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June 4th, 2008
01:45 PM ET

How should Obama handle the Hillary “situation”?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Anyone who thought Hillary Clinton would admit defeat and graciously make her exit to begin healing the party wasn't paying attention last night.

Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination, not by a delegate or two. The superdelegates poured into his camp all day and all night and made a bold statement. "He's our guy." But when the sun came up this morning, she is still there.

If Obama wants a hint what it will be like if she is the vice president, last night should give him a pretty good idea. Refusing to concede, she chose instead to try to steal the spotlight from him on one of the most historic nights in our history. Barely acknowledging his accomplishment, she went on in her speech at Baruch College like nothing had changed. It was pathetic.

Earlier in the day, she let it be known she is interested in the Vice Presidential nomination. Like it's her option. This puts enormous pressure on him to agree or risk further angering her dwindling supporters. Not that some of them could get any angrier.

Barack Obama at this moment has a much bigger problem with Hillary Clinton than he does with John McCain. You would think her advisers and supporters would start to be embarrassed by her behavior at some point.

At a time when our country should be celebrating a quantum leap forward in healing our racial divisions, Hillary Clinton is ruining the party – a spoiled child who refuses to go when told, "It's bedtime."

Here’s my question to you: How should Barack Obama handle the Hillary Clinton “situation”?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bill writes:
Entitlement is the problem. She started with 68% of the popular vote, an ex-president as husband, most of the superdelegates and blew it by her attitude - nothing else. I love Abraham Lincoln and would love to know what he would have thought of her attacks, using the race card, the women card, the victim card, the whatever-is-left card.

O. from Fort Worth, Texas writes:
Talk about scorched earth...she burned the olive branch last night. Hillary has exhausted Americans with her political tantrums. Obama can't be concerned with her emotional well-being much longer. McCain has started a "man all guns" approach so Obama has to direct his time, energy and talents to do what we elected him to do.

Jean writes:
Obama should not ask her to be VP for all the reasons we hear daily. He has the skill and intelligence to find a more suitable and less burdened choice. You just can't get Hillary without taking Bill, too. It is the '92 "two for the price of one" scenario all over again. He will pick someone surprising and capture the world's attention again.

Craig from Albany, New York writes:
He doesn't need to make a decision for quite some time. My feeling is: just ignore her as if she doesn't exist. This will result in her acting out to capture attention and eventually she will embarrass herself to the point that even her lunatic fringe supporters cringe and run for cover.

Linda writes:
I am a Republican who will vote for Obama if he does not have Clinton as a running mate!

Carole writes:
It is time to turn the page. The Clinton chapters were a good read and the Bush chapters were among the worst in the book. Now we get a clean page to write the Obama chapter. We don't need a Clinton to co-author this one. Perhaps a place in the cabinet, but not on the ticket.

Mark from San Diego writes:
Jack, Obama should name her as Ambassador to Botswana and hope to never see her again. He would be doing us all a favor.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Joe in DE

    He should try to get her to take VP and terll his supporters to cool it.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Moodz4Modernz

    What does she hope to gain by showing this decidedly unappealing aspect of her character? Is this a person who will restore the country’s reputation abroad? Does she imagine she will bully Obama into choosing her as his running mate? Six months ago, I thought that would be a dream ticket. Now… Oh, the horror. I believe she would work covertly undermine President Obama and establish herself as some sort of co-president. I hope Senator Obama does not allow himself to be pressured into putting her on the ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Cecile, Montreal

    Send her in Tombouctou... or Katmandou ...

    June 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Tracy/California

    Obama's biggest situation is the 18 million voters who believe Hillary is the better choice for President. Although some Hillary supporters will vote for Obama come the general election many of us won't vote for Obama without Hillary on the ticket. The media continues to perpetuate the myth that Obama is the clear choice for the democratic nomination when that is simply not true when you crunch the popular numbers. In essence the party is completely divided down the middle.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Terry, Chandler AZ

    He needs her support. How much will she give him if he does not select her as a running mate? He should select her but not under her (Bill's condidtions). He should let her and Bill know that she and only she will be working for him. This agreement should be between the three of them with no information given to the media.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Sandi AZ

    I think he should just ignore it, and get on with this country's business on winning the general election.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Conservative Buyer -CA

    Obama is a smart man and he will unite the Democratic Party with Hillary's help. Hillary is also smart and she will rehearse her role as VP.

    At first he will court Hillary by meeting with her for a one on one. But he will also meet with other viable VP's because he does has his options. Maybe they'll have a Bar-B-Q on Labor Day like McCain.

    She too must play her cards right along with anyone else who is repudiating the GOP attack machine.

    If she is to become VP she needs to show us she can take a Republican punch and hit (McCain) back harder.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  8. Paul

    Jack,
    He should ask Hilary if she would take the VP position. He has said he does not want a yes person in the VP position and she is Far from a yes person. If she would say yes to VP she will only confirm America is really ready for change.

    Paul Austin, Texas

    June 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  9. Dave

    I am sad to say this but after Senator Clinton's actions last night, it is my hope that the the presumptive democratic nominee (Senator O-B-A-M-A) will congratulate Hillary and move on to a VP nominee of H-I-S choosing.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  10. 40+

    Really, it's not about how he handles it. It's how she chooses to act from here on out. If he picks her now, then it seems as if he's giving into her hissy fit. If he doesn't choose her, well then it seems like he doesn't want to be bothered with her. Let them both sit down, one on one, no camera's, no media and hash this thing out. I'm sure she'd be an active Vice President, but she need not be second guessing him in his decision making and she needs to put a muzzle and a leash on Bill if she is selected. Personally, I believe they can work it out. Do I believe he could win without her, yes. But it would be much harder and the race much closer. The thought of the two of them wailing on John McCain instead of each other, really makes me smile.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  11. pmac, Boston

    Why are all these Clinton supporters i.e. Davis, Johnson pushing Hillary on President Obama for the veep stakes. It seem to me that the veep decision will come from President Obama and his campaign staff. I wish the Clinton Surrogates would mind their business. Obama will sit down with Clinton and negotiate something for her BUT NOT THE VP, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Susan in NY

    I was so impressed by Hillary's speech to AIPEC today with her views and positions on Israel and the Middle East and on America's role in the world scene. If we are going to pass her by for the Presidential job, let us hope that her talents are not wasted on a mostly ceremonial position of VP. But rather encourage the Obama regime to appoint her Secretary of State where she could do an amazing job of diplomacy and help elevate our position on the world stage, and work towards peace.
    Stop dissing Hillary, and instead acknowledge her tremendous intelligence and work ethic.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack, he has won the nomination fair and square and throughout been a gentleman. He has complimented her a lot more than I would have considering all her bad comments and innuendoes about him. I think he has done all he can do at this point as far as she is concerned; she is a poor loser as illustrated by her speech last night. She should not even be offered the VP slot. Obama should reach out to her supporters but he doesn't need to appease the Clintons themselves as far as I'm concerned. I think the Clinton legacy has seriously been damaged by this year's nominating process. McCain might want to consider his VP candidate!

    June 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  14. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack,

    Senator Obama should continue to handle it the same way he started to last night. I am sure he heard her speech before he made his own and yet he pretended as though her speech did not happen, or at least the it was not a slap in the face to him. If he keeps going down that road and plays the gracious winner all the way to the convention he should be able to do what he wants by then because the rest of the party will realize she is way out of line by then.

    She could be a massive asset, but if he picks the right VP and gets a good strong set of surrogates out there on the campaign trail after the convention he could well prove he doesn't need her at all.

    I have to admit with the tone of her speech last night I wasn't sure it wasn't going to end with her announcing her run at the Presidency as an Independent.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  15. Kay in WV

    He should tell both his supporters and the Obama-loving media to back off & let the two of them get together.
    After AP broke the story that she was conceding yesterday before the polls closed what could she do? Her only option was exactly what she did.
    When asked if she would take the VP slot if offered, again, what could she do? a 'no' would have been seen as a slap at Obama; a non-answer would have been seen as indication she was taking the fight to Denver; her 'open' response was the only reasonable response she could make.
    Jack, back off & let them have an adult conversation without you media kiddies interfering.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Steve, Du Quoin, IL

    He and everyone in America should pay attention to the reports that her camp doesn't want him to pick another woman as a running mate. That's how Hillary Clinton helps women. She's out for herself and everyone else be damned.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Chuck Christian

    Jack, at this point, Barrack Obama doesn't have much choices left but to take Hillary along. As as far I am concerned, if she is fighting for the position of VP which is by the way a dormant position except to break a tie in the senate, it is concession enough. She doesn't know how to gracefully exit due to pride, lets help her out and pretend that she earned the VP spot.
    Chuck, Canada

    June 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  18. Noel Martin

    Barack Obama wants to be a peacemaker; however his comments relating to the Palestinians and the status of Jerusalem are no solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Clinton’s recipes are extremely unhelpful. Taking this woman as his Vice-President will not resolve the issues that afflict the Middle-East. He cannot be a peacemaker until he realises that a peacemaker needs to listen, understand and empathise with all sides in a conflict. Wisdom and dictat are mutually exclusive principles Jack.
    Irishman

    June 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Courtney

    If Hillary could have graciously conceded last night, and given Senator Obama the respect he deserved on such a historical night, then yes I think he should have considered putting her on the ticket. Hillary instead chose to make the evening about herself, and what she wanted. Disgraceful. Let's move on beyond the Clintons. Our country has been through enough over the last 20 years, we deserve a fresh start.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  20. Al, Lawrence KS

    At this point I thought I would be jumping up and down yelling "woo-hoo". Unfortunately, I'm as worried about our future as ever. Obama has had 2 opponents for 16 months, and he still has 2 opponents. Those opponents are still trying to divide the country down racial and religious lines. When will it ever end. Obama has no choice but to continue his message of unity and hope, and recognize from her speech last night that Hillary is, and always will be, an adversary.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  21. michelle nyc

    hi jack,

    obama should meet her, when it is good for both them, hear her out and offer a cabinet position- give her health care- not vp. she has proven she does not have sound judgement and is a little reckless.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  22. Dan, Chantilly Va

    I have been reserving any comment on Hillary not being in synch with reality until the night of June 4th, because my theory all along has been that she just wanted to get every primary in before quitting. Now that the day has finally come, and it doesn't look like she'll be giving the concession speech I expected, I guess I can start calling her insane. Eh, I guess I could give her one more day to figure it out.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  23. Dean

    Forget her. If she's stealing his moment at a pivotal point in history with that insipid (consession?) speach she made, how do you think she'll act if she becomes his Vice President. She'll be nothing more than a thorn in his side during his presidency. Give her a cabinet position and put her to work on health care that she's always bragging about. Maybe she can get that right the second time. She didn't get it right the first time.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  24. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    Did you notice the bunker she created for herself at Baruch College? Several stories underground so that no news about Obama's victory could reach the audience. That and her ungracious speech reveal what she really is: a petty person who probably enjoyed pulling wings off flies. Obama should stiff her and say that he'll wait til Denver to decide on a VP.
    What we witnessed last night was an elegy from Hillary on the death of her plans and the baptism of a new order from Obama. Hillary is all about the past and Barack is about the future.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  25. what the heck

    Obama won, He picks the Vice-Presidential nominee, he's earned the right!

