Happy Unity Day

29 Jun 2008 03:54 pm
Posted by: Naomi

Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have finally sung their Kumbayas. Here are some of the political-strategy clich├ęs of Unity Day uncensored and for your enjoyment.

  • The kiss and make up was comfortably and conveniently nestled in Unity, New Hampshire. Not only is the town named appropriately, but in Unity, Barack and Hillary received an equal number of votes during the primary there.
  • Both of the Senators were “true blue”. Senator Clinton’s suit matched Senator Obama’s cornflower blue tie.
  • They waved in unison at the cheering crowd which was spotted with signs that read “Unite for Change”.
  • Obama even abandoned his poetic license long enough to tell the crowds earnestly, “she rocks”.
  • “Beautiful Day” by U2 was blaring while a the enthusiastic crowds chorused a spirited “yes we can!”
  • Somehow though, even with all of the made-for-TV moments I was moved. Unity is something both candidates needed, and while the news networks were still airing the warm and fuzzies to prove it, this message landed in my inbox from the Clinton campaign:

    “On February 8, in Unity, New Hampshire, 107 people voted for me, and 107 people voted for Senator Barack Obama.

    Today, Barack and I were in Unity to celebrate a unified Democratic Party focused on electing him the next president. I was proud to stand with him today, and I will do whatever I can to help his campaign between now and November.

    Senator McCain and the Republicans may have hoped that we wouldn’t join forces like this. They may have wished that we wouldn’t stand united to fight this battle with everything we’ve got.

    But I’ve got news for them: We are one party; we are one America; and we are not going to rest until we take back our country and put it once again on the path to peace, prosperity, and progress in the 21st century.”

    I think we should have Unity Day every year.


    1. Comment by Krista on June 29, 2008 6:03 pm

      I’d vote for that!

    2. Comment by Donna on July 9, 2008 12:35 am

      Whoever the campaign operatives were who concocted this “Unity” event were, all I have to say is they deserve a huge salary increase. It was very well conceived, from beginning to end.

      Welcome aboard, Naomi!

    3. Comment by Ryan on July 29, 2008 5:29 pm

      It certainly was a brilliantly conceived political maneuver, and a moving moment though I think the made for tv cheese put me off a bit more then I would have liked. I also found the long delay in coming together/acceding the position over to be in bad taste. But all in all it was a good moment. And it is too bad Hillary will not be the vice president as she would make an excellent candidate and strengthen the democratic movement greatly. And of course what an ultimately historic moment that would be.

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