Would it that I had not slept in this morning and could have caught the whole speech, but when I tuned in (just after 10 AM PST, 1 AM EST) to hear Hillary announce she was suspending her presidential campaign, I noticed how she shouted it, speaking almost without inflection. Until the end of this address when she spoke softly, almost elegically, she hardly shifted her tone.
It seemed incredibly self-serving, talking mostly about herself, defining herself as a pioneer. No real female leader would have spent so much time dwelling on her gender.
In the part of the speech I caught, I didn’t hear her once reference the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. An interesting oversight if that held true for the entire speech.
While she did endorse Barack Obama, she didn’t seem very gracious or indicate she was humbled either by the support she generated in the campaign or the loss she suffered in the end. At times, it seemed she was defiant.
When I tuned it, I heard little more than a string of platitudes, no memorable lines, not a discourse likely to be remembered as has been Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s speech, conceding the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination to Jimmy Carter. Only one line struck me as particularly memorable and it was her offensive insistence about “taking back” America as if some foreign power had conquered us and we needed to end the occupation.
UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): The most shocking thing to me about her speech was that she said some twisted 13-year old girl in Ohio gave up her lifelong dream/savings of going to Disney World in order to go with her Mother to work for Hillary in the Pennsylvania Primary. What the hell is in the water in that Ohio town? 🙂
UP-UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): Oh yeah, another thing. Dick Morris is WRONG AGAIN. He has been saying for the past God-only-knows-how-many-YEARS that Hillary Clinton would be elected President in 2008. Why do people still listen to him, again?
UP-UP-UPDATE from Dan: A close friend of mine and Hillary supporter, now backing Obama, disagrees with my assessment of the speech and thought it moving and heart-felt as did our thoughtful Hillary-supporting commenter, Darkeyedresolve.
like most defeated candidates, Clinton invested her campaign with a significance and heroic quality it doesn’t quite deserve. While Clinton talked about a glass ceiling, the reality is that initiallly the race was hers to win. If there are identity barriers associated with obtaining the Democratic nomination for president, the one Obama faced is at least as formidable as the one Clinton complains about.