But I already knew she was running. I’m pretty sure we all did.
I knew before last September when she attended the first political event in Iowa since 2008 where she prefaced her speech by saying, “I’m baaack!”
My curiosity began when she joined twitter back in 2013 when her bio read (it’s since changed): “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…” I’m pretty sure we all know what that TBD meant.
But on Sunday, she made it official with a two-minute video that celebrated the “everyday American.” Watch below:
Sure her announcement wasn’t much of a surprise, but I’m still thrilled that she decided to run again. And why wouldn’t she? She’s had more experience than most of the other candidates who’ve already announced candidacy. She’s had experienced with domestic issues in U.S. Senate (representing New York from 2001-2009), and she’s dabbled in foreign policy as Secretary of State from 2009-2013.
As expected there’s a whole nest of folks trying to bring her down, but whether you like her or not you know she’s not going to back down. She’s ran for president before, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going the extra mile during her campaign trail.
By no means is she perfect. She’s been the center of scandal for decades. Her Clinton Health Care Plan she proposed as FLOTUS in 1993 failed. She is the first First Lady to ever be subpoenaed (for the Whitewater controversy). She took the fall for Benghazi in 2012 which led to her stepping down as Secretary of State. Most recently she endured an email controversy that is still a topic of conversation. And we all know what happened in the 90s with her husband and a White House intern – but I won’t talk about that.
But every politician has their short-comings; you wouldn’t really be one without them. But having been a public servant for over 30 years, Clinton is a seasoned figure in Washington; she knows the ins and outs of the U.S. government. She’s also a self-proclaimed feminist, which would be valuable in changing the gender inadequacies in Washington.
It’s going to be exciting following Clinton’s campaign. It’s early in the game, but given her name and her experience, she is definitely going to be one of the most-watched in 2016.
I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes from Clinton. This comes from her speech from the 4th annual Women In The World Summit in 2013.
“But fighting to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t a nice thing to-do. It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands to spend. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live, the country we all love and cherish, will not be what it should be.”
– Hillary Clinton