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Clinton Suspends Campaign, Backs Obama

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Well, she’s done it. Senator Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign on Saturday, throwing her support behind Barack Obama, who last week clinched the nomination. It was hard to imagine how Clinton could make a confident, believable push for Obama, but she pretty much hit the nail on the head:

I entered this race because I have an old-fashioned conviction that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their dreams. I’ve had every opportunity and blessing in my own life, and I want the same for all Americans.

And until that day comes, you’ll always find me on the front lines of democracy, fighting for the future. The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength, and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States.

Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.

The next question is how Obama will use Hillary and Bill Clinton in his own bid for the White House. And, of course, whether Clinton’s supporters get on the Obama band wagon.

Watch Mrs. Clinton’s speech, after the jump…

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 9, 2008
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  • 26 Comments
    • The Banania Blogger
      The Banania Blogger

      Why has no gay press picked up on her mentioning gay people twice in her speech and getting cheered both times?

      And if any of you knows of some, please let me know.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 8:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      I heard her mention us in her speech twice. Only time will tell if her speech will move any of her supporters to the Obama campaign along with her. BUT, her speech was a great start.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 10:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I hope he does put her on his ticket, after all. I think that would be a badass duo.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 10:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom
      Tom

      A fantastic and memorable speech. She redeemed herself for the moment. In fact, had she campaigned in the manner in which she delivered that speech, it would have been Obama on that stage conceding the race. I still do not want to see her on the ticket though, her and Bill would be too much of a distraction now and during Obama’s presidency.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 10:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • foofyjim
      foofyjim

      I agree with you Tom about her chances if she had started her campaign the same way she finished it. I’m not sure about a joint ticket, but with the way she’s campaigning lately, she would make a formidable running mate and could take on the traditional role of official attacker of the other candidate very well. So, I think she might help Obama win, but would she help him govern effectively? That’s the question he needs to answer for himself.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 11:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack Jett
      Jack Jett

      I hope the press with cut the Clinton’s some slack now. I know some of you have an intense hatred for them, but many of us see the good they do as well.

      Andrew Sullivan has a comment calling her a “bitch”.

      At some point, Clinton haters have to ask what is your endgame? Do you want her to come out a flog herself in public? Lethal injection?

      Queerty has been no exception to this bashing which has been a bummer for those of us who love this blog.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 11:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      Foofy Jim is right.
      Obama will go through the rules and regulations, trials and tribulatuions and sometime and in late July will announce Clinton as his running mate.

      BELIEVE THAT!

      OBAMA/CLINTON 08′
      The CHANGE and EXPERIENCE we need!

      Jun 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      She did mention us in her speech and she has always been a friend to us. She had to show the generosity of her spirit even in the face of so many underhanded tactics from Barack Hussein Obama and his cult like folowers.
      Once PLO seal of approval Obama is wiped out from his presidential aspirations come November she will become the undisputed nominee for a future run.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      NOBAMA!!!08′

      SEPARATE BUT EQUAL, CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

      Jun 9, 2008 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      CHURCHILL-Y, Barack Obama’s stance on gay rights was identical to Hillary Clinton’s.

      I really liked that she mentioned us twice, too. I think it was a massively impressive speech and she really showed how much grace and good spirit she has in this speech. I’d love to see her on the ticket, but either way my support lies with Obama (and has been with him since about halfway throughout the primary season).

      Jun 9, 2008 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      While it may seem subtle, it is clear to me that she still thinks that she would have offered U.S. citizens an “old fashioned ” option of public service for us, with the implication that with Obama that would not be the case. She is one of those people who has trouble losing graciously. (or playing that way).

      I hope that a little huimility will soak in; it’s hard to say whart she means by “old fashioned” service oriented public service: is this like FDR which would be the only real public service oriented gov’t or would it be like Bills or Reagons.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Duquette
      Michael Duquette

      I will never vote for Obama. McCain 08

      Jun 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherM
      ChristopherM

      That lovely and gracious speech was just what was needed. It would be enough for me to be okay with her on the ticket if I thought anyone could keep her husband under control and keep him from fucking everything up the way he did for her.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RPCV
      RPCV

      Bitch. Must be traumatizing to realize you don’t own the keys to the White House. And, with God’s help, it will remain the WHITE House…….

