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Hillary Clinton Suspends Campaign and Endorses Obama

Hillary Clinton has just ended her bid for the White House within walking distance of the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue residence she's fought the past 17 months to call home again.

Previewing the contents of the speech to supporters this week, Clinton said, "I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee and I intend to deliver on that promise."

The promise was just delivered on in a speech at the National Building Museum in DC. Supported by Bill, Chelsea, legions of fans, and those parents who watched her campaign saying to their kids, "see? You can be anything you want to be." Clinton detailed the fruits of her remarkable campaign, and then extended her support to her former rival, saying:

Today as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him. I ask all of you to work as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me. . . ensuring that Barack Obama walks through the doors of the Oval Office on January, 20, 2009!

Following up that strong endorsement saying:

We cannot let this moment slip away. We have come too far and accomplished too much. . . today I am standing with Senator Obama to say, 'yes, we can!'

It's been a long fight, one that ends today not without emotion. Clinton may not be the only person nursing bruises from ending her quest — supporters will have to decide if they can now endorse Obama as wholeheartedly as Clinton did this morning. To see how hard this might be, and what's next for everyone,

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The psychiatry correspondent for FOX News said this individual healing process can't be rushed, and supporters will have to warm up to Obama slowly. "Pretending Clinton support translates in a wholesale way to Obama needlessly inserts falsehood into a movement that all of us, regardless of our politics, would have to admit is fueled by passion."

Passion and bucks. Now that the end is here, Hillary and Obama are apparently in deep negotiation as to how to retire the $30 million campaign debt Hillary's dug — with the bonus to Obama that she'll in turn fund raise for his campaign. Advisers think she could bring in $100 million for his general fight.

When Hillary and Obama had their secret meeting Thursday evening at Senator Feinstein's home, they spoke for an hour and seemed to salve some of the campaign wounds. How long will it take for supporters and the party to follow? Will the Democrats find a way to unite, Unity Ticket or not?

