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From the Floor: Clinton, Obama Afterthoughts

Jeff Richardson

Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the District's Democratic Party. He will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver.

I haven't blogged about Michelle Obama's speech on Monday night or Senator Clinton's speech last night. But both Michelle Obama and Senator Clinton moved us in so many different ways. Many people characterize the last two days as a changing of the guard. While the press and others have characterized Senator Clinton and President Clinton's presence at the convention as a divisive tactic, Democratic Party leadership talks of this as a celebration of the Clinton legacy. The reality is that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been the titular heads of the Democratic party for over a decade and despite the divisions drawn during the primary season, they are deserving of the respect and gratitude they are receiving.

On a practical note, this had to happen in order for the Democratic Party to move forward. Party leaders across the country have been long time Clinton supporters. Recently they have been very vocal about their need to see Barack Obama and the Party show the Clintons' the respect they deserve. Behind the scenes, party leaders have been making major strides to merge camps and transition. It was important for Democrats across the country and Americans broadly to be able to see that there is unity and that the Clinton's will continue to play a major roll in the "new Democratic Party". Most Americans don't follow the insider baseball that I am privy to, so we needed to find a way to convey what had been happening behind the scenes, and I believe we have done just that.

-- Jeff Richardson

By  |  August 27, 2008; 8:39 PM ET
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