28 June 2008

The Best Parts of Unity

Friday 27th June, Unite for Change Rally - Unity, New Hampshire

Watching Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama on-stage together, and hearing their words, you would be forgiven for thinking that rather than this being an event aimed at uniting the Democratic Party, at trying to persuade Hillary's supporters to now switch their support and vote to Obama, that in fact it is an event after the Convention, an event in which the two candidates on the Democratic Party's Ticket are appearing together in public for the first time to outline their vision for the party, their vision for the country, their vision for Americans.

...and the interesting thing about the 'ticket' idea, is this: from what is said and how it is said, who seems like they are at the top of or should be at the top of that ticket?

Some of the best parts of the two speeches of unity at Unity:

Hillary Clinton (watch her speech here)

- "We may have started on separate paths, but today our paths have merged, today our hearts are set on the same destination for America, today we are coming together for the same goal, to elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States."

- "We are one party, we are one America, and we are not going to rest until we take back our country and put it once again on the path to peace, prosperity and progress in the 21st Century." [Crowd chants: "Yes We Can"]

- Crowd chants: "Obama, Obama, Obama" followed by: "Hillary, Hillary, Hillary"

- (Hillary's Game On moment!) "Now, Barack and I both have a great deal of respect for Senator McCain and his heroic service to our nation, but in the end after 8 devastating years under President Bush, Senator McCain is simply offering 4 years more.

He sees right-wing judges appointed to the Supreme Court and says why not a few more, he sees billions of dollars in corporate tax cuts exploding our deficit and says why not billions more, he sees 5 long years in Iraq and he's willing to stay for years, even decades more. In the end Senator McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin and it doesn't amount to a whole lot of change."

- "...and that's why I'm standing with Senator Obama today, because I know he'll work for you, he'll fight for you, and he'll stand up for you every single day in the White House."

- "...because I know he'll be a Commander in Chief who will never hesitate to use force when necessary, but never shrink from using diplomacy whenever possible."

- While Hillary is hugging and laughing with Barack, the crowd starts chanting: "Thank You Hillary, Thank You Hillary, Thank You Hillary"

Barack Obama (watch his speech here)

- "For 16 months Senator Clinton and I have shared the stage as rivals for the nomination, but today I could not be happier and more honoured and more moved, that we're sharing this stage as allies, to bring about the fundamental changes that this country so desperately needs."

- "When Hillary Clinton gets up in the morning, even in the face of the toughest odds, the most vicious attacks, she is doing so with the same motivation that took her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago, the same passion that led her to work for the Children's Defense Fund...what has made her one of the finest Senators that New York has ever seen, what has made her a historic candidate for President, an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult that fight may be, I've admired her as a leader, I've learned from her as a candidate...I am proud to call her a friend, and I know how much we need both Bill and Hillary Clinton as a party and as a country in the months and years to come...we need them, we need them badly, not just my campaign but the American people need their service and their vision and their wisdom in the months and years to come because that's how we're gonna bring about unity in the Democratic party, and that's how we're gonna bring about unity in America, and that's how we're gonna deliver the American Dream in every corner of every state of this great nation that we love."

- "I know that while this campaign has shown us how far we have to go, it's also proven the progress we have made, I know that because of our campaign, because of the campaign that Hillary Clinton waged, my daughters and all of your daughters, will forever know that there is barrier to who they are and what they can be in the United States of America, they can take for granted that women can do anything that the boys can do."

- "It's fitting that we meet in a place called Unity, because the truth is that's the only way we can solve the challenges facing this country. Today we look back at the votes that took place here in the snows in January - a hundred and seven votes for Senator Clinton a hundred and seven votes for me, but now we look at them as 214 votes for change here in America, votes cast by young and old, by men and women, by rich and poor, by Democrats and Independents, and even some Republicans who have said enough is enough it is time to bring about change here in America."

- "...this is our chance to bring a new energy policy to America, and new ideas to America, this is our chance, this is our time to march forward in unity as one people to the future, and I promise you that if you are willing to join me and you are willing to join Hillary Clinton..."

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