Where Were You When You Heard the News About Hillary?


Am-i-crazy-or-falling-in-loveLadies and Gentlemen of Ricochet, I’m sure you are as surprised, stunned, and deeply moved by the news as me. Who would have thought we would see the day? Hillary Clinton has announced–to the nation’s astonishment and wonder–that she plans to run for President of the United States!

I am so surprised, and so excited, that tears are running down my face.

Honestly, I confess, the idea had never occurred to me. (Why not? Sexism? I suppose I had always thought of her as apolitical, somehow. Not really a Washington insider. Just not that interested in power, you know?)

And I admit … I’m worried about her. She’s so innocent, so lacking in guile: Will those hardboiled operators in Washington just chew her up and spit her out?

But I’m excited! Nothing can take that away from me! It’s been so long since I’ve felt this kind of hope that I didn’t even know I could still feel it. It’s like falling in love: colors seem brighter, sounds more resonant, the smell of springtime is sweeter–frankly, when I think of Hillary, I feel young again!

champagneOH! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!

For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood

Upon our side, we who were strong in love!

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!

How many years has it been since our nation’s had such an injection of optimism? A completely fresh face! An unknown quantity. A true outsider. Can you imagine how she’d shake things up? It would change everything, wouldn’t it?

And her message–she’s about “everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families”–I’ve truly never heard a politician who talks that way, have you?

There’s something about her, isn’t there? Her smile–it makes me hate the mornings a little less. She’s humble. It’s not about the power with her. It’s not about the politics. Everything about her makes me remember what democracy is really all about–everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families.

When I heard the news … it was so unexpected that at first I thought it was a joke. I pinched myself over and over–and then I allowed myself to believe. To fall in love. I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.

Let’s all share our memories of the moment–of this day in our nation’s history–so that one day we can tell our kids and our grandkids, this is what it was like.

Ladies and Gentlemen, where were you when you heard the news?

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  1. Inactive

    Must not read Claire with coffee in my mouth…or must buy computer keyboard protector.


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    • April 12, 2015 at 4:35 am
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  2. Coolidge

    PsycheLynne said it. Thank goodness hubby and I were on the front porch.

    Easier to mop up the coffee :)

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    • April 12, 2015 at 4:40 am
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    I was on the Internet researching the latest developments in SSRIs and earplug technology.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 4:50 am
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  4. Member

    I was . . . in the bathroom.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:00 am
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  5. Inactive

    Wow!!! I had no idea she was even planning on such a thing. She truly is selfish, uh, selfless.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:06 am
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  6. Member

    As the embers of the last bit of firewood cast out its final gasp of light, my family and I were huddled around the RCA cabinet. As the backlight needle bounced out the EKG of news, we heard the sounds of hope incarnate. With the tears rolling by my raw red nose, I took a triumphant swipe across my face with my fingerless glove and proclaimed “Now! We have Reason! The land will once again be fat enough fer to live!”

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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:16 am
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  7. Inactive

    Send her victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:22 am
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  8. Member

    Wait… Hillary’s running????!!!!!!

    O joy! that in our embers
    Is something that doth live,  
    That nature yet remembers
    What was so fugitive!

    Why, I was here, reading Ricochet when I got the news! It’s where I get all my news.

    /See? Two (or more) can play that game.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:25 am
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    • April 12, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    I was sitting in the den, looking through a book of Grant Wood paintings. I had an epiphany of sorts. Images shot through my mind: Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith, the Iwo Jima monument, the Hay copy of the Gettysburg Address. Now I know in my heart of hearts: The time for American renewal has come. It is time to rejoice for our country, for ourselves.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:01 am
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  11. Inactive

    I don’t feel no ways tarred.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:19 am
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  12. Reagan

    Sarcasm right?

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:25 am
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  13. Member

    I was where I have always been since spring 1995, sitting inside the front door, with my suitcase packed and ready to go, waiting for Hillary’s GAZ Volga 31011 to come and take me to summer camp like she promised.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:45 am
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  14. Member

    I was right here, Claire. Got the news from you and will never ever be the same.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:46 am
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  15. Member

    It was back in the early 90’s when I first heard. “Walk Like an Egyptian” was on the radio, there was talk of a massive healthcare bill …

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    • April 12, 2015 at 6:47 am
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  16. Coolidge

    What a proud and fine nation we are that we can produce such a selfless, honest, wise, charming, and humble candidate for President.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:05 am
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  17. Member

    At this point, what difference does it make?

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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:14 am
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  18. Inactive

    Actually, as of 10:12AM Sunday here in NY she has not yet announced that she is running … So I can’t tell where I will be when I hear.

    But looking at the local news all weekend, the anticipation of the news has dominated the news cycle for 2 days. A non-stop encomium to HRC even though there isn’t any actual news yet…just anticipation of news.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:17 am
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  19. Member

    Tears are running down my face, too.


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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:30 am
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  20. Member

    Actually, I hadn’t yet heard the news. It was this very post…

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    • April 12, 2015 at 7:38 am
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  21. Contributor

    Hillary should be tarred and feathered.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:02 am
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    Don’t underestimate Hillary. She knows how to command her forces in a campaign. Here is rare footage of her sending them into action.

    Keep the cats inside and look out for flying ward healers.



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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:04 am
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    Rodin:Tears are running down my face, too.


    He’s probably an Elizabeth Warren supporter.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:06 am
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    Maybe we will get lucky and some one will splash her with some water.

    Oh what a world!

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:10 am
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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:37 am
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    Maybe we will get lucky and some one will splash her with some water.

    Oh what a world!

    That suggests a great theme for any primary opponent. Arm their supporters with squirt guns. They will likely be confiscated by security, but the reportage would be entertaining. Of course it would have to be a CREEP style below the radar operation. But Soros-funded entities have enough experience with that.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:50 am
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  27. Inactive

    I remember where I was when I heard about, The Cuban missile crises, JFK being shot, MLK being shot, RFK being shot, Vince Foster being shot, the Challenger exploding, the World Trade Center coming down. This news of HRC running for president gives rise to similar emotions.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:50 am
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  28. Member

    Who knew?

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:50 am
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    I got the news from you. Seems pretty early on a Sunday morning. Did she tweet it out as expected?

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    • April 12, 2015 at 8:53 am
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    Claire Berlinski, Ed. Post author

    Online Park:I got the news from you. Seems pretty early on a Sunday morning. Did she tweet it out as expected?

    Actually, we’re still sort of waiting for that. I confess I got a bit ahead of myself. It’s just been a roller-coster of emotion kind of day, and I got so excited that I lost control.

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    • April 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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