A Great Speech

Hillary Clinton did something that is very difficult in my opinion, she made a great speech out of a concession endorsement speech. Why?

Because she conceded nothing on the issues nor in any way discounted what she and her supporters accomplished. And then she endorsed him, but the endorsement was not the standard stump endorsement. It was an intelligent, rational, respectful argument to her supporters for why she was endorsing Barack Obama. she would speak to the issues and punctuate her line with "and that is why we must elect Barack Obama President."

She then recognized the historic nature of this election. As I wrote last Tuesday night, while a dream was realized when the Democratic Party nominated an African American as our Presidential candidate, a dream was thwarted also, that of a woman nominee. Hillary Clinton honored BOTH moments in this speech.

It was one of the best speeches I have ever seen.

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    It was amazing. (5.00 / 9) (#1)
    by Marco21 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:37:00 PM EST
    She is amazing.

    One of the best speeches I've seen too (5.00 / 14) (#2)
    by catfish on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:39:29 PM EST
    She really said everything I'd ached to hear Obama say for so long.

    I liked the part about cracks in the glass ceiling and that's how progress is always made.

    One more thing she really symbolizes for all Americans regardless of gender is getting back up after you're knocked down. We really need that message right now to deal with the volatile economy and climate change.

    That was a great section (5.00 / 9) (#13)
    by ruffian on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:48:45 PM EST
    about the cracks in the glass ceiling.

    The whole speech accentuated what I like best about her, and that is her pragmatism.

     I think she just moved up to 'national treasure' status with that speech.


    Of all the things she did this campaign season (5.00 / 7) (#70)
    by Grace on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:43:48 PM EST
    I think this was one of the most important:

    One more thing she really symbolizes for all Americans regardless of gender is getting back up after you're knocked down.

    Americans really love their fighters!  She was amazing in that respect.  Even people who didn't particularly like her at the start of the race were applauding her ability to keep fighting.  She showed us grit and determination that's uncommon in politics.  


    I was really excellent (5.00 / 12) (#3)
    by andgarden on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:42:38 PM EST
    It reminded me of the best of Bill Clinton's SOTU speeches, actually.

    Pundits used to complain that they were laden with issues, but I always thought that was what made them so compelling.

    Yes, pundits always complained ... (5.00 / 5) (#7)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:44:51 PM EST
    about his SOTU speeches, but they always polled very highly.

    Obviously, I mean *IT WAS* (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:42:57 PM EST
    You nailed it, BTD (5.00 / 10) (#5)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:43:42 PM EST
    I think that speech increased her power in the Party, and helped her prospects of running again or being VP.

    Even Obama supporters, who will find something to grumble about, know it was a great speech.

    Nothing to grumble about (5.00 / 1) (#104)
    by cardcarryingmember on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 10:32:17 PM EST
    I'm an Obama supporter, and I found nothing to grumble about with that speech. She said very, very clearly what needed to be said in terms of endorsement and rallying the party together. I just hope she's committed to saying it over and over and over again in the coming months.

    In the remainder, I want to see some Respect Due! (5.00 / 7) (#6)
    by Ellie on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:44:25 PM EST
    She is owed some big acknowledgement (and big amends).

    Whether I vote for Obama or not, how Club Obama in every sphere has abused Sen Clinton and 18 million supporters will be what I've taken away from this.

    Sen Clinton earned big cred during her run and she can write her own ticket from hereon out.

    As can I! :-)

    That's Why BTD (5.00 / 9) (#8)
    by cdalygo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:45:01 PM EST
    This blog still remains on my favorites list. (Even though I vehemently disagreed with your choice of Barack during the primary.)

    You have overwhelmingly reported fairly on this campaign. A credential not shared by other blogs or most members of the MSM.

    You and Hillary clearly love the Party and ideals that it represents. Sadly I no longer do  . . .

    But I will respect your folks' space and try to express my disagreements politely.

    Fantastic job Hillary (5.00 / 7) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:45:42 PM EST
    Exceeded all expectations.

    My immediate reaction - if Obama even thinks of picking Kathleen Sebelius over her for VP he is insane.

    Great speech. She's (5.00 / 14) (#10)
    by masslib on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:45:44 PM EST
    an icon now.  Reminded me of her passion in the 90's when she tried to unite the country behind UHC.

    Concession speeches are ALWAYS great (5.00 / 7) (#11)
    by lambert on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:46:00 PM EST
    Remember Gore's?

    If I get a nickel for every time the word "gracious" is used in an Op-Ed this weekend, I'll be rich....

