Saturday, August 30, 2008

Are We Ready, Really?

This has been a long campaign. and we've traveled this road with one of the most formidable candidates to ever run for President. In her 35 years of public service, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people. Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and your daughters and granddaughters will come of age.”


“I honor her today for the valiant and historic campaign she has run. She shattered barriers on behalf of my daughters and women everywhere, who now know that there are no limits to their dreams. And she inspired millions with her strength, courage and unyielding commitment to the cause of working Americans.”


“With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton…


And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons…


The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America


We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. Instead, it is that American spirit – that American promise – that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend. That promise is our greatest inheritance. It’s a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night, and a promise that you make to yours – a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west; a promise that led workers to picket lines, and women to reach for the ballot.”

--Barack Hussein Obama, African American man presidential candidate, to us Americans


To serve as vice president beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime. And it’s fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote. I think — I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and of course Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign. It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America but it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.


So for my part, the mission is clear: The next 67 days I’m going to take our campaign to every part of our country and our message of reform to every voter of every background in every political party, or no party at all. If you want change in Washington, if you hope for a better America, then we’re asking for your vote on the 4th of November. My fellow Americans, come join our cause. Join our cause and help our country to elect a great man the next president of the United States.

--Sarah Louise Heath Palin, woman Euro American vice presidential candidate, to us Americans


Palin is the first candidate ever to credit me publicly.

-- Geraldine Anne Ferraro, woman Euro American vice presidential candidate, to a tv news man


Congratulations.

-- Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, woman Euro American presidential candidate, to Palin in a phone conversation


Good luck, but not too much luck.

-- Obama to Palin


So really, Are we ready for a woman president?

4 comments:

Nathan Stitt said...

We're ready, but not for Palin. I'd be fine with Clinton, but McCain's selection solidified my vote for Obama. McCain is pretty old, and Palin is in no ways ready to be president if something should happen. I just can't vote for the pair.

Polycarp said...

I believe that the United States is ready for a woman president, and frankly, they might just need one to shake up some things, but Palin was not picked out of respect for her as a person, but to appeal to the religious base of the GOP and to pander to Clinton's supporters. This is a slap in the face to women.

J. K. Gayle said...

Nathan,
Thanks for your comment and candor.

Polycarp,
I see your point, but McCain would have never picked Palin if she were a man (given all the things you note about her). And a slap in the face of women is a slap in the face of men. The politics and news around Palin shows how sexist our society.

J. K. Gayle said...

In our local paper, reporter STEVEN THOMMA, wrote this the day McCain chose Palin:

"Her gender - the first woman ever on a Republican ticket and only the second in history, after Geraldine Ferraro on the Democratic side in 1984 - could help McCain win some women who'd supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries but were angry that she wasn't chosen to be Barack Obama's running mate."

What a bunch of biased hooey with shallow understanding of history, of current events, of American women and men.

We're recommending these resources to Thomma:

"The Women Who Ran for President" in Jo Freeman's We Will Be Heard:Women's Struggles for Political Power in the United States.

First But Not the Last: Women Who Ran for President, from the National Women's History Museum and the Shauna Alexander Foundation