    Have any of the Republican also-runs openly demanded to be put on the ticket?

    Also, both McCain and Clinton decided last night to horn in on Obama's parade and make speeches of their own, how unprofessional of them!Hopefully they both will be watching Obama parade in January 2009, and no one will be asking to air their speeches then.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Janet Ford

    Obama should send a fat lady with a telegram. Her card should read, "Take a hint....I'm done singing!"

    We're humming in New Freedom, PA

    June 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  27. Darlene - Philadelphia

    Obama is a Harvard educated Constitutional Scholar. He gave up a lucrative career to work as a community organizer. He was an Illinois Senator for 4 years and a US senator for 2. He has co sponsored and or authored hundreds of bills. He ran a BRILLIANT positive campaign. Has shown proven sound judgement. He ran against two so call more experienced and known people. He deserved and earned the nomination and no one can take that from him. He will make HIS educated, wise choice and it won't be her.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Ryan, Va

    Put her on the ticket as VP while she is quite annoying its not worth the risk of alienating the 18 million people who voted for her. In order for Obama to make change he must first win the presidency and to do that he will need the Clinton supporters. Plus it still stays in line with his message of change since she would be the first female VP. Hillary has created quite a buz and I don't think any of the other possible VP candidates will be able to replicate the buz Hillary has created.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  29. cindy

    Hi Jack,
    Does Hillary Clinton really have the best interests of the Democrats in mind, or are she and Bill more devious in their lust for power?
    What does Hillary want? Hillary wants the Presidency. It is more beneficial to Hillary if McCain wins the election. At the end of his first term, we will be so fed up with McCain's leadership, that the presidency would be handed to her if she runs again. If only Hillary had been the nominee back in '08!!!
    Yes, McCain can be her best friend and she can come back in 4 years instead of possibly having to wait 8 years if Obama is elected. It is more beneficial for Hillary's ultimate goal to keep the Democrat party divided.
    I initially supported Hillary, but her campaign tactics have disgusted me, and I put nothing past her. I do not trust the motives of the Clintons.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  30. Robin, Henderson Nevada

    Giver her a major role:

    18 Million Democratic voters is a lot to loose

    Wise up

    June 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  31. Mary

    Choose the best person for the VP spot (not Hillary in my opinion). Let Hillary head up the Health portfolio or the Welfare portfolio. I thought at the beginning of all this that the "dream ticket" would be a good thing. Not anymore.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  32. Ray,Florida

    Jack,

    Obama should give her a few day's to conceed, then pick his vice president soon! He is going to need alot of time to patch thing's up if he doesn't pick Hillary.Then he need's to remind people that the reason he is running for president is to end the game's! such as the power game Hillary Clinton is now playing.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  33. judy,NC

    Jack,
    I honestly believe an Obama-Clinton ticket is the winning ticked, BUT, her performance last night was terrible. She should be ashamed of herself. I could hardly believe she was trying to strong arm her way into any position much less VP. O my goodness! She was threatening and made every attempt to intimidate him into choosing her to be th VP. If he chooses her I'm afraid she will be constantly undermining him and over-riding him because she feels 1) he could'nt have won wthout her and 2) she is he one who should have won. Its as of this little black boy need me and I'm going to make sure he knows that. I'm so sorry that she did that last night because I was hoping the could med bridges and run together. I dont know why she cant learn she is not entitled to anything.She presented herself like a bully.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  34. Dave in Astoria

    Senator Obama should pick a running mate like John Edwards or someone else that truly believes in what he is calling for and not pick Clinton. Some times it's better to err on the side of truth than honesty instead of political "correctness". The possibility that Obama may be taking a risk by disenfranchising the Clinton supporters is , I think, a risk we all should take to purge ourselves of the scourge of Washington political operations according to Clinton. I must add that I just read the Vanity Fair article and the Clintons don't seem like the type of people that I'm inclined to like at all!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  35. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    HRC has earned herself an important place in the next administration. As a senator she will be valuable, but more to New York than the USA, and she must be elevated above this. Since her views and Obama's views of practically all policies and goals are very close, I would like to see Senator Obama offer her her choice of positions, including the vice presidency, cabinet post, UN ambassador, or supreme court justice. Obama and Clinton should decide now, before the campaign starts, what role she should play. Not only would she help the party get elected, she would serve honorable and well, and fight very hard for their goals.

    My own inclination is that she would be the greatest Secretary of HHW in history, and would finally get something done from that position of power.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  36. kay morris

    I am baffled by Democrats and Clinton supporters who say they won't support Obama unless she is on the ticket. How about another position within the administration or is it just that she wants to be co-president... I would have certainly voted Democat if my favorite-Obama was in her position. This is exactly why I'm losing respect for her on a daily basis because she won't join forces with Obama to achieve the glory of all this happening for Americans. I have complete confidence that his choice will be the best for all of us whether supporters or not..
    kay

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  37. SHARON OF H-TOWN

    I agree with putting her on the ticket as VP or include her as a major part of his cabinet. He will need Hiliary's supporters to make the presidency. Without her,,her supporters will go straight to McCain.That's a totall no-no. Might as well keep Bush.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  38. Nicole

    Yesterday morning I was starting to feel like she may make a good VP, but after her speech last night I think that she does not even belong in Politics. She does not care about unity or moving this country in a better direction. I believe her and Bill would try to destroy him so she can run in 2012, but she will never get my vote for anything. I did not agree with how that Priest talked about Hillary Clinton last week, but now I'm starting to wonder does she feel entitled because she just seemed full of herself last night.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  39. Mike out West

    He should just let her continue to self destruct. Then, maybe offer her a position as ambassador, to some vacation spot like the Congo or Bosnia. Heck, she has already dodged bullets in Bosnia...

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  40. Colleen in Tennessee

    As a steady supporter of Obama, I think he should believe in the people who helped win him the nomination and not buckle to pressure to add her to the ticket. I truly believe that the narcisism shown last night by Bill and Hillary Clinton has crossed over in to the delusional. People can not change to that degree. Hillary has found enough of her voices, she needs to stop listening to voices. Obama needs to ignore her and her minions and move on.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Tom Huntington,NY

    I am sure whatever Barak Obama decides to do he will do it with grace and class. It's too bad Hillary doesn't have those qualities. I hope he doesn't offer her the VP spot. I don't think he wants to deal with her petulance or have Bill looking over his shoulder ready to explode. He might offer to help her pay off her $20 million in debt or a cabinet position. I wish she would grow up accept defeat and go away

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Sharyn

    Throughout the primaries Hillary has continually tried to interpret the outcomes to favor her campaign, constantly changing what she defines as the necessary formula to win the nomination.
    In doing this she has demonstrated that she does not respect rules. This brings to mind the patterns of the current presidency.
    Obama won by accepting the rules and playing by them. He deserves to choose his own VP without Mrs Clinton bullying him.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Eddie

    Give her the VP slot to get her most extremist supporters and her false democrats zealots. Then fire her in a couple of months because of a scandal. Wich should happen soon enough with Bill Clinton around and the rise of Viagra.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  44. Nicole A from Florida

    Jack

    I was completely disgusted with the demeanor of Hillary Clinton. I think she has behaved poorly and she has set the real "women" back 100 years. How in the hell she thinks she could ever be President or Vice President behaving like 2 year old throwing a temper tantrum. The audacity of minimizing one of the United States most crowning moments.

    I think Barack Obama should remain unchanged by her antics. He should as eloquently as one of his speeches...Show her the door. Makes sure she is out of his entire cabinet, let along the Vice Presidency.

    I will work my butt off helping Barack and his legacy .

    June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  45. S. Friedman

    Jack, . . Senator Obama gave a superb address at the AIPAC meeting.
    If their is any doubt that he is ready, this address removed it. It also
    sent a message to Hillary, that she had better get on board and endorse
    Senator Obama pretty damn quick before she gets left behind, because if there is any proof that he won't be taken hostage by her and her supporters, and that he can stand on his own two feet, he showed it today. Jack, God Bless you and Senator Obama.

    Democrats 08.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  46. terry. vancouver. canada.

    this reminds me of that skit in monty python`s holy grail where the knight has lost his arms and legs and is shouting " come back and fight fair you coward" whilst the victorious knight is riding off into the sunset, let the so called party elders handle her just ride off into the sunset and start concentrating on mccain..

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  47. Steven

    Her campaign has been trying to trash him up to two days ago, and now her supporters expect him to just come out and pick her for V.P. as soon as he officially gets the nomination. He should go home and relax for a few days. Go see his friends and neighbors and take his time on deciding what to do with Hillary. Neither her nor her supports have a say in what he does with his campaign. But, Barack knows she deserves a spot in his presidency and hopefully she and Bill will help him out along the way. It's a beautiful time for the Democrats and America, relax and enjoy it Hillary supporters!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  48. Linda,St. louis,Mo.

    He absolutely should not be blackmailed into putting her on the ticket.
    She took an historic moment for our nation and made it all about her. That,to me, says it all. This campaign has never been about anyone but Hillary and her feeling that the presidency was owed to her.I was a John Edwards supporter who was very disappopinted when his campaign did not work out. I looked carefully at both Senators,and Senator Obama won my vote.Hillary has been mean spirited and devisive throughout this campaign,and Senator Obama should not have to spend his candidacy and presidency looking over his shoulder,waiting for Hill and Bill to sabatoge him.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  49. Rev. Max Grubb

    He should treat her just like any other presidential candidate would treat formal rivals. Put their name into the pot of likely candidates and then make up your mind who is best for you now and later. If he should decide on Hillary he probably should hire a good food taster and watchdog to cover his back at all times. He should not be forced into putting her on the ticket out of fear of losing certain votes. Remember all this trash about him not doing well among low income working whites,etc is just that. He is running better with those groups than did Kerry or Gore and they nearly won. He can do it!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  50. J. W. in Germany

    He should handle it very carefully. He's a brilliant, experienced Statesman and Diplomat. His extraordinary international life experiences, education, and management skills will show him the way. The reality is that there are many other potential running mates who are certainly better qualified than Senator Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  51. Candie

    He should continue to be the gracious winner even as Hillary continues her ungracious loser strategy and select someone, anyone other than Hillary

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  52. Amber Bergeron, NYC

    Obama and Hillary need to have a serious conversation about this situation. It seems like Obama HAS to offer her the VP spot or he's going to take a beating from her supporters. That being the case, Hillary needs to be smart about the situation- Obama should offer, and Hillary should politley (and publicly) decline. Then, no one on either side has anything to complain about.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  53. David,Cape Town, South Africa

    At 3.30am South African time, with an enormous smile on my face, I tuned into CNN to hear Hillary Clinton be magnanimous in defeat. What came out of her mouth seemed like a speech written by Dick Cheney, full of arrogance and a huge sense of self importance.

