For Hillary Clinton supporters, last Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention was bittersweet. Their presidential hopeful is out of the race and now openly proclaiming her support for Barack Obama. It was enough to bring some of her loyal fans to tears. Of course, Clinton needed to do that to promote unity and remind Democrats to remain faithful to their party. However, she also made sure to mention her own efforts and accomplishments in her speech.
“I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches … to see another Republican in the White House squander our promise of a country that really fulfills the hopes of our people,” Clinton said. “I ran for president to renew the promise of America to rebuild the middle class and sustain the American dream.”
Although those efforts did not seal her spot in the primary election, her work will still be remembered and treasured by the lives she touched. As former first lady and New York senator, she battled issues concerning children, women and blue-collar workers. She was active in looking out for the well-being of soldiers in Iraq and those struggling at home in America. On top of that, everything she has done to help Americans makes a huge statement about women in government: They are a force to be reckoned with.
Clinton is not going to stop – even if John McCain is elected president. Should that happen, I think it would stir a fire in her to continue working in politics and show America that she is a fighter. Clinton proved this many times from dealing with public marital problems to campaigning for the U.S. Senate and U.S. presidency. In fact, it is almost scary how we cannot seem to get away from her and her bright, almost fluorescent pantsuits.
She may have lost this battle, but her journey is far from over. America is just not ready for its first female president; history reminds us of that. Black men had a vote before women could vote. We may even have our first black president or our first female vice president. We may have to wait a few more years or even decades to witness the inauguration of a female president. And what a momentous occasion that shall be.
For those who are relieved that Clinton is out of the race, don’t breathe easy just yet. This will not be the end for the orange pantsuit-wearing senator.
At the end of her speech, Clinton quoted Harriet Tubman to encourage Democrats to stick together, vote for Obama and stop the Republicans. But she was also telling Americans that this will not be the end for her.
“‘If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going … Don’t ever stop, keep going if you want a taste of freedom, keep going,'” Clinton said.
Whether the Republicans maintain control of the White House for another four years or whether you love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton will keep on going.
Alyssa Dizon is a senior broadcast journalism major from Aiea, Hawaii.