NBC Nightly News was all in on praising Hillary Clinton Tuesday, even going so far as to run a segment tilted “Kids React to First Woman Nominee.” “No matter what your politics are, no matter what happens in November, history is being made right now in this country, as it has its first woman presumptive nominee of a major party,” stated NBC’s Lester Holt, leading into the segment.
“Hillary Clinton is a name that already gets a lot of ink in U.S. History books,” proclaimed NBC reporter Rehema Ellis. The segment was filled with interviews from grade school kids who only had glowing things to say about the presumptive Democrat nominee. It’s hard to image that kids that young would have any idea of what controversies she has been involved in.
Ellis invoked the kids numerous times during her report to praise Clinton:
For the majority of these kids' lives, they've had an African-American president. So the idea of a female commander in chief doesn't seem too far-fetched…
For these kids, history is not limited to reading words in a textbook, but it's also about witnessing it on a national stage.
ABC News’ World News Tonight gushed for Clinton with reporter Cecilia Vega calling it, “A turning point in American politics.” Vega tried to tug on heart strings by reminding viewers of the woeful scene during her concession speech in 2008, “Clinton alone on stage, her supporters, including her own mother, in tears.” She also championed Clinton for ensuring party unity at the convention and eventually working in the Barack Obama administration.
June 7, 2016
7:27:15 PM Eastern
LESTER HOLT: Finally tonight, no matter what your politics are, no matter what happens in November, history is being made right now in this country, as it has its first woman presumptive nominee of a major party. Remarkable, when you consider 100 years ago women didn't even have the right to vote. NBC's Rehema Ellis spent the day with young students to see what they have to say about this history lesson come to life.
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REHEMA ELLIS: Hillary Clinton is a name that already gets a lot of ink in U.S. History books.
STUDENT 1: Secretary of state, or former secretary of state.
STUDENT 2: Someone who has worked really hard their whole career.
ELLIS: She's now poised to do something no woman has done before.
HILLARY CLINTON: Finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president.
ELLIS: A fact not lost on these Brooklyn students. Do you think a female president would be different from a male president?
STUDENT 3: Maybe a little different. But I think they kind of would be the same and do the same things.
STUDENT 4: Depending on their personality, and characteristics, they might be different than someone else. But not the fact that they're female.
STUDENT 1: Maybe it's because I'm a girl and I'm biased, but I'm thinking equally as strong, or more strong.
ELLIS: For the majority of these kids' lives, they've had an African-American president. So the idea of a female commander in chief doesn't seem too far-fetched.
STUDENT 5: A female president, that's just like such a big thing.
ELLIS: Margaret chase Smith, a Senator from Maine, lost her bid for the GOP nomination in 1964. Less than a decade later, Shirley Chisholm got all the way to the Democratic convention in 1972.
STUDENT 6: Girls and boys, men and women, everyone can do the same thing.
ELLIS: For these kids, history is not limited to reading words in a textbook, but it's also about witnessing it on a national stage. Rehema Ellis, NBC news, New York.
World News Tonight
June 7, 2016
6:31:16 PM Eastern
DAVID MUIR: Good evening and we begin tonight with that history in the making. Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination for president. The first women to be a nominee for a major party. Her smile clear as she learned the news overnight that she had reached that magic number, but careful not to declare victory with voters headed to the polls today. This evening, with six primaries under way, she is preparing to address the nation.
Later tonight, she will sit down exclusively with us.
It was eight years ago today that Hillary Clinton acknowledged a stunning defeat to then Senator Barack Obama. ABC’s Cecilia Vega on a very different message being crafted for tonight.
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CECILIA VEGA: Tonight, Hillary Clinton making history. A turning point in American politics and a moment of reflection from Clinton herself.
HILLARY CLINTON: We are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment.
VEGA: She's been on the brink before with a much different ending. Exactly eight years ago today, that concession speech to Barack Obama. Clinton alone on stage, her supporters, including her own mother, in tears.
CLINTON: Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it.
VEGA: Then, at the party convention in Denver, Chelsea introducing her to a standing ovation. Clinton's message, unity.
CLINTON: Whether you voted for me or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite pass a single party with a single purpose.
VEGA: Their battle ending with Clinton working at the president's side.