    The best is yet to come (5.00 / 5) (#16)
    by Coral on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:49:38 PM EST
    Gore went on to win the Nobel Prize for his popularization of climate change as an urgent environmental and political challenge.

    Clinton will also go on to do great things.

    There are second acts in American political lives.


    Nooooo (5.00 / 12) (#18)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:51:42 PM EST

    People always SAY they are great. Most of them oare faux fluff.

    this was genuinely GREAT.


    Are you sorry she won't be president? (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:39:33 PM EST
    C-Span is going to rerun the entire speech later today, I have to watch it again in case I missed something.

    What do you think her best role going forward should be? Not VP, but private sector, or should she stay in the Senate through retirement?

    I don't think she'll do a governorship. That is too restrictive. She's a national/worldwide advocate.


    UN Ambassador -- since the world (5.00 / 1) (#91)
    by Cream City on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:14:48 PM EST
    respects her and listens to her more than this country does, more than Obama will.

    She might love it -- after all, her hero (and mine), Eleanor Roosevelt, was our first one . . . and led the committee that crafted the landmark UN document on human rights worldwide.  And Clinton knew that when she famously said, at the UN conference in Beijing, that "women's rights are human rights."


    The only thing is that (none / 0) (#94)
    by Valhalla on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:24:45 PM EST
    ambassador is usually a promotion-to-retirement sort of job.  There's not a lot of visible power there.

    I initially rejected the idea of Governor, but it gives her official executive leadership experience.  And I think this year is anomalous in that the final 3 contenders were all Senators -- I remember reading somewhere that Governors for president tend to do better than Senators overall.  (my brain is so tired I can't even work out now if that's true).

    The downside is no foreign policy experience in being Governor.  For that, Sec'y of State would be great but Obama won't give her that.


    There are some suggestions that ... (none / 0) (#54)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:51:50 PM EST
    Patterson might not run for re-election.  So there could be an opening there.

    She won't localize herself (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:59:46 PM EST
    She is national/international. I don't believe she would consider isolating herself to only working for one state.

    Localized? (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by Spike on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:27:02 PM EST
    I wouldn't rule out running for governor in New York. She doesn't have a lot of seniority in the Senate. She could take a real national leadership role as the chief executive of one of America's largest states far quicker than she could as a relatively junior member of the US Senate. As a chief executive, she could actually DO things, rather than just talk about them -- which is often the case in a legislative body.

    Someone floated a rumor (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 09:25:25 PM EST
    that Hillary was thinking of running for Gov of NY, and along w/the rumor Al S's (I think) complaint that her thinking of running shows why she has lost support in the AA community.  False rumor to set up grounds for a vile attack, IMO.
    I am from NY -- almost all my life.  Schumer wanted Gov last time. If Patterson signals he does not want it, I think Schumer might take a stab at it, but he might change his mind if he can serve as a prominent Senator getting things done with a Dem as President.

    By the way, I believe Hillary has much support within the NY AA community.  & She won her 2nd term here by over 68% of the vote.


    Good to hear the reactions (5.00 / 1) (#98)
    by daria g on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:23:17 PM EST
    I was there watching from upstairs.. it was very moving.  Just fantastic.  I'm still a bit choked up about it.  

    My friends and I left afterward to drink a toast to Hillary and talk.. where do we go from here.. what's happened to the Democrats.. and should we believe the likely media attacks on Hillary for, well, whatever in that speech they could find to attack, or should we believe our lyin' eyes?  :)


    True. But I'm so sick... (5.00 / 4) (#22)
    by lucky leftie on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:56:11 PM EST
    ...of democrats giving graceful concession speeches.  I want to win this time.  Obama's a great speechifier and I'll bet he'll give a dandy concession speech but that's one speech I'd rather not hear.  I'd feel a lot more confident of our chances if Hillary was our nominee.

    Well... (none / 0) (#30)
    by dmk47 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:03:45 PM EST
    In a Democratic primary with 9 candidates, there are going to be 8 Democrats giving concession speeches (well, 7 if one of them joins the Libertarians).

    Did (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by LoisInCo on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:18:48 PM EST
    Jud...err...Richardson give a speech when he folded? I recall his endorsement speech but not a concession  speech.

    hm, not sure (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by dmk47 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:27:58 PM EST
    I have a vague recollection that he said something very brief and non-descript. Don't know if that counts. I like him best when he's not speaking.

    Lambert (none / 0) (#48)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:40:28 PM EST
    why is it so difficult to get registered at your blog?

