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]