In humble attempt at casting this in the tradition of Socrates, a (slightly altered) quote:

"The unexamined vote is not worth casting."

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Conceding Clinton, Magnanimous Obama

I had to stick this great front page shot of Obama during his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination (June 3rd of last week). The annoying thing, of course, is that it's been inevitable for so long that it took something out of the event--though it was quite good and hugely energized still (watch the whole speech here, as it's definitely worth it and undoubtedly historical).

Clinton did her part for that night too though, with her non-concession, as it were. The other shoe did of course finally drop on Saturday as Clinton conceded and endorsed Obama. It was a long time coming, but thankfully it did. I felt a bit underwhelmed, but then again I should've expected as much, given her antics leading up to it; she did have some interesting things to say no less, even if she was 45 minutes late to the speech. And, to say clearly, I think it is not small but huge that a woman got this close to becoming President of the United States--I just feel she did it in an overly-ambitious way that really did smack of entitlement, etc.

Below is the video of her speech, followed by a short clip from Obama's above acceptance speech (and a bonus video for my fellow Virginians); in the clip he directly addresses Clinton, and it's nothing if it's not generous and big-hearted, demonstrating his ability to take the high road. This is particularly true given that he gave the speech on Tuesday, after he had secured all of the necessary votes for the nomination, but four days before her below concession speech; in fact, as some of you probably saw, she was still claiming that she had the proper right to the nomination that night.

Clinton's speech:

Clip from Obama's nomination speech, as he addresses Clinton during it:

Bonus--for you fellow Virginians out there, take a look at Obama's first stop after he was officially nominated (we can expect the hoopla to only increase as November nears I'm sure, so look out for appearances if you're interested; note the nice intros for our Virginians, Sen. Webb and Gov. Kaine, who are both talked about as potential VPs):


soc said...

I didn't see Hillary's speech but just read about it in the Post. They said it was the best speech she has given, but it sounds like she didn't get to talking about
Obama until a ways into it. I wonder what will happen now. I think her supporters dislike Bush and the Republicans a lot more than they think Clinton
should have won over Obama. At least that's what I'm hoping.

soc said...

One more thought to add to what you said about Hillary Clinton's accomplishments. No matter what we thought of her tactics in the primary, I think we have to give her full credit for opening wide the door for women in politics. I hope to see many more women getting involved after this, inspired by her example. She definitely gave it everything she had, which is why it was so hard for her finally to concede.

Barga said...

Is it just me or is that a very Christesq pose that Obama has?

Robert Barga,

Brendan said...

Howdy Robert,

Yeah, that's right, didn't you hear that story about how he was going around saying he was part immortal? Just kidding man, i bet you could find a piicture like that of just about everyone who speaks to an excited crowd when they have to quite them

Brendan said...


Thanks for the comment--I agree, i think that most of those who supported Clinton were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats who are way against Bush; i don't think they'd vote against their Dem interests to support McCain over Obama.

With your 2nd comment, i'm all for anytime there can be more and more opening of doors for women and minorities, and that was something that i mentioned in my post; but i would have to disagree with the idea that it was so hard for her to concede b/c she'd given everything she had--i think that was some of it, but i think the larger thing was her sense of entitlement and her over-ambition. If there can be ambition--striving after high goals--then certainly, in my view, there can be over-ambition, where one cannot put their own goals aside for a greater good; particularly in her case, when the potential to fairly reach those goals ended quite some time ago--she was banking any win on the overturning of the clearly known popular vote through the unjust inclusion of MI and FL (like i wrote about a little here:

Barga said...

i know, but the post, the cheering crowds, the atmosphere, almost religious

Brendan said...

Yeah, yeah dude, there's a lot more substance to him than many would take your comment to suggest