    What BTD said (5.00 / 12) (#12)
    by Coral on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:47:10 PM EST
    It was a great speech. She is a role model for me and my daughters. And yes, there are 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling.

    I eagerly await a similar show of political grace and respect from Obama, and his supporters.

    The media? Feh.

    Oh (5.00 / 11) (#15)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:49:24 PM EST
    they are all praising her today.  Apparently nothing became her primary run like the leaving of it.

    Except Fox! They've now turned (5.00 / 4) (#19)
    by catfish on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:51:51 PM EST
    they were the only network til now that did not bash her. That's over. Actually they're not bashing her so much as trying to keep that division alive - saying she really doesn't see Obama as qualified, etc.

    I've only seen a little of Fox recently (5.00 / 5) (#79)
    by Valhalla on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:57:45 PM EST
    but they actually weren't bashing her.

    Greta van Sustern (who I don't like all that much) was responding to some Talking (Pin)head who was arguing against Clinton as VP because of her 'baggage'.  

    She said "Like 18 million voters worth of baggage?  I'd think he'd want that baggage" and laughed in his face.

    I have no illusions that Fox, like McCain, wouldn't turn on her in a heartbeat if she were the nominee, but it actually has been less biased than MSNBC and CNN.  CNN could barely choke out the numbers when she won a primary.


    Good for Greta (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Cream City on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:18:39 PM EST
    a girl who grew up in my state, seeing a lot of the highs and lows in politics in her father's checkered career.  She used to drive me more crazy with her politics, but she grown a lot in her own show.

    And I give CNN cred for at least reporting on the numbers in all of the primaries, while MSNBC lost me once and for all when it wouldn't even report the Michigan and Florida primaries' results when coming in -- as if those elections were not even occurring.  That told me that it was well beyond KO, Tweets, et al.; MSNBC was in the bag under orders from the top.


    Cable Fox was trashing Bill (none / 0) (#100)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 09:30:01 PM EST
    this evening; praising the Vanity Fair article; &, like the Vanity Fair article, no substantiation. Also left out fact that one of the actresses who, the author implicated as keeping company with Bill, is suing the magazine, claiming any insinuations of impropriety are toatlly baseless.  I hope she wins a pile of money.

    A Winner (5.00 / 10) (#14)
    by Athena on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:49:00 PM EST
    Fantastic job.  She will reinherit the party on November 5th.

    A Winner indeed! (5.00 / 1) (#88)
    by RalphB on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:47:03 PM EST
    Fight the DNC/Obama corruption of the primary process at PUMA PAC.

    Thank you Hillary.  We'll take it from here.

    She has given many great speeches (5.00 / 10) (#17)
    by karen for Clinton on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:50:53 PM EST
    and interviews -  even in the lion's dens she walked into, and debates, and townhalls, and in old age homes and hospitals and veterans halls and she's been a phenomenal speaker for decades.

    Funny but I didn't hear one pundit acknowledge any of her speeches this year.  Now that she said what THEY wanted her to say I bet they it was ok.

    And then they will start blaming her that she is just suspending even though history says that is the norm.

    lather rinse repeat.

    Counting on Clinton and unwavering in my support for her and her only.

    Thanks TL, all of you.

    Yes. And I still will "cling" (5.00 / 14) (#24)
    by Cream City on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:58:34 PM EST
    to this one, deemed by experts as one of the 100 best speeches by an American ever.  I doubt that many in the media know that or ever have heard it -- but the world heard it and always will love her for it.

    This country and its media do not deserve the Clintons.  And they and Obama have showed it too many times for me to trust the his followers or him.


    You got that right! (5.00 / 3) (#34)
    by Ellie on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:12:03 PM EST
    This country and its media do not deserve the Clintons.  And they and Obama have showed it too many times for me to trust the his followers or him.

    Good grief, I did turn on the TV for the massive sound and pic and caught a moment of Donna Brazile's expression and monotonous, sour-faced flatlined "enthusiasm" to stomp the life out of HRC's classy endorsement.

    Thanks a Brazilian, SuperD, for all you do. Somehow it's perpetually the least ... always, evah.

    Wolf was just beside himself at Sen Clinton's newfound subservience. [/Simpsons shudder]


    Very beautiful speech (none / 0) (#86)
    by laurie on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:00:36 PM EST
    thank you so much for posting it.
    Tea parties was such an ignorant remark...

