Monday, June 13, 2016

Obama on Hillary Clinton: "I'm with her"

Jamaica Observer column for MON 13 June 2016
by Jean Lowrie-Chin
It was a big week for women in politics. Hillary Clinton has been declared the Democratic Party nominee for the US Presidential Elections, and received a resounding endorsement from President Barack Obama last Thursday.
"I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," declared the President.
In a video recording which headlined world news, he stated, "From the decision we made in the Situation Room to get Bin Laden to our pursuit of diplomacy in capitals around the world, I have seen her judgment, I have seen her commitment to our values up close. I've seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight was. That's what has always driven her, and it still does. So I want those of you who have been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I'm with her, I am fired up, and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary."
I know several women (of colour) who were disappointed when Hillary Clinton did not clinch the nomination back in 2008.  They said they liked Barack Obama, but felt he was young enough to allow Hillary Clinton to "get her turn".  Well, history thought differently, although both candidates broke the record for number of votes, each exceeding 17 million votes.  According to Wikipedia, the hotly contested primaries of 2008 left Hillary Clinton's campaign "severely in debt".  It stated, "She owed millions of dollars to outside vendors and wrote off the $13 million that she lent it herself. The debt was eventually paid off by the beginning of 2013."
Hillary Clinton became a strong campaigner for Obama, and after his history-making victory as the first African-American President of the United States, he appointed her his Secretary of State.  Even as she fulfilled her duties, Hillary Clinton enjoyed the wedding of her daughter Chelsea in 2010, the birth of her first grandchild and 2014, and is looking forward to the birth of her second grandchild this year.
For women the world over, this is a defining moment when a woman, a grandma to boot, has been nominated to represent a major political party in the US Presidential elections.  Rumour has it, that the brilliant senior US Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren may very well become Hillary Clinton's running mate, making this an all-woman presidential ticket.
The quick witted Warren has been getting retweets in the thousands for such posts as:
"If @realDonaldTrump actually believes every stupid lie he reads on the Internet, we're in for a truckload of trouble if he's President."
"I fight for working families every day, @realDonaldTrump. You fight only for Donald Trump."
"Anytime someone calls out @realDonaldTrump, he replies with right-wing conspiracies & lies. It's not presidential - & getting very old."
When MSNBC's Joy Reid asked author D.L. Hughley how he felt about the all-woman ticket, he replied, "This man would react to two competent well-intentioned principled women with glee."
He continued, "Listen, everything men have, black men in particular have, we have because of women. Everything we have. Every single thing. It's their time in the sun…I mean, I'm not trying to be offensive, but they seem to be braver. Who fights? Who goes back and forth on Twitter, which is such a dumb notion.  But who does Trump stay away from? Elizabeth Warren."
And in Jamaica …
Here in Jamaica, it seems that PNP Senator Mark Golding has gained strides over his opponent Colin Campbell as they vie to represent the St. Andrew South Constituency when the current MP Dr Omar Davies retires. Social media lit up last week as Davies, MP Ronnie Thwaites, and Raymond Pryce among others, gave the thumbs-up to Golding.

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