Doris Kearns Goodwin on Hillary, Eleanor, and a First-Lady President

The presidential historian discusses parallels between the two first ladies and what Clinton's place in history will be, should she win the White House in 2016
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Transcript for Doris Kearns Goodwin on Hillary, Eleanor, and a First-Lady President
It's not a coincidence I -- back I suspect that Hillary had such a heroin feeling for -- Because think of Eleanor Roosevelt and history too the first First Lady to speak at a national convention. The first to testify before congress the first to hold weekly press conferences were only female reporters could come to her press conference as the first two right. Columns while -- did a lot of that she was the first one also. You know to -- make the west wing a place where her office would be even Ellen -- hadn't done that. She also had weekly columns that she wrote she also authored books as -- are -- And I think found a certain solace in knowing that Eleanor Roosevelt had engendered enormous criticism people writing and why aren't you cleaning the White House and why and I getting my. My -- my blogs dusty. Yeah some woman went and got her gloves dusty on the banister instead of running around the country for civil rights issue -- -- -- a linkage I think between all those firsts Alan -- about and how she's remembered in history. And she was able to understand that criticism sometimes -- -- against her personally but it was against her activism and her ideals. And Hillary so many firsts that she will have had already. You know the first First Lady to run for office the first First Lady to become secretary of state first First Lady to have an office in the west wing. First First Lady held first First Lady Ted hat sponsored Health Care Reform and I'd been on the task force. And obviously way beyond all the -- if she becomes the first First Lady president.

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