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June 1, 2008

Hillary's Victory Speech in Puerto Rico

-- by Dave Johnson

Because of various circumstances I ended up about 15-20 feet from Hillary Clinton as she gave her victory speech after winning the Puerto Rico primary. I am here for the SEIU convention, and learned that her event was across a bridge from the hotel I was at for a meeting with SEIU officials. (More on that in another post.) So I took a walk (man, it is humid here) and was able to enter as a member of the press.

As a member of the press I was able to enter the ballroom before the event. This was not a victory party where supporters are celebrating and then the candidate shows up to speak. This was more like a TV set where the candidate gives a speech to cameras. There were bleachers behind the podium, and room for a few people in front of the candidate. But this was entirely about setting up the speech for national TV. I am not saying this is good or bad, it just was what it was.

That said, it was secondarily an event for campaign workers to see the candidate and be part of the speech. First they filled the bleachers behind the podium. I can testify that this was not a carefully selected crowd, with demographics set up to look good -- because someone asked ME if I wanted to be up there! So this was not about photogenic, or looking like a special demographic. It might have been about making babies cry and serious viewers vow never to watch TV again.

I'm out of time now, will write more later. Hillary doesn't appear to be leaving the race by ANY means. Lots of energy and enthusiasm at this event. A very good speech making good points.

Here is the podium with the bleachers:

Clinton_Vic_1.jpg

This shows what I mean this being a TV event, not a ballroom full of people celebrating:

Clinton_Vic_3.jpg

I loved this Clinton As Evita poster that I have been seeing here:

Clinton_Vic_evita.jpg

Here is Hillary making a point:

Clinton_Vic_4.jpg

MORE TO COME.

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 1, 2008 5:12 PM

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