Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the Philadelphia Liberty Medal on Independence Mall Tuesday night on the eve of the anniversary of September 11, 2001.
She shared the stage with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who chairs the National Constitution Center.
“Hillary and I come from different political parties and we disagree about lots of things. But we do agree on the wisdom of the American people,” Bush said.
Clinton’s the first First Lady to serve in a presidential cabinet. She’s well known for being a champion for women’s rights around the world. She spoke about 90 minutes before President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the crisis in Syria.
“As Secretary of State traveling around the globe I saw how American unity leads to strength,” Clinton said.
Clinton follows Liberty Medal winners Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. But this distinction was also met with controversy. Across the street protestors held signs reading “Benghazi” and “Hillary Lied, People Died.” Some conservatives criticized Clinton’s handling of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans a year ago.
Meanwhile, supporters of Hillary Clinton are hoping she makes a run for the White Hose in 2016. She has not made an official announcement of any plans, but for now she’s already made her mark in history.
“I fully expect that she will be the first first lady to walk back into the White House in her own right,” Mayor Michael Nutter said.
Clinton, seated on stage, smiled as she listened to the tributes. She said she recalled the patriots who met right here in Philadelphia over in Independence Hall 226 years ago.
By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3