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“Smiled on by Fate”

Chelsea Clinton did a wonderful job introducing her mom to the nation last night. She used personal stories about what her childhood was like, and how her mom was always there for the big moments, like games and recitals, as well as the small, everyday ones, like watching movies together.

My favorite line from her speech, however, was when she mentioned that she had been “smiled on by fate”.

Here’s the full paragraph:

My parents raised me to know how lucky I was that I never had to worry about food on the table, that I never had to worry about a good school to go to. Never had to worry about a safe neighborhood to play in. And they taught me to care about what happens in the world. And to do whatever I can to change what frustrated me, what felt wrong. They taught me that’s the responsibility that comes with being smiled on by fate.

This is another way of referring to the Ovarian Lottery, a topic I’ve written about twice before.

Chelsea recognizes that she is one of the winners in the Ovarian Lottery, and more importantly, recognizes the responsibility that comes with such a blessing.

Her line is reminiscent of President Kennedy’s line, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”

Chelsea seems to have inherited such a sense of responsibility from her parents, both of whom have dedicated their lives to public service.

Hillary is just as committed today to making people’s lives better as she was 40 years ago, and has willingly embraced the challenge and opportunity that comes with being President of the United States. As Bill Clinton noted, there’s a lot of ways he and Hillary could spend their golden years, but she wants to be President because she believes she can make a difference.

No matter the outcome of this election, I am confident that we have not heard the last of the Clintons, and that they will continue to live a life of service to others.

By the way, I also want to note how impressed I was with Donald Trump’s children, and I am sure we have not heard the last of them.

Finally, I find it encouraging that Chelsea and Ivanka appear to be friends; who knows what they could accomplish working together…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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