In October 2011, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to a party at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, for her husband’s 65th birthday.
She came prepared with “talking points” for the star-studded bash that were written by her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
Mills provided Clinton with a bullet-pointed memo that suggested what he should say if she met talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“Should you see her and end up in conversation, it would be ideal for you to share the following points,” Mills wrote to Clinton.
Mills said she spoke with DeGeneres’ manager about a plan the State Department’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator came up with to have the host promote HIV and AIDS awareness. She provided Clinton with a memo titled, “Talking Points for Secretary Clinton: Hollywood Bowl Party and Ellen DeGeneres.”
“Spoke with Ellen DeGeneres’ manager, David McGuire, today about Ellen serving as a Special Envoy for Global HIV/AID Awareness,” Mills wrote. “OGAC is developing a concept paper for consideration, but David agreed that there will be some sort of arrangement for Ellen to ‘ promote both your speech and World AIDS Day through social media or perhaps you phoning into her show at some point.”
The message was sent by Mills on October 14, 2011, the day before the party, which was also a charity benefit for the Clinton family foundation. It was included in the new batch of emails from Clinton’s private server that were released by the State Department on Wednesday.
Mills sent three “talking points” for Clinton to use if she met DeGeneres:
- “I’m very excited about the possibility of your using your incredible platform to help us raise awareness about eliminating HIV/AIDS.””I’m giving a speech in two weeks where I’m going to call upon the world to join the U.S. in creating an AIDS Free Generation.””Thanks to the science, we are truly on the cusp of making this happen. And if you could help us raise awareness about this historic opportunity, it would be terrific.”
After the party, Clinton responded to Mills and said she spoke with DeGeneres.
“She said she would do whatever we asked and so full speed ahead!” Clinton wrote.
Check out Clinton’s “talking points” for the party below.
- State Department