Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Hillary Clinton Delivers Speech at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards
Hillary Clinton has left the State Department but, if you thought she would return to a comfortable, private life in New Castle, NY, a home she shares with former president Bill Clinton, gardening and knitting, think again.
Last night, Hillary Clinton returned to the public stage with a speech to a cheering crowd of fans. Outside Washington’s Kennedy Center, 200 gathered to send her a not-so-subtle nudge toward 2016, waving placards and shouting “Ready for Hillary!”
Inside the venue, she shared the spotlight with Vice President Joe Biden, but it was clearly the Hillary Show. She spoke on behalf of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, an organization she founded to empowering women globally.
She received a long standing ovation from the 2,000 people packed into the Opera House to honor activists on women’s issues from around the globe. She did looked rested and her hair was shorter. She was no longer sporting the thick eyeglasses that she was forced to wear after suffering a concussion last December.
Vice President Joe Biden praised Ms. Clinton’s work on women’s rights, telling the enthusiastic crowd:
“There’s no woman like Hillary Clinton.”
On Friday, Clinton gives the keynote address at the star-studded Women in The World Summit, hosted by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. In three weeks, she will give her first paid speech at the National Multi-Housing Council in Dallas, TX and in the June, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids will honor her.
Last month, Clinton announced her support for gay marriage in an online video.
While Hillary Clinton said she has no plans to run for office, she hasn’t discouraged such talk. In fact, many of the smartest Washington insiders say it’s inevitable she will run for president in 2016.