    Loved her speech. She and those (5.00 / 9) (#20)
    by zfran on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:53:16 PM EST
    around her are very gifted. My mind has not been changed. She did what she needed to do, gracefully, respectfully, gloriously. She has class and wisdom. I, again, strongly agree with BTD that she must be on the ticket to have a decisive win. Without her, I will not vote for him. If that means I may no longer blog here, as I see Jeralyn has officially changed over, then so be it. I have given up newspapers, tv news, etc. If I must give this up, so be it. Listen to McCain courting women and the working class vote. Where is Sen. Obama on this issue...

    If you have (1.00 / 2) (#63)
    by Melchizedek on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:21:18 PM EST
    honestly heard McCain courting women more than Obama has, especially during their respective speeches Tuesday, then I think you're simply listening to what you want to listen to. There's an awful lot of McCain megaphones being held up to people's ear here-- the merest whisper of an allusion to a progressive issue by McCain is taken to outweigh Obama's repeated, explicit commitments. I understand Obama is evil and awful and can't be believed-- but don't fault him for a lack of words if you discount them from the very start.

    Do you think Obama's statement about his daughters and Hillary's campaign has been matched by McCain?


    actually (5.00 / 4) (#67)
    by dws3665 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:37:15 PM EST
    his similar comment preceded Obama's.

    don't get me wrong, McCain is a non-starter for me, but if you think he doesn't see an opportunity to peel of some traditional dem constituencies here, you're deluding yourself.


    Yep, it took Obama two days more (none / 0) (#93)
    by Cream City on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:21:23 PM EST
    to catch up with McCain and say almost the same "just words" about his daughters.  Hmmm, now that Obama can't just copy Clinton's words, maybe he'll be just quoting McCain now, since Obama from the start has wanted Republicans (more than he wanted me).

    Fantastic speech by a great democrat (5.00 / 8) (#21)
    by Burned on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:54:03 PM EST
    I especially liked her references to Bill.
    She and Bill are two of the strongest politicians ever.

    Yes, Indeed (5.00 / 8) (#52)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:47:10 PM EST
    and, his pride in her is so genuine.

    They all looked like they must have had a very emotional morning.

    I truly believe that they do not live on ego, that their interest is in the people. That characteristic is why Bill Clinton left the WH with such a huge favorable rating.


    Great Speech (5.00 / 13) (#23)
    by chrisvee on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:56:19 PM EST
    It was great in so many ways. She was genuine, thoughtful, gracious, and inspiring. It's mind-boggling to me that she isn't going to be the next POTUS. What an opportunity the country has missed.

    I feel emotionally wrung out.

    Judging from the calls to C-SPAN, she just raised the VP stakes.

    Couldn't agree more. (5.00 / 5) (#25)
    by Marco21 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:58:53 PM EST
    She asked her supporters not to dwell on what could have been, but I am going to today. What a shame.

    Moral Right (5.00 / 6) (#49)
    by NYCDem11 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:40:35 PM EST
    Even though in some ways her speech was very disciplined and calculated, it was also more personal and franker than many in the past. It's rewarding to hear her speaking freely about the historic nature of her run -- and to acknowledge the role that gender has played in her life and throughout history. One thing she said, "gay or straight," in her list of contrasts really struck me because usually when candidates talk about diversity and inclusion, they omit sexual orientation. Hillary really showed her true colors and the depth of her progressive heart.

    I agree, though, that I'll be looking to Obama to see what he does to unify our party. While I think the choice of VP is uniquely the nominee's, this was no ordinary primary season. Arguably Clinton WON the popular vote and to that end I think she has a unique moral claim to a spot on the ticket. Maybe that's the "female" in me, but I think when two people equally desire and earn the same thing...it's fair to share it. It's just the right thing to do. Whether Hillary wants the position is another story. This for me is Obama's test in humility and leadership.


    A sensational concession speech... (5.00 / 11) (#26)
    by oldpro on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 12:59:28 PM EST
    beautifully crafted, well delivered...with thought and feeling and grace.
    One of the two best concession speeches I have ever heard...and I've heard a lot of them in 50+ years...

    It's also a VERY smart speech...brilliant, I'd say.  A political speech in every way.

    Wow.  Just wow.

    The thing is, though...while she's a leader, I am not a follower.  Too much Irish to forgive and forget the Obama campaign's treatment of Hillary, of Bill's presidency, of the voters...

    She'll be back in '12 if there is any justice in this world.  

    Hope I'm still around to see it.

