A reluctant Hillary Rodham Clinton kept a hall full of supporters and the nation waiting for 45 minutes to finally bring her futile campaign for President to a long overdue end.
She climbed onto the stage at the National Building Museum in Washington more than 45 minutes late for the speech scheduled at noon.
Some said the tardiness was typical for Clinton, a prima donna who is used to having people wait for her. Sources within the Clinton campaign said she wavered right up until the last minute, delaying her departure from her Northwest Washington home until 30 minutes past the scheduled time.
When she finally begin to speak, the words sounded hauntingly familiar, the same rhetoric about the 18 million to voted for her. Of course, she failed to mentioned that many did so simply because she was a woman or because they couldn’t bring themselves to support a black man.
Finally, at 12:54 p.m., she urged the crowd to “do all that we can to help elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.”
“I congratulate him, I endorse him and throw the full weight of my support behind him,” she told the crowd, which responded with a smattering of boos among the cheers.
Her concession speech came nearly four days too late, long after her non-concession Tuesday night where she was introduced as “the next President of the United States” after Obama had, in fact, secured the nomination.
Although she repeated “we must work to elect Barack Obama President,” she still kept herself as the main focus of her speech and trotted out her overused and tired charges that sexism contributed to her defeat. She said again that she felt she would be a better President and did not concede the point, returning again to the sexism theme.
Her speech, while polished, lacked the passion it needed. It was something she had to do.
And it showed.