McKinney Embraces First Lady
Exchanges Words of Motivation and Inspiration
SEPTEMBER 15, 1998
WASHINGTON, DC -- ³You are the very definition of
courage and grace. I always thought it, now I know it.²
This morning Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.)
was greeted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Yellow Oval Room
of the White House living quarters, where they embraced and exchanged words
of motivation and inspiration. ³I was received warmly by the First Lady.
At the time I was also able to deliver a hand written, heart-felt note
to her,² said McKinney.
Along with other members of the Womenısı Democratic
Caucus, McKinney humbly received the encouraging words of the First Lady.
³We were inspired by her strength and courage. Ironically, given all that
she must be going through, the First Lady offered us words of inspiration
and motivation. She will represent both our national courage and our national
strength in the days ahead and as we gear up for our various races this
Fall,² said McKinney. ³She encouraged us to deliver messages of substance
everyday on the issues that affect people the most: the patientsı bill
of rights; investment in education; saving social security; investment
in a cleaner environment; and the stabilization of the international financial
system,² continued McKinney.
In a personal note handed to Mrs. Clinton, McKinney
wrote: ³You are the very definition of courage and grace. I always thought
it, now I know it. Our country has been taken to the brink. Now more than
ever we need your courage and wisdom as we try to heal our broken country.
We are now in uncharted territory. I know I need guidance as we all try
to steer our country back toward reconciliation. I will continue to look
to you as my source of strength in the weeks and months ahead.²