Clinton's Parting Draws Tears and Jeers

Hillary finally notes historic feat in moving farewell
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2008 8:05 AM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y, poses for a picture with supporters at the National Building Museum in Washington, Saturday, June 7, 2008, after she suspended her campaign for president.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – An emotional audience packed the National Building Museum to watch Hillary Clinton exit the campaign with a speech that finally addressed the historic nature of her candidacy, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Some in the largely female audience wept as she spoke; some booed at the mention of Barack Obama’s name. “This isn't exactly the party I'd planned, but I sure like the company," said Clinton.

Though the "highest, hardest" glass ceiling of the presidency wasn’t shattered to open the way for women to the White House job, “thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it," Clinton noted. She spoke with a “conviction rarely seen on the campaign trail,” Milbank notes. Clinton pledged her support for her former opponent, but one volunteer said, “I would slit my wrist before I’d vote for Obama.” (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)