Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held the first major event of her 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Roosevelt Island at Four Freedoms Park.
It is wonderful to be here with all of you.[…]
To be here in this beautiful park dedicated to Franklin Roosevelt’s enduring vision of America, the nation we want to be.
And in a place… with absolutely no ceilings. (Cheers, applause.)
You know, President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms are a testament to our nation’s unmatched aspirations and a reminder of our unfinished work at home and abroad. His legacy lifted up a nation and inspired presidents who followed.
Transcript via Vox: Hillary Clinton’s official campaign launch speech
The Four Freedoms speech in January 1941 warned the world that America was watching the rise of dictators and would stand with our allies when necessary. But President Roosevelt also reminded people about the foundations of a strong democracy, Democratic Party principles, goals that are still unmet 74 years later:
FDR: [There] is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy. The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:
– Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
– Jobs for those who can work.
– Security for those who need it.
– The ending of special privilege for the few.
– The preservation of civil liberties for all.
– The enjoyment . . . the enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.
These are the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign kickoff will draw inspiration from her late mother as she seeks to lay out her vision for America.
By detailing the struggles her mother, Dorothy Rodham, went through, the Democratic presidential hopeful will detail Saturday in New York why she’s seeking out reforms and priorities for families, telling everyday Americans, “It is your time.” […]
Clinton will outline her priorities for the campaign Saturday, emphasizing that America’s success shouldn’t be defined by the top income earners, but instead by families and how they are recovering from the economic crisis. Now, she says, it’s their time to be rewarded, arguing that prosperity shouldn’t just be for the CEOs and the hedge-fund managers, but is for everyday Americans.
Clinton will also trace her own personal history, noting she was heavily influenced by lessons she learned from her mother, Dorothy, who died in 2011, but was a fixture on the campaign trail with her daughter in 2008.
As Clinton detailed in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, her mother’s “own childhood was marked by trauma and abandonment.” With parents unable to care for them, Dorothy and her sister were sent to California to live with their grandparents. But trapped in a “severe and unloving” household, Dorothy moved out at 14 to work as a nanny and housekeeper. It was there that one of her employers encouraged her to finally graduate from high school. […]
Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said that while the former first lady is certainly no stranger to voters or the public, it’s still important for her to lay out her personal values and vision.
“She is a well-known figure, but when you’re asking the American people to support you as president, even if it is for the second time, there is no skipping of steps,” Palmieri said. “If you want to understand Hillary Clinton, and what has motivated her career of fighting for kids and families, her mother is a big part of the story. The example she learned from her mother’s story is critical to knowing what motivated Hillary Clinton to first get involved in public service, and why people can count on her to fight for them and their families now.”