Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat to Barack Obama. Next week, she will be officially nominated as the Democratic candidate and potential first female president. How did she get here? Jill Abramson has the inside story
Radiant in white, Hillary Clinton greeted the cheering mob at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, most of whom had waited hours in the wilting June heat to see history made. Inside what used to be a giant greenhouse, fathers held up their daughters to catch a glimpse of the stage where, they fervently hoped, stood the first American woman to be elected president. There were plenty of gray-haired women who had worked as volunteers in Clintons unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, enjoying sweet vindication. Ive waited my whole life for this, one told me. I wouldnt have missed it for the world.
In her second quest for the Democratic nomination, Clinton has been much bolder in emphasizing her gender. Her entrance was preceded by a short film featuring the suffragettes, who won the right to vote in 1919, on the very day Clintons mother, Dorothy Rodham, had been born. It may be hard to see tonight, Clinton began her speech, but were all standing under a glass ceiling right now.
The line echoed a sadder day in 2008, when a vanquished Clinton endorsed Barack Obama. In defeat, she told her supporters: Although we werent able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, its got about 18 million cracks in it. She was warm and human, and many in the crowd were left musing, If only she had been like that in the campaign.