Democratic presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton is receiving some harsh criticism from children in New Hampshire after she left them high and dry. Clinton had planned a visit to the Laconia, New Hampshire, Boys & Girls Club but bailed at the last minute. In fact, 35 children between the ages of five and 13 were told they would meet the presidential candidate. They prepared by thinking of questions, creating cards and even adding some special decorations for the big meeting. However, the effort was for not as Clinton never showed.
The Daily Mail reports that children at the Laconia Boys & Girls Club were told they would meet Hilary Clinton on Thursday after she attended a forum in the city. However, at the last minute, Clinton backed out and many children were left in tears. Organizers of the club noted that children had created special signs, cards, and decorations for Clinton’s arrival including a specially decorated dressing room sign that featured a golden star. The children also compiled a list of questions they would like to ask the presidential candidate.
Sadly for the children at the club, they were not able to meet Clinton in person as her campaign claims she ran out of time for the visit. This meant the children, and their parents, were left waiting and eventually turned away. One child says he is “angry and mad at the same time” as he had been looking forward to the visit all day.
It wasn’t just the children that were upset, according to NH1 parents also voiced their disdain for the brushing off of the event at the last minute. Michael Bormes, the father of one of the upset children, says that being a no-show to the event was “unacceptable.”
“I think it’s unacceptable. You want to be the president of the United States, it starts with the youth. You couldn’t even live up to a promise that was made or told to these kids?”
Traci Tucker with the Boys & Girls Club noted that some of the kids were in tears but the whole ordeal is a good “life lesson.”
“She ran out of time. There were tears, they were really looking forward to it. There were a bunch of kids that had decorated her little bathroom. It was a life lesson, I guess. That sometimes you look forward to things and they just don’t work out. You might work hard to make sure you’re ready for it, and the other part might not come through. And that’s just it’s a bummer of a lesson to learn especially at this age, but it gave us a little something to talk about.”
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