MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In 2008, when Hillary Clinton was running against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, she launched a campaign TV attack questioning whether he would be ready to answer an emergency 3 a.m. call to the White House.
Well, it turned out that Clinton herself would never make that call since she didn’t win the nomination. Since then, her critics have used that campaign message against her.
Fast forward to 2015. Clinton just answered a 3 a.m. call from Senator Grace Poe of the Philippines who is rumored to be eyeing the presidency of her country in 2016.
Inside sources within the Clinton campaign said that Poe called to seek Hillary’s advice about running a campaign. Clinton convinced her to run for president, adding that it would be so cool if there were more women heads of state when Clinton attends international summits as president of the United States.
(In the latest national poll in the Philippines, Poe surged and closed in on front runner Vice President Jejomar Binay. In previous months, Binay had consistently maintained a significant lead in the polls, but recent allegations of corruption lodged against him and his son, Mayor Jojo Binay of Makati City have caused his ratings to plummet).
There is, however, one problem with Clinton’s 3 a.m. call with Poe:
3 a.m. in Manila is actually 3 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast from where Clinton answered the call. Not to mention a difference of one day. So, it doesn’t count, really.