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This was a refreshing, honest, humorous evening with the Clintons. They had serious answers on the Bin Laden raid, North Korea, despots in general, Putin in particular, and climate change – among other topics. Lighter notes touched on their courtship and time at Yale.

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Hillary Clinton thrills Toronto crowd with part feminist, part activist talk

Hillary Clinton speaks to an audience in Toronto promoting her new book “What Happened” on Thursday, September 28, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov CKL


TORONTO – Former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an appreciative crowd on Thursday that more women in politics is the way to overcome the sexism that pervades the political world, and that democracy is under assault.

The Democrat was in Toronto to promote her new best-selling memoir, “What Happened,” in which she describes her stunning loss in last year’s election to political newcomer, Republican Donald Trump, a man often criticized as a misogynist.

“The only way to get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics,” Clinton, 69, said. “I want more women in politics so our politics is more representative.”

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Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Toronto Thursday promoting her new book, What Happened. She said democracy is under assault around the world.

Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Toronto Thursday promoting her new book, What Happened. She said democracy is under assault around the world. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)


Hillary Clinton warned Canadians that “democracy is under attack” not just in the United States, but in Canada and around the world, and she told a Toronto audience Thursday night that she will do everything she can to fight against the forces trying to undermine it.

“Democracy is under attack everywhere. It’s not only my country,” Clinton told a packed hall of an estimated 5,500 at the Enercare Centre. She pledged to use her voice and platform to encourage people to get involved and help tackle the things that are challenging democracy in the U.S. and globally.

“I’m not going anywhere except right into the middle of the debates about our future,” she told the sellout crowd.

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Hillary Clinton revved up an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on Thursday, as she promoted her new memoir, What Happened.

Hillary Clinton revved up an enthusiastic crowd of about 5,000 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on Thursday, as she promoted her new memoir, What Happened. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)


The event itself was tightly locked down. Men and women in black suits, many with telltale earpieces snaking up their necks, led media to a cordoned-off area and audience members to their places.

RCMP officers were embedded for Clinton’s protection, and maintained a low profile. Instead of their usual scarlet uniforms, they wore suits that blended easily with the crowd of about 5,000 — most of them women, who howled and applauded above Clinton’s comments, which ranged in topic from Donald Trump to HGTV.

After a musical opener warmed up the crowd, playing songs such as “Sway” and “Hold On,” Clinton’s appearance began with a set of opening remarks, which brought the crowd to their feet.

From the back of the room, one woman called out: “We love you!”

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Dr. Samantha Nutt, Executive Director of War Child Canada, a physician with more than sixteen years of experience working in war zones, was the emcee at the Unique Lives event with Hillary Clinton in Toronto. Since, unlike in her days at the State Department, it is impossible to get transcripts of most of her more recent speeches, using the tools at hand,  I snatched these quotes from Twitter.  Hillary, upon introduction, addressed the crowd of 5000 with these remarks.

“Hello Canada – just a few hours away from Summer.”

“I happen to think everyone has a unique life. We have to do a better job of honoring and lifting up that uniqueness”

She gave advice as well as stating maxims, some of which we have heard often. Here are some quotes that were tweeted by several in the audience.

“Work hard. Take responsibility. Care about others.”

“Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.”

“Dare to compete!”

When she spoke about 9/11, several tweeted that in a room of 5000 you could hear a pin drop.

Speaking about taking on the role of Secretary of State, she said.

“We talked about it and he wore me down.”

She advised the audience to put a sense of a common good ahead of competition or personal interest, and also mentioned her plans for initiatives with the Clinton Foundation.

This speech, unlike some others we have heard and read, apparently had a refrain.  It made an impression,  and the tweeters picked it up. She told them:

“It is important in today’s world that we all find a way to serve. Get caught trying.”

“Seek honorable compromise wherever possible.Get Caught Trying”

“Get caught trying to shatter the inequalities that make-up our social fabric.”

“Game changers are those who have dared to compete, and win for all.We should all aspire to get caught trying”

On the subject of women: “If the structural barriers limiting women in the U,S. were removed, our GDP would increase 9%”

She ended with this.

“Get caught trying…to make a difference…to build bridges…help those less fortunate. Get caught trying!!!”

A Q&A followed. Asked, apparently,  to elaborate on the subject of women, politics, and sexism – particularly the sexism that has been directed at her, she offered the following.

