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New Hillary Clinton tv ad in North Carolina featuring Maya Angelou
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by Dr. Maya Angelou; April 24, 2008
I am writing to tell you about my friend, Hillary Clinton, and why I am standing with her in her campaign for the presidency. I know the kind of president Hillary Clinton will be because I know the person she is.
I am inspired by her courage and her honesty. She is a reliable and trustworthy person. She is someone I not only admire but one for whom I have profound affection.
Hillary does not waver in standing up for those who need a champion. She has always been a passionate protector of families. As a child, she was taught that all God’s children are equal, and as a mother, she understood that her child wasn’t safe unless all children were safe. As I wrote about Hillary recently in a praise song: “She is the prayer of every woman, and every man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools and a balanced economy.”
It may be easy to view Hillary Clinton through the narrow lens of those who would write her off or grind her down. Hillary sees us as we are, black and brown and white and yellow and pink and relishes our differences knowing that fundamentally we are all more alike than we are unalike. She is able to look through complexion and see community.
She has endured great scrutiny, and still she dares greatly. Hillary Clinton will not give up on you, and all she asks is that you do not give up on her. She is a long-distance runner. I am honored to say I am with her for the long run.
I am supporting Hillary Clinton because I know that she will make the most positive difference in people’s lives and she will help our country become what it can be. Whether you are her supporter, leaning towards her, undecided, or supporting someone else, I believe Hillary Clinton will represent you – she will be a president for all Americans. It is no small thing that along the way we will make history together.
Vote for Hillary Clinton and show your support at http://www.hillaryclinton.com. I know she will make us proud.
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Clinton Talks Education, Jobs During Winston-Salem Event
WRAL.com; by Ken Smith; April 18, 2008
Winston-Salem, N.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton set the tone for her campaign event in Winston-Salem by announcing that she and poet Maya Angelou would be having a “conversation.”
“If you came for a political speech, I hope you aren’t disappointed,” Clinton said.
The event was relaxed; the two sat in front of the audience at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. Angelou tossed Clinton questions on topics, including racism and education.
Clinton also touted her comprehensive plan to create 5 million clean renewable energy jobs in the next 10 years. The jobs would be funded by taking subsidies from oil companies, she said.
Clinton praised the state’s education system, specifically its strides for early childhood education. She discussed the need for making college education, including community colleges, more affordable.
“Community colleges should be viewed as the 13th and 14th years of public education,” Clinton said.
Clinton also mentioned rising gas prices, saying that as president she would launch an investigation to figure out if any price gouging is going on.
North Carolina’s May 6 primary will apportion 115 delegates between the candidates.
Angelou was vocal about her support of Clinton.
“I said 20 years ago, ‘I this woman ever runs for anything, I’ll put my hand behind her back,’” Angelou said Friday.
Clinton described Angelou as one of her “heroes.” Angelou read a poem at Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993.
Angelou recalled watching Clinton through her husband’s presidency.
“I watched her show what it was like to be a woman in stress, in difficulty. I watched her as she was on the front pages of every journal. And I watched her stand,” Angelou said.
Supporters began lining up just before noon on the campus of Wake Forest for the event, which seemed to be aimed at young voters.
“A lot of decisions are based on us,” said student Morgan Harrington.
Clinton said the battle between herself and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has broken down “one of those invisible barriers.”
Clinton’s visit came one day after Obama rallied thousands of his supports in the Triangle.
The state’s May 6 primary will apportion 115 delegates between the candidates.
Despite some reports that have Clinton trailing Obama in the state, supporters on Friday said she should not quit the race.
“It’s still too close to call,” said local resident Ann Hester.
“I know that Sen. Clinton is a long-distance runner and however the odds may go and the polls may show, from day to night to tomorrow morning, I know she is in it for the long run,” Angelou said. “I am with her for the long run.”
Angelou ended the visit with some words of encouragement for her friend.
“If you help her rise, we will all rise together,” she said.
Celebrating Women: A Note from Maya Angelou April 1, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, feminism, gender, Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Women's History Month.
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by Dr. Maya Angelou; 03/31/2008; HillaryClinton.com
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits end, but she has always risen, always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.
Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.
There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you’re born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But, to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies.
Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country.
She is the prayer of every woman and man who long for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.
She declares she wants to see more smiles in the families, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to what it can become.
She means to rise.
She means to help our country rise. Don’t give up on her, ever.
In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country a wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety, without crippling fear.