On May 31, 1969, Clinton – then Hillary Rodham – spoke at her commencement fromWellesley College, becoming the institution’s first student graduation speaker.
The themes she addressed have not changed all that much since then; in fact, they seem eerily similar.
Wellesley released an audio clip of Clinton’s speech on YouTube Friday, in which Clinton discussed empathy and its place in politics.
“Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn’t do us anything,” Clinton said. “We’ve had lots of empathy, we’ve had lots of sympathy. But we feel that for too long, our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible, and the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making the impossible, possible.”
Jezebel called Clinton’s remarks “astoundingly prescient” and mused that she is “accidentally calling out Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump at the same time in 1969.”
On the other hand, Newsweek noted Sanders has criticized Clinton for not following her own advice, instead “thinking only within the realm of possibility.”
However, the crux of the speech is when Clinton discusses fear and the future.
“One of the most tragic things that happened yesterday, a beautiful day, was that I was talking to a woman who said that she wouldn’t want to be me for anything in the world,” she said. “She wouldn’t want to live today and look ahead to what it is she sees because she’s afraid.”
“Fear is always with us but we just don’t have time for it. Not now,” she added.
Clinton’s full remarks can be found on the Wellesley College website.