Clinton Speaks At High School Graduation In The Bronx
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New York Senator Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance since leaving the presidential race, speaking at a graduation in the Bronx Sunday afternoon.
Clinton delivered the commencement address at Pelham Prep Academy's graduation at Fordham's Rose Hill campus.
"I have just finished the most extraordinary experience that anyone could possibly have," said Clinton. "Being able to travel around our country, this great, sprawling, diverse country, from one end to the other, meeting thousands and thousands of people who want a better life for themselves and their families, who believe with all their heart in the American dream."
The former first lady spoke at the graduation to fulfill a promise made to one of the students, Aleatha Williams, a young woman who worked on Clinton's campaign for the Senate and Bill Clinton's campaign for president.
"During her historic bid to become the Democratic nominee for president, she taught us all that no glass ceiling is high enough to limit the will of a person who is committed to living up to their true potential," said Williams.
Clinton was introduced by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who said that Clinton's hard fight in the presidential race should serve as an inspiration to the graduates.
"Someday soon we'll have a woman for president, and that woman will say, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Hillary Clinton," said Klein.
Many of the graduates said they hope they haven't seen the last of Clinton in this presidential race. They said they want to see an Obama-Clinton ticket.
"I just like the energy they both give off and hopefully they can beat [presumptive Republican nominee] John McCain," said graduate Brendan Palmer.
Clinton has largely stayed out of the public eye since conceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama on June 7th.
Clinton is expected to meet with Obama and top fundraisers on Thursday before the two campaign together Friday.