We are close.
Can you believe how close we are?
It was not until I watched Senator Hillary Clinton Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention that I realized how close we were to actually electing a minority to the White House. She gave the good of the party speech I pleaded with Al Gore to give months ago.
At approximately 8:45pm August 26th, 2008, Senator Clinton took the stage. Introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to a montage highlighting the matriarchal line from Chelsea, through Hillary, Hillary’s mother, and her grandmother; Senator Clinton came out to raucous applause.
I watched the speech live through http://www.demconvention.com as I don’t own a TV. I thought she did an excellent job of supporting Barack Obama while at the same time giving ample kudos to all that was accomplished by her supporters. She said the “time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines.”
Her most memorable line though, the one targeting those supporters of hers threatening to go vote for McCain because she was not elected, “[w]ere you in this campaign just for me? Or … [w]ere you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?” I am proud to have been a Hillary Clinton supporter, and very proud of her work to remind us all that it is not just about one person; it is about the dream, the mission, and the message.
Tonight Barack Obama will be accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination. Due in part to supporters like Senator Clinton. Thank you, Senator Clinton.
It is 69 days and counting until we show the world the content of America’s character.
We are so very close.