Though most of the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign workers who accompanied her husband’s visit to the Homewood Coliseum last week are too young to have heard former President Bill Clinton’s consummate rhetorical skills, many of the 400 or so who stood in the line that snaked around the block to hear him speak were not—and they were not disappointed.
Always the master orator, Bill Clinton contrasted his measured, positive remarks to his introductory speakers—including state Rep. Ed Gainey, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle and Allegheny County Councilman Dewitt Walton—and to the emotionally charged rhetoric heard nationally. He did so by noting he had just turned 70—and that another crowd was gathered just a few blocks away to celebrate the life of someone who never would.
“I am very aware of the funeral for Rev. Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell,” he said. “And I am also aware that he spent his life building bridges and not building walls. We should all try to live a little more like him because life is fleeting. And when you get older and you have more yesterdays than tomorrows, you ought to be more upbeat and forward looking.”