Senator Rallies For Obama

Hillary Wows Convention Crowd!

Hillary Clinton rallied the Democratic troops for Barack Obama last night, declaring, “Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our president.”

After thanking her supporters and reflecting on the hard fought primary battle, the Senator, who was introduced by her daughter, went on to highlight some of the greatest threats facing the nation, from global warming to a sagging economy to outrageous oil prices. Those problems can only be fixed by a Democratic president, she said, and only Obama can restore the States’ former glory.

And, yes, she makes special mention of the gays…

Said the Senator:

[We want] to fight for an America that is defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labor rights, from women’s rights to gay rights from ending discrimination to promoting unionization, to providing help for the most important job there is, caring for our families, and to help every child live up to his or her God-given potential, to make America once again a nation of immigrants and of laws, to restore fiscal sanity to Washington, and make our government an institution of the public good, not of private plunder.

We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges, leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America.

Now, this will not be easy. Progress never is. But it will be impossible if we don’t fight to put a Democrat back into the White House.

We need to elect Barack Obama…

The former candidate also took some time last night to attack Obama’s Republican rival, John McCain.

Though Clinton and McCain are friends, the Senator insisted he represents nothing more than another Bush administration, taking this clever jab: “…It makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities, because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart.”

The crowd went wild at every turn of Clinton’s emphatic, emotional speech. And they should have. The Senator’s sincerity, humor and gusto no doubt brought the party closer. She hit the ball out of the park last night and did exactly what she needed to do: worked to unite the party.

Whether her words worked remains to be seen…

[Image by NY Times‘ Damon Winters]

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  • faghag

    people who denied her, should hang their heads in shame.

  • ChristopherM

    No one denied her. She lost an election. It happens. And she showed an amazing amount of grace and class last night.

  • daniel k

    ^^^ Amen. Her campaign made some big mistakes early on in underestimating the importance of the caucuses, plus the Florida/Michigan debaucles and she lost fair and square. She made me immensely proud last night. She definitely will live to fight another day.

  • Bob R

    The two big problems with both Clinton’s and many Democrats is they forget the Reagan adage of not speaking ill of another member of the same party. Attack positions, philosophy or policy, but not personal flaws. One can admit that maybe criticism of a position was in error or that the voter’s prefer another candidate’s philosophy to your own, but when you make it personal, those comments are impossible to rescind and live on to be used by the opposition. They also cause ongoing rancor with your supporters. So it is and will be with Clinton’s personal attacks on Obama. McCain is using them and will continue to use them to hammer Obama. The Clinton’s, for all their campaign experience and savvy should have known better.

    The other error was saying the presumptive Republican opponent (McCain) was better than your own party’s candidate. The Clinton’s complimenting of McCain while belittling Obama will also live on to do damage. Obama also erred when complimenting Reagan. Like me, there is a large body of Democrats/Independents who loathe Reagan. The so called “Reagan Democrats” were/are really only Republican’s who for personal or geographic reasons were/are unable to wear the Republican mantle.

    I hope Clinton’s speech will be able to undo some of the damage that has been done during the primaries. But in her heart of hearts, I still think both she and Bill are looking towards 2012 and another shot at power. I’m anxious to see if she makes good her words and campaigns for Obama as enthusiastically as she campaigned against him.

  • mark

    Senator Clinton did everything in her generous and brilliant speech any Obama supporter could ask of her. As an Obama supporter I would have been a harsh critic if the speech felt half-hearted.

    McCain got a “teaching moment”, HE doesn’t speak for Hillary, she can do that by HERSELF!

  • rjb

    I think the speech was great. Why shouldn’t she look towards 2012 and possibly running again? She’s a politician after all. I don’t think that takes a thing away from her support of Obama.

    It also tickles me to see forget and Reagan in the same sentence. That ass was lucky enough to forget his part in the killing of generations of gay men. Lucky him.

  • steve

    and now cnn’s predictable resonse: “why didn’t hillary do more? what didn’t she connect? why still so much party disunity?” – bullshit

    turn on cspan – don’t fall for the pundit garbage

    amazing speech hill :)

    onto the white house o & joe!

