When Barack Obama and John Edwards decide during this presidential campaign to start a musical group we know the song they will both sing. Their country-western song will be “Me and Bobby McGee” with its declaration “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” Both Obama and Edwards have the freedom to say or do anything they choose because they truly have nothing left to lose –for them this presidential race is over except for the counting.
In New Hampshire this weekend, and across the United States, Hillary is singing her own inspiring anthem “Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen.”
Bill Clinton campaigning with Hillary in New Hampshire mentioned another song that gets played:
“…”it’s easy to get isolated” when you’re “flying around in your own, big important plane,” or working in “America’s best public housing,” or getting a certain song played “every time you walk in the room.” “You forget that you’re a person just like everybody else — if you’re not careful,” former President Bill Clinton confided to thousands of people. But then he dropped his tone, sharpened his eyes and said his wife, the presidential candidate, will be the one who “thinks about you, and who knows what you’re going through and doesn’t forget it no matter how many times they play that song.”
Hillary then spoke to the many thousands of people gathered in New Hampshire.
“Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen,” she said. “Now, I know some people think you have to choose between change and experience. Well, with me, you don’t have to choose. I have spent my whole life fighting for change.”
She outlined her upbringing in a middle-class family and life as a “citizen activist,” first lady and now as a New York senator before distinguishing herself from another opponent, former Sen. John Edwards, whose portrayed himself as a Washington outsider committed to taking on a corrupt system.
Hillary spoke about why EXPERIENCE will be needed to bring about the CHANGE Americans want.
“From my time in the White House and in the Senate, I’ve learned that you bring change by working the system established by our Constitution — not by pretending the system doesn’t exist,” she said. [snip]
She spoke of restoring America’s global standing by ending the war in Iraq in a “carefully and responsibly way,” combating terrorism and treating returning veterans with dignity.
She said the country’s middle class needs to be strengthened with “quality, affordable health care for every American,” a “world class” education system and jobs that will improve infrastructure and use new energy sources. She said she wants to empower workers’ organizing and collective bargaining rights.
She called for government reform, in part through public campaign financing. She said it’s time America “reclaims the future for our children.”
Americans are responding to Hillary’s message of Experience and Change:
Many voters interviewed at the end of Hillary Clinton’s half-hour remarks said they came to the event already in her corner.
But Barbara Collier, a city resident and magazine copy editor, said she arrived not “definitively” supportive, but left thinking “she’s pretty amazing.”
“She speaks so well, she’s so clear … she’s hitting all the right buttons,” she said.
Max Miller of Nashua said he left undecided but “90 percent” ready to commit to Clinton. “She talks about the things that are important to me,” especially health care and ending the Iraq war, he said.
Miller said Clinton showed presidential timber.
“She speaks very well. She speaks firmly. She speaks with a large amount of commitment. She’s well thought, she knows what she’s talking about,” he said. “Some of the biggest things — taking back the respect of the rest of the world, getting the friendships and alliances back in order — that takes somebody who’s commanding.”
Todd McCloy of Pelham was one of the undecided, but he said he appreciated her talk on the middle class.
“As somebody in the middle class, that’s what I’m looking for right now,” he said. “If we can get somebody in there with that type of mentality, I think it’s going to be good for everybody.”
Happy Labor Day Hillary.