Hillary Clinton to Attend College Reunion?

The former secretary of State has often returned to Wellesley College, and may once again on the eve of her book tour.

Caption:WELLESLEY, UNITED STATES: Hillary Clinton, a 1969 graduate of Wellesley College, greets friends in the faculty before joining the academic procession to the 1992 commencement exercises where she was the keynote speaker 29 May. Clinton graduated with high honors from Wellesley, in Massachustts where she was president of the student government.
National Journal
Alex Seitz-Wald
June 3, 2014, 9:22 a.m.

Welles­ley Col­lege, which looms large in Hil­lary Clin­ton’s polit­ic­al nar­rat­ive, is host­ing its an­nu­al alum­nae re­union next week­end and ru­mors are swirl­ing among oth­er gradu­ates that the former sec­ret­ary of State will make a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at events for her 45th re­union.

While the col­lege said no plans are fi­nal­ized, and Clin­ton’s people did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment, Welles­ley played a large role in shap­ing the one-time pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate’s world­view. A vis­it now, as Clin­ton pre­pares for a book tour seen widely as a pre­amble to a po­ten­tial 2016 run, would help un­der­score the school’s im­port­ance and be a rare op­por­tun­ity to con­nect with old friends be­fore the on­slaught be­gins.

Madeleine Al­bright, a pre­de­cessor as sec­ret­ary of State and close Clin­ton ally, is speak­ing Sat­urday at 2:00pm. Al­bright gradu­ated from Welles­ley 10 years be­fore Clin­ton. 

Clin­ton came of age polit­ic­ally at Welles­ley, en­ter­ing as a Re­pub­lic­an and leav­ing as an an­ti­war Demo­crat. A com­mence­ment speech she gave de­cry­ing the Vi­et­nam War garnered na­tion­al at­ten­tion and launched her polit­ic­al ca­reer.

She re­turned in 1992 as first lady to give the col­lege’s com­mence­ment speech, and sev­er­al years later to re­ceive an award.

In Novem­ber of 2007, Clin­ton came back once again, this time as a pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate, to kick off her stu­dent-or­gan­iz­ing ef­fort. “When I came to Welles­ley, I nev­er in a mil­lion years could have ima­gined I would one day re­turn as a can­did­ate for the pres­id­ency of the United States,” she said at the time.

Might she re­prise that role once again?

A spokes­per­son for the col­lege said the school its cross­ing its fin­gers for a vis­it from the po­ten­tial 2016 pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate. “We hope Sec­ret­ary Clin­ton will at­tend her re­union this year, but can­not con­firm it at this point,” said Eliza­beth Gilder­sleeve, Welles­ley’s as­sist­ant vice pres­id­ent for com­mu­nic­a­tions and pub­lic af­fairs. “If she is able to at­tend, she will not be speak­ing, but will in­stead be par­ti­cip­at­ing in re­union activ­it­ies that are not open to the pub­lic.”

What We're Following See More »
TAKING A LONG VIEW TO SOUTHERN STATES
In Dropout Speech, Santorum Endorses Rubio
1 days ago
THE DETAILS

As expected after earlier reports on Wednesday, Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid. But less expected: he threw his support to Marco Rubio. After noting he spoke with Rubio the day before for an hour, he said, “Someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS, real understanding of the threat of fundamentalist Islam, and has experience, one of the things I wanted was someone who has experience in this area, and that’s why we decided to support Marco Rubio.” It doesn’t figure to help Rubio much in New Hampshire, but the Santorum nod could pay dividends down the road in southern states.

Source:
‘PITTING PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER’
Rubio, Trump Question Obama’s Mosque Visit
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

President Obama’s decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore today was never going to be completely uncontroversial. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio proved it. “Maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump told interviewer Greta van Susteren on Fox News. “There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque.” And in New Hampshire, Rubio said of Obama, “Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

Source:
THE TIME IS NOW, TED
Cruz Must Max Out on Evangelical Support through Early March
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

For Ted Cruz, a strong showing in New Hampshire would be nice, but not necessary. That’s because evangelical voters only make up 21% of the Granite State’s population. “But from the February 20 South Carolina primary through March 15, there are nine states (South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina) with an estimated white-Evangelical percentage of the GOP electorate over 60 percent, and another four (Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri) that come in over 50 percent.” But after that, he better be in the catbird’s seat, because only four smaller states remain with evangelical voter majorities.

Source:
CHRISTIE, BUSH TRYING TO TAKE HIM DOWN
Rubio Now Winning the ‘Endorsement Primary’
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Since his strong third-place finish in Iowa, Marco Rubio has won endorsement by two sitting senators and two congressmen, putting him in the lead for the first time of FiveThirtyEight‘s Endorsement Tracker. “Some politicians had put early support behind Jeb Bush — he had led [their] list since August — but since January the only new endorsement he has received was from former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fueled by resentment, “members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt … Rubio’s rise in the polls.”

Source:
ARE YOU THE GATEKEEPER?
Sanders: Obama Is a Progressive
1 days ago
THE LATEST

“Do I think President Obama is a progressive? Yeah, I do,” said Bernie Sanders, in response to a direct question in tonight’s debate. “I think they’ve done a great job.” But Hillary Clinton wasn’t content to sit out the latest chapter in the great debate over the definition of progressivism. “In your definition, with you being the gatekeeper of progressivism, I don’t think anyone else fits that definition,” she told Sanders.

×