PHILADELPHIA — Two women were trying to find a ride back to their hotel Monday night, but transportation was not available.
“What are we going to do?” one asked the other.
It was a good question and one that had no easy answer.
But it wasn’t the question that was interesting, it was their accent.
Ann McCoy and Margaret Whillock were trying to get a ride from the Wells Fargo Center back to their hotel. They had tired after a long first day of the Democratic National Convention and wanted to have dinner.
Back at the Doubletree Center City Hotel on Broad Street, McCoy and Whillock were enjoying a bite and watching the speakers at the DNC with intense attention.
McCoy and Whillock are from Little Rock, Arkansas, where they first met Bill and Hillary Clinton some 40-plus years ago. The two women have been close friends of the former president and potential future president ever since. In fact, McCoy worked for Hillary when Bill was governor of Arkansas and followed her to the White House when Bill became president.
They were happy to hear all of the kind words the speakers were pouring out for Hillary and they smiled quietly at each.
“We know the real Hillary,” McCoy said. “She’s honest, loyal and passionate about what she believes in. She is a true friend.”
Whillock offered a quote from John Wesley, an Anglican minister and theologian, to describe the Hillary she knows.
“Wesley said, ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.’ That describes Hillary Clinton,” Whillock said.
McCoy and Whillock smiled when they heard First Lady Michelle Obama offer a passionate endorsement of Clinton.
The two women attended the First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, where the Clintons worshiped and Hillary occasionally taught Sunday school.
McCoy worked for Hillary for 12 years, spending a lot of time with Chelsea Clinton.
“Chelsea is such a wonderful woman,” McCoy said. “It’s said that children are an extension of their parents. That is certainly the case with Chelsea.”
Whillock and McCoy described the Clintons as close friends who helped them in many ways over the years. They said Hillary always had a sincere interest in helping others.
“She often said that we have to help those people who need a voice,” McCoy said. “She especially wanted to help children.”
Whillock said most people don’t really know the real Hillary Clinton. She and McCoy said they are tired of hearing all the negative comments, especially those coming from the Trump campaign.
They smiled when they talked about Hillary, saying she keeps close contact with high school friends, people from her hometown and from church.
“Do you know that Hillary delivered the commencement speech at her own high school graduation?” Whillock asked.
Old friends talking about their old friends. McCoy and Whillock want to see Hillary Clinton become president of the U.S.
“She truly cares about people,” McCoy said.
“She will be a great president,” Whillock added.
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