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Calling on Clinton to Lead the Way to an Obama Presidency

As a long-term, vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's candidacy I feel the time has come. It's time to give credit where credit is due. Last night's Indiana and North Carolina primaries were turning points in the Democratic nomination contest -- as both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama predicted they would be -- but things didn't turn in Hillary Clinton's direction. Obama's victory in North Carolina and virtual tie in Indiana, despite the obstacles placed in his way, shows he has what it takes to go the distance, and I now stand behind and in support of Barack Obama's candidacy for President of the United States.

I will continue to support Senator Clinton in spirit and financially as well. I feel it is vitally important that we continue the spirited Democratic primary process we have now going forward. The enthusiasm and excitement that has engaged our electorate and involved citizens in a way that is vital to a vibrant and healthy democracy needs to continue as we march towards the November election.

Clinton represents and speaks to and for a section of the Democratic electorate. She's engaged a following that comprises 48-49% of the Democrats in our nation, and has successfully rallied women, blue-collar voters, Catholics, and Hispanics in particular. Senator Clinton should stay in the race, and compete in the remaining primaries, representing those voters who support her.

Some of her supporters, myself included, have expressed grave concerns over an Obama-led ticket - but it's time to move forward, and although Barack Obama has demonstrated a great deal of inexperience in areas that has manifested itself in poor choices in my view, and I'm concerned there may be more land mines ahead, he's successfully weathered the storms and emerged on top. His impressive margin of victory in North Carolina turned back Clinton's best efforts, and the virtual tie in Indiana demonstrates that ability as well.

In my view great leaders lead best through a humility that is first forged by the fires of adversity, and then tempered by a profound empathy and understanding of the opposite point of view. I think Obama hears his opposition's concerns, and more importantly, understands and appreciates those concerns now. He's not perfect, and now he knows it -- and I'm positive that he now appreciates his imperfections more than ever before. This was a necessary step in preparing Obama for the long road ahead.

As a Clinton supporter I will continue the good fight. Politics is dirty business, and much of the teeth gnashing over in-fighting between Clinton and Obama camps is just inexperience talking on the part of the large number of Obama supporters who are now engaged in a process that is new to them. They've never experienced this kind of rallying push before, and they've never believed in a candidate as much as they believe in Barack Obama, and they are understandably distressed at the ugliness of the battle it takes to win on the road to the White House.

To those people I say welcome to politics. I'm a firm believer in the axiom -- and this is especially true in politics -- that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Both Clinton and Obama stand taller than ever before. They stand as the best candidates from a very impressive field of Democratic hopefuls, and they both stand proud of their success with huge legions of supporters behind them who are equally proud. They've fought the good fight, and emerged on top.

Their supporters have been tested as well. Supporters who have found their voice, and found an ability to articulate to their family, friends and neighbors a position and platform of support for the candidate they believe in. America is engaged, and Democrats in America are on the march. We are an unstoppable force, and we will change the world as a result.

Continuing this enthusiasm going forward will guarantee success for Democrats in November. It's imperative that Hillary Clinton be a leader in that fight going forward. She's marshaled forces and supporters that Obama could not, and it's now time for her to concentrate on bringing this support to bear on securing a Democratic victory -- Barack Obama's victory -- in November.


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Comments (10)

hvywgt:

You spend the last half a year or so slamming Obama and justifying why he is unfit to lead the U.S., and now you back him... typical

groucho:

Wow Lee, that's quite the abrupt 180 there; I hope you didn't hurt yourself. I hope more Clinton supporters adopt your point of view. All of the needed pieces are in place for a Democratic sweep in November, but a divided, bitter party would put that in serious jeopardy, in spite the already bankrupt, four more years McCain campaign.

I have some admiration for Hillary and think that she's a better person than she often came off as during her campaign. I hope her intellect and dedication will land her a key position in the Obama administration.

Say it with me now; "Obama administration." Can I get an amen?

I accepted the same reality that Obama was going to become the nominee weeks ago when the Clinton campaign failed to compete in every contest and allowed Obama's campaign 11 straight caucus or primary wins after Super Tuesday. I certainly recognized that
Obama is a young man who does not have as much life experience in public service as either Clinton or John McCain. However, Obama seems to inspire a hopeful quality for a far better future almost like a second-coming of Bobby Kennedy.

