It was so easy to get distracted—by the subway crowds, the heat, the flooding, the alpaca. It was so easy to get mad: at the traffic, the protests, the journalists badmouthing our town. It was even easy to just get swept up in the emotion of Big Moments: Michelle Obama’s paean to this country, Bernie’s righteous truths, Paul Simon stretching for the high notes. What with the confetti and balloons, the signs and the t-shirts and the outlandish outfits, the bars open till 4 a.m. and the celebrity-sightings and the mile-long Uber lines, you could almost overlook the fact that right here in this city, this week, Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever nominated by a major political party for the office of president of the United States. As FLOTUS put it, now all our sons and daughters take that possibility for granted. It’s about time.
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