I love great oration. One example is the speech given by Hillary Clinton conceeding the democratic nomination of 2008 to Barack Obama.
I love great speech writing just as much. There are some fantastic lines in her speech.
(1:19) "to the moms and dads who came to our events. who lifted put their little girls and little boys on their shoulders and whispered in their ears 'see... you can be anything you want to be.'". This is a nod to the historical significance of the first campaign by a woman to be president of the united states. What a beautiful statement about the positive effects of the campaign even though it ended early.
(2:80) "to all those women in their 80s and 90s, born before women could vote... who cast their votes for our campaign." How far we've come.
"my commitment to you in the progress we seek is unyielding" good from a campaign perspective, she's out of the presidential race but she's still a senator. still a politician working for you, as it were.
(6:30)"The way to continue our fight now... is to take our energy...do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next president of the united states." The crowd goes wild. To hear Hillary say those words is very meaningful when they've been at each other through 16 months and 22 debates. Its is the obvious path when she has lost to someone of her own party. I still consider it noble. she did it without hesitation and with her full support. Its nice to see happen in real life and a great metaphor for one's own arguments, that they come to an end eventually and reconciliation is possible.
"it is a fight i will continue until every single american is insured(health). no exception and no excuses" The issue she has been most committed to through her campaign. This adds brownie points for her post-campaign days back in congress.
(11:50)"Out country has voted 10 times for president. Democrats have won only three of those times and the man who has won two of those elections is with us today. (cameras pan to Bill Clinton)" This was a funny and sweet sentiment to point out her husband in a public and loving way.
(13:55)"Yes we can!" also funny to hear her say the catch-phrase of the Obama campain. especially when her campaign came up with "thats not change you can believe in, thats change you can xerox."
(19:45) "You can be so pround that from now on it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories. Unremarkable to have a women in a close race to be out nominee. Unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the united states." This is the end of a section about equal rights for women. Its a nice bit and rings true.
around 23:00 starts an awesome section about activism and struggle, starting with the abolition of slavery, women's right to vote, and the end of segregation in public schools.