Hillary Rodham Clinton

1969 Wellesley College Commencement Speaker: Hillary Rodham Clinton - Oct. 27, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton
October 27, 2016
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Campaign status: Lost

CLINTON: What I'm speaking for today is all of us. We feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. And I find myself in a familiar position that of reacting. Why if you're dissatisfied you stay in a place? Well, if you didn't care a lot about it you wouldn't stay. Our love for this place, this particular place, coupled with our freedom allowed us to question basic assumptions. So we have made progress. It's such a great adventure. I mean, if the experiment in human living doesn't work in this country, in this age, it's not going to work anywhere. Talk about trust. Talk about the lack of trust. What can you say about it? What can you say about a feeling that permeates a generation and then perhaps not even understood by those who are distrusted? All we can do is keep trying again and again and again, to win again what we have lost before. I was talking to a woman who said she wouldn't want to be me for anything in the world. She wouldn't want to live today to look ahead to what it she sees because she's afraid. Fear is always with us but we just don't have time for it. Not now.