child, that she leaves to someone else while doing her thing. Hillary could be sort of a mentor to her.

As far as the lesbian thing, if she were one, why marry at all? Given the political situation, especially in Clinton crowd, she could be single without inviting suspicions that would hurt her career. Perhaps marrying a Jew is more advantageous, but I can't imagine someone goes through with marriage they don't want, to score a few extra career points, especially if homosexual.

Or maybe it's all true and I just find the image so cringy that I'm in denial.

Perhaps this is one of those cultural differences between Americans and Europeans, but I don't get why people think that Michelle Obama's mother living with them in the White house is so weird. If they're close and see each other often doesn't it make sense? Especially given that Mrs. Obama has to be accompanied everywhere by bodyguards. It's not like she can just pop by for a cup of tea with mom.

John Craig said...

Rona --
The Hillary/Huma relationship doesn't really make sense unless you see it in a sexual light. As Bill Clinton reportedly once said, "Hillary has licked more pussy than I have." (This per Gennifer Flowers, who has more credibility than either of the Clintons.) And I've heard from other sources that Hillary is basically a lesbian these days. And why would she hire a 24-year-old (Abedin was born in 1976) as her "personal advisor" during her 2000 campaign for Senate from NY? What expertise could Abedin, who'd just graduated from college, have had at that point in her life?

And yes, Huma could have remained single without huge repercussions to her career, but bear in mind, that sham marriage was for Hillary's sake, not hers. Huma wasn't running for office, Hillary was, and having Huma by her side day and night would have set tongues wagging without that big story about that "heart-warming" Jewish-Muslim marriage. As it was, the constant presence of Huma by her side has set tongues wagging anyway.

Yes, there's a big age difference, but when someone is a powerful public figure like Hillary, they acquire a certain magic that makes them seem more attractive then they are. And who knows, maybe Huma was entranced by a younger picture of Hillary (Hillary actually looked pretty good during her First Lady of Arkansas phase), and saw her in the light. And I personally find Huma attractive, but I think a lot of people would not.

Yes, you have a good point about Michelle's mother. That living arrangement is common in Europe, and not rare in the US. But most women in regular marital relationships, at least in this country, prefer not to have their mothers living with them. But maybe people, including me, have their perception of the situation overly skewed by the fact that t's never been done in the White House before. Certainly the convenience factor does count for something.

Quartermain said...

The Weiner-Huma marriage much like Bill and Hillary's does not seem to be a match made in Heaven but somewhere else. Bill and Hillary's marriage seems like a business partnership like JFK's and LBJ's.

Hard to feel sorry for either Weiner or Huma.

John Craig said...

Allan --
I actually think Bill and Hillary's marriage started off as a relatively normal one, entered into for the usual reasons. Neither was rich or famous or necessarily expected to be when they first got married. It eventually turned into a political/business partnership, but that's not how it started.

I think the Abedin-Weiner alliance was pretty much a business proposition from the start, entered into to camouflage the Hillary-Huma affair, and Weiner figured he would get a boos to his political career from it, though he blew that career when those initial sexts went public.

mark said...

Like your blog but disagree on almost all counts. The Bill/Hill marriage was weird from the outset if reports of him cheating very early into the relationship are to be believed. I believe Gennifer Flowers because Bill wanted Hill to look bad to justify his own problems. Probably some truth but the motivation was clearly to justify Bill's actions. Huma may have actually wanted to get married and wanted a kid so marrying a congressman at the stage in her life seems pretty normal. Carlos Danger is in good shape and clearly can attract the ladies on twitter. Huma was almost certainly going to marry someone in politics and someone on the left so the pool wasn't as big as it seems. I do agree with you that Huma is pretty but not particularly sexy in the way that some of Bill's friends are. I imagine Hillary took as much advice from Huma in 2000 as she takes from Robby Mook today. Of the two, Mook seems like the stranger hire. Basically, Hill isn't hiring to hear from the John Craigs of the world how to do things. She wants younger folks who aren't going to challenge her and wouldn't compete with her.

John Craig said...

Mark --
When I said the Clinton marriage was "a relatively normal one, entered into for the usual reasons," I meant it wasn't essentially a business arrangement, the way Abedin/Weiner was. Of course if you have two sociopaths married to each other, it's not going to be completely normal.

One thing I completely agree with you on: Hillary would not want advice from me.

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

Just when I thought I'd heard it all --- along comes the Hillary/Huma love clasp... ! For some reason that smacks more scandalous than Obama's homosexuality, just because it's also such a convoluted, multi-layered series of relationships and political alliances.

