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Posted: 04:05 PM ET
Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fulfilled a pledge to a young supporter by speaking at the teenager’s high school graduation on Sunday.

The girl, Aleatha Williams, a campaign volunteer and the daughter of a supporter, introduced the senator to fellow graduates from Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx as “my aunt.”

Clinton said she had known Aleatha “and her wonderful mother, Patricia,” since the girl was 2 and had promised her when she graduated from eighth grade that she would attend her high school

“Four years later, here I am with all of you,” Clinton said.

Clinton, D-New York, ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on June 7 and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who has clinched the nomination.

She invoked the campaign to urge the 86 graduates to achieve success.

“No one five years ago, no one four years ago when I attended Aleatha’s graduation lunch, could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008,” Clinton said.

Pelham Preparatory Academy was founded in 2002 as part of an initiative to improve graduation rates by carving up some of the city’s large high schools into smaller, more manageable units.


Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who attended the school’s commencement ceremony at nearby Fordham University, said students should always remember that an American hero spoke at their

“She changed America’s view of women,” Klein said. “Someday soon, very soon in America, we will have a woman as president. And you know what that woman will say? ‘I would not be here had it not
been for Hillary Rodham Clinton.”‘

Parent Irma Hudson, whose daughter Stephanie Solis was among the graduates, said Clinton’s presence was exciting.

“I think she still serves as a role model for the children in this community,” Hudson said. “You don’t fail, you just keep on trying.”

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EBC   June 22nd, 2008 5:11 pm ET
Well DONE Sen. Clinton. Well done.
Aidyn   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
Thank you Hillary!
GREGG LA   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
We’re are you HIllary, Politics are so boring without you.
We miss you & luv u,
Conservatist Rule   June 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm ET
I hope that school teaches soldiering skills. If McCain says that we need to stay in Iraq, Afghoniston, and Iran for over 100 years, then so be it. I’d rather not have to submit to any mooslims – they can have their leader, Borat Hussein Osama.
Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Hillary we miss you!!! Please don’t leaves us with these clowns!!!
still the best   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Love you Hillary.No true HRC supporter will ever vote for Obama now.

He lost us when he thought it was so cute and clever to trash you.

We miss you.

Take care and God bless.

Rise, Hillary, Rise

lisa, Austin Texas   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Pretty awesome Senator Clinton!Obama ’08
Loretta from California   June 22nd, 2008 5:19 pm ET
OOOOps Posted to wrong blog: ).
Thank you Senator Clinton for being such an inspiration to so many.
Charlotte   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
That’s my girl, a woman you can count on. A woman who should be the nominee! I will write her name on my ballot in November, yes I will.
Doris,Memphis,TN   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Maybe her unfavorable rating will decrease by a point!
Rise on   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Woman shine on. You are the ONLY candidate worth voting for.We know what the Obama campaign, the biased media, and the corrupt DNC did to you.

We will not condone the savaging of a true democrat and a champion of the people- least of all by other “democrats”.

Love you Hillary.

God know the injustice that was done to you.

Jen, CA   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
I voted Clinton in the primaries because I really didn’t know much about Obama. Now that I know A LOT about Obama, I will vote McCain.
Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
Ms. Clinton is truly a remarkable woman. I am still a strong supporters of hers. She was/is the strongest candidate to run this country. I will not ever forget how she was betrayed by the DNC.
Mike   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Sen. Clinton is great and fulfilled promises she made in past. There are millions of supporters proud of her. These supporters will not be transition to Sen. Obama unless Sen. Clinton is on the joint ticket. Otherwise, these supporters will vote Sen.John McCain to make double impact.
The BEST   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Rebel Girl.We love your spirit, your strength and your dedication.

We despised the hatred shown to you.

We will, we will PROTEST….

DNC heed the call. No fixed primaries. No hating on fellow democrats. No unity until that day arrives.

The DNC trashed its best hope and lost the support of her supporters not just this election but for a long time to come.

Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Hillary for President!!
Jean   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Way to go Hillary. Always an inspiration.
Interesting   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
Now that is a person who stayed true to her word.Definitely a supporter and expect my party’s representative to do the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have that with the current DNC choice. Well, there is always 2012.
A.J. Edge   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
I MISS YOU! Here’s hoping to VP!
Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
you are beautiful.You and ONLY you have my vote.
Zachary Smith   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
You know, my respect for Hillary has just grown and grown after the suspension speech after Obama clinched the nomination. I hope that she is a high-ranking official in his administration. With her extensive foreign policy experience as First Lady, she could be a great Secretary of State. Or, she could champion universal health care as Secretary of Health and Human Services. And if not those–she’ll be the next Ted Kennedy, a powerhouse in the Senate. Perhaps one day even a Supreme Court justice (people forget her legal experience before politics).
What an amazing woman. Hillary voters, please support the party she worked so hard for, and vote Obama and vote Democrat in the fall.
bring back HRC   June 22nd, 2008 5:25 pm ET
My champion.My hero.

Lead on with grace and poise and true concern and love.

Obama the imposter will NOT prevail.

We are with you.

Jen   June 22nd, 2008 5:26 pm ET
I miss you HillaryGod I love her.
Erica from GA   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
Now that’s the HRC I wanted to see in the primaries.
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
FIGHT AT THE CONVENTION.This injustice and hatred shall not become the means to winning nominations in the democratic party.

We do not support swiftboating of democrats by other democrats.


Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Obama do us all a favor and drop out!!!
Marie in California   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Good to hear about you, HIllary! Sorry you’re not the Democratic nominee. Very, very sorry. I supported you all the way.I can’t possibly vote for Obama, so now my vote will have to go to McCain. And I’m NOT sorry about that!
Hillocrat, Ohio   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
OMG I am soooooo jealous!!!love ya Hilldog !!!
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
I admire you more and more every single day.Don’t think the haters have won…

They have not.

God knows… and millions will vote against this injustice.

Ron   June 22nd, 2008 5:29 pm ET
America needs you someone with real action and not just speaches. Thanks for all the great work.
Obama 2008!!!   June 22nd, 2008 5:30 pm ET
We love you and admire you Hilliary. No hard feelings here!!!
No more hate   June 22nd, 2008 5:31 pm ET
This new democratic party is full of hate and trickery.Bring back the traditional democrats who took a stand and fought for what they believe in.

No more winning by cheating and insults and demeaning your opponent. No more cocky, boastful self-impressed demagogues.

Hillary you will always be the winner.

John Corboy   June 22nd, 2008 5:32 pm ET
HIllary,what a way to hold up a promise.

good hearted politician, there are not many of them

Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:33 pm ET
Doesn’t surprise me that you keep your word, Hillary.
That is what you are all about, and you have my affection and respect.
N.   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
Though I am an Obama supporter, I applaud Hillary these past few weeks since she has dropped out. She is keeping to her promise to keep the party together for Nov. and will campaign for Obama. Stories like this one shows that when the smoke clears Hillary is really a kind, caring person who loves her constituency as much as they love her!
wait and see   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
If not for hate from the Obama democrats…She would be our first female president.

The best candidate got trashed and bashed out of the game.

We will see what God has to say about that.

tracy   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
I am so sad that we won’t get to see what a great job Senator Clinton would have done in the presidency — at least for another 4 more years.
Baracka O’Mami   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
Such a beautiful thing to do. Hillary is a trailblazer…
Paul   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
As a strong supporter of Obama I respect Clinton more now than I ever did before the primaries.
JIMBO   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
We r stil loyal to you Hillary. Your time will come and then we all can rejoice !!! Be proud of all that you have accomplished. You have touched many lives !!!
Charles   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
Hilliary,We do miss you. Though a Obama supporter, had you became our nominee I would have supported you 100%. You have opened doors for my nieces and many other women that they can be anything that they want to be. I am glad to see you support Barack and I have donated to help you pay down your debt. Let us all bring down the Republicians.

Source: CNN – Clinton fulfills girl’s graduation wish