It's also not too difficult for me to recognize that Obama is very good at delegating responsibility to talented persons. The Clintons used to be known as some of the best campaign machine organizers, however this year the Obama campaign machine proved it could still manufacture a huge win in North Carolina and a near miss in Indiana even after suffering one of the worst weeks for his campaign ever. This proves a real toughness and durability of the Obama campaign to effectively challenge John McCain.

Of all the Democrats who sought the presidency this year, Obama may have been the youngest and had the least life experience. But he's a deeply talented evangelist for American liberalism and could go a long way towards making liberalism respected once again like the way it was during the Roosevelt years, which grew up an American middle class from the ashes of poverty of the Hoover Great Depression.

With an American economy on the ropes, rampant inflation of food and energy prices, and a war in Iraq headed nowhere and draining the average family of thousands of dollars in taxes, the coutry sure could use the hope of someone with an inspirational message like Barack Obama. He's a rare and extremely talented leader that can lead the United States to a great and bright future.

In many ways, Barack Obama inspires greatness when he speaks. He is the closest thing to a Democratic-version of Ronald Reagan that I've ever seen, and has the rare opportunity to inspire as much hope to make America once again that "shining city on the hill". I can't help but respect this inspiration and hope that Barack Obama brings. John McCain represents the past. Barack Obama inspires a very hopeful future. Americans like a candidate who offers a vision, and Barack Obama excels in that area.

kevino:

Thank you. I hope that Senator Clinton can finally see the handwriting on the wall.

John S:

As a Republican, I hope for a Democratic sweep in November. In 20 months we'll see 20% inflation, $200 to fill your car (after waiting in line 8 hours), widespread food shortages, rationed health care... Good luck with that, Obama!

ke_future:

honestly, i don't think Obama has a chance in a national election. he's got too many negatives, and the longer he is in the spotlight the more things come out. Ayers, Wright, the elitism of the "bitterness" comment, his willingness to talk to bad actors on the international scene with no pre-conditions, his very liberal views and voting history, his message of change but actions of a typical chicago pol.

and don't underestimate how many clinton supporters would rather vote for mccain than obama. given how the democratic primary has worked out, mccain is by far the best choice for the republicans to put up in the fall. he'll siphon off a non-trivial number of blue coller independents who are put off by obama, his wife, and his past associates and actions.

he can give a good speech and be very inspiring, but i just don't think he has the chops to win in november.

mind you, i don't think hillary has a chance in november either. the democrats have an absolute talent of putting up horrible candidates for president.

The further away Obama was - the better he looked. However, the Eternal Campaign the Dems have run has done neither Hillary or Obama any good.

Yes, the party faithful may be happy. (Although I don't believe that Her Highness has abandoned her run) But you're going to need more than that to get elected - and Obama's got some pretty negative stuff in his past. That's about to get some major, major air time...

beverly Burrell:

Barrack Obama is a well educated man who wants the very best for American and it's people and most especially to renew America's position as a world leader which appears to have lost tremendous momentum since George W. Bush.

I am at a lost to understand why many Americans and members of the press keep speak so often of Barrack Obama's lack of political experience. What about the last eight years of George W. Bush, atleast Obama is intelligent.

And by the way, all of you racists out there, Obama is 1/2 African and 1/2 Cacasian. How about that for exercising some intelligence??

ke_future:

i oppose obama because he is a leftist. he's got no executive experience, his policy proposals are weak and wrong, and his foreign policy is the worst kind of drivel since Carter was president.

the fact that he is 1/2 black doesn't bother me. in fact, in many ways i think it would be a good thing to have someone who wasn't an old white dude be president.

but i'm not going to vote for somebody just because they aren't an old white dude.

it's idiots like you who throw out the canard that opposition to obama is racism that makes me even LESS inclined to even listen to what you are he has to say. so keep saying it so that the rest of the world can see the emptiness of his campaign.

groucho:

ke_: how exactly would you describe a leftist today, on May 8 2008, and how would you qualify Barack Obama as being one? Try and be specific.


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