While speaking at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, Hillary Clinton had a meltdown–a health meltdown that is.
She was suffering from the proverbial frog in the throat.
“Wow,” she said, recognizing the power of the cough over her ability to deliver her speech. Clinton’s cough was so strong, she could barely get through her speech, having to take break after break to sip on water and clear her throat. The mainstream media even noticed, with MSNBC covering the coughing meltdown on their website with the headline “Clinton suffers coughing attack during Harlem speech.”
Barely able to get out any words, all the while being interrupted by cough after cough, Clinton was still able to deliver a message to the audience. “Even if you’re young, and you don’t have a powerful job, if you work at that, and you stick with it, you can make a difference,” she said.
When Clinton was finally able to say a word without a cough, she decided to partially quote Dr. Martin Luther King. “You know, to quote Dr. King,” Clinton said, “’The time is always ripe to do right.’ No matter who you are.”
The full quote, from Dr. Martin Luther King, comes from a letter he wrote while a prisoner in a Birmingham, Ala., jail: “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that that the time is ripe to do right.”
King also used part of that same quote in a commencement speech given at Oberlin College. He said: “Without hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do what is right.”