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Relaxed Clinton Returns to Washington

By Anne Kornblut
NEWARK--Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton flew home early this morning accompanied by an array of friendly superdelegates (Reps. Jim McGovern, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carolyn Maloney, Sheila Jackson Lee, Anthony Weiner, among others).

She looked happy and relaxed -- a far cry from the tense candidate seen on board during the long flight from South Dakota Tuesday night. Although Bill Clinton joined her on the plane Tuesday, he did not return to Washington with her.

Senator Clinton did not come back and talk to the press corps. But she did snack. And when the plane landed at Dulles in a driving rainstorm, she sat looking out the window for a moment, waiting for her staff to disembark. She was one of the last to leave.

By Washington Post Editor  |  June 4, 2008; 8:12 AM ET
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Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States of America, regardless of who the nominee is.Mark my word.

Posted by: n.m. Nuen | June 6, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Poet e.e.cummings with this lines captured Hilliary's team. "When serpents bargain for the right to sqirm."

Posted by: bob | June 5, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Bill and Hillary demonstrated by their race baiting tactics that racism is not dead. By their actions, they have legitimized race baiting speech. They made race an issue. Too bad. U da thunk?

Posted by: Bill and Hillary: Lead Racists! | June 5, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Hillary is only "suspending" her campaign in case something really, really terrible happens to Obama. You know what I mean. She wants to be ready for what she has already suggested last week.

What a woman!

Posted by: Don't Be Fooled! | June 5, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for change. I too believe in America . We will do the right thing.

Posted by: Parrish | June 5, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely livid about the comment made by Jackie that " Americans who have a problem with Obama simply do because of race"
That remark is nothing but racist, thoughtless and without any merit whatsoever. It is true that I am a white American but I have NO argument with Obama because of skin color or culture. I disagree with his POLICIES.
I do agree that there are those who have a problem with his color but DO NOT group those who oppose Barak's policies with those who oppose his skin color.

Posted by: karen | June 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

When the primary started, I had no idea that my vote would count for so little; that superdelegates would, in effect, be choosing the nominee; that places like Florida and Michigan would not have full voting powers; that Iowa always has to go first; that caucuses can be so powerful -- caucuses where grandmothers and moms with babies and working people who have to be at a job all day, have little chance to make their voice heard; that so many ridiculous and arcane rules are in place that make the Democratic primaries a zoo. I am not happy with my party right now. Obama is slogging over the finish line. If we were sensible, and had sensible rules, Clinton would be the nominee.

Posted by: Eleanor | June 5, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Because roughly half the Democrats wanted Obama and the other half wanted Clinton, I had hoped all along that whoever captured the most number of delegates would quickly choose the other as the VP so that ALL Democrats can be excited. It is only right, and I believe it's the only way we will win in November.

Posted by: Eleanor | June 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

GlenMatiello, I agree to a tee what you stated here. It seemed more like Hillary was running for Mrs. America in her high style, expensive pant suits which run around $800, reportedly. Someone wrote Hillary would not have room in bed with the Obama's but add Bill as he would attach to her hip constantly. I am so glad Obama won, and I am mostly Republican, but fell in love with Obama from the speech he gave at the convention to now. I will vote for him. I am so glad we are finished with the scary political bantering of Hillary, especially about her use of "obliterate" and "assination," words which she used which inflame fanatics worldwide. Obama is a ray of hope in this nation, to unite black and white, to change direction in Washington, and to show how important "words" can be to our enemies. Maybe it won't work, but isn't it at least worth a try? Hillary never liked "words" and told us that. Actually, the delegates followed the will of the states and allowed the best candidate to win.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

There is old saying be careful what you ask for you get it and more besides, I have lost total respect for the DNC-all of the losers and I mean losers, McGovern, Dukkakis, Kerry, Edwards, Kennedy between all of them they have lost the Presidency. A multiracial individual that can't talk unless there is crowd. Poor conversionalist in a debate. Always calling racism whenre it suits him. Has anyway ever watched him speak with no sounds his jestures remains me of his Pastor.

