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Hirsen: ABC Series to Promote President Hillary?

Wednesday, 21 September 2005 12:00 AM

A nonprofit group called the White House Project, which claims to be trying to advance women into leadership positions regardless of political affiliation, may turn out to be a prominent player in paving the way for a Hillary presidency.

The group is celebrating the results of a recent Roper poll that it commissioned, the results of which indicate that 85% of the country would accept a female president.

The group is also heralding a poll taken by Hearst Newspapers/Siena College last February, which goes a bit further. Results of this poll indicate that a majority of Americans are ready to elect a woman as president in 2008, specifically Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The names of four women were listed in the poll as potential presidential candidates: Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Dole, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Clinton came in as the clear front-runner with 53 percent; Rice was second at 42 percent.

Findings also indicate that the first female candidate is likely to be a Democrat who is strong on health care and education.

Not only is the White House Project commissioning surveys, it is also actively assisting the ABC network with promotion of its upcoming television series "Commander in Chief."

The TV drama, which will make its debut Sept. 27, has received unprecedented months-long pre-publicity that includes widespread television and billboard advertising. It also boasts of a star-studded cast that includes Geena Davis, who plays the role of the nation's first female president.

The White House Project plans to host a pre-broadcast premiere of "Commander in Chief" in Washington, D.C. It is also encouraging people to gather together at house parties to view the network debut.

On one of the group's Web sites, visitors are exhorted to "free up your Tuesday night schedule now and host a White House Project house party!"

In addition, the White House Project's site is displaying a promo message that echoes one which appeared throughout the summer on Southern California billboards: "This fall, there will be a woman president."

The site further explains that this TV series "has the potential to turn the fiction of a woman president into reality by shaping ideas about women as leaders. The White House Project supports the show, and sees it as an important part of enhancing the perception of women as leaders."

The organization acknowledges that it "is working to create a world where Ms. President can become a reality."

It explains to visitors in detail "How to Throw a House Party" and gives them "The Complete House Party Toolkit" to help them do so.

As the tax law requires, the group claims to be non-partisan.

Of note, however, is the fact that its board of directors includes Kathleen Hall Jamieson (the Annenberg School for Communication) and the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale (the former National Board Chair, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice).

Also of note is the fact that the group's advisory board contains no recognizable conservatives but a sizable number of recognizable liberals, including Democratic strategists Donna Brazile and Lisa Caputo, writer and pundit Eleanor Clift, 1984 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferarro, former Republican turned left-wing activist Arianna Huffington, former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale and actress Lily Tomlin.

The White House Project was asked to give a statement regarding its involvement with the ABC series but as of this writing has failed to respond.

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