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Hillary Clinton Speaks at the Democratic National Convention

Day Two: The Democratic Party Unites With Hillary's Big Speech

Dressed in radiant orange, Hillary Clinton, runner-up in the historic Democratic primary, owner of those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, brought down the house. The vibe in the air, in the city, and in the arena was one of unadulterated excitement.

Excitement that the candidate who made it so far in the race was here to lend her formidable prowess to the candidate to be, pride over what she accomplished, respect for how she did it, and a little bit of ownership over the memories. Regardless of who voted for whom, in Denver tonight, Democrats came together.

Hillary Clinton, long accused of splintering the party during the agonizing months of the campaign, successfully made the Democrats whole. With signs waving in the stands with "Unity" on one side, and "Obama" on the other, Hillary made even those who aren't Democrats proud to be part of the country that made her candidacy possible. The mood is ebullient and electric, weepy and thrilled. To some tonight, Hillary Clinton just became the new Bill. But that's just what I think — what about you?


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Kimmie-Smith Kimmie-Smith 9 years
I didn't get to hear her speech until I Googled it last night and I loved it! I especially love when she recalled Harriet Tubman. It was so passionate and so real that it definitely showed yet another side to her.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Oh yeah and that was a wonderful speech!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Umm being disrespectful to Bill and Hillary I mean who are 2 parts of the new holy trinity? Seriously these two have been treated like the Upper level of the Democratic Caste system for a long time and when they lose for once then people assume they got hosed...I think not. The Clinton name alone carries weight and voters not pundits/host typically vote for what they know so the fact that Obama won is a tremendous accomplishment...he wasn't just running against Hillary he was running against an establishment. I fell that all the canidates other than John McCain have been run over by most of the media outlets so to say that Clinton got it worse is just not true. She may have been called a liar which is bad, but never a terrorist, or un-American, or somehow "diffrent" or odd which is worst.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
I'd like to thank Hillary Clinton for stepping up to the plate and doing what needed to be done and unite this divided party ( even though she is not to nessecarily to blame for the divide). No it's time for her supporters to "man up" and stop acting like little kids who's daddy won't buy them a lollipop and get behind the party and views that are closer to their own than McCain's or leave the party. The fact that there are still people who refuse to vote for Obama is there perogative but it's a dumbassed one! Hell I'm neither a dem or a republican.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Bill Clinton is a phenomenal speaker. Love him or hate him, you can't deny it. Maybe one can. But they're wrong. HA
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Thanks Kiki. What an awesome speech. I had tears in my eyes here at my desk. Just amazing.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Well said hypno. ;) I'm also looking forward to Bubba's speech.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
When I think of Sen. Clinton’s speech last night it brings to mind a blank canvas and as any good painter knows you must first ceil the cracks and smooth the surface if the end result is to become a masterpiece. Touching on points of humanity & sisterhood, unity for a common goal, the ways of the past vs. the way to future. She made it clear that battles waged between her’s and the Obama campaign were not conflicts of personally held malice or disrespect for the other but conflicts of pure passion of two people who share the same passion and stood by the very convictions for which we all cheered “no matter what, never give up” and “Yes we can”. I’m looking forward to hearing from President Clinton tonight and how he approaches and acknowledges and endorses Sen. Obama. I honestly don’t blame the man for being miffed about being portrayed as a racist because he clearly is not. However, a label like that churned and churned and churned in the media does leave rather a bitter taste in ones mind & heart. I am counting on him to rise above personal conflict tonight and deliver. He’s done it before and I believe he can do it again.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
milosmommy, here is a link to her speech it doesn't have the tribute video on it though... which makes me sad b/c I really enjoyed the tribute ... that alone almost made me cry.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Does anyone know where I can find it on the interenet? I was at a infant CPR class last nite and missed it.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
MATILDA!!! Cute avatar, bilbliophile!
bibliophile bibliophile 9 years
