Yes We Can vs Yes She Will

It’s finally over, I think… Barack Obama has clinched the democratic nomination for President of The United States of America. It’s a historic moment, almost unbelievable for some who were holding their breath for the seemingly inevitable to be “stolen” away. As I watched the speeches from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I couldn’t help but notice an underlying theme in both speeches. In Hillary’s speech, the emphasis was on her, with her supporters chanting “Yes She Can” (among other things). Others reported that this was her night and she needed to wind down her campaign in her own way. I didn’t think she would concede, but at least use the opportunity to make her pitch to unequivocally unite the democratic party. Instead, she seemed to again build her case about why she should be President. I thought her speech was great on a lot of levels and I respect her perseverance in the whole thing. I do not, however, respect the missed opportunity to achieve a greater goal. She allowed a huge opportunity to focus on the future of the party to get away and encourage her supporters to tell her what to do next, via her website. Come on now, like she really expects them to tell her to concede.

In contrast, Barack’s speech was full of expressed respect for Hillary and all the other democratic candidates. He spoke in great length about Hillary and Bill and their collective contributions to America. His fans were cheering, “Yes We Can”. He barely said anything about himself. He didn’t even acknowledge being the first African-American candidate to lead any major party in a presidential election. He stressed how we are Americans first and how that supersedes race, gender, Republicans and Democrats. (Damn, he’s inspiring…) His speech was so unifying that it magnified just how divisive Hillary’s was.

If Hillary’s speech was an effort to force Barack’s hand into making her Vice-President, she has no idea of how to ask nicely. If she really wanted to be Vice-President, (assuming she’s not going to campaign until Denver for the presidency) she should have been beyond gracious in her speech toward Barack and spoke in ways that respect his victory and the importance of pulling the party together. I think it’s called humility. Unfortunately, humility takes all the attention away from her. Sad…

 

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6 Responses to Yes We Can vs Yes She Will

  1. Terence

    Good observations, my thoughts exactly. The two speeches had a totally different tone. Hillary`s was defiant, speaking only about herself. Obama`s was about unity and America. He talked of a better America for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, rich or poor.

    It was a definite demand by Hillary Clinton for Barack Obama to choose her as his running mate. She squandered an opportunity to be “truly” gracious. Congradulating Barack Obama for running a great campaign in one breath and then turning around and demanding that he chooses her as a running mate in the next, is not my idea of “true” graciousness.

    Yes it`s true Barack Obama knows how to connect with an audience as his speech was evident. It`s also evident that he knows how to connect with America. I submit that it`s the dawn of a “new” day..

  2. Simone

    I am still in disbelief over the speeches that I heard last night. I applaud Senator Barack Hussein Obama in his victory of becoming the OFFICIAL Democratic Presidential Nominee. He has all of the qualities of a great president. His character as a person is unquestionable. ANYone that would stand in judgement of this man based upon his aquaintances must first look upon their own. Don’t judge me based on the crack head in my family (and everybody got one or some other substance abuser in their family). That makes just as much sense as holding Obama accountable for the activities that have been taking place in the church he attends (and probably hasn’t been in the last year since he’s been campaining). I digress!

    Hillary Clinton has shown her true colors through this primary contest and they don’t paint a pretty picture. Her refusal to congratulate her opponent last night further shows her dillerium in hopes of becoming president in 2008. Most of her loyal followers are encouraging her to continue this fight and even so as an Independant nominee, since she counts that she has 18million supporters. LOL Bless her heart. You have to admire her tenacity before the fact you realize it’s truly a diss and it pi$$es you off! I pray that any American in this country of sound mind and body will come to the polls this November and vote for REAL CHANGE. VOTE BARACK OBAMA for PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES Of AMERICA in 2008. God Bless this country!

  3. Danah

    I just wanted to say that I held my head a bit higher today because I never thought I would witness the 1st black man to be nominated by the Democratic Party as President of the United States of America. I can look at my almost 3 years old nephew and say its been done before, so you can also become President. He will grow in this country knowing that the first President he encounters has a face that looks just like him. I am just grateful. Now its time to work to ensure this man gets into the White (black) House!!!