    That speech was in essence a microcosm of how the world views the USA.....Arrogant and self obsessed. Thank goodness the ordinary, average, decent American saw the arrogance months ago and voted for Barack Obama. Half an hour later, Senator Obama showed me why America IS great.

    To everyone of you, congratulations on your choice for the next President of the United States.

    America WILL be great again come 20th January 2009 and BOY have we missed you guys!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  54. Kevin from MA

    He can't be bullied into picking her as VP. If he lets her step on him now she will surely walk all over him after the election. Furthermore, how can he even consider her when she refuses to accept the fact that it is over and Barrack is the nominee. He definately shouldn't rush this as we don't yet know what stunt she will try at the convention. She can be offered a prominent position in his cabinet but VP is not it. Too much harm has been done and there is bad blood in those wounds.It appears only her supporters think this is a good idea. I think he would be better of with someone like Govenor Richarson.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  55. Diana Burgess

    I live in Jamaica, and I follow American politics because in a real way it affects the world.

    I wake up this morning with a feeling of joy in my heart. Not only because Obama is now the presumptive Democratic nominee, but because this is a moment in history when we begin to see the disappearance of the race conversation from both blacks and whites alike.

    I am sorry that the 2008 Primary race did not end but seem to continue on to 2012 for Hillary. As she said time and again “she does not quit”. She can start celebrating now because if the 2118 delegate count is still the goal, she should surpass it by then.
    Shame on you Hillary, you could at least acknowledge Obama's well earned victory.. it’s the Clinton thing to do.

    Diana
    Kingston Jamaica

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  56. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    After defiantly not acknowledging his victory Oama is left with no real way of handling her at all. If he makes her VP and pays off her debts it would have a real stink about it. I still think she is waiting for some redneck to take things into his own hands and solve her probllems for her. *If you edit that I will understand Jack*

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  57. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Obama should keep her at a safe distance, the tag team of her and Billy is a dangerous one. Hillary as a VP should not be an option, even though she brings a lot of supporters to the big dance, its not worth the problems Obama will have with her.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  58. HD

    Give her a job in the cabinet...just do not take her on as VP. The Clintons are old Washington and are out for their own benefit. His terms in office would be spent always second thinking what THEY were really doing/saying.

    He really doesn't need her as VP and there are many qualified candidates to look at.

    To those people starting petitions to have Obama put her on as VP – give it a rest.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  59. Susan MO

    If he picks her for the vice president, the two of them together will be a super team. Thye can beat McCain.

    I am a Hillary supporter, but feel they will make an excellent President & Vice President.

    Obama/Hillary

    June 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  60. Bill, Washington, D.C.

    Nothing. Hillary's campaign is now one only of sound and fury, signifying nothing. The longer she takes to concede, the longer she serves as an embarrassment to both herself and the party. If Obama truly is the candidate of change that he claims to be, now is the time to start proving it. His caving on this issue would cast a heavy shadow of doubt on the kind of resolve he would be capable of demonstrating in the oval office. He should get about the business of selecting the running mate HE thinks is best for the party and for the country.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  61. Violet

    Many of the 18 million people that voted for her just might be thinking again based on her behavior / speech last night. It was Obama's night and he has won fair and square. He is shown sound judgement and wise beyond his years...I can not support someone that is so manipulative and self centered.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  62. Vincent Currier from Cape Cod, MA

    Jack,

    He shouldn't handle her at all. Let her drop out at such a time as she sees fit, and for now just plow ahead to the general election. It's time for a change, and Clinton isn't a part of it.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  63. Malik

    Barack needs to avoid Billary as much as possible. Both SHE and HE need to face the facts: Obama's the Democratic nominee, so maybe they need to just leave Obama be! I still think that Obama should think about puttin' Colin Powell on the bandwagon. Plus, he's got more fans AND delegates than both Clinton and McCain put together, not to mention the gazillions of fans that Obama's got outside the States!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Justme N WV

    Actually, he should keep ignoring her and her manic supporters. Time will tell if those folks are really democrats or just Rush Limpskunks scanks.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  65. David from Menifee, Ca

    The same way she treats him.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  66. Ted R. from NYC

    Jack:

    Obama should forget about Hillary and send her back to the Senate where she came from. Letting her be VP would be too risky. Even something as innocent as a cabinet post would just bring Bill to the forefront again.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  67. Danny Campbell

    The arrogance of the Obama supporters here is staggering. It’s as though the more than 18 million of us Hillary supporters don’t even exist. Hillary carried our hopes and dreams and if you think it’s appropriate to spit on us all — well, you’re on your own in Nov. Good luck on your future “hope” campaign that neither includes us, nor apparently cares what we think (or who we support). “Consensus” is apparently not something the Obama campaign stands for.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  68. Paul

    He should let McCain pick her as his VP. That way her and Bill Clinton can focus on destroying the Republican Party since it's obvious they are not focus on unity in the democratic party.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  69. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It really does not matter, so far as November goes. Many of her supporters, myself included, have made up our minds – we will not vote for Sen Obama, regardless of who his running mate is, or what he does or says about anything. And, he will never beat McCain, so most of the conversation is moot, or will be in November.

    Mrs Clinton won 18 million votes, and nothing anyone says can take that away from her. She has earned the right to withdraw at HER convenience, not that of Obama and his supporters.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  70. jamal K

    t is outrageous to still hear some of Hillary's blind loyalists defending her egotistical stand of not recognizing that it is over. I agree with president Carter's assessment of the situation that a unity ticket would be disastrous because having an individual who's campaign was entirely supported and funded by lobbyist and big defense contractors does not constitute a change with the past which includes the Clinton years. It is even more outrageous that she did not have the graciousness or the class to recognize the historical importance of having an African American as the nominee of a major political party for the first time given the dark chapter of slavery in American history.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  71. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    He had better eat crow and ask her to be his VP. He will need her if he has any chance to win in november. He brings college kids who are unreliable except during their fad periods, love caucuas because they get to socialise and they are a small minority. He also brings the left wingers and the black vote and a few indepedents. By no means not enough to carry a general election. She brings the moderate and conservative democrats , the majority of the female vote and blue collar white america. He cannot win without her whether he likes it or not or if his supporters do not like it. If Clinton just says she backs him and even endorses him he will still not carry enough of her supporters. Her people know that she was shafted by the liberal media" people like you Jack" and the democrat leadership party that supported him from jump street. I personnally will not support him even if she is on the ticket. I don't vote for liberals and anybody that hates america. Call it the country boy in me who spent twenty years defending this country.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  72. Ann Campbell

    You have said it yourself Jack. The way she responded to Obama's huge win last night is the way she is going to treat him She has no respect for Obama, and has never ever said anything positive about him throughout her dirty campaign. Obama reserves the right to choose a running mate.

    Anne

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  73. Will from NYC

    Hmm, give her the money to pay off the $30 million of dept her poorly run campaign got itself into. After all, from all stupid remarks regarding assassination, hard working white Americans, and last night's ginzu knife speech its pretty clear that the smart Hillary wants nothing to do Obama.

    She does need that money and the promise of more power of prestige before she frees her 17 million voter hostages unfortunately.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  74. Ty, Arizona

    Obama needs to turn his back as quicly as possible. The marriage between the rural white voters of WVa, KY, Ohio, and the entire Applachia Region with BET and Bob Johnson will not be for the faint at heart. The Clinton machine has come to an end. Hillary stumbled last night when she took a page out of the Bush way of governing and squandered away an opportunity to not only unity the party but the country. Obama should pick her up, brush her off and make sure she knows her way back to the halls of Congress.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  75. mary

    I think he should ignore her for the time being, and let her think about what she has done to the party... Both her and Bill have done such damage to Obama's character and abilities,and poisoned the process because of their about face on what they agreed to in Florida and Michigan because it wasn't working for them, stirred up the voters to a hatred that is inexcusable convincing them that the number of votes counted rather than the number of delegates. I think this was her intention to let McCain win so she can run on her own in four years.. Wake up America, you have been duped.,

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  76. Margaret

    Senator Obama is a very gracious man (remember his response to her Bobby Kennedy assassination gaff – she was "tired"). I hope he will talk with her privately, explain he won't be offering the VP position to her but will pay her campaign bills (most of which will go into her personal pockets to repay her loans to the campaign) if she gets on board the campaign to elect him President, and then allow her to tell the media and the public that, after deep consideration and talking with her family, she turned down his offer of the VP position.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  77. Phil Richards

    Explain how she and Obama would benifit from her being VP. I think she is better served in another position, even one that is designed for her strengths and experience, VP seems like a deadend job. But she needs to drop the animosity of losing and look forward to the good she has done for women of future elections. She underestimated her opponent and any CiC cannot afford to do this and win.

    Phil
    Oregon

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  78. Rick

    She and Bill are potentially as big a campaign detriment as a help. Obama needs to pick a different VP, who helps him, and negotiate her support in the campaign. She really doesnt have any choice but to campaign for him. If she doesnt she will only continue to damage her political career.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Sherry

    I believe Hillary would be a good Secretary of State. That way she can visit with all of her old friends that she says she has experience with already. She loves going to all of these countries and dealing with the leaders.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  80. Richard, Florida

    The DNC blatantly pushed Obama on the Democratic Party... and now they will choose the VP for Obama

    June 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  81. Ben D.

    Jack,

    Sen. Obama should abandon his presidential bid and instruct his supporters to back Sen. Clinton because she will win in November and he will not. Sen. Clinton will carry the states of Florida, Ohio, Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan, and North Carolina in the general election en route to a crushing electoral defeat of John McCain. Obama might carry one or two of those, and in losing the rest, he will be handing John McCain an easy electoral victory. It is Sen. Obama's responsibility to do what is best for the Democratic Party, and right now, that is for him to get out of the race.

    Ben D.
    The Woodlands, TX

    June 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  82. Darren S.

    Sen. Barack Obama has been handling Sen. Hillary Clinton admirably and giving her a wide berth to come to terms withe reality on the ground. It's time Clinton steps up and does what is right for the party.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  83. joe m.

    if obama allows himself to be bullied into choosing clinton as his running mate he will be making the choice baed on the wrong assumptions. he diminishes himself by allowing this choice to be pushed on him. in the end, it trully does not unite the party, but only createds this impression obama agrees with the flawed assertion that clinton is trully the stronger and more electable candidate.

    throw her a carrot with the caveat that she publicly tells her supporters and surrogates that obama is the candidate and no effort take by them to have her take that place will be supported by her.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  84. Isaac Ramirez

    He needs to talk to her and ask her FIRST to be his vp. I will not support him in the fall unless he picks Clinton. Otherwise, the democratic party should forget about recapturing the white house.

    Henderson, TX

    June 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  85. Conor in Chicago

    I think no one should lose sight of the fact that in her speech last night she did not even come close to recognizing that he, at the very least, earned the delegates necessary to claim that he is the presumptive nominee. That was wholly tasteless-regardless of her credentials and talents.