    On C-Span ... (5.00 / 4) (#27)
    by Robot Porter on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:00:40 PM EST
    a lot of the post speech callers are saying the election wasn't fair.

    The Hillary Democrats are out in force, and seem to be a real and definable segment of the party.

    Also: compare to Romney (5.00 / 6) (#28)
    by dmk47 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:01:31 PM EST
    Sure, concession speeches are always "gracious," but this was in a class of its own.

    Compare Mitt Romney's speech at CPAC that people on the right went gaga over. The argument there was, vote for McCain or the terrorists will kill you. With different words, but that was the bottom line.

    This, on the other hand, was a visionary speech that  unified the historical imports of electing a female and electing a black president: They are different aspects of one and the same struggle (that we've treated them as incompatible and irreconcilable projects over the last few months has been enormously dispiriting). And she enunciated a powerful positive argument for electing Barack Obama, very lightly hinting at the perils of failing to support him, but mostly identifying her cause with his cause. All the changes and repairs we have been struggling to make in the country and the world, she argued, Senator Obama is struggling for them too. My "we" is his "we"; yes, we can.

    As John McCain proves, it doesn't matter if you're reciting Cicero if your delivery is poor --- and Senator Clinton's delivery was extraordinary --- but I'd really like to find out about the writing process that produced it, who worked on it, and to what extent it was her own composition. On the page, as a piece of rhetoric, it was simply brilliant --- so good that it almost threatens to diminish the difficulty of the task she had before her.

    I'll bet you Bill helped (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by andgarden on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    But yes, it was a superbly crafted and delivered speech.

    Indeed... (5.00 / 5) (#51)
    by NYCDem11 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:43:47 PM EST
    I bet Bill did play a role in that speech, as from her biography it's clear that she always played a significant role in Bill's speeches. It's a two-way street and they are a formidable team. Either way, the delivery was all her own -- and the admiration she's generated all her own, as well.

    Bill Not the Story (5.00 / 6) (#62)
    by Spike on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:18:50 PM EST
    As I watched this speech, it struck me the extent to which Hillary has succeeded in fully moving out of Bill's shadow. When she launched her campaign, her staff was reluctant to have her speaking on the same stage with Bill because she couldn't match his oratorial skills. But today's speech demonstrated how much she has come into her own. She has developed her own unique voice that speaks compellingly to the American people.

    thats true... (none / 0) (#68)
    by dotcommodity on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:42:09 PM EST
    I'd forgotten the wooden MLK funeral speech cv Bill's!

    Hillary's Speeches (none / 0) (#101)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 09:41:46 PM EST
    to me, have become far more cogent than Bill's. Her speeches after victories in PA, WVA & Indiana were similarly extraordinary -- IMO.

    Thanks, BTD. (5.00 / 8) (#29)
    by eleanora on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:03:07 PM EST
    You and Addison and CST and so many other fair and even-handed Obama supporters here have made this day much easier to bear. I thank you with all my heart for continuing to give credit where it is due, criticism where it is needed, and hope to those of us who want to believe that Hillary and her supporters still have a place in the Democratic Party.

    Buchanon (5.00 / 5) (#31)
    by Stellaaa on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    I think has become a Hillary convert.  

    I know. (5.00 / 0) (#35)
    by masslib on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:13:19 PM EST
    I think a lot of Republican pundits (5.00 / 4) (#44)
    by DandyTIger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:31:08 PM EST
    have repeatedly said how incredible she had been, and have admitted lots of respect for her. They have also admitted that she has gained the respect of Republicans in the senate before this campaign. That is very nice to hear indeed when your political opponents talk this way. McCain said as much in his recent speech as well, but of course we know what he was trying to do with that, but he's said that before this election too.

    He's been a strong defender of hers (none / 0) (#59)
    by JavaCityPal on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:03:31 PM EST
    for awhile.

    He had a scathing post on his own web site against Obama months ago that they couldn't even open up to comments.


    Very Convincing (5.00 / 6) (#33)
    by Spike on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:06:17 PM EST
    I have supported Obama from the beginning. But I always expected Clinton to win and I fully expected to support her. But during the course of the campaign my opinion of her steadily declined. After it was clear that Obama was going to be the nominee, I was personally opposed to the notion of a "dream ticket." I thought that Obama should keep his distance. But Hillary Clinton just changed my mind. That speech was strong, sincere and very compelling. She has grown enormously as a public speaker in the last three months. There is now no doubt in my mind that the ticket would be much stronger with Hillary Clinton on it. I hope the speech was as convincing for Clinton supporters as it was for this Obama supporter.