    **Love the website, keep up the great work. By the way, I love hello kitty but did not get what the motto means (more fire than hello kitty)**

  4. affrodite

    between mccain alluding to barack riding the entitlement train and hillary just not knowing when to say “when”, i nearly turned my tv off in disapproval. thank God, barack has remained so composed through it all. Danah’s comment above is so true. it’s nice to see our younger generations and even our own begin to believe that we can achieve greatness beyond athletics and the arts. what better example than sitting with a child pointing to the president of the united states who looks like them. granted, barack has not harped on the biracial tip a whole lot (at least in the tiger woods way), but i think he is a wonderful example of our increasing number of biracial kids who, too, receive messages from their peers, and heaven forbid their family (but we all know it’s true) for not being white enough nor black enough.

    win or lose, this is a moment to remember.

  5. E Zora Knight

    You know I love you guys. You are always so on point; however, I disagree somewhat. Why should she not discuss and share with her supporters the historical accomplishment on behalf of and for women? She has a hella program for women (Latina, African American, white and other) something that Obama’s camp is looking closely to imitate. Unfortunately for all parties involved, this was historic on many levels (winning the popular vote, yet failing to win the electoral college. the number of voters that came out to support HER, and the accomplishment for us as women.) I LOVE Obama, yet I was a Hillary supporter, because in the end he will obtain the respect he deserves because he is a MAN. I found all of the misogynic attitudes and comments, by not only men, but female hating women absurd and disheartening. (One of the larger reasons I swayed toward HER.) To think MOST women not only failed to approach the subject, but failed to comment as even as much as an after thought is an outrage. I guess that’s why some oft refer to themselves and others as bitch and are willing to sell their ass and soul for an opportunity to be on a video, sleep with another’s woman’s man, and so on and so on and so on… It is something we’re accustomed to, so “f’ it if they calling her a bitch, a lesbian, emotional, distraught, etc. It ain’t me.” But if we are not the ones to speak for our daughters and DEMAND ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, then who? A bi-racial (black if you’re from the south and you count that “father’s blood”) President? The thought makes me swell with pride, yet the idea of a Woman President gives me the same “tingling feeling”.
    If Obama had not won, would this be a discussion? To paraphrase a recent quote, “anyone who dreams of becoming the President of the US in of itself is a GREAT dreamer among BIG dreamers.” Why can’t she have time to recognize that her dream has faded? Obama supporters are naive to believe that some of her most fanatic supporters did not have a NEED to hear from HER. There are about 20 in my office and I work in a relatively small building and all are not WOMEN.
    I don’t know, so I pose the question. If his Cole Haan loafers were traded for her Stuart Weitzman’s pumps, would anyone be screaming, demanding the same thing? Would anyone be sooooooo insulted? I don’t think so, because as people of color we would have wanted to hear from his as well. Acknowledging the progress he made for US as a people in addition to letting his supporters know that he still believed he was the better candidate. As a voter and supporter isn’t that what you would have expected after working tireless hours on his campaign, spreading the word, and voting?
    Who really stands at a podium and says, “Hey I wasn’t the best, you didn’t do enough, so we lost.”
    It appears to me that what most were looking for. As a woman and supporter, I’m glad she didn’t.
    If anyone knows the Clinton history they would know that Obama’s historical march and subsequent path to the White House is something they both wanted to see in their lifetime. Unfortunately for Hillary and her supporters it came on her watch. Bittersweet. Bittersweet.

  6. Ktruth

    I really did think her speech was great on a lot of levels and it’s not that I don’t understand her need to let go of something she faught very hard for. If she took time to celebrate and reflect on that moment and her accomplishment, that would be one thing. It was the overall tone that was over-amplified once you heard Barack’s speech that really made it seem like more like a slight to him. Maybe it’s the athlete in me, but even in your success, you show good sportsmanship. Just my thought. Thanks for your comment.

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