    If she is going to argue that she should be on the ticket as VP, should she not have the respect to claim that he is in fact the nominee for President? Do you Clinton supporters not see what kind of person you would be putting into the role of VP: Someone who doesn't even believe that the President should be the President? That's not the way to beat the Republicans.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  86. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Obama needs for senior Democratic officials, largely women, to come forward and explain to her female and hard-working white supporters that he is the candidate for inclusion and working-class rights. Hillary's support staff and even the Senator herself must make this statement. And a congratulatory concession wouldn't hurt.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  87. Angel from Baltimore, MD

    Unfortunate Missed Opportunity!

    American and the world missed the biggest opportunity yesterday. Oh how different a story the world would be hearing today.

    First, CONGRATULATIONS! to Sen. Obama for hitting the (sometimes moving) bar and allowing all of us to witness history.

    Unfortunately we missed a tremendous opportunity to celebrate 2 historical concurring moments that could have really made this day a great day for everyone. Boy, if only we could have all looked at the broader picture today the chatter among all could have been so different.

    Yet, less than 24 hours later its seems to fade the memory – the first Presumptive African-American Democratic Nominee and the first Woman to complete a historical Presidental race recieving more votes than any FEMALE canidate and many many candidates of the oppposite. Oh the power that would have been – YESTERDAY!

    As 42 year old African-American woman business-owner, making over $50,000 a year, and yes, an Obama supporter I congratulate Sen. Clinton for her oustanding accomplishments.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  88. patrick mccarthy

    I think that even if Obama wants Hillary as vice president, he should inform her that she will be considered and be placed on his short list. He should then, in a very public way, interview others and make her beg for the job.

    Patrick,

    Denver

    June 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  89. Kemal Rijken

    I agree on Carter. He should not ask her to be his running mate. It'll only get worse then. Why not put Ohio gov. Strickland on the ballot instead? Then Obama can turn that crucial state into blue and win some other mid western states that she holds in her pocket now.

    Kemal Rijken, Amsterdam

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  90. Obamacan in Fort Worth TX

    Talk about scorched earth...she burned the olive branch last night.

    IHillary has exhausted Americans with her political tantrums. Obama cann't be concerned with her emotional well being much longer. McCain has started a "man all guns" approach so Obama has to direct his time, energy and talents to do what we elected him to do.

    What I do know is that he has already kept one very big campaign promise already. He gave us "Change We Can Believe In" by beating down the Clinton political machine. He proved to us our voices still do count and were heard. This older southern white woman is very very proud to be an American today.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  91. Stanley

    No Hillary should not be offered the VP slot. When you don't have the adulthood to concede victory to your opponent, who has crossed the threshold, you show that you are to immature to be considered an adult, much less a VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  92. Talbot

    Start pointing out that she appears to be certifiable. She was introduced live this morning as Democratic candidate for President on CNN. If that's who she is, what happened yesterday with Obama? What was the primary for? Can Edwards or Dodd call themselves that too? She keeps talking about listening to Democratic voters; apparently that's only those who voted for her. Obama's supporters have been told to take a hike. I would no more want this woman near a nuclear button than my cat.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  93. Marie LeFevre NYC

    Jack
    This woman managed to sully probably one of the greatest moments in our history and I for one say how dare she. She deserves nothing...ok, maybe she could be Ambassador to Luxembourg, how much damage could she and Bill do there? As far as health care goes, let's face it: Team Clinton had 8 years in the White House to do something and we all know what happened. As far as her supporters go, those who refuse to get with the Party will, I believe, be more than replaced by moderate Republicans and Independents who want out of this wretched war. I just hope that the Obama camp moves quickly.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  94. Kenny (Brooklyn)

    Clinton has been the epitome of politics as usual so he should definitely not put her on the ticket. However he should offer her anything she wants besides VP like Secretary of State if he gets elected. Get her not only on board but enthusiastically supporting the campaign. Otherwise he will either alienate her supporters or be seen as caving to the pressure & either way he will be hurt in the general election. As a strong supporter of Obama I will not vote for an Obama/ Clinton ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  95. John Portelli

    The best thing for Barack Obama to do is campaign for November, try to win us Hillary voters over (good luck), and steal away
    as many Hillary staffers and advisers as he can. He's done some of this already. Bill Richardson, for instance, should have been Hillary's running mate.
    But I believe Obama will lose in November, so I wish Hillary will stay off the ticket. She'll be blamed for the defeat either way: either she dragged the ticket down if she's on it, or she didn't campaign hard enough if she's off it.

    John Portelli Albany, NY

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  96. Craig

    Jack, "What does Hillary want?' Who gives a damn, she lost this race and needs to get lost, along with Bill. The media prolong this drama by reporting her every utterance. Stop the coverage and maybe she will finally get it, I hope.
    Hiram Rapids, Ohio

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  97. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Promise her an ambassadorial position to a place where she'll stay out of trouble. Someplace like Antarctica, maybe.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  98. Carole

    Sen. Obama should continue to be tactful and respectful. He can win without her but she is deeply commited to her party, her positions and her followers and has much to offer, not as a VP, not running as an independent but working fas a Democratic leader for her cherished beliefs.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  99. Elenadia from NY

    Give her Secretary of Health & Human, make it a strong position, akin to State or Defense. She could do excellent work there, the American people would love her for getting national health care established and Obama would not have to be bothered by Bill.

    Also, Secreatry is a position she could be dismissed from if either she or Bill get too out of control.
    Both the Clintons need a short leash.

    DO NIOT PUT HER ON THE TICKET AS VP!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  100. Carolyn-Lithonia, GA

    Jack:

    Hillary's behavior was pathetic! Why would Barack Obama or any other person for that matter want to deal with a selfish, unkind and totally insensitive woman such as she is. I am a black women and I would like one day for a women to lead the country, but it just was not in the cards this time.....grow up Hillary and wait your turn.

    Carolyn
    Lithonia, GA

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  101. Conor in Chicago

    If Obama is touting his message of change how could he A) put an Establishment candidate on his ticket when a majority of people are attracted to him because he is not the Establishment? B) Show before he is even President that he is weak and give in to difficult situations that do not represent something he wants to do.

    I have no faith in his winning (nor did I think Clinton would) but I think making Clinton VP would assure defeat.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  102. Deb, Iowa

    He can't possibly pick her for VP, the GOP is already running ads of all the bad-mouthing she did of him during the campaign in Their ads. I think he should offer her a spot on the supreme court, and pick who would be a good VP of His choosing.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  103. Rick from western Massachusetts

    I think he should just be hands off for a while. The media isn't going to be in such a hurry to shove a microphone in her face anymore and it's obvious that Obama has already shifted his sights to McCain. Hillary was hanging on to the bitter end in hopes that Obama would make a mistake and his campaign would implode, I think he should now bide his time and see if the same happens to her. Bill Clinton has been sticking his foot in his mouth a lot lately, so who knows.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  104. www.obamaismyhomeboy.com

    Barack doesn't have to entertain her disguised tactics. She has no choice but to support him as she as vowed to do what's in the parties best interest. Her lack of commitment will only hurt her in the end. He does not have to repay her debt or make her veep. Just do exactly what he's doing, show the public that he is willing to work with her, and she is being a B about it.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  105. Delores

    I think it is disrespectful for any of the superdelegates or any of the pundits/analysts to try to covertly pressure Senator Obama to add Hillary Clinton as his VP. She did not earn his consideration and set out to undermine his great historic moment by that speech she gave on 3 June. Senator McCain is guilty of the same breach but not so disrespectful since he is a Republican (he can be overlooked). I think HRC will undermine Senator Obama at every turn and operate on her own agenda. Senator Obama had about 18 million people vote for him, as well, so her big number is really not so big.

    On another note, how about that statement Patrick Buchanan made on "Morning Joe- MSNBC" this morning and I quote "she will take BAMBI down"!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  106. Fish from Minnesota

    Well Jack, I'd say, let her sing, and just ignore her until the time comes for her to be ready on day one-hundred-thousand to accept her defeat.
    I have said this several times before. Hillary would still be campaining against Barack Obama next January, when he'll be sworn to be president of the United States of America.
    Good for you and Wolf; you'll have something to talk about even after January.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  107. Ken

    I think Obama made mention of giving her the healthcare renovation job which is dear to her heart in his declaration speech.

    He probably has no intention of picking her as his running mate which is a good idea if you ask me. Such a woman could plot his downfall because she is too cocky and could do anything to become the president. Obama be warned.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  108. Preston in South Bend, IN

    Barack should throw Hillary a bone...well, 40 million bones to be precise. We all know Hillary's campaign has left her in debt up to her bulging eyeballs. A gracious offer to get her out of the red could be a win-win. By paying her off, perhaps Hillary might consider taking the money and running back to her seat in the Senate.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  109. Nia

    Show his strong diplomacy, stand firm that this is his decision only that he will make in his own time. Not her supporters petitions, the pundits, the media's, her delegates. If he wants to president of the United states it has to be on his own merit and not just to win in Nov. I know this may be hard for Hillary to belive but she isn't the only one qualified to be VP. Besides she will not want to play the actual role of VP, but will try to run the presidency. If she can't follow her own words and concede when a nominee has been chosen then how will she take direction from Obama. She will not and will undermine his decesions as president. Are we forgetting that the Clintons come with heavy negatives and polotical baggage. Obama has his own political weaknesses to deal with to win this election not take on more. Them together would be a GOP fear mongering commercial dream.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  110. Steve - Ohio

    He should ask her to be VP as soon as possible, even if she hasn't conceded or endorsed him. She did this to him a few months ago, while he was still ahead. Hopefully she will cool down, accept it, and ask her supporters to follow her lead to unite the party.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  111. Clifford B. I.

    I think both Obama and Hillary are great candidates. I'm very happy for Oba that he won. (I call him Oba). I hope that he choose H Clinton as his VP. They will win if they work together. They will get black peoples, latinos women and especially over 60. So I hope you win Obama- Clinton ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  112. Karl

    I trust Obama will make the right decision in chosing the RIGHT VP for his Presidency. Hillary is not part of it. She's too devisive and vengeful. It evidence in her various reactions shown in the primary race. Bipolar comes to mind.