    Wow Spike (5.00 / 4) (#39)
    by waldenpond on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:19:05 PM EST
    you've been pretty tough on her.  What a great thing to say.   Thanks.

    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#106)
    by namekarB on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 11:35:12 PM EST
    I voted for Clinton in the CA primary and became steadily disappointed in both her strategy and her tone. I eventually came to believe that Obama was the better candidate.

    However, after Clinton's speech, I am just jaw-droppingly awed by her graciousness and caring, both for her supporters and everyone else. She brought tears to my eyes.

    She IS the best choice Obama could make for VP, even though I agree that the choice is his alone.


    This was an unbelieveable speech (5.00 / 7) (#36)
    by ajain on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:15:42 PM EST
    She has, once again, put the onus on Obama to show us that he is capable of leading.
    She is going out with a bang!
    I don't care what happens next, she will always remain my leader and she will always be my hero and my inspiration.

    No Prejudice is Acceptable (5.00 / 2) (#37)
    by Elkins Park on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:18:46 PM EST
    A black woman, preferably who speaks Spanish, would be awesome. If she was as brilliant & compassionate as Barack & Hill of course.

    There is some bright little girl in Washington Heights, NY dreaming some really big dreams right now. She will stand on the shoulders of Clinton & Obama. Yes. We. Can.

    Hear hear! (5.00 / 2) (#43)
    by dmk47 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:28:53 PM EST
    Beautifully said. ¡Si, se puede!

    Wow (5.00 / 1) (#55)
    by indy in sc on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:54:35 PM EST
    just had goosebumps reading your post...that is the awesome power of this primary season--doors have been kicked open.

    I'm waiting for a Native American (5.00 / 1) (#95)
    by Cream City on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 06:27:08 PM EST
    and btw, genealogists whom I track still are tracking back in Clinton's French Canadian ancestry to see whether she, like so many of us in the Midwest -- the former Nouvelle France -- might be metis.  Wouldn't that be sad if we missed our chance at that historic moment as well, as a country . . . as Native Americans' country first.

    Yes, great speech! (5.00 / 2) (#40)
    by robrecht on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:21:00 PM EST
    Too bad she wasn't giving such strong speeches last year, or this would have been a very different campaign.  But that's politics.  Obama needs to rise to the occasion.

    nicely said, agree, fantastic moment (5.00 / 3) (#41)
    by DandyTIger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:27:51 PM EST
    in history. That one was for the books. Perfect speech to make it clear what was accomplished, what was not, and most importantly, to ensure she and her supporters don't stop there with the fight for equality, women's rights, children's rights, health care, civil rights, etc. And of course she endorsed Obama in a very clear and unequivocal way that let everyone know with out a doubt she was behind him all the way. Perfect.

    Of course it was very sad to see right after that speech the pundits on MSNBC bashed her yet again. I don't think they can let go. They made it clear yet again that if Obama doesn't win it will be all Hillary's fault. That meme only makes Obama look very, very weak in my opinion. With friends like these. Jeffery Tubin even came out and said they'll need to push (I won't say the word implied there) Chelsea be used to campaign vigorously for Obama. These guys just don't stop.

    So onward and upward. I expect more great things from Hillary. I suspect she will be one of the greatest senators we've every seen. And if she chooses to run for president again, she will have my support.

    Speaking as an Obama supporter, (5.00 / 2) (#45)
    by Don in Seattle on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:31:58 PM EST
    I thought Hillary's endorsement speech was terrific. I could have asked for no more.

    If she sticks to this positive tone, then even if Senator Obama somehow loses, no blame can be cast in Senator Clinton's direction.

    More to the point, if she sticks to this positive tone, then I believe we will, all of us, celebrate a truly historic victory this November.

    Thank you, Senator Clinton.

    I agree Armando... (5.00 / 10) (#46)
    by Larry Bailey on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:33:03 PM EST
    ...THE best political speech I've ever seen -- in that it was well delivered, relatively free of the empty platitudes of most "great political speeches", and full of the complexity of thought that always leaves me in awe of BOTH Clintons. They're amazing people and I'm intensely proud of having supported them for so long.

    Just watched the speech on videotape (5.00 / 13) (#50)
    by lilburro on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:42:23 PM EST
    a really amazing speech.  I'm glad she took the time, near the end, to really fight for civil rights and the rights of women.  To speak, as only she could speak now, about her struggle to become President and about the struggle of the next woman to become president, and to turn this defeat into something not humiliating, but an inspiring milestone.  What I feared most about her losing is the snide hissing of men across the country - "that b*tch deserved to lose!" - glorying in her loss.  But the way she has conducted herself in these final weeks has put my fears on that subject completely to rest.  Her coalition is real, and her achievement is real.  She makes the sexist pundits and the people who call her "Billary" look especially silly today.

