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Hillary Clinton's Remarks at the International AIDS Conference: VIDEO

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Here are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's full remarks at the International AIDS Conference yesterday.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Clinton announced the creation of a "blueprint" to achieve an AIDS-free generation:

For our part, PEPFAR will remain at the center of America’s commitment to an AIDS-free generation. I have asked Ambassador Dr. Goosby to take the lead on developing and sharing our blueprint of the goals and objectives for the next phase of our effort and to release this blueprint by World AIDS Day this year. We want the next Congress, the next Secretary of State, and all of our partners here at home and around the world to have a clear picture of everything we’ve learned and a roadmap that shows what we will contribute to achieving an AIDS-free generation.

She closed by recalling the first time she saw the AIDS Memorial Quilt:

I began today by recalling the last time this conference was held here in the United States, and I want to close by recalling another symbol of our cause, the AIDS Memorial Quilt. For a quarter-century, this quilt has been a source of solace and comfort for people around the world, a visible way to honor and remember, to mourn husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, partners and friends.

Some of you have seen the parts of the quilt that are on view in Washington this week. I well remember the moment in 1996 when Bill and I went to the National Mall to see the quilt for ourselves. I had sent word ahead that I wanted to know where the names of friends I had lost were placed so that I could be sure to find them. When we saw how enormous the quilt was covering acres of ground, stretching from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument, it was devastating. And in the months and years that followed, the quilt kept growing. In fact, back in 1996 was the last time it could be displayed all at once. It just got too big. Too many people kept dying.

We are all here today because we want to bring about that moment when we stop adding names, when we can come to a gathering like this one and not talk about the fight against AIDS, but instead commemorate the birth of a generation that is free of AIDS.

Now, that moment is still in the distance, but we know what road we need to take. We are closer to that destination than we’ve ever been, and as we continue on this journey together, we should be encouraged and inspired by the knowledge of how far we’ve already come. So today and throughout this week let us restore our own faith and renew our own purpose so we may together reach that goal of an AIDS-free generation and truly honor all of those who have been lost.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade has a nice report on the speech.

Here's a full transcript.

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  1. As much as I have supported Bill and Hill over the years, I do want to whisper in her ear that the quilt was on the mall in 1993 while she and her husband were living in the white house. And if she didn't see it til 1996 then shame on her ! Me and a million of my friends were marching down Pennsylvania Ave. in the spring of 93. She didn't notice ?? We certainly got no acknowledgement from the white house. Just my pennies worth ...

    Posted by: BillinSonoma | Jul 24, 2012 12:44:55 PM


  2. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was in DC in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, and 1996, NOT in 1993. Bush was in the White House when protesters threw their loved-ones' ashes over the fence.

    Here is a video of the Quilt the last time it was on the National Mall on October 12, 1996: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQHX3wA4Fqw

    Posted by: John Z Wetmore | Jul 24, 2012 1:03:25 PM


  3. Although I understand the frustration of not feeling like our concerns were addressed in 1993... I believe we should let go of our past disappointments and forgive anyone that has made the commitment to our cause that Hillary has shown as Secretary of State.

    Posted by: Brian Carter | Jul 24, 2012 1:09:21 PM


  4. @Brian Carter, agreed.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 24, 2012 1:28:07 PM


  5. exactly, Brian.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 24, 2012 1:37:02 PM


  6. @ Brian. I understand your sentiment. And she has done great work. But I"m not sure I can forget all those years of everybody dropping dead all around me while the political class mostly held their breath. And not to argue, but I"ve only been on the national mall once in my life. It was 1993. And a section of the quilt was laying there. I did not imagine it. It was my first viewing, and friends had to literally carry me away after I sobbed for what seemed like hours.

    Posted by: BillinSonoma | Jul 24, 2012 2:56:47 PM


  7. @billinsonoma
    I'm 45 years old and I remember that era very well and I too lost many friends. I share your pain and frustration but I just think its unfair to paint Hillary and Bill as members of the political class that were "holding their breath."
    I believe the Clintons tried their very best to help us but were naive and overwhelmed by the backlash from the conservatives in both parties on every issue they tried to tackle. After 12 years of Reagan and Bush ignoring us completely or outright attacking us the Clintons tried to help us at a time when it wasn't as fashionable to do so. Yes mistakes were made ie. DADT and DOMA but I think most would agree that Hillary and Bill did the best they could with what they had to work with.

    Posted by: Brian Carter | Jul 24, 2012 3:19:14 PM


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