    As for her followers, if they choose to stay home or vote for McCain...then I charge them for further destroying the United States. Take the emotion out of it people on all sides. I believe this is good for America. Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  113. Nicole Martin

    Has anyone out there ever heard the story about the frog and the scorpion? Well, unless Obama would like to end up like the frog, I suggest he keep his distance from Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  114. Dave from Glenview IL

    Obama should call Clinton's bluff and pick a person for his V.P. that is NOT her as soon as possible. If she doesn't fall in line and support him and his pick, she will quickly become a political pariah, risking her own Senate seat and any other position in goverment.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  115. Yvonne Gates

    From Cleveland, OH

    Obama should just ignore Clinton and move forward with his VP Selection Team. His silence will show her that he is not going to be bullied into asking her to be his VP. Then, the ball will be back in her court to deliver on what she promised the American people.....and that is that if he is the nominee, that she will work her heart out for him and do all she can to unite the party. She needs to put up, or shut up!!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  116. Willow, Sheldon, Iowa

    Jack, I was thinking last night that maybe Hillary would be a good VP, watching CNN. Then HRC made her speech that reeked of entitlement and continuing the fight, and I thought "oh no, do whatever we have to do without her". There are many good options for VP. If Obama DOES consider her for VP, they are going to have to iron out some difficulties, first and foremost Bill Clinton. She's a real pushy broad and would probably make an excellent Secretary of State or cabinet member. Richardson at VP, Edwards at SOS, Clinton in charge of health care. That might work.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  117. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    when i have someone that irritates me i just ignore them. if everyone would just not pay attention to her maybe she would melt and go away, this includes the press and news outlets.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  118. Randy, Elmira NY

    Jack,

    Find a spot for her other than Vice President. I can't see how Obama could get much accomplished with Bill and Hillary hovering over his shoulder. Remember, Bill said you get two for the price of one. "No thanks" should be his response as far as VP goes. Is there a place for her, yes. Is it back in the White House, absolutely not.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  119. Thomas

    Hillary and her 18 million supporters need to come to the gripping reality that they lost. THEY ARE LOSERS. They need to swallow their pride and focus on the next thing in this race. From the way Hillary is asking, it seems like she wants some power because of the supporters which even Obama has the same amount of them.If she is put on the ticket, im scared that she might organize for Obama to be killed so that she can be the President. You cannot play around with the Clintons.
    Thomas
    Minnesota

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  120. Mike in Illinois

    Who cares. Why doesn't the press try to influence this decision and you already are, like they tried to influence the primary

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  121. Brian

    He must not let her on the ticket because Hillary and Bill would do everything in their power to destroy his presidency. Fortunately, he is not that stupid. I hope he taps Bill Richardson for the VP spot.

    The reality is, once the Dems get a good look at McCain they will rally around Obama anyway. Hillary, as we have seen this week, cannot stop this from happening. She does not have as much leverage as the press would have us believe.

    Listen to Jimmy Carter on this one!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  122. Nancy

    Jack,

    Hillary Clinton was so disrespectful to Senator Obama last evening. It was an historically evening and she wanted center stage. I agree with Dick Morris, "Putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket for vice president creates a ménage-à-trois. "

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  123. Jessica, Atlanta

    Jack, I was all for Clinton as VP, well I was for her as President before that but after her speech lastnight, I now believe the Republicans. The Clintons care only about Hillary, Bill and Chelsea.
    I care for my country.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  124. John

    How about a VP on the ticket who won NY, NJ, PA, CA, OH, FL and TX? Is Homer Simpson the only one who can see the logic of this?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  125. Dr. Donna M. Cole

    I think that Hillary Clinton needs a psychological evaluation. I think we know that she is a narcissist but I think she might be suffering from a dissociative disorder. She is not well and that was obvious last night.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  126. Tammy

    I don´t think Obama´s problem will be Hillary, I think it will be his own wife. The GOP is going to have a field day with all of Michelle´s comments and her Princeton thesis that I think in the end she will be most detrimental to him for the types of Hillary voters that he needs to "change" their vote to Obama.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  127. Ann, NY

    I think he should make his VP selection as soon as he is comfortable and I don't think it should be her. That should end all speculation sooner rather than later. As a woman, I'm disappointed and embarassed by her behavior. It's damaging to every professional woman in the world today.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  128. Dave in Chicago

    He should remind everyone that John Kerry and Al Gore did not pick running mates until July and August, respectively. She's on the short list, but it is premature to decide now. You know, take a page out of Hillary's book.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  129. Sonja

    I think Sen. Obama should ignore her. In addition the media should also ignore her. She is of no consequence at this point and adding her to the ticket as VP would be a disaster. He should concentrate on the General Election and let Hillary fade into the past. I think those that are of the opinion that he needs her and her supporters to win will be sadly mistaken. As a woman and feminist I am embarassed and ashamed at the way she is behaving.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  130. Ruth in New Jersey

    How should Obama handle Clinton? He could wave to her as she leaves. If only she would leave!! Seriously, it is difficult to think of her as any kind of an asset at this point. She has become more of a hindrance. Yes, just wave goodbye........

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  131. Kerry

    Wouldn't it make more sense for her to jockey for the Secretary of State position? With the exception of Dick Cheney, the SOS is a much more powerful position than VP. I'd be afraid to have her as the VP anyway since so many of her supporters didn't vote for Obama just becaause he's black (according to the exit polls) and one of those pathetic voters may get bad ideas if she's next in line.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  132. Garry, Cape Coral, Florida

    She's only acting on behalf of her husband who wants a third term as president of the United States.

    Very selfish behavior.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  133. Tired of Hillary

    The people have spoken and said to Hillary that she is not wanted. The part I don't understand is why she can't understand English. She is showing her non-leadership abilities in a big and bold way. She is definitely not in any position to bargain....she is the LOSER!!! Wake up, smell the coffee and go home or if Bill is out messing around...go somewhere!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  134. Rob

    I think you and Keith Olberman and that leg twitching Chris Matthews should get a time slot together.. it could be called "Obama's Three Stooges", or just "Obama Stooges." You could poke Hillary and McCain supporters in the eyes and go "Yuk Yuk, Obama is wonderful, sointly."

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  135. Andrew in Massachusetts

    Obama should call pest control ASAP. Maybe a joint fundraiser would help her supporters' "grieving process," or maybe all he needs is some insect repellent.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  136. Bob Peters

    I read somewhere that the question should be: How can one survive a situation where there are THREE people in the White House who want to be president?

    If Senator Obama cannot carry the country based upon his own merits then he shouldn't have run for president. But my short answer would be that he should absolutely not offer Senator Clinton the VP position on the ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  137. Theresa

    All along in this process she has been bullying her way and now she is doing it again. She wants this HER way and the hell with everyone else. Under no circumstances should he put her on the ticket with him. I will not vote for him if he does, and I really want to but I will not support Hillary in any way shape or form.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  138. Debbie, Toronto

    At last, Obama can finally afford to ignore the Clintons. Every web poll I have witnessed today asking 'Should Obama should take Clinton as his VP' has been a resounding no.

    After Hillary completely ignored his victory last night, I feel Obama should let her sit and stew for a while. Perhaps then, she will see that her actions last evening were entirely inappropriate and completely lacking in grace.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  139. LL (Canada)

    Maybe if he shows her a little more respect than you have it may not be such a problem.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  140. carlos

    Obama did well to appoint people to help in selecting VP
    he can now choose to go with another person instead of one
    probably more interested in undermining his presidency in order to further her ambitions in the next election process.
    people won't be so eager to be angry at Caroline if someone else is selected

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  141. Steve at work

    I can't blame her... she lost the nomination to some guy who isn't qualified for the job. The democrats started endorsing him months ago yet half of them couldn't tell you one law he passed during his short time spent in office. There's no doubt, Obama is a likeable guy but so is my proctologist.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  142. Adam

    Secretary of State is mighty interesting.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  143. lee burker

    LaVerne, CA
    Stay the high road; proceed as planned; do not engage, or further her game. Be thoughtful about the selection of VP, based on realities, pragmatic and visionary. Announce HIS choice, when ready.
    In short, "Be Barack"...the guy we'll follow.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  144. Mary

    Obama should do what he wants to do about Hillary. He should remember Bill whatever he does.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  145. chea prince

    jack

    he should ignore her and focus on mccain and let his vp search committee do its work

    chea

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  146. Gwyn Hill

    He should find a way to include her and use her talents in any capacity she is qualified in, but definitely not as his Vice President. We don't need 3 Presidents in the White House. Her actions last night demonstrates she will not be No.2. If this attempt of inclusion is fruitless then President Obama should move on. She can go back to the Senate and try to be as great as Ted Kennedy..

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  147. PATTY NOOTZ

    He should run away from Hillary as fast as he can. Would anyone really want her yapping at your heals for the next 4 to 8 years? Look what it has done to Bill.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Im tired of this argument

    Obama finally won, people should look at each candidate and vote. Once you vote thats your voice.
    Hilary does have 18 million supporters but regardless of what she does they can make up their mind. Everyone on here sounds so typical Obama has class Hilary is ruining the party. Get over yourselves, I feel like have we not improve in any way.
    Im a democrat but this is just sick either side Im considering McCain, just I dont have to hear this anymore. Its exhausting. Im tired of it all.

    McCain 08

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  149. Mark

    I think he should do what he is doing now. Compile a panel of distinguished individuals to help him with the search for VP. This way it will seem as if he didn't make the decision entirely by himself, allowing him to skip right over Hillary without looking too bad.

    After what she is doing right now by not letting him have his time in the spotlight, it's making me sick and I will be extremely disappointed if she ends up on the ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  150. T.M. Bern

    He should do what he does best. Be presidential. He should wait til July to pick a running mate, and in the mean time, he should send her out to earn her stripes in his camp.

    He has treated her with grace and deference, but he made the right choice moving forward with the genreal campaign, and she can choose to sit and stew over what she lost, or get off her 'LOSING' position, admit he has won, and get behind the party. Her followers will get in line if she gets out there with a team tune to whistle.

    Someone pointed out she could choose to follow in Ted Kennedy's legacy, she has already started down that road by snubbing Obama worse than Ted Kennedy did to President Carter.

    Funny how people call Obama an Elitist, she seems to exude entitlement.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  151. Jonathan Peizer

    Honestly I thought he showed his hand last night talking about Universal Health Care - it sounded to me like he slated her in that position pretty clearly discussing her central role.

    What seems to be lost in the discussion is that Barack Obama has an extra claim to legitimacy [and to not be bullied] because every one of the approximately 18 million votes he got were FOR HIM. It would be useful for Hillary supporters to ask themselves this question: How many votes for Hillary were actually either sentimental votes for BILL and his times past or for BILL and Hillary together as what some perceived as a future co-presidency? How many votes can she truly claim were cast for her on the strength her candidacy alone?

    If Hillary continues to belive in the appropriatness of her coronation then she will simply alienate herself out of any post in the next cabinet. On the other hand if Obama continues to be as polite, professional and gracious as he was in his speech last night it will simply become all the more clear to everyone why he won in the first place - and why he should be in the driver's seat regarding any decisions related to cabinet posts and the VP slot.

    Allocating The VP slot is a thoughtful exercise and should not be a snap decision. Obama has the luxury of time until the convention not to make that decision – and in the meantime he can evaluate how Hillary behaves. Again it will be hers to lose....

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  152. Unshrub

    Obama, like all other Democrats, should just ignore her and let her drift off into obscurity.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  153. Roger

    He shoud do nothing! There will be plenty of pressure in the next few days for Clinton to fall into line.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  154. T Younger

    He needs Biden...she can work be on his health care cabinet.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  155. Luis Camacho Sr.

