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The Obama Camp Can Exhale

Whatever concerns may have been lurking within Barack Obama's campaign about Hillary Clinton's appearance on the convention stage were quickly dispelled minutes into her speech last night in Denver.

Barack Obama, simply stated, could not have asked for anything more.

Her support for the Democratic ticket of Obama and Sen. Joe Biden was unqualified, as was her rejection of Republican John McCain's candidacy. Whether that's enough to bring around Clinton's die-hard supporters to Obama's side is another matter. Some are still smarting from what they see as a slap in the face when the Obama campaign decided against putting her on the ticket.

But that, perhaps, made Hillary Clinton's performance all the more striking. There was a graciousness on display that probably moved her up several notches in the estimation of Obama's supporters who felt she had knee-capped him during the primaries. That the McCain campaign is using Clinton's own words against Obama in TV ads, they would argue, is proof-positive that Clinton had been destructive. Last night went a long way toward repairing the damage.

It was a poignant moment, too. Hillary Clinton's was also an historic candidacy.
She had come so close, and had overcome so many setbacks -- some self-inflicted --only to see the prize go to a political upstart who seemed to have come out of nowhere. Losing had to hurt.

Last night in Denver, we saw a class act on display. Tonight, it's Bill Clinton's turn. Folks in the Obama camp must be holding their breath again. Who can blame them?

By Colbert King  | August 27, 2008; 8:10 AM ET
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The speech was a winner, but there will be some anger within the Obama camp that Hillary never personally vouched for the nominee.

She told her supporters to vote for him, but there was nothing much to really sway them or any moderates or independents tuning in.

Posted by: matt | August 27, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

If the McCain camp's use of Hillary's words is proof that she was destructive, the same must be true of McCain's use of Biden's words, right?

Posted by: ezr1 | August 27, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Matt, but if that speech didn't sway them, nothing will. I look for President Clinton to say something like: This is what we've been working for all these years. I never dreamed that I would leave such a legacy,laying the groundwork for the first African-American president(not counting myself, of course!)--and to see it in my own lifetime. Anyone
who doesn't think I'm as proud of that as I would be of seeing Hillary in the White House doesn't know Bill Clinton." Well, that's what he should say.
And if he says it, any of it, I'll believe him. He may have wanted Hillary to win, but he has got to be proud of this moment, too.
Saying it is the only way he can shine.
He will be at his best, and that's pretty darn good.

Posted by: Olive | August 27, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Matt, The Post headline quoting Hillary is good enough for me: "Barack Obama is my candidate." Hillary did a great job last night. I might even send her a few bucks now for that campaign debt.

Posted by: grey parrot | August 27, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Guess what you are right this time. HRC gave a very powerfull speech that was way more than she was obligated to, thanks for maning up and admitting it.

No if we can just get Mr. Robinson to get the primaries out of his eyes maybe he will see reality too.

Posted by: DCDave | August 27, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Temple:

“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.”

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Well said Mr. King, and dead on as usual. You're obviously a much more astute observer than your colleague Mr. Cohen, who faulted HRC for her allegedly insufficient fawning and fussing over her former foe. I'll read you first next time.

Posted by: jbrumbel | August 27, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Lost Tribe Of Hillary Holdouts Found


The first contact in several years with remnants of a holdout band of Hillary Clinton supporters took place yesterday, with a helicopter flyover identifying the handful of survivors. Unwilling to concede that the 2008 Democratic presidential primary had been fairly conducted, the hardy but dwindling tribe became increasingly isolated during the Obama/Leahy administrations, eschewing television and rumored to be surviving only on moss, pant suit juice and the occasional squirrel.

Following the merger of the Republican and Democratic Parties and repeal of the 22nd Amendment in 2015 which allowed Beloved Leader Obama’s election to a third term by an unprecedented Electoral College vote of 538 – 0, the tribe disappeared and has not been heard from for several years. Until this sighting, the continued existence of the “Hillarians” was doubted and their story had passed into the realm of urban legend.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 27, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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