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June 4, 2008

Go on Hillary Clinton, admit you lost

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media, Print, Television

It was the moment many newsrooms were probably dreading.

"I will be making no decisions tonight," said US Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.


Moments earlier she had the newsroom I was in captured, TV sets were tuned in to her live speech and journalists left their desks to go see what she had to say.

It was one of those rare occasions when a newsroom pauses to let the event take centre stage.

Democrat rival Barack Obama had all but claimed victory in this lengthy (too lengthy) primary campaign.

Surely this latest speech from Clinton in New York would be the one where she accepted defeat.

On and on she spoke to hearty cheers and rapturous applause from her devoted fans.

She spoke of dreams and hopes to restore this and that to the Whitehouse and reconnect a people with a new government because she said the old one had not been listening for the past seven years.

Interesting background images.

Interesting background images.

The journalists looked at their watches, tapped their feet, looked longingly frustrated at each other and wondered who that man was on the left who was taking photographs of the back of Clinton's head

She mentioned "commander in chief" which sailed pretty close to earlier comments that questioned the credibility of Obama to lead the US "defense" force.

On and on she went, all the time smiling and praising the support of her fans.

Then she uttered those immortal words:

"Now the question is, where do we go from here? And given how far we've come and where we need to go as a party, it's a question I don't take lightly.

"This has been a long campaign, and I will be making no decisions tonight."

The TVs were switched off instantly and the journalists departed to their various posts faster than a bar clears when someone asks who's round is it next.

So long Hillary, farewell.

I'm afraid I won't be around when you finally accept defeat.

I have other things to do.

Now, about this US election campaign. Who's the other guy Obama is up against?

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