Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama Wins Democratic Nomination

"...because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another a journey that will bring a new and better day to America." - Sen. Barack Obama

Last night, Sen. Barack Obama earned enough delegates to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. I must admit, I'm excited about his candidacy and feel very hopeful that he might be the next president of the United States of America, and a good one too. Whether or not you supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primary, I am interested in hearing people's views on her reluctance to suspend her campaign, and the idea being promoted by some - like founder of Black Entertainment Television Robert L. Johnson - that she should be Sen. Obama's running mate.

UPDATE: If you're more interested in reading other people's opinions than writing about your own, however, I recommend:
1. Ms. Ann Drist's discussion of how she slowly warmed up to Sen. Obama, after being a Clinton supporter.
2. Ezra Klein's hopeful piece entitled 'A New Normal,' over at The American Prospect.
3. Racialicious's post on how Clinton's words are already being used against Obama in Republican attack ads.
4. FeministGal's article on why she finally feels patriotic, thanks to Sen. Obama.
5. Angry Black Woman's post 'History Has Been Made, and Its Bittersweet'
6. What About Our Daughters? worries about more ridiculous and cruel smear campaigns against Michelle Obama
7. I'm coming to this late, but if you haven't read Melissa McEwan's powerful "For the Record," you should. (h/t: Feminist Law Professors)

(photograph of Barack and Michelle Obama via The New York Times)


Sally said...

I was confused by her not wanting to really "concede" in last night's speech. I don't think she's a good pick for Obama as a VP--Bill is sure to get in the mix, she doesn't really represent change, she doesn't help him that much with getting more votes, etc.

I also saw this today and was absolutely appalled:

If it's true, she doesn't deserve any part in this government.

La Pobre Habladora said...

You can see the video Sally refers to here, at [please insert here]. In it, some talking heads discuss alleged comments made by 'people involved with the Clinton campaign' which assert that H.C. has said that it would be wrong for Obama to offer the VP slot on the ticket to any woman other than her.

Frankly, I don't believe it. Call me jaded, but I wouldn't put it past MSNBC to invent these rumors and attribute them to 'some people'- notice the lack of accountability - just to create more of the type of drama that attracts viewers.

As for the Bill Clinton question, it is interesting ... what do others think?

Lindsay said...

I'm in that picture! Under his hand, closer to the bottom edge of the picture. It was exciting, even if his speech was a little hard to hear.

La Pobre Habladora said...

Really? Awesome! What are you wearing? - in the picture, of course... What was it like?

Anonymous said...

I think that in a lot of ways Hillary had her say in a lot of what Bill did, and I'm sure the same will be true with Hill.

I also think that this goes with any president. I know I personally use my boyfriend as an advisor on a lot of issues and he does the same thing with me.

Lindsay said...

I might be that red blob in the bottom left hand corner - but we were really close to the press stand so we might not make the pictures.

It was exciting! There were 18,000 people in the Excel Center and 15,000 waiting outside still. PACKED, every seat. Goosebumps. The ASL translator had to cover her ears during applause because it was so loud. A little hard to hear, but they had the speech on the jumbotron and captioned, so sometimes the applause was a little delayed.