True graciousness - annotated!
In the middle of the night, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a woman of principle and honor, sent a letter to her supporters. I am republishing the letter here, with my thoughts and observations interspersed, in brackets in the text of the of the original.
I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. [Still not taking me for granted, Senator Clinton tells me, immediately upon her own decision, what she has decided.] Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you. [Every bit of work, every dollar is recognized and clearly appreciated by Senator Clinton. My reaction: Senator Clinton, it has been my pleasure and my privilege.]
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans. [Yes, Senator Clinton, you are true to yourself: you have said this throughout the campaign and on many matters of policy you are absolutely correct regarding the comparitive similarity between your positions and Senator Obama's.]
I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise. [A woman of her word. What else can one say?]
When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House. [No candidate worked harder.]
I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. [Of course, Senator Clinton will keep these promises. Look at the the ones she is already keeping, with dignity and elegance.]
I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. [I will always be interested in what Senator Clinton has to say, and I will listen carefully as I have always listened. But remember, in the end, Senator Obama, as the nominee, has the responsibility for rallying people behind him, let alone the party.] The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.
I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.
In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.
I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
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