    I also loved her emphasis on the rights of gay and straight.  

    An amazing speech.  I think it addressed sexism very powerfully and will be remembered for that.  It will be well worth watching again, and again, and again.

    During the Campaign (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 09:46:26 PM EST
    Did Hilary not win over lots of men as she won over many of us earlier?

    This was Hillary at her best (5.00 / 4) (#56)
    by Molly Bloom on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:57:09 PM EST
    It will always be one of the best speeches I have  heard.

    For a lot of us (5.00 / 3) (#60)
    by Edgar08 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:05:17 PM EST
    We saw these things in Clinton long BEFORE they became apparent to those who only started seeing them after she could no longer win.

    And no it does not make me feel any better at all to point that out.

    It's just what it is.

    so true, they couldn't or wouldn't see them: (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by dotcommodity on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:47:04 PM EST
    a dailykos commenter just said

    wow: she's intelligent!



    Wow (5.00 / 4) (#72)
    by Edgar08 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:53:30 PM EST
    What a moron.

    I thought it was wonderful (5.00 / 3) (#66)
    by independent voter on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:36:50 PM EST
    I choked up a number of times. She did a masterful job of keeping her composure, talking about what is best in her and her campaign, and beginning to turn (I hope) many of her supporters into Obama supporters. (Even if they tepidly support him.)
    I am more impressed by her today than I have been the entire campaign.

    This may be my bias talking (5.00 / 12) (#69)
    by kayla on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:43:10 PM EST
    But this speech was better than anything Obama has put forward.  It was about more than "change".  It made me think about my life, about my life as a woman, about my life as an African American, as a Democrat and as an American.  And it made me proud on all counts.

    That is a great woman, and I'm proud to have supported her and I look forward to the future with her as one of the leaders of our country whether she's senator, vice president, or some other force.  

    What a great speech.  I can't say enough.

    Wow (5.00 / 1) (#74)
    by squeaky on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:17:00 PM EST
    Tears still in my eyes. Damn you Mark Penn. Hillary would have made a terrific president in 08.

    After that speech I cannot imagine her as anything but Obama's running mate. They will be unstoppable, and a force to be reckoned with in the Senate and on the international front. The two of will easily reverse the damage done to America from 7 years of cowboy politics.


    Isn't it (none / 0) (#84)
    by Mrwirez on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:45:43 PM EST

    Only If (none / 0) (#85)
    by squeaky on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:48:08 PM EST
    You are still in cowboy mode. I am not, not that I ever was.

    Damn you Rev. Wright (none / 0) (#87)
    by Edgar08 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:38:31 PM EST
    For saying what you said about Clinton thus making it impossible for me to vote for Barack Obama.

    Dishonest (none / 0) (#89)
    by squeaky on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 05:56:06 PM EST
    You would allow Rev Wright, who you obviously find disreputable and distasteful, to determine your vote. And yet you would break Hillary's heart by not voting for Obama.

    I do not believe you. Whether or not you vote for Obama your comment is clearly an exercise in posturing.


    it doesn't even have to be rational (none / 0) (#103)
    by Edgar08 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 10:25:35 PM EST
     I can't prove it's not posturing.  Take your chances.  i can only assure you it's the one thing that keeps jumping in the way between me and moving on.

    i can't get on the hate train.


    Wow (5.00 / 5) (#81)
    by Teresa on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:38:10 PM EST
    And that woman in particular (Hillary Clinton) hasn't been any boon to women's issues (I know her record thoroughly and I believe that anyone who thinks Clinton is a champion for women doesn't know her record).  

    I'd call you an idiot, but BTD would have to delete it. Instead, I'll say you are sadly uninformed.

    If you would read her posts, you would know that Jeralyn is at a conference see speaks at.

    Please know, if I vote for Barack Obama, is will be because of those Democratic Party values that I share with him because that woman reminded me of what I care about. It will be for that woman and despite you.