    I believe that Obama should select VP Gore. We must remember that Gore had the popular vote over Bush and the voters still have a lot of respect for him. I do like Hillary, but I have lost some respect for her after last night exit speech. She needs to get over it, she did not win and that's the bottom line.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  156. CSUjr

    Give her a Health Care related job.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  157. juliab

    Obama should use the bandaid treatment on Hillary. When you pull off the bandaid quickly, it hurts, but not for long. When you pull it off slowly, the pain lasts and last a long time. Tell her it's over. If she doesn't get the message, get a long hook and pull her off the stage

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  158. Ben McGinley from Saint Paul

    I have been a Barack Obama supporter since he launched his campaign last year. I did, however, listen to all of the democratic candidates in the debates and relished in the various viewpoints.

    Although I believed she wanted the best for the country, I simply could not warm up to Hillary Clinton. It was the Clinton Legacy/Entitlement aspect of her presence that kept me turned off to her campaign. At the end of the day, it was all about Hillary.

    Her almost complete lack of acknowledgement of the historic moment of Obama's nomination confirms my aforementioned disliking of her Entitlement/"All About Hillary" affect.

    Both Hillary and Obama are very similar with their policies and the fact that she is egging on her supporters to stay in her camp (which is ridiculous because her campaign is over–Obama has the nomination) is insulting and destructive to our intelligence, to the party and to this nation's history.

    If she got the nomination, I would have supported her. But now that I see she hasn't and how she's reacted, I'm thanking the stars.

    Barack Obama needs to brush off her slap in the face and continue his campaign and praise for her contribution to the national dialogue. He needs a VP who has more foreign policy and executive experience and less of his blood under his nails. He should ignore her and bring Bill Richardson on board and show John McCain the door in November.

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours,
    Ben McGinley from Saint Paul

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  159. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Jack, I know you do not like Hillary. You are a part of the media problem Bill was alluding to. Obama must realize that she did win the popular vote – many of them like me a 69 year old white man. He has to satisfy people like me to win and if he does not treat Hillary properly, nothing else he can do will solve the problem.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  160. Rick in MA

    Why isnt anyone considering the possibility that Clinton will now run as an Independent?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  161. Curtis Edmonds

    I am only 15 years old, but I have been keeping up with the Democratic crisis more or less than my parents... I would rather John Edwards become Barack Obama's vice, and as Chicago citizen it has been an dishonor to see how Clinton dismissed his accomplishments! But under the circumstances, I DO think that Clinton should be his running mate for three reasons.
    – She brings the experience he will need
    – She brings the voters in demographics that he needs
    – And I believe that while he focuses on the issues, she can be the 'bludgeon' to McCain

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  162. Steve/Wisconsin

    Encourage her partnership in healing our wounded nation and fulfilling the agenda for change. Whether as a cabinet member or a leader in the Senate, Ms. Clinton has an important role in our future.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  163. Angela - Dodd City TX!

    Without the condescending attitude I have seen from him many times through out the primaries and DEFINATELY without the biased sexist snotty attitude you exhibt toward her.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  164. Marilyn

    Ignore her, and continue to go for McCain and pursue the campaign promises he made.
    As an educated white woman over 50, I am delighted he won.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  165. Richard

    Pay her no mind. This goes to show she would not make a good preseident. Here she is showing her selfless acts. If she cared for the USA she would get this party united. Hillary its time to grow up.
    Rich from Gettysburg PA

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  166. Dustin (Rhode Island)

    Barack should say to Hillary what he's been saying throughout the campaign: "it's time to turn the page." Hillary apparently never learned what Barack Obama seems to understand: to overcome barriers and become an historic President requires graciousness, humility, and a political tact to know when to be a fighter and when to step back.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  167. george in dc

    I am a Republican but I am thinking hard about voting for Obama in the general election ONLY IF he does not have Clinton(s) on the ticket. He was smart enough to beat her in the primaries and I hope that carries over in his pick for the right VP consistent with his message for change.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  168. julia j

    Jack:
    As an American, I am proud Senator Obama is now the Democratic nominee for President. As a woman who is also a feminist, I am embarrassed for and by Senator Clinton's conduct and speech on the evening Senator Obama clinched the nomination. As a activist who has championed civil rights and supported African Americans in public service, I am appalled the Clintons chose not to rejoice in Senator Obama's victory, which is truly historic. Senator Clinton's refusal to concede and to help Obama win the election is telling - she - whether consciously or unconsciously - is setting Obama up for a loss in November, which allows her to run for President in 2012. Senator Clinton is not a role model for women, instead she is an embarrassment to all the women who have devoted their lives to the eradication of racism and sexism in this country. I never thought I'd live to see an African American run for the highest office in this country, and I NEVER thought I'd see Hillary Clinton doing everything within her power to ensure that an African American would not win the 2008 general election. It's truly a shameful day for the Clintons.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  169. Matt

    Obama does not have any solutions. I think the question should be asked from Hillary as how to handle Obama and then let Obama use the answer she gives. People like you in media are so pathetic and bias even a kid can see throgh you. McCain has my vote now and that is final (After 30 years of voting for democrats).

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  170. AW

    He should listen to her. She is smart and way more knowledgeable than he is. Hilary should be the nominee.
    Get over yourself and your stupid questions, Jack

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  171. Rob from CO

    Jack,
    Hillary does not care about the Democratic Party. She cares about herself. Its shameful that someone states how much she cares about our country, yet cannot even recognize a historical event that just happened.

    Obama should not do anything, including offer her a VP spot. Because this is all about her, watch her damn the Democratic Party and run as an Independent. I would not put it past her. Contrary to how she frames her argument, this is all about her, not the party and not the people.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  172. Patrickvashon

    Get real, diatribes like you just gave are the reason so many people are fed up with biased talking heads like you.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  173. Suzanne Rode

    Senator Obama should handle the situation as he has done throughout the campaign, with brilliance and graciousness. He has always taken the high road, and he will negotiate the Hillary situation with the calm assurance of a future president of the United States.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  174. Jerry in Boston MA

    Jack,

    I have strongly supported Clinton all the way through this campaign and still believe she would have been the better candidate, but if Obama wants to emerge from her shadow, he would be crazy to pick her as VP.

    She's too high profile a person and would inevitably dilute his presidency.

    In the same way as the bridesmaid should never outshine the bride, Clinton cannot be allowed to outshine Obama now that he is our candidate.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  175. Shawn, Cambridge, MA

    Half of the party thinks Hillary Clinton is more qualified. If Obama continues to alienate that half of the party, many of them won't turn up on election day, and none of them will volunteer for the campaign. What's worse, the Clinton supporters represent the more moderate half of the party, and are concentrated in the battleground states. Obama's assumption that these voters will flock to him seems to me to be naive. He needs to ask Hillary to be his VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  176. Eva (in Florida)

    Jack, I’d have to be a psychiatrist to answer your question. Why does she think we owe her anything?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  177. Bill

    I think it would be a mistake to have Hillary on the ticket. She will try to undermine president Obama. I thought she would be more spirited yesterday to concede and rally the troops behind Obama. She has the chance to become the dominant Democrat in the senate rather than serving as VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  178. Derek in Wyoming

    Obama should make his own decision for his VP. Clinton did her best to destroy her opponent and in the process make his ability to run our country questionable and it is my opinion that she continued her campain to get her support numbers up so that she would have some leverage to slither her way into the VP position. She needs to bow out gracefully and urger her supporters to back Barack which we all know won't happen. My prediction is that McCain will be our next President. I agree with your statement that Hillary is acting like a spoiled child and feels the Presidency should be hers on entitlement alone. Power hungry.....that's the definition of a Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  179. ELIZABETH

    Obama needs all of us (the Hillary supporters). It would truly be historic if we have both of them on a ticket. You would love to see her go away. You don't decide for us how to vote. Thank God.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  180. Douglas Willett in Montana

    He should nicely ignore her. Like a mosquito, she will disappear when the first snow comes.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  181. squarf

    If Senator Obama is not intelligent enough or strong enough to resist the arm-twisting by the Clintons to have Hillary coronate herself as his running mate, then he is not intelligent enough, or strong enough, to be an effective President. Candidate Obama needs to select a running mate whom he can trust and with whom he can work closely.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  182. Richard

    Jack,

    Obama needs to quickly appoint the Clintons as ambassadors to Ripley's Believe It or Not. Would anyone on Capitol Hilldare to tell voters that they prevented Obama from sending them away?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  183. Liz

    Obama should keep taking the high road and stay true to his word.

    He should ignore her and she will go away.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  184. Gaffer in Dover, NH

    The problem with Hillary isn't that she disagrees, it's how she disagrees. Critical thought is essential to a functioning group, but being critical is only half the equation and adds none of value alone.

    After last night's speech, I don't think she'd make a good Vice President now. Though paradoxical, the one of the best signs of a good leader is knowing when to step aside, when you're leading and when you need to be led. Can she be led? Her answer last night was clearly "No".

    Does it sound sexist to say she should her place? She should get into line? It shouldn't. This is what people, men included, have to do everyday. With everyone with a position and purpose, it's what makes a team, a team.

    Obama said it best. This isn't about any one particular person, it's about America. If she can't concede to one man, a man who beat her fair and square, a man who ran one of the greatest campaigns ever seen, how can we think for one second she'll concede to any of America's ambitions over hers?

    It's sad. I would have voted for her until last night.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  185. L.M.,Arizona

    Be nice and pick his own vice-president even a loud fart disappears after a short time.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  186. Louise Jaeschke

    Once again, HIllary is attempting to orchestrate an outcome. It's all about her, isn't it! I think Obama should go about the long, complicated process of picking a VP along with the team he has assembled. If it turns out that HIllary is on that list, so be it. In the unlikely event that he chooses her to be on the ticket, I think he should tell Bill to sit in New York for the next 8 years. I hope he chooses someone else. The Clintons are just obsessed with power and glory. Hmm.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  187. Pete

    Obama should not pick Hillary for his veep. She showed her ugly side when it looked more and more like she would lose, and her playing nice now to suck up to him shows her disingenuiness. Her obsession with becoming President showed what she truly is, and putting he ron the ticket would validate her reasoning that she is "entitled" to be President. Make her the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  188. Maryellen Marr

    He should wait......wait until the airwaves make it painfully obvious that she is no longer in this race. And if she publicly continues to push the issue, it will only alienate her and her supporters even more.

    His running mate is HIS choice....not hers.

    He needs to do nothing.

    SHE needs to be more gracious. Right now, she appears to be in that non-reality bubble Bush lives in.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  189. Jean Lomont, Virginia

    even though Obama and Clinton may be what they call the dream team, My concern with that ticket is Bill Clinton, can he keep his nose out of the white house? This is going to be a big problem if she becomes our vice President.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  190. Paula

    What about the 18+ million that voted for Obama. I am sure she will not acknowledge those. This woman really thinks she is entitled to the Presidency and she does nothing to try to heal te party. I hpoe Obama does not put her on his ticket,,,she would not have him on hers.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  191. RRE

    Obama's VP will be a brokered deal like his nomination was. It's the party leaders who have decided the fate of the democratic party and these selfish inconsiderate pundits including Nancy Pelosi and her crooked self, will find out that in November that their best hope was Hillary, not a junior senator who was in the senate 3 weeks before beginning his campaign. Obama will be just like George Bush inexperienced and lack of world politics and create another 4 years of the same.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  192. hanah abraham

    i think he should just ignore her.
    Every thing else seems to embolden her.
    As to her "supporters" he should welcome them through all other democratic channels he now has at his service.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  193. Spencer S.

