Sunday, June 8

Clinton Suspends Her Bid for the White House; Throws Support Behind Obama

In a 30-minute speech Saturday in front of a packed house of loyal supporters, Sen. Hillary Clinton threw her support behind Sen. Obama, an annoucement which received both cheers and some boos.

In her last rally as a presidential candidate, Mrs. Clinton expressed deep gratitude to the voters. who had cast ballots for her. She suspended her campaign, rather than officially ending it. That’s a technicality that will allow her to raise money to retire her debt and to control the delegates she won. It is not an indication that she has any intention of resuming it. (NY Times)

Mrs. Clinton went on to put into proper historical context what her campaign means to women.

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it," the former candidate continued. "And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time."

It will be up to the historians to ponder why Clinton waited until the very last day of her campaign to give full voice to the epochal nature of her candidacy. Through the Democratic primary race of 2008, she had played down the significance of being the first woman within reach of the presidency. It's tempting to wonder whether things would have turned out differently if she had embraced the theme earlier -- but there can be little doubt that her last speech of the campaign was also her best. (The Washington Post)

You can read Clinton's speech in its entirety here.



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