Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Speech- no. 7

Two good points in one passage in Hillary Clinton's concession speech today, though perhaps in an unintended sense. Toward the end of her statement, the senator remarked

Because of them and because of you, children today will grow up taking for granted that an African-American or a woman can, yes, become the president of the United States. And so … when that day arrives, and a woman takes the oath of office as our president, we will all stand taller, proud of the values of our nation, proud that every little girl can dream big and that her dreams can come true in America.

I cannot help but credit Mrs. Clinton with an important thought as she uttered, amidst considerable applause, "when that day arrives." That day, it now appears, will not arrive soon, notwithstanding the faith of those children growing up today that a woman can become president of the United States of America. A belief so taken "for granted" that millions of women, especially young women, came to the conclusion that it was unnecessary to vote this year for this woman- it'll come soon enough, anyway. Only I credit Hillary Clinton for knowing better.

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