Did you see Hillary's speech last night after Obama won the nomination? It was quite odd in that it didn't acknowledge the historic nature of the night being that it marked the first time an African-American became the nominee of a major party in the United State of America.
The chair of her campaign Terry McAuliffe went so far as to introduce her as, "The next President of the United States!!" That's not only disrespectful but it's down right insulting especially given the history of the moment.
In addition, she fueled speculation that she might keep fighting until the convention in Denver by not conceding which added to the weirdness of the evening. Then she really went for the gutter by saying that her 18 million supporters have been "invisible." Really? I think that's going a bit too far.
If she wants the V.P. slot then she sure is going about it in a strange way. If she is trying to force her way into the position then I think she will be disappointed, no one likes to be forced.
I don't feel animosity or anger toward here at this point but I do feel sadness. It is sad that she didn't bow out gracefully last night, take the high road and end on a positive, unifying note. It was sad to listen to her talk as though there were more states yet to vote. It was sad to see her not accept the reality of situation. Even several of her high profile supporters are disappointed with this speech and her looking like she is trying to leverage her way onto the ticket.
These people include Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Hilary Rosen and Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. The governor stated, "You don't bargain with the presidential nominee. Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain." Rangel commented that she could have been far more generous towards Obama last night. Rosen saying, "I'm not a bargaining chip, I'm a Democrat" and that she is, "disappointed."
However, I was especially saddened that she did not acknowledge the historic nature of Obama's moment last night. What does that kind of flippant dismissal of history tell our young people? And speaking of our young people, I heard a lady call into our local radio station yesterday evening who literally told her daughter not to expect anything in life because Hillary Clinton lost and that apparently somehow means that women are set back because of it!!!
I know that you're disappointed that she lost but she came in a close second and yet instead of focusing on that historic break through for women this lady is throwing the baby out with the bathwater!! And what kind of a thing is that to say to a young, impressionable child? She went on to say that Barack Obama didn't deserve to win because he was just another man and that women were supposed to be next. I hope that there aren't many Hillary supporters out there like this woman.
I have also heard many ladies who have said that now that Hillary has lost that this means that women will never win the presidency. That's pretty pessimistic. I am convinced that we will see a woman president and most likely in the near future. I would be ecstatic to see that happen especially being a historian and that two of my heroes are my mother and my grandmother. I very much want a woman to be president but not Hillary Clinton. I think Barbara Boxer would be the better choice. I would vote for her in an instant.
Like I said, It's just so sad to me to see Hillary and some of her supporters act this way. I hope that they can let go of some of that anger, pride and sense of revenge for the sake of their happiness and peace in the long run.
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