In an incredible moment during the roll call vote in Philadelphia, the oldest honorary delegate at the DNC Convention, checking in at 102 years, waited all her life to cast this vote.
Jerry Emmett said, "And fifty one votes for the next president of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton!
"I'm 102. My whole life, I keep asking God, let me have one more chance—if you let me go to the convention [to see the first woman be nominated for president], I'll go home to heaven without making a little fuss. And when I called one of my former students and I told them that, she said, 'oh no you won't—I've already ordered your dress to go to the inauguration.'" —Jerry, 102, Arizona, Hillary's oldest delegate at the Democratic National Convention#DemsInPhilly
Emmett, who describes herself as a lifelong "good Democrat," is in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention. At age 102, she's the oldest member of the Arizona delegation. Though she has been an official convention delegate in the past, this year she's technically an honorary delegate, which means she gets to do everything but vote for the candidate.
For Emmett, who was born before women gained the right to vote, getting to cast a ballot for the first female candidate from a major party in a presidential election is uniquely significant, and something she frankly never thought she'd live to see.
"I surely didn't plan to live past 100 years old," she says. "When I did, and I saw all these things that were happening, it was like I had a shot in the arm." She became even more enthusiastic about getting Democrats elected.
“I think Hillary is going to be the president of the United States," she says definitively. As for adding in Republican nominee Donald Trump, "I think he's a jerk — and that's about all I can say," she says.