By LOGAN WILBER
Hillary Clinton made a rare public appearance on Thursday participating in the unveiling of Forever Stamps honoring Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who the failed presidential candidate made a point of reminding her listeners “was an immigrant”.
The late de la Renta was honored by The Postal Service as it revealed 11 Forever Stamps exalting both de la Renta and ten of his famous evening gowns, at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.
“Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant…and aren’t we proud and grateful that he was,” Clinton said. “In the corner of these striking stamps it says USA Forever. Let us remember what is durable and lasting about Oscar’s legacy.mWhat a fitting person to be chosen by the Postal Service…and its choice of this immigrant, who did so much for our country, his country, truly is what it means when we say USA Forever. Who we are, what we stand for, and let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day.”
“When you are a friend of Oscars,” she added, “you are a friend in good times and dark times… and we all did our best to be that for him.”
Postal Service vice president of corporate communications Janice Walker and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, also told stories and sentiment of de la Renta. “His power to uplift, his power to empower” Walker said, is one of the many reasons the Postal Service chose to pay homage to the designer.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg described de la Renta as “one of the most kindest, and most generous people I have ever met.” The former mayor said. “Oscar had a big heart and a great sense of humor and he was always willing to lend a hand to make our city and our country a better place.”
Additional forever stamps released this month include activist Dorothy Height and president John F. Kennedy.