Clinton Suspends Campaign, Backs Obama

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…