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benna benna 7 years
I cried when she gave her speech, so touching and from a very strong woman. I do hope she runs again. She has so much to offer our country.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Me too caligirl. :)
caligirl101 caligirl101 7 years
I really hope she runs again.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
i think nyrina pretty much said it all for me. plus, i find it appalling that she's only suspending her campaign so she can try to recoup money she "lent" to it.
megnmac megnmac 7 years
So, all this 2012 talk, running against him again... are we assuming Obama loses or that Hils will run against the sitting president? B/c a lot of my R friends have been mocking the Ds for months now saying Hillary is taking the 'nuclear' option, and trashing Obama's chances so that he won't be incumbent and run again. I like to believe it isn't true, that she really will support him and do something great on her own (cabinet or wherever), but the 2012 talk right now just gets under my skin. It isn't after the general election, it is now, when we're all getting behind one nominee or the other (presumptively) and making that person the leader of our country. Doesn't that outcome make a difference in whether we're rallying Hillary again? Beyond even how this campaign shakes out, aren't there 4 years to live through where the policies and the events in the world will determine who can or should run in 4 years? A lot is going to happen, a lot is going to change, can we focus on the here and the now and stop the hysteria? Sorry for the late rant, I was busy yesterday but it really just... yeah.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 7 years
I think it took Hillary too darn long to accept the fact that she lost. And it took too long for her to congratulate Barack and back him. Since she is sooo for the Democrats, you would think she would have done all that earlier. I still don't believe anything that this woman says is sincere. She's too phony most of the time.
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
i think its easy to point a finger and say "she should of said this" and "she should of done that" but i seriously doubt she ever saw herself ever making this speech. i was pretty wishy washy on her from the start but i cant help but feel for someone who put everything she had into something and pretty much got nothing in return. ya she made history but at the same time what did she personally get out of this? with that question in mind, is it any wonder that the speech wasnt an "i heart obama" lovefest?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
That's very well said Jillness. And I was hoping for another month of this, that way I could stay #5 on the list....
Jillness Jillness 7 years
IMO, no matter what has lead to this point, Obama is now the presumptive nominee, and we need to rally behind him in order to get things done. For Hillary supporters, that means putting aside differences and taking a fresh look at Obama. For Obama supporters like myself, that means putting aside my disappointment with her actions earlier in the campaign, and extending the olive branch. We are on the same team now. :) Just my humble opinion...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Everything is going to turn out just fine with the Democratic party and months down the road we're going to look back and wonder what all the hysteria was about. Her speech was magnificent and regardless of her short fall to clench the democratic nomination she is poised in a more powerful position than from whence she came. The women is smart she knows how the system works and she knows how to work it. She understands that with failure comes wisdom. Senator Clinton is not licking her wounds, she's planning her future.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I'm not sure how many more times she could say support Barrack Obama. Was 13 not enough in a twenty minute speech? She HAD to talk about her campaign....she owed it to all of her supporters. Also I'm glad she waited until today. It gave her time to process everything and to put together what she really wanted to say. But clearly there are still some that are pre-disposed to hate her no matter what she says or does. :oy:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I agree Tsu. I think Obama would be a fool to offer her the VP. She's already condemed him for his "lack of experience" on foriegn affairs, and her credentials aren't much better. O needs someone who can work with him and bring the HC dissenfranchised back to the base. He's going to need all of them to win in Nov.
TsuKata TsuKata 7 years
Wow. I am shocked that so many people thought that was a good speech. Personally, I thought Sam Seaborn would have been rolling over in his fictional grave at listening to it. First, she spent about ten minutes talking herself up, and that wasn't the point. Second, she brought up the glass ceiling and played it off (yet again) like she'd somehow gotten screwed out of the presidency because of her gender, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Third, her endorsement of Obama was lukewarm at best. The little chant she tried to start about helping him win was just sad. It was rhythmically challenged, too long for a chant... She should have taken the opportunity to attack McCain toward bolstering her party, and she instead made statements sure to further inflame those theoretical supporters of hers that are so pissed at her fictional disenfranchisement that they'll vote McCain over Obama. I think I could have written a more powerful and more poignant speech in a few hours, and she's had months to work on this. It also pissed me off that she didn't give this speech earlier in the week, when more people would have been watching. She played prima donna to insist that it happen this weekend, separate from the other key players, and then the results were disappointing. Furthermore, the speech was supposed to happen at noonET, and she didn't even leave the house until well past 12:30ET. I'm a woman, and even I was saying, "What is she doing, her make-up???" It sucks. I want to like her. At the beginning of the primary race, I was thinking the ticket should be Clinton/Obama. I started as a Clinton supporter. But, midway through the primary race, she went with this salt-the-earth policy that felt like if she didn't win, she didn't care who she burned along the way. I just can't respect that, and thus, if it ends up being Obama/Clinton as the ticket, it'll be far from a dream scenario in my book.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
Stephley, I don't want any trouble. :makeup:
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Now that I've seen the whole thing, I'm even more moved. Thanks again, Harmony. On a side not, they must have had a very productive meaning the other night to have come together so well. I find it very encouraging. I still think she has too much to offer to just be VP, but I hope she is considered for Secretary of State.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 7 years
Awesome speech. I'm so proud of her!
laceykk23 laceykk23 7 years
while i wasnt a supporter of hers im proud of what she did for women of her generation and generations to come. i mean to be 25 and to see all that has happend in the past year and a half with this campaign makes me that much more confident that a woman WILL be elected president!! little girls growing up having seen that anything really is possible for them is awesome!! i thought her speech was perfect in just about every way it could be. i think she will be one of obama greatest assests in the comming months leading up to november!!!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
No problem guys. :) There is also a transcript here: http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/06/hillary-clinton.html
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Thanks here too, Harmony!
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Thanks for the link Harm. So happy to see the Obama people put it on his site.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 7 years
Nice find!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
For those who didn't get to see her speech. They are streaming the entire thing on: http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/stateupdates/gG5VTS
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I'm glad she's out. I'm glad the dynasty's over. Let's get out from under the last 16 years, and get this country back on track.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I would have loved to see her as President!
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I already wrote her a letter.
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