Hillary at Wellesley

I was among the members of the media present at Hillary Clinton’s big speech at Wellesley last week. Mrs. Clinton’s comments came at an energy-charged rally at her alma mater, Wellesley College. Her visit, the ostensible purpose of which was to announce a new Web site aimed at younger voters, hillblazers.com, created palpable excitement on campus. Hundreds of students lined up amid Wellesley’s autumnal splendor for a chance to hear the speech of the 1969 graduate and then moved and bopped to the strands of Smash Mouth’s “I’m a Believer” and the Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” as they awaited her appearance. A loud “wooo” had followed the exhortation of a male voice suggesting that attendees “get excited” as they entered. The friendly homecoming represented a sharp contrast from Tuesday’s MSNBC debate in Philadelphia, when Mrs. Clinton found herself under attack from Senator Obama and Senator Edwards. She credited the school with preparing her “to compete in the all boys club of presidential politics.”

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