I watched Senator Clinton’s speech this evening on MSNBC with my eight month-old daughter on my knee. She was in an especially good mood tonight, happy and bubbly. It was an outstanding moment I had with her, considering school has started again- another thing to balance along with trying to bring in enough income to keep our family afloat and deal with the dynamics of our relationship with my daughter’s mother.
At times, I had to supress my urge to get up and pump my fist in the air. The baby was giggly and kept laughing out loud; of course, she didn’t know what was going on, but it fit the mood. I finally saw through any of the accumulated bitterness I’d saved over from the Primary season at Senator Clinton; I saw a true precedent and hope for my daughter, that she could truly follow in the footsteps of this woman and become the President of the United States someday, if she wanted to.
One bit from her speech stuck in my mind, in particular, and of course you’re probably familiar with it:
Those are the reasons I ran for president and that is the reason I support Barack Obama. Were you in it for me or were you in it for that young Marine…or were you in it for that young boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage…were you in it for those who are invisible.
My intrigue was piqued at that one. Here was a totally unequivocal statement in support of Senator Obama, and disavowing the PUMA movement, all five-dozen of ’em. I broke my months-long “strike” I had on visiting PUMA sites, and ventured into the abyss.
Do you think I was surprised by what I found?