Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Clinton Confirmed, Kennedy Withdraws

Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State. She's brilliant, works hard (an understatement), has ideas, has guts. I hope she kicks ass.

Good time to recall the exhortation Maya Angelou wrote for her a year ago, when she was still in the thick of the primaries:

State Package for Hillary Clinton

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may tread me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits' end, but she has always risen, always risen, don't forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.

Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.

There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you're born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.

She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.

She means to rise.

Don't give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear.

Rise, Hillary.


Source: The Guardian

In other news, Caroline Kennedy withdraws her bid to replace Clinton in the Senate.


Nino's Mum said...

Wow. Getting Maya Angelou to write something about you, is the greatest compliment a woman can get. I hadn't read this. The first four lines are from her poem Still I rise, but what a beautiful tribute. This should have made losing the primaries a tad less disappointing.
And thank god Kenndy bowed out, like 'you know' ;)
I wish Rahul Gandhi would do the same.

Lakshmi said...

You have a cool lemonade award on my blog. Do collect it ;)

Anonymous said...

After supporting Obama, she still opted for Hillary's seat: a quandary, if you may:)

Anonymous said...

Wow Sujatha..came here through Nino's mum - I don't think I'm going to watch CNN anymore. Getting your politics through verse is so much better :)

Sujatha Bagal said...

Nino's Mum, I'm glad she stuck with Hillary till the end. And ditto on Kennedy. It was Palinesque, the bid. Not entirely, but almost.

LG, will do. Thanks! :)

N'ville Mom, that seat was also held by her uncle, Robert Kennedy, until he was assassinated. So I understand why she wants it, but this was not the route to take. I do hope she stand for election when the time comes.

Girlonthebridge, what a sweet thing to say! Hope to see you here more often. Have you moved your blog? If so please let me know.

Kavi said...

The steely persistent fighter that she is, i think she will make much of a difference !

Anonymous said...

why no, can you not see it?

Sujatha Bagal said...

Kavi, crossing fingers. :)

Girlonthebridge(sigh, do you have an easier handle? :), yes I can! Must have had a brain freeze. 'pologies!