Posted by: CRMcNeal | June 5, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

There is a overtone of bitterness for many of you. The contest is over and the choice has been made no matter who agrees or disagrees. If you truly want to pick the best candidate follow Hillary. She is supporting Obama regardless of the loss. She knows that McCain is not what is best when it comes to the choices. I believe she will continue to work and push hard for the changes in whatever position she holds. Americans who have a problem with Obama simply do because of race. Just admit it to yourselves. Give the man his props he has done just as well as a Senator as Hillary has. They approach situations differently, but if you read and listen, they are on the same page. It is sad that people would vote for McCain just to protest Obama knowing McCain represents the Republicans and thats not what we need for our country. These will be the same hypocritical people complaining how bad things are, if they help put the Republicans in the White House. When will we come together as a people(So called Great Americans) and stop judging each other based on race. This country is known as the melting pot, however, we are always fighting each other. Every race in America has the same problem when it comes to people not doing what they should to contribute to a productive society. Yet we are always showing hate to one another. I find joy in seeing that my neighbors teach their children what I teach mine. judge a person by their character, not by their skin color. Its time to grow up and stand together, if we are divided before the rest of the world we will surely fall.

Posted by: Jackie | June 5, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Does our vote even count? The superdelegates are picking the president and a panel is selecting the vice president. Why vote. It shouln't matter what day a primary was done. It matters if we vote or does it?

Did you ever think of why the Republicans wanted Obama to win?

Hillary took a lot of abuse from the press, etc. and I am ashamed to even be a democrat at this point.

Posted by: Linda Chun | June 5, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm a life long democrat and I'm sorry to say a long time critic of Mrs. Clinton.

Her litany of self indulgences is amazing... how she's managed to keep herself out of jail is nothing short of miraculous.

From her role in the whitewater debacle, where all of her law partners went to jail to her very spurious windfall profits in her cattle trading coup and even suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

She married a Rhodes scholar, a state governor and a United States President, and yet her married name Clinton wasn't good enough until it was tested with the public.

She moved to NY out of blind ambition, "won" a senate seat when her only opposition withdrew with cancer in a state where she had never lived.

Her victories in Florida and California were largely due to name recognition... the self-same name that wasn't good enough through all those years that her husband was in office.

Her arrogance almost single handedly killed the prospect of universal health care for all Americans... She champions herself as the candidate of Hispanics although she can't speak the language, champion of the blue collar worker from her mansion in Westchester.

How a woman with as many skeletons in her closet had the audacity to attack Barrack Obama is incredible.

Only because Senator Obama truly believes in changing politics as usual was she able to attack him with such impunity.

I'm still waiting for the 500,000 jobs that she promised New Yorkers. She screamed about the gas tax 'holiday' knowing full well that there wasn't a ghost of a chance of it ever passing.

Her courageous fight was nothing more than a middle aged woman milking her husband's celebrity and enjoying the cameras every step of the way.

Posted by: Glen Mattiello | June 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton worked her heart out and I can see how she may need some time to digest it all. We live in a world of people that expect instant gratification. Even Obama gave Hillary space by saying that she was concerned about her supporters, last evening.
If Obama is generous in his thought, why not all you supporters be generous too!! We need to come together. Hillary has worked for years for the Democratic party and she will continue. She cares deeply about the issues and about America. Thank you
Hillary because of you we are better Americans.
Victoria Shaw

Posted by: Victoria Shaw | June 5, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton worked her heart out and I can see how she may need some time to digest it all. We live in a world of people that expect instant gratification. Even Obama gave Hillary space by saying that she was concerned about her supporters, last evening.
If Obama is generous in his thought, why not all you supporters be generous too!! We need to come together. Hillary has worked for years for the Democratic party and she will continue. She cares deeply about the issues and about America. Thank you
Hillary because of you we are better Americans.
Victoria Shaw

