Hillary’s Mystery Woman: Who Is Huma?

040207 article morgan Hillary’s Mystery Woman: Who Is Huma?Last June, under an oppressive sun, at a rally to save the Niagara military base at the University of Buffalo, all of New York’s top politicians—George Pataki, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton—poured sweat.

Yet there was exactly one member of the wilting delegation who managed, somehow, to stay cool: Hillary Clinton’s mysterious, glamorous and eerily unflappable aide de camp, Huma Abedin.

“It was like 110 degrees outside,” recalled the source, a political aide who asked to remain anonymous. “We were all just pouring down with sweat. But I have this distinct memory of Huma traipsing in in this blue pantsuit—it was like this wool pantsuit—not a bead of sweat on her brow, not a hair out of place, with everything perfectly organized in her Yves Saint Laurent handbag.”

That sort of fantastical, supernaturally tinged tale is not unusual. Indeed, in the insular world of New York and D.C. politics, Huma Abedin has become a sort of mythical figure.

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On a day-to-day basis, Ms. Abedin is responsible for guiding the Senator from one chaotic event to the next and ensuring that the many hundreds of situations that arise at each—the photo ops, the handshakes, the speeches—go smoothly. The job of “body person”—industry-speak for the catchall role of an omnipresent traveling assistant—is a notoriously grueling one, requiring unfaltering level-headedness and a zeal for multitasking. These folks are constantly on the move, juggling 20 different chores, and they consequently often appear slightly disheveled (or even sweaty).

By most quantifiable measures, Ms. Abedin has the most challenging of those gigs. In the last 10 days, she has accompanied Mrs. Clinton to more than 20 events, involving nine plane flights and several trains. At each stop, they were mobbed.

“I think she has special powers,” said public-radio broadcaster Katia Dunn, who recently crossed paths with Ms. Abedin and Mrs. Clinton at a café on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Dunn explained that she had heard about the “cult of Huma,” but had never met her. “All of a sudden, I turn around and there was this woman I now know to be Huma. And it wasn’t just that she was gorgeous—she did just sort of have this presence. She stopped me in my tracks for a second.”

“It’s not like she’s incredibly coiffed,” Ms. Dunn continued. “She just looked very composed and confident in her natural beauty. She momentarily arrested our progress. What’s amazing is that she didn’t even yell at us or anything—she didn’t have to.”

Representative Anthony Weiner, a swingingly single Brooklyn Democrat who has known Ms. Abedin since before Hillary Clinton was elected to office, talked about her ability to perform under pressure “preternaturally.”

“This notion that Senator Clinton is a cool customer—I mean, I don’t dispute it, but the coolest customer in that whole operation is Huma,” said the Congressman, who watched Ms. Abedin in action earlier this month at the internationally covered march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

Crossing the bridge was a logistical minefield: huge crowds to navigate, innumerable V.I.P.’s—including former President Clinton—to hand-hold, countless photo ops to facilitate and a strict timetable to keep. “There were a hundred things that could have gone wrong,” Mr. Weiner recalled. “And Huma was sort of the all-purpose trouble-shooter of first response. It was a tour de force, and what was most impressive is that she maintained a level head the whole time.”

He added: “In fact, I think there’s some dispute as to whether Huma’s actually human or not.”

But, Really, Is She?

Which gets at another facet of the cult of Huma: She’s something of a mystery, even to the people who have worked in her proximity for years.

Very little is publicly known about her, which of course leaves plenty to talk about. And the rumors abound. According to various accounts from Huma acquaintances interviewed for this story: She’s Lebanese, she’s Jordanian, she’s Iranian, she’s 26, she’s 36, she has two children, she lives with the Clintons.

“No one knows anything about her,” said one political aide. “She’s like Hillary’s secret weapon.”

In point of fact, many people from countless different corridors across the globe know something of Huma Abedin. But apparently she has a rare knack for letting people in without really letting them in.

“This might seem too over-saccharine, but I love Huma,” said Oscar de la Renta, who is a personal friend and intensely loyal supporter of the Clintons. The legendary designer was speaking to The Observer on the phone from his compound in the Dominican Republic. He has known her for nearly a decade. Indeed, he noted, Ms. Abedin has actually been a guest at his island home. He described her as “discreet,” “loyal,” “beautiful” and “half-Pakistani.”

