(The Hill) -- All of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's longtime friends share the same question, the same mystery, whenever we read about the number of people in America who "hate" her or who label her using various horrible expressions. It is this: How can they be so far off in understanding who she is, what she is all about and most important, her true personality and character traits?
I first met Hillary Rodham, as she was then known, in 1969 when I was a third-year senior at Yale Law School and she was a first-year freshman. We stood in line to register for classes — she was standing right behind me — and I recognized her as the Wellesley College student who had given a commencement speech to the class of 1969 that had impressed me greatly when I read the full text in a national news magazine. When I asked her if she was the Hillary Rodham who had given that great speech, she smiled and said yes, and we struck up a conversation. I asked her if she needed any advice about what classes to take, what teachers she should try to take classes with, and how to approach studying for classes and reading cases during her first semester at a law school with a pretty challenging academic environment.
She thanked me, but said, no, that wasn't necessary. But she did want to know where the nearest legal services clinic was.
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