I was trying to keep this to myself, but last night was a historic night and unfortunately Hillary Clinton found a way to diminish it.
On the night when all Americans and the world witnessed how far we have come and for the first time in American History we have an African American Presidential nominee, instead of conceding or at a minimum acknowledging it, Hillary Clinton chose to talk about herself.
I won’t sit here and act as if I was rooting for Hillary, far from it if you read my musings, I can’t even say I didn’t think Clinton was capable of what she did, far from it if you read my musings, HOWEVER, I actually thought that she would look beyond herself and at least be cordial.
I even told friends before the speech that I didn’t expect her to concede, but Hillary Clinton knows what’s at stake and will congratulate him on winning not “running” and will leave it open as to her next move….
Obviously I gave her too much credit.
Clinton, talked about herself and overall it appeared as if she actually had the gall to suggest that he needs her and not the other way around. She lost fair and square.
No matter how many dirty tricks were done, No matter how many times Rev. Wright, Farrakhan, bitter-gate, etc. was brought up, no matter how many times she said she didn’t know if Obama was a Muslim was brought up, and no matter how many times the Clinton campaign moved the goal posts, Obama won.
He endured, persevered, and in the end showed the world why he is destined to be America’s future leader.
I listened to all three speeches last night intently. Senator McCain in whom I am greatly disappointed as I do respect him a great deal, gave a very negative speech loaded with half-truths and typical rhetoric, Senator Clinton displayed once again that she can’t admit defeat and do what’s right because in the end it’s all about her, and Senator Obama gave a rousing speech about all of the people. He talked more about everyone else other than himself. He even devoted much of his speech to praising both Senators McCain and Clinton, even though they didn’t have the moral courage to do the same.
He could have talked about being the first black nominee, but he didn’t. He could of talked about how historic the night was, but he didn’t. Instead he stayed true to himself and his message and talked about all Americans. He denied himself and talked about the people.
Prior to Clinton’s speech, I actually thought it might be a good idea to have her on the ticket. But after her snub and sub par example of moral fortitude, I pray that the idea stays just that. I hope she goes back to the Senate and we all forget how divisive she has been and what a detriment she has been to the Democratic Party.
But all is not over, many of her supporters now have the gall to demand she should get what she has shown she does not deserve.
The dismissive attitude that somehow Obama can’t win without her continues. Why should we want Clinton or her supporters, when they openly state that he isn’t competent enough without her? He didn’t need Sheila Jackson Lee, Charlie Rangel, or any others then, and he doesn’t need them now. In fact, we should start thinking about unseating many of the members of the Congressional Black Caucaus as this time when black Americans in record numbers spoke, they decided they didn’t want to represent the interests of the black voters and have shown poor judgement.
As far as Bob Johnson is concerned, who cares what he says? He already gave black people that crap called BET so should we even ponder for a second that he has anything to offer that would be good to Americans in general, let alone black people? When he’s ready to apologize for BET then and only then should he be worthy of any news headlines. It’s quite obvious that once again, he is threatening the party with money and stating that Obama isn’t competent enough.
I, as a long-time supporter of Senator Clinton and of the Democratic Party, urge you to do everything possible to unify this party to win the Presidential election in November.
As African Americans we agree that the stakes in this election are far too high to take any chances that this party will not be unified from the top to the bottom in our effort to gain control of The White House.
we need to have the certainty of winning; and, I believe, without question, that Barack Obama as President and Hillary Clinton as Vice President bring that certainty to the ticket.