      McCain/Powell ’08

      Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Banania Blogger
      The Banania Blogger

      Wow, RPCV – Powell is black, too. Way to be a fucking idiot and a racist.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      And sexist, too, hence the use of the word bitch. Somebody has some issues …

      Jun 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RPCV
      RPCV

      The Banania Blogger: For political expediency McCain has to do something; running with Powell will achieve that goal. No question/confusion, Powell is Jamaican black, but he, too, would never win the WHITE House on his own. McCain will. Touche.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherM
      ChristopherM

      Dear Larry Craig,

      We’ve changed our minds, we actually do want you to admit you’re gay, so long as RPCV will stop sullying our good name.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Perdue
      Bill Perdue

      Unhappily for the reformist point of view, the Democratic Party is a swamp of bigotry, racism and misogyny. Supporters of the Democrats endlessly reduce their goals to accommodate the search for the most electable lesser evil.

      In the end they support candidates like Obama, a stubborn opponent of same sex marriage equality who’s quick to denounce men like Rev. Wright for telling the truth about Bush’s treatment of Palestinians and Iraqis, but who refuses to denounce bigots like the Rev. Donnie McClurkin or Mary Mary.

      The Democrats policies regarding GLBT equality are virtually indistinguishable from those of the racist swine who infest the Republican Party. The same is true for the genocide, socialized medicine and policies regarding immigrant/imported workers and unions.

      Their biggest difference seems to be that the Democrats smile a lot more when they’re screwing us. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I think it might be a bad thing. What if it means they’re enjoying themselves?

      EEEEEWWWWWWEEEEE!!!!

      Jun 10, 2008 at 12:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

      How many times did Hillary mention gay rights in her concession speech? 2

      How many times did Obama mention gay rights in his victory speech? ZERO!

      Jun 10, 2008 at 5:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      I am so sick of hearing about McClurkin and Meeks, and Mary Mary. PLEASE FIND SOMETHING ELSE to try and beat us over the head with.

      I guess there are no WHITE BIGOTED CHRISTIANS Bill Perdue..HUH?

      SUPERIORISM is the new racism.
      Like the white lady said at the rules committee meeting
      “Barack Obama is an INADEQUATE Black Man” WOW!

      I guess Hillary was to be “entitled” to the coveted position and since she was trumped by a Black Man. All hell is breaking loose. If he was a White guy with the same porfolio most of this steam filled anger would not be.

      EMPTY SUIT, or NOT

      Last I recalled when Bill and George came to the White House they were both empty suits who got top shelf help.

      Now with the Black Guy “OH NO HE’S A LOSER” queens kill me….Blacks are good enough to sleep with but not good enough to lead……fucking bastards!

      And to be honest Hillary mentioning Gay Rights is PANDERING PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!
      Understand we are not the main issue of this presidency never have been, and never will be.
      As far as I am concerned recognition isn’t SHIT without action!

      So bottom line if there is any of you who do not want to vote for Obama……
      SIMPLY DON’T!!!….PERIOD

      And because of your anger you will vote for a person who turns back the clock on all the gay community and women has fought for with those right wing justices. An Independent, and a maverick my ass. He will not turn his back on his party should he win that position and they will make sure HE DON’T. And once they have it on lock in the Supreme Court it is truly a wrap!
      So when it happens don’t get mad at no one but yourself!

      OBAMA/CLINTON 08’
      The CHANGE and EXPERIENCE we need!

      Jun 10, 2008 at 7:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

      Our anger? Mr C, you are by far the angriest person here, and even after your incoherent, deranged rant, I cannot understand why.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 8:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      Not angry at all. And there is nothing incoherant or deranged here. But I would expect that from a Obama hater!

      Like I said with no apologies if there is any of you who do not want to vote for Obama……
      SIMPLY DON’T!!!….PERIOD

      Plain and simple.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • afrolito
      afrolito

      Fuck all the racist/sexist bullshit posted here. The net is full of assholes who can only spew their hatred behind the comfort of a keyboard. zzzz

      As far as Hillary goes, she gave an amazing concession speech, and I am more proud than ever of having supported her. I am now throwing my full support behind Obama, and I hope all of her other supporters do the same. I ahave no doubt that Obama will do the smart thing, and pick her as his VP. That will be an unbeatable ticket.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RPCV
      RPCV

      I agree with Mike. Mr. C: Please go to your nearest library and borrow a book on English grammar and writing. Won’t cost you a penny, and you just might learn how to express your feelings in prose. Oh, that’s right, you live presumably in DC, and God knows all the books in DC libraries have likely been borrowed, permanently!!

      Jun 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      And FUCK the both of you.
      And like I said RPCV whenever you ready to shred your secrecy of being a vile internet racist and come out and play in the visual. I’ll be waiting

      PUNK!

      Nothing more to be said to a non-descriptive individual.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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