The event was held at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Introducing Hillary, Marian Wright Edelman noted her overwhelming lead in the popular vote and called her “the People’s President.” Hillary admitted that making this appearance was not the easiest thing for her. She said she wanted to curl up with a good book and her dogs and never leave the house again. But she said she got up and dusted herself off because Marian exemplified that for her. She reminisced about Marian’s leadership and service, and her work with RFK and MLK.
Hillary quoted Marian, “Service is the rent we pay for living.” She spoke of service and said she did not get into public service to hold high office. She called child poverty America’s problem. She said there is a lot of work to do and asked us not to lose heart or give up on the values we share and to stay engaged. She told us America is worth it. Our children are worth it. She quoted 1st Corinthians, “Love never fails.”
Hillary told the story of her mother, Dorothy, who had a difficult childhood. She dreams of going back to her mom’s childhood to tell her that she would grow up to have a family and her daughter would become a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and win more than 62 million votes for President of the United States.