Note: Originally published on October 18th 2015, this post (which also appeared on Daily Kos) has already been shared over 40,000 times! With so much troubling news and awful Trump antics filling the airwaves, I thought it was worth sharing again in the run-up to the first debate. -Scott
A voter describes the scene:
"It was Hillary’s interaction with my kids. We were in Liz Mathis' backyard, and we went up to greet her. I couldn’t believe how my seven-year-old was acting with her—swinging her arm, hanging on her. He doesn’t do that with strangers. I was thinking, 'What are you thinking?! It’s Hillary Clinton!'
So as we’re standing there taking our picture with her, I said: 'We believe in you, and we’re here with you a hundred percent. What you’ve done for healthcare, women’s issues, children’s issues’—and she turned to me, and she put her hands on my kids, Sydnei and Fayde, and she said ‘I’m doing it for them.' And I started crying.
As we're walking away, I turn around—and there’s Hillary and Fayde, laughing. She said 'are you ticklish?’ and he said 'only in my armpits.' Then they were tickling. And he goes, with his tongue out:
I couldn’t believe it."This photo and story may surprise you, but it really shouldn't.
When looking at the entirety of Hillary Clinton's life and accomplishments, the most obvious common thread is her passionate advocacy for children and families.
From volunteering to babysit for immigrant families as part of her church youth group, to her first job out of law school working for the Children's Defense Fund, to fighting for and achieving higher educational standards as First Lady of Arkansas, to being a driving force in the creation of the Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997 (which now covers over eight million kids), to her numerous initiatives as Secretary of State to improve girls education worldwide...the record on this could not be more clear or inspiring.
So when Hillary says that she's in this race for the children, you better believe that it's not just a political soundbite. They have been the obvious focus of her life's work for many decades and she's not stopping anytime soon.
The gleeful childlike laugh in this photo also makes something else clear: She loves them.
And it looks like the feeling is mutual.