Will the forthcoming US elections make history again in 2016?
Seven years ago when America had gone to the polls and elected the present incumbent Barak Obama, the totally unanticipated had happened: a Black man had gone to the White House for the first time! Is it time now that a woman occupies that space?
If Hillary first gets nominated as the official Democratic candidate and then wins at the hustings vanquishing who ever her Republican opponent will be, it will be unprecedented in more ways than one.
First, a woman will be made President of the US for the first time ever.
Secondly, that woman will have been someone who has already inhabited the White House as first lady when her husband Bill Clinton was President for eight years, i.e two terms.
Thirdly, a former president will now have the distinction of being the ‘first Man’ of the US for the first time!
Will Hillary indeed make history happen? What are her chances? There is no doubt that she is the tallest among Democrat aspirants right now and has been a very popular politician for a long time. If the Obama ‘wave’ hadn’t been there last time around, she would have definitely have been the President by now. So popular was she even then, and such a tough fight she had given Obama for the party nomination that he had ‘made a deal’ with her and made her the Secretary of State which is the second most important position in the government.
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook told her staff that while the aim was to make Hillary president, the campaign would be not about her but about “everyday Americans”.
Hillary Clinton was born on October 26, 1947 and is exactly as old as independent India, that is 67 years old. She and Bill have one daughter Chelsea. Hillary has been a very successful and powerful attorney and such a popular speaker that she has won the Grammy award for the ‘most popular word album!’
She is very vocal about many issues like Health care, Children and women. A famous quote attributed to her is ” it takes a village to raise a child’.
Many Democrats have eagerly awaited this announcement from Hillary since there has always been a clamour for it from groups calling themselves “We are Hillary for America”.
Last time she pulled out of the campaign against Obama when it began getting dirty saying with regret ” I cannot crack the highest and hardest glass ceiling this time”.
Well, America will show next year if it is ready for a woman to finally break that hardest of glass ceilings.