I have never been so proud to be a woman as I feel right now, having just watched Hilary's rousing, brilliant speech. I was already beyond impressed and admittedly, feeling a bit weepy, but when she included an insipiring quote from Harriet Tubman, I nearly fell off my chair. It sounds rather hyperbolic now as I'm writing this, but it's so true!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I was really impressed with Hillary's speech, it wasn't moving or emotional to me but I thought she was very well-spoken and drove the point home that the Democratic party needs to unite behind Barack. I thought it was funny/sweet that Bill Clinton looked like he was near tears during her entire speech last night, while I wish Michelle Obama would've smiled more. I think her misinterpreted expressions are part of the reason that people have a cold reaction to her (but I still like her :) ).
sldc sldc 9 years
The best speech of her life, no doubt. She did what she needed to do and was nearly flawless. Her speech was one of the best and most dynamic I have heard in a while. I admired her as a kid, but when it became known to me that she had so many ties to big business, I saw her differently. I did not vote for her in the primarie (I voted for Ron Paul), but she made me a bit proud last night. Oh, and the video they showed just before her appearance was fun to watch. I love propaganda films. Joe Biden's pockets are lined with credit industry money and I cannot respect that in any way. If I had to pick between two insiders with ties to big business, I would have rather seen Hillary get it than Biden.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Yay for Hillary!! It must be so hard to see something you wanted so bad go to someone else, and then have to stand up in front of the entire world and support them. I'm amazed at how fabulous that speech was, not just because of the circumstances but also because it was an AMAZING speech. I think I fell in love with her all over again! I had a few doubts about how dedicated she was to party unity leading up to the convention, just seemed like the Clintons didn't want to let go. I have no doubts now that at least publicly they will do everything they can to support Obama.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Thanks NYFashionista! :hug: He always had my vote...after she resigned of course. BUT getting such an amazing endorsement from her definitely made me feel better about it. :D
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
"In the end I have to support her ideals and what is fundamentally Democratic by supporting Barrack Obama, and I am proud to do so...especially with her endorsement." -It's really great to hear you say this Harmony! I think after the primaries, you were quite turned off by Obama (and understandably so- I, being an Obama supporter, was quite turned off by Hilary). It's good to hear how inspiring her speech was to many of her supporters. I must admit, I saw in Hilary last night what I have always admired her for (before the primaries got ugly): intelligence, strength, courage and the ability to inspire. She made me proud last night.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think your right, Woop. It was a well played strategy by Hillary!
Woop Woop 9 years
Regardless of what anyone thinks about the Clinton years, I thought the brilliance of bringing up the Clinton years was that she was speaking directly to the people who voted for her in the primaries because, believe it or not, they remember the Clinton years VERY fondly. Right or wrong, they remember it that way but for some reason they won't vote for Obama. The intent with this was to bring those Clinton supporters back into the party by reminding them that they are democrats first and the party needs to come together again to put a democrat back in the white house. It's a lot like when Republicans invoke the Reagan to make whatever point they are making. My thoughts anyway. :)
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
oh and I agree jenintx, She was so inspiring last night and you really could see why so many people supported her!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I think she was awesome!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Thanks Krradford! I saw a picture of him nearly launching himself into the air with his fist pumped to the sky! It looked so exciting! Supposedly it is called... WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
"I could see for the first time why she had so many people supporting her." I'm glad that I have finally been vindicated!!!! ;)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Apparently it's working! I saw a news piece about Hillary supporting delegates that have switched over to Obama because of that speech. I don't know how widespread a reaction it is...but every bit helps. :)
amybdk amybdk 9 years
silverpenny013 -- Hello fellow Coloradan! It was great to hear your take on Clinton's speech! It's cool to hear from independents who haven't been sold one way or another. Thanks for sharing! Jill -- I think my personal assignment today is to listen to Kucinich's speech. I love that dude! And finally, jenintx, your comment sums it up for me: "...last night, i could see for the first time why she had so many people supporting her. she was SO inspiring! i think it was just what the party needed." Throughout this election process, it's been my goal to remain objective. I hadn't been sold by Clinton, Obama, McCain, or anyone else (besides Kucinich). I don't know what it was about hearing her / seeing her last night... it was so moving! I continue to feel like a total nerd for tearing up!
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