It’s been more than two decades since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was in second grade, but her elementary school teacher still has words of encouragement.
On Wednesday, the lawmaker tweeted the poem, “I have only just a minute” by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, after Business Insider reported she would have a mere 60 seconds to make a prerecorded address at next week’s Democratic National Convention. That same poem was recited by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) during his first floor speech to Congress in 1996.
Ocasio-Cortez received a heartwarming response in the comments:
In the Twitter user’s bio, MJacobs describes herself as a veteran elementary teacher who is “Uncertain about our future but inspired by former student @AOC and hopeful for Biden/Harris.”
The exchange garnered plenty of attention on Twitter as people praised Jacobs for the impact she delivered as an educator (and reveled in the wholesome moment).
Ocasio-Cortez’s speech will air on Tuesday at the DNC, where presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is set to formally receive his presidential nomination. Others on the speaking roster include former first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Given her popularity, rising prominence within the party and the energy she injects to its progressive constituency, the briefness of Ocasio-Cortez’s time slot drew criticism from supporters.