All that said (and after I've calmed down and taken a good long look at Huma's photos), Huma Abedin doesn't strike me as particularly gay. She is a strikingly beautiful woman (even if not sexy in a conventional sense) who seems ravenously ambitious --- hence her willingness to partake of the marriage to Weiner (seriously, could he have any better name for this whole fiasco?) and abandon her newborn son to a revolving door of nannies. I have no doubt at all that Hillary was googly-eyed over Huma due to her own proclivities, but I think Huma took full and complete advantage of Hillary's Achilles heel as a means to a life of political privilege. I tend to think that if they'd actually 'consummated' their strange relationship, there would be have been a falling out between them a long time ago, due to the inevitable disillusionments and jealousies. It's what seems to inevitably happen in those kinds of depraved entanglements.

I'm reminded here of the rumor mill surrounding the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and the insanely much younger John Hamilton, who became her Jack-of-all-trades type of assistant, much like Huma has been to Hill. It was clear that O'Keeffe was erotically attracted to Hamilton, but I do not believe for an instant that they 'did' anything about her attraction. He was something like 55 years her junior! Nevertheless she left him the bulk of a multi-million dollar estate in her will.. It was quite outrageous, considering how much of that included valued art estates that were deeply meaningful to her and to her profession. Most people couldn't stand the guy --- as far as I glean, because he so completely took over her attention, affection, trust and confidence.

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
I think Hillary got Huma just because she was such a powerful important figure, and those thing can exert a weirdly hypnotic effect on people, especially the nakedly ambitious. I don't think Hillary would keep Huma around if Huma wasn't providing sex for her, to be honest. Yes, the age gap is huge, but I think Hillary got Huma the same way these rich an powerful lesbians got their much better-looking lovers:

Wow, hadn't heard that story about O'Keeffe before. A lot of times when you get a younger man who cozies up to a much older woman like that, it means the man is gay. And almost always, a gay gold-digger. But I know nothing about those two, that's just a guess.

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

John --- I kinda wonder what you;d think of John, a.k.a., "Juan" Hamilton and Georgia O'Keeffe. I very much doubt he was or is gay, but I think he's one of a certain breed of man who basically 'bends' to whichever way is advantageous to him, ambition-wise. A former boss of mine is one, and then there was Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer, who, despite the gay community 'owning' him, I am not convinced was gay-gay. It's clear that it was professionally an advantage to be a gay lover to a rich art patron in the 70's and 80's New York art scene.

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
You're making him sound like a sociopath. Evidently sociopaths have a much more pliable sexuality, which they utilize in whichever direction benefits them most. Let me look him up......

Okay, I just read this article about him:

Hamilton does sound as if he could have been a sociopath. You're right, he's not gay (he married a younger woman while involved with O'Keeffe). But he did take advantage of an addled old woman, and was extremely secretive in all his dealings, and evidently, successfully manipulative, too. Can't say for sure h was a sociopath, but he did give off some of those vibes.

Anonymous said...

A lot of times the young man after the older woman isn't gay, he's just a cougar hunter. Or he's after a certain quality, as it were, of woman, and such a woman either hasn't time to form by his age or she'd be way above him in dating market value.

I had a friend that dated a pop singer when he was 30 and she was 50, roughly. He was a good looking guy but has absolutely no achievement history and no money: she was past her prime, but she had written a decent catalog of songs and was still a working act, she never tried acting but she was certainly recognizable. They were an item for about a year and after that she moved on. She bought him a car-nothing hugely expensive, but new and decent-as a going away present, along with several suits and clothing items and a Martin D-28 guitar, and gave him co-writing credit on a song that wound up on one of her compilation albums. There is no way in hell he would have touched her if he'd been 30 when she was. At 30, she was living with a man who is one of the top 100 wealthiest in Forbes and has had dozens of hit records and a very memorable movie role.

A lot of these women are not in show business, but they have money and they are well educated, they have a level of social access and knowledge that at least on a local level is impressive. She's dating down, but the sex is energetic and there is the ego value to her of defying the biological odds, so to speak: in pure reproductive terms she is worthless, but still desirable to someone.

John Craig said...

Anon --
I wasn't speaking of the cougar phenomenon, which generally encompasses age gaps like the one you describe, but even larger age gaps, like with Martha Raye, who was 75 when she married the 43-year-old Mark Harris three years before her death. She had to have been addled at the time, and I don't know how he explained his motives to her, but he was definitely gay. Or Celeste Holm, who married Frank Basile, who was 46 years younger than her (she was suffering from Alzheimers when she married him). These marriages are the mirror images of the Anna Nicole Smith - J. Howard Marshall union. The younger person has no interest in the older person sexually, but only wants a payday. (The younger person isn't necessarily gay, but often is.) Juan/John Hamilton was 26 when he met Georgia O'Keeffe, who was in her 80's at the time. I was wrong about him being gay, he wasn't, but he did take control of her life, and it's hard to escape the impression that his motives were similar.

The relationship you describe between the healthy 50-year-old woman and 30-year-old guy sounds perfectly normal. I'd never criticize that.