If it were Clinton

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Obama won, without any surprise. I remember at the beginning of the year, Jon Stewart had made a joke when hosting the Oscar: “Have you guys decided, which Democratic candidate are you going to vote for?” And that is even before the economic recession.

Obama won. We saw he hugged his wife and daughters with ecstasy; we saw Oprah laughed and waved a little national flag like a 5-year-old child; we saw thousands of African American rush out onto the streets, running, cheering. But what we didn’t see is how does Bush react; how does Hillary Clinton react.

I read an article on Washingtonpost.com called a few Obama thank-yous. The author had made a list of those people that Obama should have thanked for. Here is the paragraph about Clinton:

“Bill and Hillary Clinton. Obama could not have asked more of the Clintons. Despite her bitter defeat in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, they went all-out for Obama, urging disappointed supporters to get behind the Democratic ticket. The Clintons should be thanked for that. But there’s another reason to thank them.

Obama wouldn’t be set to become the nation’s 44th president were it not for the toughening-up he got from the Clintons in the primaries. Everything was thrown at Obama: his inexperience and questionable associations, his so-called oratorical skills vs. a lack of substance, his supposed unreadiness to become commander in chief — charges that were also used by John McCain in the general election race.”

He sure should. But as a girl, especially grown up under the resplendent glory and charm of her husband, I can hardly remain totally indifferent to the pity defeat of Hillary Clinton. At this moment, there is a very natural thought appears to me: if it were Clinton that won in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, what would it be like.

She would win, without doubt. American people are looking for changes. No matter what change it is, it brings hope to them. McCain is like the opposite of change and innovation. But it would be impossible to for her to win that much. Obama is so smart. He effectively used the internet as a main way to raise money, while at the same time he have set up an image of a “cool guy” in the mind of young people. Clinton’s “strong mummy” is pale by comparison. Obama also has a huge back-up of millions of African Americans, who are much more aggressive and unanimous at this point of view than white women. At least we could not imagine them running on the streets and waving their expensive coats.

If it were Hillary, would Obama say: “Tonight, we are celebrating an historic victory for the American people.” as Hillary did right after the election? No, I don’t think so. Hillary did a great and melting supporting job after her defeat. One of the reason is she has regarding the campaign as the end of her political ambition. Because 8 years later, she will almost as old as today’s McCain. But Obama is still young. How could he identify with everything of his future predecessor? He needs to have his own opinion to convince the American that he is still the number one candidate to be the president.

If it were Clinton, financial crisis would still remain financial crisis; Iran would still be regarded as some dangerous country, because America would still be America. The result of the campaign might change the life of some individuals, but not the Earth as a whole. Put away our personal emotion, the election is just a costly game, in order to find a qualified manager.


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