We are quoting extensively from a blog called The Silent I. The blog is written by the mother of “a California family of three who have traveled the world in search of adventure, fun, new experiences, and the perfect chicken nugget.” The Silent I is not a political blog which is why we have chosen to spotlight it. The writer of the blog is not connected to Hillary Is 44 in any way nor does the writer endorse our viewpoint.
We were charmed when we read the blog post because it concerned Hillary and provides a window into perceptions of Hillary. This is blogging at its best, providing us with a unique perspective from a sharp eyed observer. We recommend you read the entire post at The Silent I.
Here is how the writer explains this particular post:
“Hillary Clinton did a campaign stop in the Bay Area on Thursday, and I was fortunate enought to attend a luncheon for her at the Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. After the Barack Obama Videoconference and meeting Elizabeth Edwards, I had pretty much written off Hillary as my choice for the Democratic primary. After hearing her speak, my views have changed. I’m not 100% sold, but if she gets the party nomination, I can say that I will work to support her all the way back to the White House.”
“I had gotten the invitation to the lunch from someone in my parents’ club Yahoo! Group, so I thought I might run into someone I knew. I was thrilled to see Darcy, a woman whose daughter go to the same after-school daycare as Alex. She sat down next to me, and it was nice to have someone to chat with while we waited. The music playing in the background was Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” and I wondered who Hillary’s music coordinator was for this event.”
“Darcy told me that she had voted Republican her entire life, but that she was fed up and thinks the country needs a change. She was hear to see what Hillary has to offer. As a working mom and businesswoman, she thought that a businessperson might be a good choice for President. I’ve heard that Republican women are the hardest sell for Hillary, so I thought it might be a good litmus test to see how Darcy responded to Hillary’s speech.”
“Hillary arrived in the room without an announcement, but we could tell something was happening by the roar that went up in the crowd. She walked down a long roped-off aisle, and camera flashes started popping everywhere as she reached out and shook hands, waved to people, and smiled. It was like a scene in a movie, only the candidate was not the usual white guy in a blue suit and red tie, but a diminuitive blonde woman in a fetching green pantsuit. Something about that seemed momentous and made tear up, just to see a woman in that position. I wasn’t expecting to have such an emotional reaction to the scene.”
“From my vantage point, I could see her hair, and was immediately impressed by the highlights. As someone who is desperate need of a trip to the hair salon, I notice these things. I still remember her from the Headband Years, when she was a mousy blonde who lost a cookie bake-off to Barbara Bush. She’s come a long way, baby.”
“Hillary took a seat, directly in my line of sight. The stage was set up in the middle, a sort of square-shaped platform with nothing but a stool and a glass of water on it. There were velvet ropes around the perimeter in front of the seats, and it reminded me of a boxing ring without the ropes.”
After introductions Hillary takes to the stage:
“Finally, Hillary took the stage, greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation. She circled around the stage and waved to everyone on all sides. She started to speak and rattled off a list of thank-yous to Amy (the woman who spoke first), Kirsten, the organizers and to a group called the Hillary Clinton Support Group. The Suppot Group were a large group of older ladies wearing home-made Hillary t-shirts and jackets covered with Hillary buttons. They went absolutely nuts when she mentioned them and pointed them out in the crowd.”
“She started out her speech by talking about her parents, telling their stories, and the difficulties they had to overcome. She said her parents had saved for her to go to college, and when she decided to go to law school, they told her, “That’s not in the budget” and she was on her own. At that time, she was able to get a low-interest loan and worked to pay her way. She talked about the difficulties that students today have in doing what she did. She talked about her work in law school and after fighting for children’s rights.”
“She told a story about how her father was a staunch Republican, and when she was young and wanted to get his goat, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to marry a Democrat.” Her father changed his tune after meeting Bill Clinton, she said. That drew a big laugh from the crowd, and she even giggled a little, even though I’m sure she’s told that story a thousand times.”
“She talked about her childhood and that she was a woman “from a middle class family, in the middle of the country, who grew up in the middle of the last century.” She pointed out that her Brownie leader, a woman aptly named Pixie, was in the audience. She talked about growing up in a community where everyone looked out for each other.”
“She talked about how life was made up of “mentors and moments” that shape who we are and who we become. She grew up always believing that our country was on her side. When John F. Kennedy said that America would put a man on the moon, she believed it. When Lyndon Johnson said that America would secure the right to vote for all citizens, she believed it. She said that it was her “abiding faith in America” that sustained her.”
The writer then provides a concise summary of Hillary’s position on various issues. The writer does a better job at this than most of the Big Media journalists we have read. The writer also provides a running commentary on her expectations of Hillary’s speech and what actually occurred. We came away after reading this post feeling very impressed with Hillary as well as with the writer. Check this out:
“At the end, she told a story about Madeleine Albright being welcomed by people in the Czech Republic by hundreds of American flags with only 48 stars on them. These flags had been left behind by GIs during World War II, and passed down from generation to generation. When asked why, the people said it was because they loved America and American values. Hillary wants to restore that faith in America at home and around the world.”
“The crowd rose to it’s feet and Darcy (the former Republican) said to me, “Well, I’m sold!”
“I don’t think it was the content of what she was saying, so much as the passion and compassion with which she spoke that won us over. You can read about her plans and proposals on her website, but that does not have the same impact as hearing it come directly from her.”
“I felt a great deal of warmth and enthusiasm for Hillary after her rousing speech, and stayed a little longer to try to shake her hand. When I got close enough to her, someone handed her a baby. It was sort of a political cliche, but she looked sort of surprised and delighted by seeing this little one. She posed for pictures with the baby, the mom, and the grandma, and stayed for quite a while talking with people and shaking hands. I got goosebumps thinking that I was standing right next to someone who could be President someday.”
“There were a number of school age kids there to meet her, and the looks on the girls’ faces were priceless. They were in awe having her shake their hands and speak to them. I took the picture at the top of the post of her talking with the kids. She seemed to really soften with he kids, and enjoy talking to them. They all seemed a little awestruck. If nothing else, Hillary’s candidacy might inspire more girls and young women to get involved in the political process, to show that their voice matters.”
At the end the writer has more complimentary things to say about Hillary as well as questions about electability. The last paragraph seems to answer the electability question with a lovely story of Hillary waving from her car to an elderly man waiting for a bus.
Read the whole post. Look at the pictures. Thanks to Glennia for a good day’s work and for engaging in the political life of her country. We also wish Glennia well in her search for the perfect chicken nugget.