Here’s The Graceful Commencement Speech Hillary Clinton Should Have Given This Year
June 26, 2017 | Published first in The Federalist
Commencement season has just about capped up. No commencement address this year was more closely watched and analyzed than the one Hillary Clinton gave at her alma mater, Wellesley.
Billie Jean King spoke at Northwestern University Friday, capping (pun intended) this year’s round of commencement speakers. 2017 had some memorable moments, including Mark Zuckerburg calling for a national minimum wage during his address at Harvard and three dozen students walking out on Vice President Michael Pence at the University of Notre Dame. But no commencement address was more closely watched and analyzed than the one Hillary Clinton gave at her alma mater, Wellesley.
I don’t want to parse the speech she gave, because what is most striking about Clinton’s speech is what she didn’t say. Here is the opportunity she missed: To share with young women what it is like to win the popular vote but still lose the election, and nevertheless get up in the morning to fight another day. In one way or another, this sort of thing happens to all of us (although in a less public and spectacular way).
It’s too late now, but here’s what I wish she would have said.
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