Obama praises Clinton in Iowa speech
by JJE, Tue May 20, 2008 at 08:58:57 PM EDT
The road here has been long, and that is partly because we've traveled it with one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for this office. In her thirty-five years of public service, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people, and tonight I congratulate her on her victory in Kentucky. We have had our disagreements during this campaign, but we all admire her courage, her commitment and her perseverance. No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and yours will come of age.Hillary Clinton is a great American and a great Democrat, deserving of all the support she has received and more. This campaign has reminded us at times that gender and racial divisions that we would like to pretend are dusty relics of the past stubbornly insist themselves back into the light. It is all the more poignant, then, that the Democratic party, the party that has been the best hope for those who America has heretofore denied a fair shot at truly equal opportunity, must choose between two individuals who embody the hopes of women and African-Americans, who have struggled so hard and for so long to obtain what others take for granted as a birthright. Whichever candidate you favor, Hillary Clinton deserves the utmost respect for her herculean efforts in furthering the struggle to build a world in which differences are to be celebrated and embraced rather than denigrated.