Thursday, June 05, 2008


I think the following message is a perfect example of the person Hillary Clinton has become over the past 16 months. I've always liked her and I grew to love her over the course of this campaign. She has grown spiritually as well as politically, as evidenced by her message. I know she will fight as hard to elect President Obama as she fought for the nomination.

There is more to say, and I'm sure I'll say it in time, but for now I just want to return Hillary's favor and thank her for the inspiration she has given me by her amazing strength and resiliance.

Something happened to her over the course of the campaign and you could see it in her face. I don't care if it's anti-feminist to say that she became increasingly beautiful over the course of the campaign. She never showed the effects of a physically grueling schedule. She never seemed tired or frazzled. She never looked defeated. Instead, she looked (dare I say it?) beatified. She has had a glow about her over the past six months or so that I found truly amazing, uplifting and heart-warming. I believe she made her peace with whatever the outcome would be long ago. I hope all her supporters will be able to draw from her strengh; her peace of mind. I know I have.

So, thank you, Hillary. You are a true inspiration and we Democrats are damn lucky to have you.

Finally, I want to congratulate you on your absolutely fabulous daughter. Chelsea has blossomed into a lovely, energetic, sympathetic and impressive person in her own right. We are lucky to have her, as well.

Thank you, God bless you and now let us all move forward together as a unified Democratic party.

And with that, here is Hillary's message:

Dear Cynthia,

I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.

I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.

In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.

I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.