If your most recent message to your parents was asking them to buy more pizza rolls, prepare to enter a shame spiral. Coming out of the 4,368 documents released from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's personal email server on Monday (August 31), we got to see a rare exchange between the Clinton fam: an email/memo from Chelsea Clinton to her parents.
The former-first daughter wrote this memo -- addressed to "Mom and Dad" -- while Mrs. Clinton was still serving as Secretary of State. And, for us, this means we get a real glimpse at the role Chelsea plays in the family, her true passion for humanitarian work and, most of all, a closer look at all the problems and failures in the relief efforts following the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in 2010.
“The incompetence is mind numbing...If we do not quickly change the organization, management, accountability and delivery paradigm on the ground, we could quite conceivably confront tens of thousands of children’s deaths by diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and other water-related diseases in the near future," she wrote in the opening paragraphs, apologizing for any typos she might've missed. "As is often said, If I had more time - and less emotion - I would have written a shorter letter. I hope this mini-behemoth is not rife with grammatical errors or inadvertent gaps."
Clinton walks her parents through some of the conditions she witnessed (particularly deadly on the sanitation and shelter front) and some of the bureaucratic failures she saw (on the part of United Nations organizations and the Haitian government), urging her parents to take the information and take action.
Despite the problems, she speaks highly of the Haitian citizens working to take care of their own. She writes about security volunteers who requested T-shirts to wear at night while patrolling "so that people, particularly women, would feel safe when they saw them approach in groups of [two or three]... They wanted to help themselves, and they wanted reliability and accountability from their partners."
Although she requested her parents keep her observations unattributed when she signed off, saying she was "happy to be an invisible soldier," it's worth it to give Chelsea some credit for taking on some major humanitarian responsibility.