“Live life with purpose and principle!”

“Real empowerment of women is unfinished business in the 21st century.”

Responding to sexism in politics:

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally.”

“I have a different reaction now…I don’t care anymore”

“If you take everything people say about you personally, it can be paralyzing…but take note, you might learn something.”

“I think it’s important that in today’s complex world all of us should look for ways to serve.”

On diplomacy:

“We don’t have to like everyone, we don’t have to agree with everyone, but we should never de-humanize anyone”

“Don’t talk past each other. Engage. Look for common ground.”

“Much of what you do in diplomacy is continuing to push that rock up a hill.”

Saying she wasn’t prepared for the technological  election in 2008. One of the lessons she learned was that it is no longer enough to just present your case.

“I was not prepared for a modern election.. It’s no longer enough to just present your case”

“I did join Twitter. Come follow me!”

Asked what she would do if she could do it all over again, she responded that she would spend more time outdoors in nature and that she feels increasing responsibility to preserve what resources we have.

On women in the corporate world:

“More women on boards make a difference.”

“A woman will say an idea in a meeting and its passed over, and an hour later a man says the same idea and everyone agrees.”

“There is a correlation between women on corporate boards and the success of that corporation “

When Nutt tried to nudge a 2016 hint out of her she  said, “Hypothetically speaking, I hope there is a female president in my lifetime”

She closed out with a question about her legacy at the State Department saying her greatest accomplishment as SOS was restoring America’s reputation.  Unique Lives tweeted that she received a standing ovation.  Was there ever any question?

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Thanks to Mom4Hill who found these little gems.  Two of Hillary Clinton’s former home towns have plans to honor her.

In Park Ridge IL where she grew up, her high school is instituting a wall of honor inscribed with names of distinguished alumni.  Hillary and two others will be the inaugural honorees.

Hillary Clinton Leads First Wall Of Honor Class At Maine South

A former U.S. Secretary of State, presidential hopeful and First Lady will be among the first names on Maine South’s Wall of Honor.

Maine South and the Maine Township Dist. 207 Educational Foundation recently announced the Inaugural Induction Class to the Maine South Wall of Honor.

The Distinguished Alumni of this induction class are:

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton (Class of 1965) – Government

Ms. Patricia Callahan (Class of 1989) – Arts and Letters

Dr. Nathan Hultman (Class of 1992) – Science

The formal induction will occur Thursday, Sept. 26, at a dinner held on behalf of the distinguished alumni. As part of Maine South’s homecoming festivities, the inductees will spend the day at Maine South on Friday, Sept. 27, and speak with students at its Homecoming Assembly.

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Meanwhile, there is a movement afoot in Little Rock AR to name a children’s library for her.  The Board is asking for the public to comment (click on the link for details).  It is not clear whether they want comments only from locals.

Children’s Library may be named for Hillary Clinton

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Central Arkansas Library System) – The Central Arkansas Library System’s Board of Trustees is considering recognizing Hillary Rodham Clinton by naming the new children’s Library in her honor.

The Board said it wants to acknowledge the work she did as a citizen of Arkansas, including service for the Children’s Defense Fund, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Educational System Task Force, Rural Healthy Advisory Committee, and many others, including her ground-breaking work as co-chair of Arkansas’s Educational Standards Committee. We also wish to recognize her continued work at the national and international levels to improve the lives of all the world’s children.

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Finally, as our friends in Ontario are well aware,  tomorrow evening she will be speaking in Toronto at the Metro Centre as part of the Unique Lives series.   I know our Canadian friends are very excited about this public event and hope they enjoy it thoroughly!

Edited to add:  The results of the latest Quinnipiac poll in Florida are here.  Hillary tops Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.  Just so you know.

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So!  She  is running… to replace Stephen Harper!    I know some Canadians who will be very happy about this!

Hillary Clinton will speak in Toronto on June 20.

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Hillary Clinton will speak in Toronto on June 20.

By: Living reporter, Published on Fri Apr 12 2013

Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton will speak in Toronto this spring.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the June 20 presentation, part of the Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series, sponsored in part by the Star. The former senator and wife of former U.S. president Bill Clinton is booked at the Metro Convention Centre, a venue that can hold 6,000 people.

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