Take a Bow, Hillary

Talk about a class act. We all have our opinions on Hillary Clinton, but it’s hard to look at her speech this evening and not give props where they’re due.

I was a delegate for Hillary, attending the Travis County Democratic Convention down in Texas some months ago, and watching her speak tonight, I couldn’t have been more proud of my candidate.

When people say that it’s hard to connect to Hillary, I wonder if those same folks felt that way tonight. She was genuine, graceful and truly a force to be reckoned with. While many urged Hillary to bow out early on, I don’t think those cynics could have anticipated the gratitude they’d soon have to hold in their Democratic hearts for the pantsuit wearing icon. Hillary, with the weight of her party on her shoulders, stepped out tonight in an attempt to quell arguments amongst delegates, and to convince our nation that Barack Obama is the candidate for whom we should all cast our votes come November.

Perhaps most powerfully, Hillary reached out to her supporters and said, “I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?”

Thank you, Hillary, for reminding us that no matter who we supported in the primaries, we are all in this for the same reason- a better America.

These words came from the women who a few short weeks ago hoped to be the next president of the United States. This evening, on the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Hillary used her voice to back her former opponent. Now if she can pick herself back up again to tackle the task at hand, what’s to stop the rest of us? America needs our help now. Let’s elect Barack Obama and restore both America’s reputation and hope.

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