ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: There’s no place like home. Or, in the case of Hillary Clinton, there’s no place like Wellesley.
Two days after a rough debate, Clinton, D-N.Y., got a confidence boost at her alma mater when hundreds of ‘Wellesley girls’ had ear-piercing screams in support of the Senator as she graced the stage.
"In so many ways this all women’s college prepared me to compete in the all boys club of presidential politics," Clinton said, after several references from campaign supporters that Tuesday’s debate was a six men vs. Clinton match up.
But the former first lady didn’t dwell on the rare debate misstep that has opened an opportunity for Democratic nomination rivals including Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill. and former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C. Instead Clinton happily reminisced about her college days.
Clinton said she came to Wellesley, an all-female school, with trepidation from the midwest. And she recalled a particular French professor who told her after a particularly unimpressive first semester, "Mademoiselle, your talents lie elsewhere."
Speaking about her days in Stone Davis dormitory, Clinton said, "We had to observe then what was called the two feet rule — two out of four feet had to be on the floor at all times…try it sometime."
Clinton continued, "That is a rule that many of my classmates actually became nostalgic for when we had college age children of our own."
Applying a more political tone to her personal history, she continued, "We were embroiled in a war that many of us opposed, here at home so many of our fellow citizens were marginalized in their most basic rights, we were uneasy about our future uncertain about America’s role in the world and unwilling to trust a government that didn’t share our values. Sounds pretty familiar?"
Clinton also reflected on the commencement speech that landed her on the cover of Life magazine when she was a graduating senior.
"Now when I go back and read it today, I have to admit, it wasn’t the world’s most coherent address. I sort of cringe when I read that I actually said things like ‘coming to terms with our humanness and authentic reality’. Wellesley gets into you!" Clinton said.
The Senator turned presidential contender also spoke about applying to law school, saying a Harvard professor told her they didn’t need any more women. Hisses rebounded from the audience before Clinton added, "I decided to go to Yale," to equally loud cheers.