Election 2008

N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton during her
concession speech Saturday

Clinton’s Emotional Concession Emphasizes Feminism, Reconciliation

June 08, 2008 01:20 PM
by Rachel Balik
Hillary Clinton thanked voters Saturday for putting cracks in the glass ceiling and urged Democrats to unite in support of presumptive nominee Barack Obama.

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Clinton showed a bit of ironic humor during her long-awaited concession speech on Saturday, admitting, “this isn’t exactly the party I’d planned, but I sure like the company.” After largely ignoring her unique position as female candidate, Clinton then turned to feminist rhetoric in the last speech of her campaign. Her concession speech has been received much more positively than the speech she made at the end of the primaries, which even from the most benevolent of critics deemed, “a bad show.”

Now that Clinton has officially conceded, Democrats need to stop criticizing her for failing to step down earlier, say many in the party. Gail Collins for the New York Times argues that, although sexism didn’t contribute to Clinton’s losing the candidacy, it is contributing the way people are reacting to her extended campaign. Uniting the Democratic Party means acknowledging Clinton’s hard work and commending the path she paved for women, Collins says.

Speculation about a possible vice-president slot for Clinton is circulating, but despite a secret meeting between the two candidates on Thursday night, it seems unlikely. Meanwhile, in an e-mail to supporters, Obama officially welcomed Clinton to his campaign, saying, “Our party and our country are stronger because of the work she has done throughout her life.”

Headline Link: ‘A Thank-You for 18 Million Cracks in the Glass Ceiling’

Background: Clinton stalls concession as primaries end

Reaction: Obama welcomes Clinton supporters

Opinion & Analysis: Clinton’s long campaign and the future of the Democratic party

Related Topics: What’s next for Clinton?

Reference: Profile of Hillary Clinton


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