WBSM: From The New Bedford Standard Times April 17, 2015 in an article by Steve Urbon:
The idealistic young woman with the long hair and huge eyeglasses had just graduated from Yale Law School, the future holding nothing but potential. But instead of shipping off to a New York or Washington law firm, she joined Marian Wright Edelman’s fledgling Children’s Defense Fund (which Edelman, Yale Law Class of 1963, still leads).
Hillary Rodham Clinton apparently would have you believe that, in 1973 she had forgone a career at a lucrative Washington D.C. law firm to instead, serve the public at Yale University’s Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). Possibly but not likely the exact truth..but that’s not the whopper I speak of yet. She seems to have embellished the path which brought her to work for Yale’s CDF. While she did indeed work for the CDF and including among other places, New Bedford in 1973, it seemed more like Plan B than her passion, but this was her fate and it served her well.
Hillary Rodham took the exact course typical of ambitious political law school grads out of the Ivy League. It seemed she went for for the big bucks at that dreamy law firm in D.C….but she failed to pass her bar exams in the District of Columbia, instead eventually passed them in Arkansas.
In last night’s acceptance speech, Secretary Clinton told a story of her experience on the South Coast of Massachusetts in the City of New Bedford as an attorney for the CDF that didn’t all add up according to my radio colleague Chris McCarthy:
“My mother, Dorothy, was abandoned by her parents as a young girl. She
ended up on her own at 14, working as a housemaid. She was saved by the kindness of others.
Her first-grade teacher saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and brought extra food to share the entire year. The lesson she passed on to me, years later, stuck with me: No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.
And she made sure I learned the words from our Methodist faith: “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”
“So, I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Mass., on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school.
I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house. She told me how badly she wanted to go to school — it just didn’t seem possible in those days. And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she’d gone through as a child.
It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action.
So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities.” MORE
SNIP: And here’s the follow up to Hillary’s lie:
This is what else we’ve unearthed in our investigation into Hillary’s dubious anecdotal story about her days patrolling New Bedford for floundering wheelchair bound children who were not welcomed at the public schools in 1973. Read More: A “Tale” Of Two Cities