“She is an unbelievably feminine and gentle person, but at the same time she can accomplish so much,” offered Mr. de la Renta. He recalled that she had great style, but hastened to point out that “she’s a Muslim” and “she’s very conservative.”

“I always say I don’t want to die without seeing [Huma] in a strapless dress,” he said, with a laugh. But did the dapper dressmaker know, say, where his dream girl grew up?

Comments

  1. Deanna Folke says:

    I enjoyed reading Weiner’s comments about his future wife…

  2. Isthismailnecessary says:

    Does your mommy know you are using the computer? You are always writing something infantile.  If ever there was a posterboy for birth control, you are it.

  3. BETH says:

    Muslim….Saudi Arabian…..in our government…..reeeel scarrry

  4. BETH says:

    Muslim….Saudi Arabian…..in our government…..reeeel scarrry

  5. BETH says:

    Muslim….Saudi Arabian…..in our government…..reeeel scarrry

    1. maxima R says:

      I wonder if she is supporting the occupation together with her Jew husband.  Oh, dear. Not got at all.

    2. maxima R says:

      I wonder if she is supporting the occupation together with her Jew husband.  Oh, dear. Not got at all.

  6. BETH says:

    Muslim….Saudi Arabian…..in our government…..reeeel scarrry

  7. dhruska says:

    The Clintons have made a fortune off the Arabs. Thats a fact. Interesting that they employ a Muslim. Oh by the way, if she was that smart she would have never come close to a weirdo like Weiner.

  8. Interesting policy advisor was raised in Suadi Arabia in Bin Laden Familia territory…pakistani ties dunno but would warrant some watchful eyes upon her inner circle and influences.

  9. E-male says:

    Wow,  I can’t believe this , I wonder what Monica is doing after all these years? 

  10. murmur55 says:

    Enabler of the violent misogynistic Jew. Sounds like the Clintons.

  11. no-disassemble...!!! says:

    Before Anthony Weiner’s wiener
    begat “WIENER-GATE” (but only after Bill Clinton blew cigar smoke up
    Monica’s……well……”MONICA-GATE”), I had never heard of
    Huma……now it is June, 2011 and this is the first article I have read about this Michigan, U.S.A.
    Muslim woman born to parents of Indian/Pakistani descent……How long do you
    suppose it will be before someone asks if her U.S. birth certificate
    is……real…???  How long
    will it take for rumors to start about whether the “poised,”
    “charming” and “beautiful” (quotes from the article) Huma
    was only hired by Hillary because Huma is everything Hillary aspires to be: a
    genuine, respected, poised, beautiful, charming, well-educated, well-dressed,
    body-of-a-model, super-multi-tasking Muslim woman……or……whether the beautiful
    Huma is only kept nearby to absorb the ugly out of Hillary……or……whether
    Huma is actually “spying” on the U.S. State Department for Islamic
    radicals, aided and abetted by a gullible Hillary……or……whether Hillary
    is so profoundly smart and amazingly insightful that she is actually spying on
    Islamic radicals by having Huma’s every move and contact monitored by the
    F.B.I., the N.S.A., the C.I.A, and the AFL-CIO…???  (Keep your friends close but your enemies
    closer…???)  Is this how drones
    know where to strike with Hellfire Missiles from hell…???  Is this how
    conspiracy theories begin…???  Will demonic mob leftist progressive liberal radical extremist rumor-mongers label this hate-speech…???  Is Anthony’s wiener larger than it appears in the mirror…???

  12. no-disassemble...!!! says:

    Before Anthony Weiner’s wiener begat “WIENER-GATE” (but only
    after Bill Clinton blew cigar smoke up Monica’s……well……”MONICA-GATE”),
    I had never heard of Huma……now it is June, 2011 and this is the first
    article I have read about this Michigan, U.S.A. Muslim woman born to parents of
    Indian/Pakistani descent……How long do you suppose it will be before someone
    asks if her U.S. birth certificate is……real…??? How long will it take for
    rumors to start about whether the “poised,” “charming” and
    “beautiful” (quotes from the article) Huma was only hired by Hillary
    because Huma is everything Hillary aspires to be: a genuine, respected, poised,
    beautiful, charming, well-educated, well-dressed, body-of-a-model,
    super-multi-tasking Muslim woman……or……whether the beautiful Huma
    is only kept nearby to absorb the ugly out of Hillary……or……whether
    Huma is actually “spying” for Islamic radicals on the U.S. State
    Department, aided and abetted by a gullible Hillary……or……whether
    Hillary is so profoundly smart and amazingly insightful that she is actually
    spying on Islamic radicals by having Huma’s every move and contact monitored by
    the F.B.I., the N.S.A., the C.I.A, and the AFL-CIO…??? (Keep your friends
    close but your enemies closer…???) Is this how drones know where to strike
    with Hellfire Missiles from hell…??? Is this how conspiracy theories
    begin…??? Will demonic mob leftist progressive liberal radical extremist
    rumor-mongers label this hate-speech…??? Is Anthony Weiner larger than he
    appears in mirror…??? (Don’t answer that…!!!)

