Nearly a half-century after she first declared herself to the world as a young woman unafraid to ruffle feathers and challenge authority, Hillary Clinton was back at the very same podium at Wellesley College. And once again, she was at a crossroads in her life.
The first time, she was 21, the first graduating senior ever chosen to address Wellesley’s commencement, and her bold speech challenging the remarks of the U.S. senator who spoke before her delighted classmates, dismayed the school’s president, and made it into Life magazine. The Hillary who returned to campus on Friday was a battle-scarred politician who had come agonizingly close to becoming the first female president of the United States.
“You may have heard that things didn’t exactly go the way I planned,” she said, wryly. “But you know what? I’m doing OK.” Then she launched into a blistering critique of Donald Trump, without once mentioning his name, drawing a parallel to Richard Nixon and the scandal that led to his resignation.
Half a year after her stunning loss…
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