|After more than a year of harsh criticism from you Senator Clinton, might the chasm within the Party and this country be too great to counter in a single speech, particularly one that did not address the countless serious concerns you, yourself raised for so long. Time does not heal the wounds words wield. Only assiduous treatment lessens the lesions. Hence, I share my trepidation. |
As I reflect, I cannot help but acknowledge as the Republicans did immediately. Your expressions, as glorious as they were, spoke to a compromise, not confidence in the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama.
As committed as you claim to be, you neglected to endorse the man. The support you offered was for the Party, the platform, and not for the Senator from Illinois. Thus, Americans will read the Republican response, and react.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds issued this response: "Senator Clinton ran her presidential campaign making clear that Barack Obama is not prepared to lead as commander in chief. Nowhere tonight did she alter that assessment. Nowhere tonight did she say that Barack Obama is ready to lead. Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters and millions of Americans remain concerned about whether Barack Obama is ready to be President."
Many will remain reluctant. People will ask, does Barack Obama offer the change we can believe in? While you were gracious enough to state that you do not approve the McCain campaign commercials that feature you, these advertisements continue to air. Pointed statements, not rejected, have power. When a prominent figure proclaims as you did, that, too, is forceful.
The American public is being bombarded with the woeful words you offered for near nineteen months. The people hear your heartfelt declarations, just as they did during the primaries. Statements of disdain for President hopeful Barack Obama resonate when these are not rescinded.
For months, you said Barack Obama was not qualified to be Commander-In-Chief. He was too inexperienced. He would not provide health insurance for all Americans. Many of your supporters said he was not truly Progressive. They clamored: Barack Obama could not possibly understand what it means to be a woman, to be paid less, and to be passed over. The Illinois Senator would not fight for causes important to the common folk. Senator Clinton, you frequently voiced your faith. Barack Obama was but a man who could speak well, not a person of substance who offered solutions. Now, we discover your most ardent supporters,advisors and top fundraisers do not wish to remain in Denver longer than they think they must. They will stay to hear Hill and Bill, and then they will leave. Tonight, you asked the questions.
I want you -- I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me, or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him?
Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids?
Were you in it for that young boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage?
Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?
On the surface, it would seem those closest to you have answered your queries in a manner that could cause greater concern. Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech. I understand that schedules may preclude a presence at the Convention on Thursday for most of these persons. Nonetheless, in a time such as this, any action can be twisted. A truth can be turned.
Appearances have authority. In this moment, there are too many messages, too many contradictory communications, verbal, and on video. Thus, as I applaud you, I implore you. Please, Senator Clinton, might you do a bit more to secure the dream of a Democratic President in 2008. Please speak to the quality and qualifications of Barack Obama. If you cannot do that, I will again be left to wonder.
Speeches or solutions.
You are correct, Senator Clinton, that may be the choice in 2008. However, it seems that the potential President Obama offers solutions. You gave a great speech. Still, I believe there is only one way we can hope to nullify what you have done through your numerous denunciations.
Senator Clinton, I know not whether your legacy is at stake. I do trust the State of the Union is at risk. Please, if you care about our country I invite you to speak specifically and unequivocally about Barack Obama, the man, the candidate, and our potential Commander-In-Chief. Tell us all that you trust him to be credible. Assure us that he cares about the common people. Only you First Lady Clinton can assuage any doubts.
Please Senator reassure Americans and say, Barack Obama is ready to be president!
If you would, please be both the brilliant speaker and the solution. Again, I appreciate your performance this evening. I yearn to sincerely show gratitude for what you might say tomorrow, and the next day, and every day. I beseech you. Help ensure Democrats are unified. Do what you can to achieve a change. Wholeheartedly, tell us you want Barack Obama to be President of the United States. I thank you.
Sources for Speeches or Solutions . . .
- Responses to Hillary Clinton's speech, By Chad Livengood. News Leader. August 26, 2008
- Clinton makes strong case for Obama, Speakers take more aggressive approach in turning focus to McCain. MSNBC News. August 26, 2008
- Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech. Transcript. The New York Times. August 27, 2008
- pdf Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech. Transcript. The New York Times. August 27, 2008
- Clinton: "My opponent offers speeches, I offer solutions, By Alex Koppelman. Salon. February 14, 2008
- Clinton Says Choice Between 'Speeches and Solutions. ABC News. February 20, 2008