    Jack- Like Jeffery Toobin said last night, she obviously suffers from a bout of deranged narcissism coupled with a sense of entitlement. The only cure for the hair apparent in her mind are two things- The letters V.P., but until that happens she will continue shouting ME ME instead!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  194. Donna Woodard

    I think Senator Obama should offer Senator Clinton a cabinet position but not VP because there would three presidents at the White House instead of one. I think a good choice of VP running mate would be the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  195. jose

    Yes thomas, 18 million losers and I am one of them! And do you think criticizing us or Hillary for not conceeding will help to change our minds and vote for Obama, well think again. The fact still remains that Hillary won the popular vote and Obama won by technicalities and party rules. If Obama supporters do want Hillary to be in his ticket so be it, but dont expect us to follow along. You cant have everything. So please leave us alone ( 18 million of us! ). And why it is so pathetic for a very strong woman not to yield to a man? Would you use the same word if she is man?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  196. DJ Taylor

    Although I suspect she would seal the deal for Democrats come November, I personally will have to hold my nose when voting with her on the ticket. If she is not on the ticket, I think we will have witnessed the staining of the Clinton legacy through her attempts to strong arm both Obama, and the entire Democratic party.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  197. Cheryl French

    You know, thinking of Hillary as Vice President reminds me of previous relationships I've had where I would keep thinking "this guy is great if only he would stop doing (whatever). And every time there would be an opportunity for him to stop doing (whatever) he never did. I would keep hoping but it never happened. Over and over and over. Until I finally got it - he is who he is and I can't change it. And it just doesn't work in the relationship.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  198. R. Brown

    Sen. Obama should take a hard line with Hillary. To the winner go the spoils. It's ironic to think of how intra-party strife could benefit the presumptive Democratic candidate, but considering how much the right hates Mrs. Clinton, Barack Obama's prolonged battle with her may actually endear him to the opposition party.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  199. Phil B. EHT, NJ

    Well Jack,

    Obama can make Hillary Clinton the Secretary of State. If we theaten belligerent nations like Iran by sending her to their countries, we will never have to worry about them threatening our security.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  200. Jake, DC

    Hillary was certainly comitted, but she's handling the end of her campaign with an utter lack of class. She needs to bow out, gracefully, and turn down a VP position if offered. When Senator Obama said last night that she'd be central to a health care solution, that sounded like an offer. Hillary for Secretary of Health and Human Services, possibly? I don't know what Senator Obama wants to do, but it's not Mrs. Clinton's placee to ask for a vice-presidential offer.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  201. Leon in Los Angeles

    How does he handle it? He doesn't. It's time for the Democratic Party to figure out that it can only move forward by divorcing itself from the Clintons, and that they need the party more than the party needs them. This is one VP choice that will hurt more than help him. He needs to choose someone with whom he is comfortable and has confidence, not someone to mollify a bunch of activists who are only active in showing they are acting like spoiled children.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  202. colleen kahler

    What happened to one man one vote?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  203. CJ -

    Obama should announe that he will determine the best time to select a VP, and ask Hillary what she plans to do to unite the party. Frankly, selecting Hillary would be his first mistake and a sign of weakness. I don't think he would ever truly own the presidency with Hillary and Bill around. Who could trust them?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  204. Tom

    Hillary is making herself look bad on her own. Obama doesn't have to do anything other than continue to take the high road, keep reaching out in earnest to her supporters, and focus his attention on John McCain. Hillary will do herself in on her own.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  205. Mike

    If she wants to maintain any status for yourself she needs to do the right thing and step aside. The problem is that with people who crave power and status as she does they never see the best thing to do for themselves, let alone for Senator Obama. He deserves the right to run his campaign without her overshadowing him. It would also create an opportunity for her to create her own legacy in the Senate. We'll see if her ego can get out of the way.

    Mike a conservative from Wisconsin.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  206. Toria from SC

    That road that Obama has been traveling on all this time called the High Road is obviously something Hillary Clinton knows nothing about. If the nomination was on the other foot, then she would be calling for Obama to admit defeat and unite the party. Now that it is her that must do this, she cannot admit she lost and instead is high-jacking his well deserved victory. This is typical Hillary Clinton and her "speech" last night did not surprise me at all because her perception of reality is somewhat warped...she sees things that are simply not there: a nomination for her to be the Democratic nominee, just like she did not see those bullets flying over her head in Bosnia.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  207. Greg in Iowa

    He should select a strong honest woman with his ideals–integrity and vision–like Caroline Kennedy, his wife, or the wonderful woman who Anderson Cooper wants to be his boo. These are women worthy of the position.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  208. John O

    I think the DNC should meet and see if HRC is the right person for the job. Obama is the nominee. She is making things harder for the party. She is just like her husband, always wanting to be in the spot-light.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  209. Belinda

    Senator Obama does not need the negativity! We want this country to move forward not backwards. I say move over meat, here's something leaner!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  210. dana

    I think the least Clinton could have done was to acknowledge Obama as the nominee.She is talking out of both sides of her mouth.One day saying she'll work for the party,the next she can't even acknowledge that he's won.And now to use her supporters as a baragaining tool?Outrageous and disrespectful.She can't let the words pass her lips.
    It makes me thinks she's an ego driven or delusional.I had respect for her before,but that's gone.Obama needs to pick and has the right to choose someone else.He is the winner.Her behavior seems like she's feels entitled.She can't be trusted to be a team player.Obama should show he is making his own choice by enlisting people in his camp to look at other political figures for V.P.
    As an African-American who once supported Edwards I feel Clinton stepped on a historical moment in time that can not be replayed.It was shameful.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  211. Andrew, Concord NH

    Pick Hillary for the VP!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  212. bilge12

    He's much better off without her. Besides she has much too high a "c" factor.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  213. J-M

    Hillary's speech was selfish. She really doesn't get it. While she thinks she may still control the party, her actions mean that many in the party will be adamantly against her if she were to ever run again. She's a horrible choice as Obama's VP. She increases the tickets negatives while hurting his chances in the West and South. Sure, he may lose WV and KY without her, but he can win on his own.

    John Edwards seems the best choice. With high name recognition, he may be able to unite the party like no one else. Even if he said he's 'not interested,' I think he would accept if asked. Plus, his appeal to unions and blue collar workers is quite strong.

    With the Obama camp talking up Caroline Kennedy and his VP search panel today, it's clear that Hillary is not their choice, rightly so.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  214. Randall of Chicago, IL

    Obama should hire Chelsea to work for his campaign, and give Hillary and Bill two one-way tickets to someplace that has whiskey bars, shooting ranges and lots and lots of pretty young women.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  215. Nat from Texas

    He needs a strong VP to offset his lack of credentials, lack of experience and left wing philosophy. I don't think that Hillary Clinton would take if it were offered. There is too much bad blood between the two. If she were promised the first Supreme Court appointment in exchange for her luke warm support, so be it. He will have enough problems convincing the American public that he deserves to be President without looking over his shoulder at a woman who has more experience and common sense than he has. Let him screw up this election as the last Democrat did. Four years from now Jim Webb will be the nominee with Bill Richardson as his VP and we will forgot this primary season and Howard Dean in the process.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  216. LA

    He should offer her the Ambassadorship to Bosnia.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  217. Lee Rhoads

    Barack Obama is handling the Hillary situation with the compassion and wisdom he has shown throughout this campaign. I have no advice for this great man. He has been making the right decisions as far back as I can remember.

    Lee Rhoads
    El Sobrante, California

    June 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  218. Cathi

    I think Barack Obama should let things cool down and let Clinton supporters accept that it's over. Barack Obama should be able to choose his own VP. He should be allowed to choose someone who at least respects him. Hillary showed no respect to Barack Obama last night Barack Obama doesn't owe her anything.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  219. Lacy

    Senator Obama should just stay on the course of the general election campaign. It is not necessary to wait for Senator Clinton to concede or even say what she wants. In order to win this election for President you must stay focused on the main goal. He was very gracious to her during his primary race and speeches and his time with her and the primaries are over. It is time to get busy and win over those who do not know him at all. He needs to be more interested in going to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas and work his fingers to the bone really selling himself to American people, doing what ever it takes to win their votes in the general election. And in August at the Convention he will officially be nominated and will shut up Senator Clinton's supporters. And If they choose not to vote for him it will show how undemocratic they really are. It is not about the candidate although we all want ours to win, but it is about who will best help America rise once again to a true Super Power to the World.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  220. Michael, Beacon, NY

    He may have a problem if he chooses Hillary as VP, but he might have more problems, such as getting elected, if he doesn't choose her.

    Tough situation, and I agree there are one or two others who could fill the slot, namely Richardson of NM.

    Obama has time to choose, and he must do so carefully...

    June 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  221. Ryan

    It is time for Hillary to bow out gracefully. I know grace and poise have never been part of her vocabulary, but it is time for her and her supporters to shut it down for the better of the party and the country. The fact that she is using this platform to try and hijack the vice presidential nomination shows why she went from an overwhelming lead a year ago to being blindsided by Barak Obama. She is showing the lack of class that have turned people off of her for years, and ruining her families legacy. If she ever wants her daughter to have access to a Clinton name evokes emotion of a great legacy she needs to bow out gracefully and stop trying to hijack the vice presidential nomination,

    June 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  222. Tina Wright

    Hillary "stole the spotlight?" Give me a break, Jack. I'm one of her millions of supporters who feel that WE were the ones who were robbed, thanks in part to the media's bias. And if Hillary did "steal" the spotlight last night, it was only because her wisdom, strength and charisma naturally overshadow Obama's inexperience and naivete.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  223. Bob Pence

    No way should Hillary be the VP, with Hillarry comes Bill. She ran a great campaign but she LOST and it is time she realizes it and would be a problem for Obama everyday.

