Friday, July 29, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 6, No. 2024


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) Two centuries and forty years ago this month history was made here in Philadelphia when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence largely considered "the birth certificate of the United States of America."

Last night history was made once again here in "the cradle of liberty" when former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President.  She became the first woman of any major party to be the presidential nominee.  The significance of the moment was not lost on Mrs. Clinton.  She said...

"When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone."

One night earlier, President Barack Obama gave Mrs. Clinton perhaps the greatest compliment she has ever received.  He said...

"I can say with confidence there has never been a man or woman...more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America."

In her acceptance speech last night, Secretary Clinton hit hard her Republican opponent on the issue of competence to be commander-in-chief.  She said...

"Imagine (Donald Trump) in the Oval Office facing a real crisis.  A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

Mrs. Clinton went on to illustrate her point with a reference to a statement made by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.  The Secretary said...

"I can't put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis.  She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started, not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men, the ones moved by fear and pride."

She continued...

"America's strength doesn't come from lashing out.  Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve and the precise and strategic application of power. That's the kind of commander-in-chief I pledge to be."

*Hillary Diana Rodham Clinton was born in Chicago in 1947.  She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 & Yale School of Law in 1973.  HDRC was the 1st woman partner in the Rose Law Firm.

Hillary was First Lady from 1993 to 2001  & served as U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 & Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.  

Hillary Clinton Sworn-In
as Secretary of State by
Associate Judge Kathryn Oberly
January 21, 2009
Photo by Michael Gross
US State Department Image