I live well off the beaten path. People who live here refer to this place as "behind the redwood curtain" because it is remote and tenuously connected to the outside world by a highway vulnerable to rock slides and by a small airport. The railroad track washed out at a critical juncture 10 years ago and has yet to be re-connected. It had been 40 years since a U.S. president had come to Humboldt County until yesterday.
Bill Clinton came through yesterday campaigning for Hilary. He spoke to a group of 400 people and my kids and I had seats in the second row. He spoke eloquently for an hour without notes about public service and about Hilary's record. He's a smart, dynamic speaker and a charismatic presence. I learned a lot about Hilary's accomplishments that I hadn't known before. He also talked about how her experience should be viewed as an asset and not as a stigma.
That's my friend Susan on the far right. She and Bill have matching hair color. I was two seats away.
Here's my friend Wurlig standing next to Bill.
My kids and I all shook hands with a U.S. president. It was inspiring to hear his message about the importance of leadership and service, and to hear some of Hilary's solutions to important issues confronting us as a nation.