AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – As Democrats move forward with Hillary Clinton as their nominee for President of the United States, the country will see history as the former first lady becomes the first woman to clinch the nomination from a major party. She also makes history as the first female president if she wins in November.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is supporting his ex-rival Hillary Clinton for President.
“Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” he stated on Day 1 of the DNC.
“I was born August 28, in 1920,” said Burdelle Mobley, a Brandon Wilde resident born 10 days after the 19th amendment was ratified. It gave women the right to vote in this country.
“They were waiting on me to come along so I could help them,” she said.
She’s not that into politics now, but she said her parents knew all the facts about voting in Screven County back then. Her mom was born in 1898, 22 years before women had suffrage.
“She voted along with her husband. I won’t say that she voted the same way,” Mobley said.
She recalls Franklin D. Roosevelt and his fireside chats and even remembers how Jimmy Carter sat in a rocking chair without a large crowd when he won. Some may say close to a century is a long time for women to get as far as Hillary Clinton has, but not Mobley.
“This has just gradually changed so by the time today is here it’s not such a shock,” she replied.
Down at the local Boys & Girls Club where many teen girls are inspired. And they only know Barack Obama as president.
Mekayla Leach told me, “Actually I thought that males could only be president.”
And on Hillary’s nomination she said, “Most girls will see her, if she wins, and say oh I can win too.”
Taylor White, who is 14-years-old, sees the possible history changing moment as encouraging.
“We don’t have to be held back by our gender. We can still do it.”
Brianna Tillman told me she wasn’t shocked by Hillary’s success because her mom tells her females can do anything. But she has a message if this Democrat makes it to the White House.
“I think she would be able to talk to us about gun violence and not to be afraid of the police” Tillman said.
Leach also suggested for Hillary, if she wins, to make sure that girls can make the football team in school when they try out.