WASHINGTON, U.S. - A defeated and dejected Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to persist and “never, ever give up” in her first speech since she ...
• Clinton has been associated with Children’s Defence Fund for over four decades
• Organisers call her People’s President referring to her lead in popular vote by over a million
• Clinton begins her journey as private citizen in the event
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A defeated and dejected Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to persist and “never, ever give up” in her first speech since she conceded her defeat in the Presidential race at a Children’s Defence Fund event in Washington on Wednesday.
Clinton admitted her disappointment from the election results in her speech as said, “I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too, more than I can ever express. There have been a few times these past weeks when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again.”
“I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. It's up to each and every one of us to keep working to make America better and stronger and fairer,” she added.
Clinton has been supporting CDF for decades, since 1969, when she graduated from Yale Law School.
She later became a board member of the organisation.
During her speech she reminiscent and spoke about knocking on doors to find out why children weren’t in school besides interviewing teenagers jailed during her early years with the organisation.
She also spoke about the importance of fighting for child poverty in the country.
She reiterated “I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was. The divisions lay bare by this election run deep. But, please, listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country and fight for our values and never, ever give up.”
“The words of Dr Martin Luther King, often repeated by President Obama: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.’ I know sometimes it can feel awfully long – believe me, I know. But I also know it does bend,” she added.
In her speech, Clinton also referred to her late mother, Dorothy Rodham whose spirit in tackling a difficult childhood was a focal point of her message in the campaign.
“I dream of going up to her and taking her in my arms and saying: ‘Look, look at me and listen. You will survive. You will have a family of your own – three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States senator, represent our country as Secretary of State and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States’,” she said.
While introducing Clinton, the organisation’s founder, Marian Wright Edelman, a longtime friend, referred to her as “the people’s president”, noting her lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote by more than a million votes.
Edelman also described the event as her ‘homecoming’ referring to her beginning with the organisaton.
He recalled Clinton’s desire to join the initiative despite knowing that the organisation did not have funds to hire her.
She was told if she could find a way she was welcome. “And she did. She has always been able to figure out how to get done whatever had to be done,” Edelman said.
"We love her and we appreciate all the hard work she has done and say it's not going to be for naught. We're going to say that she is the people's president," Edelman said in his speech.
The event, in some ways, looked like a part of her campaign as members of her staffs, her press corps were present in addition to a campaign videographer filming the event.
In a way, it was a signing off speech for her election campaign before beginning her journey as a private citizen.
After her brief trip to Washington, she will return to New York. No further events are scheduled in the coming weeks, ending Clinton’s political journey at the capital.