I endorse him and throw my full support behind him. And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me. —Hillary R. Clinton, June 7, 2008
Hillary definitely fought a good fight—you gotta give her that. A year ago, I was a Hillary supporter. When she first ran for NY Senator, I volunteered and made phone calls on her behalf. However, former President Bill Clinton got involved and began to stir things up in the wrong direction. That is when I switched my vote.
Her concession speech (finally) was, I think, as gracious as could be expected by someone who initially seemed to have this nomination locked up. I think she did a great job of getting her position across to her supporters. There were a few boos when she initially mentioned her support for Barack Obama, but they soon fell silent.
It is unfortunate that there are some Democrats that will opt to vote for John McCain, (and that is their prerogative as citizens of the USA) or, they will choose not to vote at all. But, this country can’t take another four years of Bush politics—a war that we shouldn’t have started; gas prices out of control; and an economy that is in the pits. Yes, I think McCain will only bring us more of the mess we have had to deal with in the last eight years. Let’s just hope that we can finally have some positive change that will move this country in the right direction.
It is wonderful to live in a country where an African American man and a woman can both throw their hats in the ring and conduct strong campaigns for the highest elected office. But we still have a long way to go. It will be a great day when a person’s skin color or gender won’t be a big deal. Until that day comes and in the meantime, God Bless America.