Four years ago, Hillary Clinton made a promise to Aleatha Williams, that she would speak at her high graduation. Yesterday, she fulfilled that promise. Aleatha Williams, is the daughter of a Clinton supporter and she volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She introduced Senator Hillary Clinton to “fellow graduates from Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx as “my aunt.””
Clinton said she had known Aleatha “and her wonderful mother, Patricia,” since the girl was 2 and had promised her when she graduated from eighth grade that she would attend her high school graduation.
“Four years later, here I am with all of you,” Clinton said.
In speaking to the 86 graduates of Pelham Prep, Clinton invoked her campaign to urge the graduates to “achieve success.”
“No one five years ago, no one four years ago, when I attended Aleatha’s graduation lunch, could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008,” Clinton said.
Joel Klein, the school’s Chancellor, said “students should always remember that an American hero spoke at their graduation.”
“She changed America’s view of women,” Klein said. “Someday soon, very soon in America, we will have a woman as president. And you know what that woman will say? ‘I would not be here had it not been for Hillary Rodham Clinton.'”
Irma Hudson, the mother of “Stephanie Solis was among the graduates, said Clinton’s presence was exciting.”
“I think she still serves as a role model for the children in this community,” Hudson said. “You don’t fail, you just keep on trying.”
That lesson is a lesson that extends to all children — success is something we work at to achieve. And Hillary Clinton has always persevered.