Amelia Earhart Search Supported by Hillary Clinton

Secretary of state encourages new search for famed missing female pilot.
4:32 | 03/20/12

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Now so you may know that when I it was a little girl growing up in Illinois. I was interested in all kinds of stories about women. And my mother as skirt was just reference thing was a real fan of -- million heir hearts and actually told me about Emilia Earhart. And then -- we. Decided under president Kennedy's leadership that our nation was going to. You know go to the moon and we were going to have an astronaut astronaut program. I wanted to be an astronaut -- when I was about thirteen I wrote to -- sat. And asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut and of course there weren't any women astronauts. And NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen. But then I realize you know I couldn't see very well and I wasn't all that -- -- probably eight. I wouldn't be the first woman astronaut anyway. But I knew that there were women like the ones we just recognized who if given the chance would certainly be able to live up to their own. God given potential and lead the way for others. And in part that was because there was. This woman -- air Hart who when it was really hard decided. She was going to break all kinds of limits social limits gravity limits that distance limits. NASA may have set I couldn't go into space but nobody was there to tell Emilia -- she couldn't do what she chose to do. Now it has been 75. Years since since she set out in that twin engine Lockheed Electra. To be the first pilot man or woman to fly around the world along the longest equity Tauriello -- Her legacy resonates today for anyone. Girls and boys who dreams of the stars. And I do think it's important as Americans thinking about Ben Franklin up there who was not only -- founder of the country but our first great scientist and inventor. To keep our eyes on the stars and to keep our minds set on what we are able to do. That keeps pushing the boundaries of human experience. Think for a minute about the world Emilia and hurt navigator. Fred Noonan were -- navigating. America in 1937. Was still in the grips of the Great Depression. Millions were out of work millions more were struggling. Around the world authoritarian -- was on the march war loomed. People wondered openly about the future of our country they asked if democracy. A free market capitalism America itself could survive. Our nation has always risen to the challenges that we have faced. But every so often we need to be reminded that. As Americans a lot is expected of us and therefore we have to keep. Showing and giving what we are capable -- there's no challenge too big. No problem too great. And we've always been blessed -- A land of courageous pioneers and fearless optimists. Now Emilia air heart may have been an un likely -- and for a nation down on its locked. But she embodied the spirit of an America coming of age and increasingly confident ready to lead in -- quite uncertain and dangerous world. She gave people hope and she inspired them to dream bigger and bolder. When she took off on that historic journey she carried the aspirations. Of our entire country with her. Eleanor Roosevelt one of my favorite Americans. Had hoped that a million would one day teacher to -- now you know mrs. Roosevelt used to drive around in her car. And she would take the million for rides and I think there's a story that a million said. It's more dangerous driving with you than flying. And she -- all day I have been thinking of a million -- heart somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean she's one of the most fascinating people I know. She never seems to think that any of the things she does. Require courage but the point of all these flights is to make people realize what can be done.

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