Posted by: Victoria Shaw | June 5, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton worked her heart out and I can see how she may need some time to digest it all. We live in a world of people that expect instant gratification. Even Obama gave Hillary space by saying that she was concerned about her supporters, last evening.
If Obama is generous in his thought, why not all you supporters be generous too!! We need to come together. Hillary has worked for years for the Democratic party and she will continue. She cares deeply about the issues and about America. Thank you
Hillary because of you we are better Americans.
Victoria Shaw

Posted by: Victoria Shaw | June 5, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton worked her heart out and I can see how she may need some time to digest it all. We live in a world of people that expect instant gratification. Even Obama gave Hillary space by saying that she was concerned about her supporters, last evening.
If Obama is generous in his thought, why not all you supporters be generous too!! We need to come together. Hillary has worked for years for the Democratic party and she will continue. She cares deeply about the issues and about America. Thank you
Hillary because of you we are better Americans.
Victoria Shaw

Posted by: Victoria Shaw | June 5, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Who do you think you are; saying "-she (Hillary) has no class ? How dare you! There is more "Class" in Hillary's little finger than in the whole bodies of you Clinton "bashers"!! Personally: I think it might be a big mistake for Hillary to take the V.P.'s place on an Obama ticket. I'm concerned that there is no capable replacement for the New York Senator's seat and that as Obama's V.P. she would either be loaded with all the serious work (and fail to get the credit she would deserve for it) or be shoved into some insignificant position out of sight and(possibly) out of mind. The "Press" and the Democrat Leadership subverted her as far as I can see; and now "they" want to kick her into oblivion after forcing her to concede. She doesnt have to do much of anything about the campaign now except take her Senate seat and prepare for the Demo Convention in August. Delegates are people and even "Committed" delegates can change their minds. Thank you.

Posted by: Ginny | June 4, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Our country's problems are so complex that the solutions based on experiences are making the problems worse. Why? Because experienced people are hard-wired by experiences. Everything to a carpenter is a nail. To solve the complex problems you need to divorve from experiences so you can see them clearly. When you are in the cjess game, you don't have clear head.
Have a good evening!

Posted by: Nga | June 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I have watched this race from beginning until now,I am amazed to see this country mature right before our eyes we argued we called each other names we kicked and we screamed,not understanding we were going through growing pains.A lot of us didn't understand what was happening it came at a pace that leaves us scratching our heads,it'called progress not perfection not that all problems will be solved but we will be more equipted to solve them. We are a country with all aspects of life some with smoothe edges some with rough,but everyone has something to bring to the table it may not all taste good but it is good for us to deal with problems and end up with solutions that will benefit all of us.I hope everyone will deal with change its not always good at the same time it's not always bad to try something a bit different as long as we all benefit,should it be pride should it be economics or some piece of mind let's not fight it but embrase the change and see what we can add to it.

Posted by: by stander | June 4, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I will never vote for BO, he has no experance, but he sure does have lots of fring friends like the Rev. Wright and all his followers and all of them are bigots and racists.

Posted by: Jennifer Cochran | June 4, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Nannie--

Please, do us all a favor, quit pretending, and register as a Republican. Anyone who will vote for McCain should quit pretending to be a Democrat. You are selling your country down the river; hopefully more Hillary supporters will not display your malice and spite. Shame on you, shame on all Democrats who vote for McCain. Republicans have an excuse; at least they (might) believe in him and his party's platform. You have none.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about race, I don't care about gender -- that has NOTHING to do with my decision to vote for the most qualified person to lead this country through the vicissitudes and challenges we currently face. We need someone with experience and knowledge to chart our way through these dangerous times. Hillary remains the most qualified person to get the job done. I am truly disappointed that the DNC and Superdelegates chose the inferior candidate.

Posted by: bevvyjean | June 4, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

She really needed to have conceded gracefully last night. Now she looks very much like a sore loser. It's sad.

