Hillary Clinton's 1969 Commencement Speech

Clinton delivered the first-ever student speech at her alma mater Wellesley College's commencement.
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Finally tonight, it was recorded nearly 50 years ago. The words of a certain college student then Hillary Rodham. Her wellesley commencement speech from 1969 with the hints of the history to come. Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn't do us anything. We've had lots of empathy, we've had lots of sympathy. But we feel that for too long, our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. I was talking to a woman who said she wouldn't want to be me for anything in the world. She wouldn't want to live today and look ahead to what it is she sees because she's afraid. Fear's always with us but we just don't have time for it. Not now. A rejection of fear. Words that echo to this day.

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