A Bittersweet Exit
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 17:02
As members of the Holy Cross community gathered to congratulate former Massachusetts senator John Kerry during his farewell tour across the state last Thursday, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the crowd who welcomed his appointment to Secretary of State with a twinge of sadness. It had nothing to do with Secretary Kerry – I couldn’t be happier to see a great representative of my state achieve such success. What struck me as bittersweet was that with Kerry’s entrance came Hillary Clinton’s exit.
As far as women in politics go, it’s safe to say that Hillary reigns queen. She’s climbed the ladder from First Lady to Secretary of State without breaking a sweat, becoming the first former first lady to serve in a president’s cabinet. Even more so, she’s become an example for women in all fields of where fierce intelligence, independence, and commitment to the common good can lead. She became an esteemed woman in politics by not letting the fact that she was a woman stand in her way.
Hillary exemplifies the many roles that anyone – male or female – can take on throughout their life. She proves that a person doesn’t have to choose a single path. She’s had success as a mother, a lawyer, an advocate for children and families, First Lady, Senator, and finally Secretary of State. Hillary has faced her fair share of public criticism - from the Lewinsky scandal to her choice of hair accessories (scrunchie scrutiny) - and taken it all in stride. She proves that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself – to change your course and take on a new challenge.
I hope that Hillary’s role in the public sphere does not end with her exit from the office of Secretary. To put it bluntly, I want her to be our next president. If anything, I know she could handle the transition. So with fingers crossed for 2016, I bid former Secretary Clinton adieu and offer Secretary Kerry the warm welcome he deserves.