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Letter: Clinton has the qualities every good leader needs

Clinton has the qualities every good leader needs

As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the presidency, there has been a tendency to view her negatively, with simple expressions. “It’s Benghazi and that’s all I need to know” is a favorite. It is ironic to so condense such a unique, groundbreaking life.

We can start with her in college, pushing conservative Wellesley toward progressive steps. It finally let her be the first student to speak at a commencement in the school’s 91-year history! Harvard Law didn’t have room for her as a woman, so she went to Yale, graduating with honors. She was twice honored as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

While in the White House, she led the United States to a women’s conference. Standing on a platform in Beijing, she told China and the world that “women’s rights are human rights” – words not often heard there, or in many other places 21 years ago.

She went on to be the first wife of a president to seek and win public office, becoming the first female senator in the history of New York State. And, as we all know, she is the only woman ever to be nominated for president by a major political party.

Whether it’s colleagues in Congress or veteran diplomats in the State Department, there seems to be agreement on several points about Clinton. She is smart, she works hard, she comes prepared, she listens well and she asks lots of questions – all good qualities for someone seeking to be president of the United States.

Joan and Carl Jacobs


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