  • ChristopherM

    Didn’t CNN immediately go to one of those stupid PUMA fuckers after her speech? They must have a homing beacon on them…they’d have to in order to get to them that quickly since there are all of 18 of them. I missed that, fortunately…I switched to PBS when I realized I had missed three good speeches by people I like thanks to the talking heads thinking “coverage” means commenting on things no one gets to see. Sadly, that switch meant I got to hear all of Mark Warner’s sad boring keynote address!

  • CitizenGeek

    I think Hillary’s speech was a home run. It was brilliant and she definitely delivered. I appreciated her nod to the gays, also. I hope Obama does the same in his speech, because he’s going to have a lot of angry gays on his hands if he doesn’t …..

  • rjb

    CNN did cut immediately to a very extreme Hillary supporter. What kills me is that these things aren’t off the cuff, they are not organic. They sought out the most extreme person. I’m sure there were pre interviews with line producers. I was just picturing some producer screaming Jackpot! That they found a black female Hillary supporter. Yet again CNN creates the story and then reports the story they create.

  • seitan-on-a-stick

    Gay-friendly Hillary hand-delivered the baton to Barack Obama today and it’s up to the B.O. team to not drop the baton. Unfortunately, Biden as Veep sank their numbers in which McCain now leads Obama in a statistical tie. Thursday is up to Obama to seal the deal as he will need a double digit bump which will be eroded by the GOP attack machine in the coming days. Y’all better pray that they pick a crappy Veep also like Lieberman, Romney or Giuliani. Condi Rice would be our worst nightmare as GOP “Pitbull” Veep! Hillary is now the past (with 2012 hers if Bam fails) and Barack must lead this party and convince America that he has the right experience, now!

  • steve

    “Yet again CNN creates the story and then reports the story they create.”

    exactly rjb

    i think cnn is one network that’s quickly losing its relevance –

    people who don’t want to be told what to think by mainstream networks are either watching c-span in conjunction with internet blogs (*raises hand), or streaming commentary-free convention feeds

    i don’t think there is much of an audience left for cnn

    for the non-internet audience, left leaners are gravitating to msnbc & right leaners are resting soundly at fox

    there was a great report on npr this morning about cable news pundits being nothing more than paid party operatives – the report pointed the finger directly at the likes of cnn

    by behaving irresponsibly as journalists, these “networks” have inadvertently turned the spotlight on themselves & become their own story

    mainstream outlets have been making aggressive efforts to divide the democratic party over the past few months & i think hillary’s speech last night helped to shine a light on those efforts

    the majority of us felt damn good about the party last night, despite more divisive messages from the media

    “you can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time”

  • AJ

    Her speech was gracious, heart-felt, and well-delivered.


    And yet some Democrats engaged in thievery false accusations and all sorts of underhanded tactics to take away the nomination from her for the affirmative action candidate?

    “stupid PUMA fuckers”

    Take your words to the bank charcoal dick lover #8, cause us P.U.M.A’s will take ours to the voting booth.

    P.U.M.A ’08


    Hillary ‘2012

  • ChristopherM

    Does anyone else think that Hillary wouldn’t get within 100 feet of this idiot?

  • chadnnocal

    This speech will go down in history as the quintessential convention unity speech. She is our modern EVITA!

  • Kdogg

    I miss Hillary already. I will vote for Obama but I wish he’d have realized that this AMAZING woman could have been his Vice President if he’d have only asked. Now I fear the election could be lost, and all I wanted was equal rights… :(

  • damien

    Damn, she OWNED that stage. That’s the best speech I’ve seen since Obama’s in 2004.

  • Karl

    And the second question after the obligatory,

    “Did you see Hillary last night?”,

    “I think Obama was a fool to not pick her, don’t you?”


  • Mr C

    Once again our idiot resident Chittyshitty-Y says to another person on here No.8·ChristopherM:

    Take your words to the bank charcoal dick lover #8, cause us P.U.M.A’s will take ours to the voting booth.

    charcoal dick lover? Haven’t you guys noticed that it’s always rabid racists comments spew out of his mouth?

    I guess your Momma must be proud of you. She probably says I raised my neo-nazi faggot ass son right, didn’t I?

    DUMB Bitch what the fuck you really know about PUMA? And we’re all going to the voting booth!

    And regardless of what I do love Hillary Clinton in spite of her folks and husband running a poor campaign.

    THERE WILL BE NO 2012 for her

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