With those simple words, Hillary Clinton, who thought she would wake up on Wednesday morning as the first woman President-elect, ended her quest for the ever-elusive White House.
It was supposed to go like this: At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, standing under a glass ceiling, Hillary Clinton was going to claim her victory as the first woman president.
That didn’t happen.
She lost, in a shocking upset, and at a day-after event Clinton took a much smaller stage at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City, conceding the election to Donald Trump — the Republican nominee who not only trailed her in the polls, but was less favorable in the electoral map, running a campaign on divisive, fearmongering tactics.
The former Secretary of State failed to break that high “glass-ceiling” seperating the first and the only female Presedential Candidate from the Presidency. The glass-walled Javits Center in Manhattan, turned instead to a scene of despair as Donald Trump won state after state and the crowd slowly realized that that highest, hardest ceiling would not break after all, not this time anyway.
So is this the end of the road for Hillary Clinton? Has Hillary Clinton finally conceded from the American Political life?
It was 17 years ago when she made a decision that put her onto the course that ended Tuesday. For nearly two decades she had been a first lady—first for Arkansas, and then for the United States itself—and she was trying to decide what to do next. The decision loomed late one evening, in the summer of 1999, when her Wellesley College classmates gathered at the White House for their 30th year reunion. Mrs. Clinton’s question: whether to launch an unprecedented run for the Senate by a first lady. Many of her friends and advisers recommended against it.
A month later, Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy for the Senate in New York. It was the moment when she transformed from partner to politician, when she put herself before the voters for the first time, when she plunged her feet into the political hotwaters. She won by a landslide. However, that was just not enough. She put herself to a much bigger test this time : The White House.
In 2008, she announced her Candidacy for the Presidency from the Democratic party. Hillary defeated all her opponents, except Barack Obama, who himself was fighting against huge odds as the first African-American Presidential candidate. Though she lost her bid for Presidency, she refused to have herself sidelined. She maintained good relations with President Obama, who eventually made her the Secretary of State.
What followed was perhaps one of the most illustrous political careers in modern US history. Her first 100 days found her travelling over 70,000 miles (110,000 km), having no trouble adapting to being a team player subordinate to Obama, and gaining skills as an executive. She remained an international celebrity with a much higher profile than most Secretaries of State. Her background as an elected official gave her insight into the needs and fears of elected officials of other countries.
Showing her resilience once again, Secretary Clinton announced that she would be running for the Presidency in 2016. This time she won the Democratic party’s nomination – becoming the first woman to be nominated as a major party candidate. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there. The race that was projected to be an easy Clinton win quickly turned into an incredibly tight race. She eventually conceded, though she won the popular vote. The outcome was a huge blow to the Democrats looking to not only bring a third term of liberalism to the White House but make history with the first female president.
Clinton didn’t specifically say that she would never run again in her concession speech but she virtually conceded her life in American politics by saying the following words,” I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now”.
Clinton, 69,with her two failed bids at the presidency, is unlikely to be on the front lines of politics again. Her husband, Bill Clinton, 70, a former president who was widely expected to be the first husband to accompany his wife to the White House, likely will return to philanthropic efforts at his family’s foundation.
Nevertheless, Bill and Hillary Clinton, a husband-and-wife duo unmatched in U.S. history, shaped the United States by holding some of the highest offices in the land and their names will go down in the annals of US History.
Note:- All the opinions stated in the above article are the author’s own.
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