Posted by: Clayton | June 4, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This fifty six year member of the Democratic party will NOT be supporting nor voting for the sorriest candidate for President in my lifetime.John McCain as well as ALL of the Republican candidates for congress will get my support and vote in November.That is a solum promise.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | June 4, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Long live democracy! A fierce political battle such as the one carried out between senators Clinton and Obama is extremely stimulating for all progressive people all over the world. I would like to see an Obama-Clinton ticket running for the White House; a sure winner and a great team to face the huge challenges viz-a-vis this turbulent and uncertain era the entire World is entering. Besides that, the US would benefit of a third political giant close to the White House, the best possible Government adviser, at no cost at all.

Posted by: Jose R. Ortiz | June 4, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary won some states with the help of rabid feminists, bigots and racists - -
Now, I apologise, because I just said the TRUTH !

Posted by: Hussien for America | June 4, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to watch all of the pundits and politicians who I greatly admired and now witness with dismay. To listen to them you would think that Hillary Clinton had gotten only a few votes. Obviously the voters across this country have a lot more respect for the former first lady and have a true appreciation for her intellect and knowledge of current issues. Unfortunately we have been labeled angry women by the press and Obama supporters. We are not angry we are showing our support for our candidate and the best choice for president, and are just as passionate as the Obama supporters. How does anyone think that this divide will ever be bridged with all of the hateful words that continue to be spoken about Clinton. And why is it that the responsibility of bringing the voters together is Hillary's. It is up to Barack Obama to reach out to the 18 million voters who chose Clinton. He and his supporters have won, now it time for them to show how they will be a voice of change and uniters. To date this has not been true. Obama surrounds himself with all of the same politicians who have run for President and lost. This is not a new kind of politics and he will soon realize that it is the politicians of the past that will enable him to move to the future. Now is the time for the Obama campaign to prove that they are uniters not dividers and let Hillary Clinton chose the day and time of her departure from this race with dignity. Tearing her apart will only divide the party further. Half of the voters in this campaign chose Hillary, Obama and his supporters will need to work hard to gain the support of these voters who have been so maligned by the pundits and the press.

Posted by: Susan Brackett | June 4, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Someone is going to take advantage of this political "precarious" situation and run as an independent at the climate now is right. So many unhappy on both sides.

Who will it be?

Posted by: Jessica | June 4, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Heard rumor Al Gore may run as "Independent." How about a Gore/Clinton ticket? This is why he has not endorsed yet. Any thoughts?

Posted by: Jessica | June 4, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

No grace in defeat. No class. How sad.

Posted by: Eric Yendall | June 4, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton is one of the finest American politicians to ever live. There is no doubt, in my mind, that she has the courage and insight of our Founding Fathers. On that note she is simply, to many of us, our Founding Mother.
God Bless Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Edwin Dale Clemons | June 4, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

It is so very difficult for Hillary or Bill Clinton to say 'we lost' - and 'congratulations to Barack Obama'. Those words will have to be wrenched, pulled, extracted from her. I hope Barack Obama does not let her be his Vice President. That will not allow him to make the changes he wants for this country. He would have to keep looking over his shoulder and see what the Clintons are up to. The Clintons cannot nor will ever be trusted. They should never be allowed to be anywhere near the White House again. This 79 year old white woman will be honored to call him President Obama.

Posted by: Vi | June 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Hillary knows she just talked herself out of any possibility of a VP nod with her bravado last night. She has no regard for Barack Obama or party unity. It's still all about her, which in the end, is really sad. We know what she's made of.

Posted by: Susan | June 4, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

And Bill didn't hang out with her in Washington?? Good grief!!

Posted by: Geez!!! | June 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

She has the BEST scenario imaginable. Even after getting to the final "Stage"-Acceptance,

She is certain her After-Life will at least be as pleasant as her previous Life!

She will have to kick some spiders and Lobbiests out of her Senate Extra-Wide Chair, but, it awaits!

So does "Barry's" ! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 4, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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