    This should have been in reply to the post above. (none / 0) (#82)
    by Teresa on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:39:25 PM EST
    So glad you came to school us. (5.00 / 7) (#83)
    by eleanora on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:43:05 PM EST
    Dripping condescension against "that woman in particular" and her supporters is no way to win your Unity Pony. And "that woman" has been a passionate advocate for women's rights like no other presidential candidate ever.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has worked for more than thirty years to empower women and their families, as a lawyer, as a first lady, and as a senator-- by fighting so that we can access Plan B, so that our bodily integrity is respected, so that low-income women have access to schools, to child care, to health care, to jobs, to fair pay, to micro-financing so they can start their own businesses when society tells them to quit. And her campaign for President has been living proof of the value of fighting hard on the issues and never letting anyone else define you.

    Even when weaselly Dems like Nancy Pelosi whined at her to be a good girl and not make waves, she went to China in 1995 and made the best speech ever about women's rights, right in the faces of those powerful world leaders who daily try to keep us all down. Because as she said,

    "If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely -- and the right to be heard."

    Don't you dare tell me that I just don't know her record and if I were a real feminist I'd support your candidate. Your vote is yours to do with as you please. And my vote is mine, no one will take that from me. I'd like to follow Senator Clinton in supporting the nominee, but when you disrespect her work and mischaracterize her record, you do him a great deal of harm in that cause.

    Clinton speech on human rights 1995 - wow! (5.00 / 1) (#105)
    by noholib on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 11:26:51 PM EST
    I don't even remember reading this amazing speech the first time around.  Thanks very much for the link here.  

    Thanks for this, BTD. (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by pie on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:55:22 PM EST
    We just got home a little while ago, but I don't think I can watch the speech just yet, especially after you've written so poignantly about it.

    I only hope her detractors realize what what a class act she is.  She is a woman, a politician and an American who displays integrity, intelligence and competence.  

    There should be more like her.  

    Thanks for your wonderful tribute.

    It was a great speech ... (3.00 / 2) (#53)
    by shishka on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 01:47:41 PM EST
    ... and it cements why the Republicans are happy that she is not the nominee.  The Democrats have selected the weaker candidate, who has not proven to me that he will stand up and protect my rights.  I unfortunately believe that they will be thrown under the bus if it becomes politically necessary.

    The Republicans already know all his weaknesses and will exploit them with their trademark fearmongering.  The next 5 months will be interesting to watch play out.  It will be like watching a slow motion train wreck.

    She is right when she says there will come a time when a woman president is unremarkable.

    Sadly, much of her speech defined the woman's place in our society as win/lose, us v them.

    I think if you define a woman elected to potus as a "win" for women, then it will never be unremarkable.

    And imo, there will never be a woman president until such a thing is unremarkable.

    She energized both those who desperately want a woman potus, and, I think, those who desperately don't want one.

    She even more clearly defined a woman potus as remarkable. imo, that was a big mistake.

    What we came to realize (5.00 / 6) (#61)
    by Edgar08 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:08:20 PM EST
    In this primary is how wrong we were to believe it was NOT us vs. them.

    She's always (5.00 / 4) (#64)
    by lilburro on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 02:23:13 PM EST
    done the latter:

    She energized both those who desperately want a woman potus, and, I think, those who desperately don't want one.

    I think she made the latter look like chumps today with her very, very smart and articulate speech.  I also do not think she presented women in a binary fashion at all.  She did a great job I thought of contextualizing her achievement and the dream of many women as part of a larger goal of perfect equality.  There are no acceptable limits, there are no acceptable prejudices?  You heard that as "us v them"?  


    Yes. (none / 0) (#76)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:35:00 PM EST
    She spent a lot of time on women winning, glass ceiling, etc.

    Yes (5.00 / 5) (#78)
    by lilburro on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:49:20 PM EST
    I enjoyed the pause before she said "But I am a woman" in this section:

    Now, on a personal note, when I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer, that I was proud to be running as a woman, but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president. But...


    But I am a woman and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.

    That pause just has to be seen.  She stood on a stage no woman has ever stood upon before and acknowledged her identity as a woman, and the imperfect world we live in vis a vis rights for all people.  Like Obama's race speech, her concession speech contained insight and leadership that really impressed me.

    I think she did a great job though of emphasizing women's rights are civil rights, AA's rights are civil rights, gay rights are civil rights.  

    I just respectfully disagree that it did more harm than good.


    Fair enough. We agree to disagree. (none / 0) (#80)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 04:20:28 PM EST
    This is the first post (none / 0) (#75)
    by kayla on Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 03:22:15 PM EST
    I've troll rated.  What a bizarre thing to say.  What are you even responding to?  This post is about Hillary's brilliant concession speech.  What do you have to say about that?