Concession is good for the soul

It’s official, now. She’s out. And she’s throwing 18 million balls into Barry’s court:

Hillary Clinton on Saturday formally ended her quest to be America’s first woman president and endorsed the Democratic party’s new champion, White House nominee Barack Obama.

Clinton, once seen as the inevitable nominee, bid goodbye to a big crowd packed into Washington’s National Building Museum, after her rival clinched the nomination Tuesday following a turbulent campaign.

“The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passions, our strengths and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States,” Clinton told cheering supporters.

“Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.”

Supporters still grieving over her defeat had gathered in snaking lines under a pounding early summer sun to hear the speech in the museum’s ancient Rome-style Great Hall, framed by ornate pillars and open galleries along the walls.

Terry O’Neill, a Clinton supporter from Bethesda, in suburban Maryland, said it was now up to Obama to win her, and the former first lady’s 18 million primary supporters over.

Here’s a snap from the speech. Alas… no boxer boy.

hillary concession

Full story here:

Clinton endorses Obama, ends her campaign

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