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Hillary returns to Wellesley

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 11:24 AM


Hillary Clinton, who first grabbed national attention with a speech at her graduation from Wellesley College in 1969, returned to her alma mater today as commencement speaker.

She reflected a bit on her loss, encouraged activism by the graduates and commented that the Donald Trump budget proposal was "an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us — the youngest, the oldest, the poorest, and hard working people who need a little help to gain or hang on to a decent, middle-class life."

She also worked in a humorous dig at the man who defeated her:
Clinton also spoke about fake news and theories perpetuated on social media, joking that "some are even denying things we see with our own eyes. Like the size of crowds."
She drew a parallel, too, between Trump and Richard Nixon, on whose impeachment she worked as a young lawyer. She said things hadn't turned out as she planned last year, but, "I'm doing OK." She added, "Chardonnay helped."

She also paid tribute to what Wellesley had meant to her. And many other women. Its alumnae are remarkable.  But I'm prejudiced. I married one.

UPDATE: Read this interview with Hillary Clinton by Rebecca Traister in New York magazine. Very good.

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