     

    Just
    tell me that he was thinking only of Huma at the time pics were taken and that
    he sent them by mistake to all the other girls because he thought only Huma’s
    name was in the “to” box…!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Before Anthony Weiner’s wiener begat “WIENER-GATE” (but only
    after Bill Clinton blew cigar smoke up Monica’s……well……”MONICA-GATE”),
    I had never heard of Huma……now it is June, 2011 and this is the first
    article I have read about this Michigan, U.S.A. Muslim woman born to parents of
    Indian/Pakistani descent……How long do you suppose it will be before someone
    asks if her U.S. birth certificate is……real…??? How long will it take for
    rumors to start about whether the “poised,” “charming” and
    “beautiful” (quotes from the article) Huma was only hired by Hillary
    because Huma is everything Hillary aspires to be: a genuine, respected, poised,
    beautiful, charming, well-educated, well-dressed, body-of-a-model,
    super-multi-tasking Muslim woman (be careful—these are rhetorical trick-questions designed to test your skill)……or……whether the beautiful Huma
    is only kept nearby to absorb the ugly out of Hillary……or……whether
    Huma is actually “spying” for Islamic radicals on the U.S. State
    Department, aided and abetted by a gullible Hillary……or……whether
    Hillary is so profoundly smart and amazingly insightful that she is actually
    spying on Islamic radicals by having Huma’s every move and contact monitored by
    the F.B.I., the N.S.A., the C.I.A, and the AFL-CIO…??? (Keep your friends
    close but your enemies closer…???) Is this how drones know where to strike
    with Hellfire Missiles from hell…??? Is this how conspiracy theories
    begin…??? Will demonic mob leftist progressive liberal radical extremist
    rumor-mongers label this hate-speech…??? Is Anthony Weiner larger than he
    appears in mirror…??? (Don’t answer that…!!!)

     

    Just
    tell me that he was thinking only of Huma at the time pics were taken and that
    he sent them by mistake to all the other girls because he thought only Huma’s
    name was in the “to” box…!!!

  14. Ri says:

    Damn, she’s so capable and together, and beautiful on top of it. Why did she blow it all on Screech from Saved By the Bell?

    1. Masaru says:

      It’s all about the Money and the Power…

  15. Private says:

    For an article that is titled “Who is Huma?” someone sure lost focus because we learn practically nothing about her besides her clothes-sense.  This woman, who presumably has access to our most critical national secrets, is such a mystery that her Wikipedia bio can’t even give a birthdate, just the year 1976.   If Wikipedia is correct, Ms Abedin came to this country from Saudi Arabia only two or three years before she became an intern at the White House.  She attended George Washington University.  Did she graduate?  What did she study?   How does a 20-year old with (presumably) no degree at that point, and brand new to the country, get a job at the White House?  So Huma has a mother who teaches in Saudi Arabia.  Teaches where and what?   Well, Mom’s actually a co-founder and dean at a tiny all-women’s university founded three years after Huma started working at the White House, and funded by a Saudi billionaire.   But Mom spends a lot of her time promoting “spritually” (read – Islamic)-based global governance.   Just the kind of thing Hillary has always been drawn to.    And Huma’s Mom and brother Hassan run the London-based Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, while Hassan is also the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.    In other words, at least two of Huma’s closest family members are essentially living off of the Wahabists. 

  16. bmichael says:

    ““I’d call Huma one in a million,” said Mrs. Clinton’s press secretary, Philippe Reines, “but that would mean there are 5,999 others in the world just like her, and there simply aren’t. She is truly one of a kind, one in a billion.”

    That would mean there are 5.7 other Mrs. Weiners out there.

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