    McCain's small town hall debates provides nothing for Obama, just a larger audience for McCain. McCain knows he cannot hold his own in nationallly televised debates as has been the custom. McCain's speech was clear evidence it is not his forte and it is one of Obama's greatest strengths.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  224. Elizabeth Harrison

    Your commentary is exactly the reason she is still around, in fact the only thing that Obama won was delegates. I hope the media keeps talking trash, Hillary Clinton does not want anything but respect, but you MEDIA IDIOTS refuse to give it to her, so keep talking and I hope women keep listening to your garbage. It will make that much easier for John MCcain to win the female vote, and all because the media is just so damn disrepectful!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  225. Uwa from Calgary

    No No No No . Clinton's time is done. Give someone else a chance.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  226. Larry of Moreno Valley

    Obama should continue to offer the olive branch and at the same time continue to get new voters registered. He will need those new voters to make up for the lost Hilary supporters.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  227. Colin in Nebraska

    I'm curious why Obama should offer branches of any kind. Hillary gave him the full on snub last night (which was the most petty thing I've ever seen.)
    Don't get me wrong IF she would have won, I would have voted for her. Other than the male/female issued – believe it or not folks -they are very similar minded on the issues that matter.
    What saddens me is the fact that some babies out there are not going to vote at all, or even worse vote for McCain.
    Get over it, she lost, do what's best for the party and the country.
    VOTE OBAMA!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  228. L. Swink, Swink OK

    Obama has a real problem, he may be just ok with Hillary, but what in the world would he do with Bill just down the hall. The democrats deserve the "Dream Team" after 8 years of Bush, but can the White House take Bill hanging around giving verbal shots to the reporters, when something doesn't go her way. It's a free country you can't put a muzzel on Bill and people listen, he was our President once upon a time.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  229. MPA

    Offer VP to Nancy Pelosi, Shes certainly got experiance and shes a woman. Obama gets to choose who he wants running with him. And its amazing how once Clinton steps up , everyone else goes out the window, what happened to Richardson, Edwards etc ? He can consider Hilary for sure, but consider the others as well.
    Its shocking how people will vote Mccain out of spite, If you dont believe what the republicans stand for why would you vote for them? As for writing another name on a ballot, go ahead- you just wasted your vote.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  230. Jason

    He should string her along while he decides who is running mate will be and then drop her off at the bus station with a one way ticket back to Arkansas. The democratic party does not mean anythin got the Clinton's as long as they get what they want, and when they don't we see the real Clinton's.

    Jason,
    Pflugerville, TX

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  231. Sheryl, Denton TX

    While Senator's Clinton and Obama made history last night, its unfortunate that she took women backwards in her actions last night by throwing a fit, like a 5 year old because she couldnt have it her way, and now I guess she'll bully Barak Obama to make her VP. She is what men in corporate america expect of us, tears and hissy fits. She should have taken the high road last night and showed the true unity of the party. The people have spoken, get over it!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  232. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    That's a tough one Jack,

    Of course having her on the ticket would ensure a landslide in the General Election, but if you were Barack, or anyone for that matter, would you want to have to deal with her on a daily basis? As if being President, and actually DOING your job isn't pressure enough!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  233. Dave from NC

    Here's the thing. I'm a reasonably conservative middle aged white male ( supposedly the demographic Sen. Clinton attracts). I voted for Sen. Obama in our primary, but still had a modicum of respect for Sen. Clinton until last night, despite some doubts about her character. Leaders exhibit character and they lead. Sen. Clinton did neither last night. Hers was a pitiful display of hubris and an uncommon lack of leadership when she could have started to pull the party together. I hope Sen. Obama does not pick her as VP. We've had 8 years or more of serious character and leadership flaws. In November I won't vote for a ticket ( even with my candidate at the top) that includes someone as crass and self-centered as Sen. Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  234. Tersoo E Antsah

    Obama's Victory I think imforms the world of a rapid decrease in the insanity of discrimination for the coloured people in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Hence, it creates a sense of oneness, unity regardless of race and lays a foundation for the ultimate CHANGE that the U.S. and the world at large is looking forward to.

    His nomination is a symbol of an Historical CHANGE and portrays the essence of hope for the future.

    North Hills, CA

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  235. annette

    I felt the sad reality was none of the final three candidates were /are right to run this country. Out of these three as a college educated, self employed women in my forties yes I was pulling for Hillary. With that being said I do not want her on as the VP, big mistake if this happens. Even with her on the ticket it would not make me vote for Obama. He may have charisma but IMO that's where his positive attributes end. On a side note when Obama first came on the scene I was very excited about this man but after watching two very early interviews with him my mind was quickly changed. Sadly I will vote for McCain...oh does that make my stomach hurt..but feel he is the lesser of two evils. To bad we do not have a "none of the above box" to see how many other Americans feel as I do that this election as was four years ago is a choice of the lesser of two evils. God Bless and help America

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  236. James

    To those who think that the media is the one disrespecting Hillary Clinton so much, she is doing a perfect job of it by herself!

    The American people are smart enough to think for themselves, so please spare me "the media did it" line. The conduct and actions and words of the candidates are what got them where we are today. The media also keeps repeating Hillary's claims that she has the popular vote. Just like Bush and his cronies, you repeat a lie long enough, some people start to believe it. 😉

    Obama showed her nothing but class, and Hillary just needs to get over herself, and do what's best for the country. That is certainly not distracting the Democrats from what is really important: changing the policies of the past 7 years.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  237. Jackie

    I am a 55 year old African American female and Obama supporter. My daughter and at least ten other African Americans I know supported HRC in the primary, but will support Obama in the fall. So she does not have control of all her voters. Knowing African Americans as I do, they will all come home to Obama in the fall. He does not need her to win.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  238. ton

    Everyone keeps saying that Barack is inexperience. But will someone please tell me what experience does George Bush have.........I'm still waiting. You can't think of any. And yet, the public voted for him twice. So if he's not qualified to be president that's a chance I'm willing to take. Because President Bush was an embarrassment as a leader. The republicans should have given him a grade school test before becoming president. I doubt he would have passed that simple test.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  239. C S Collins

    This has been a long political process in selecting our democratic nominee and I think it should have been handle better last night by Clinton. They are not above been beaten which has been proven and some of her supporters minds are so twisted about the process that they think its all about race, with shadow minded people like that they arent any good for anyone and their leader isnt helping the party any by her actions

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  240. Bruce in Michigan

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,

    Hilary's done. Last night she showed what a team player she is.
    Claire McCaskill or Jim Webb would be better VPs than Hilary.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  241. Guy in Seattle

    Until last night I thought the idea of Sen. Clinton being on the ticket (as VP) was well worth considering. My primary concern was the potential that the unelected Clinton would try to exert more influence than was appropriate. After listening to Sen. Clinton's address last night and hearing her supporters chanting "Denver . . . Denver . . . Denver" I was completely turned off to the idea of her being on the ticket. This was reinforced greatly when hearing Sen. Obama speak so very well of her. Far more than "she ran a good race." His remarks showed exactly why he is the person for this time.

    In respect to Sen. Obama's stated opinion of Sen. Clinton (which I have no reason not to take at face value) she can continue to be of great service to the country, either as a fine Senator or as a member of the cabinet.

    It would no longer a "dream ticket." The important thing now is to do whatever is most likely to result in a victory and end the prospect of the continuation of Mr. Bush's policies. I don't see where Sen. Clinton being on the ticket would help in this regard.

    If Sen. Obama learned from his rival's for the nomination as he said, perhaps Sen. Clinton needs to be open to learning from him . . . how to be gracious, diplomatic, and show some class!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  242. Linda

    I supported Senator Clinton primarily because Americans experienced prosperous years under the "Bill Clinton Era." After her actions (or non-actions) of last eveing, I will now support and vote for Senator OBama UNLESS he puts Senator Clinton on his ticket. If this should happen, I'll stay at home and not waste my vote.

    Perhaps Senator Clinton was given too much credit for her so called graciousness and her message to unite the Democratic Party. She is coming across as a"typical" politician, say or do anything to get elected.

    Actions speak louder than words, Senator Clinton! You are a very big disappointment and a discredit to your husband's presidential legacy.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  243. Edward in NC

    Jack,

    I totally agree that Hillary should get the VP nod–by John McCain, not Barack Obama. Her voting history and supporters are more closely alligned with McCain than with Obama. And they have so much in common: in love with the status quo and more than eager to belittle Barack as an agent of change in Washington. Besides, Hillary just spent the last 17 months trying to drag the guy down and prop herself up, by whatever means and at all costs. Hopefully, she would have the same effect on McCain's campaign as her own.

    Edward

    June 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  244. Chris (Boston)

    All of those individuals who support Clinton but publicly state their refusal to vote for Obama really ought to consider what a terrible disservice they would do to this country and to the purported principles of Senator Clinton by not voting and/or voting for McCain. Such a move is counteractive to what Senator Clinton "wants," as she so eloquently put it on Tuesday night. I did not vote of Hillary Clinton in my primary. I do not particularly like Hillary Clinton. Still, as between her and almost any Republican out there, including John McCain, I chose her. I'm essentially beyond believing that the average American could reason his or her way out of a paper bag, but "thinking" that it is McCain or nothing truly confounds me. I could be the one who's wrong, but I don't think I am.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  245. Jose Bahamonde, MA

    Well it seems that there's isn't much Obama can do. Simply he should go about the situation as he did to win the democratic nomination. Which is basically doing things the ways he's been doing. He should get some trusted people to shoose a running mate and he should be the one to choose a that person, but it shouldn't be Hillary. That would be akward, but don't get me wrong, I supported Hillary, and my wife did as well. As for Hillary, she should just step down, retire, and enjoy her family. It's obvious that this country doesn't want her around, which is sad.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  246. Andrea

    Springfield, Massachusetts

    Senator Obama should choose a vice presidential candidate who is a team player, because the office of president and vice president is now a partnership.

    Hillary's divide and conquer antics have worn thin. American women on the television acting hysterical, threatening to vote for John McCain. Trying to drive a wedge between Americans because of skin pigmentation. Questioning one man because of the rantings of another.

    A comment to me today from a woman who fits the profile of a Hillary supporter was "How can she manage the affairs of this country when she can't even manage the affairs in her household?"

    I had no response for her.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  247. Mark - Asheville, NC

    To a post made at 3:29:

    We 18 million Clinton supporters might be “LOSERS” at the moment – the arrogance of Obama supporters is appalling – but on the night of November 4th, perhaps when the 9:00 polls close, we will see who are the losers then! Obama supporters, many of whom are in denial about November, will have the shocks of their lives as red and blue state after state goes to McCain.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. Almost any Dem could beat McCain this year in a landslide. But the DNC has chosen the one who can’t.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  248. jim

    It really is too bad, that Hillary can't play nice in the democratic sand box. I do believe that an Obama/Clinton ticket would be a powerful two-some and is the best possible scenario for the U.S. At one time i would have easily voted for her if she won the nomination (that is if I were an American citizen and could vote). But she has shown this total selfish 'Me' side about her and that has to be a worrisome thing. I think that Obama is better off without her, and should consider someone else as a running mate.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  249. Deborah - Atlanta,GA

    What an awesome night. We watched Sen. Obama clinch the Democratic Presidential Nomination last night. I was overwhelmed with excitement. Later tears rolled as I thought about the significance of this event in not just US history, the lives of African Americans but world history as well. People all over the globe, France, China, Africa, Germany etc. are more aware of what the journey from this point on means to all nations than many here in America.

    I was angry and saddened as I watch 70% of the media profile, highlight and discuss "what Hillary is going to do, what Hillary wants, it made me realize what a great work remains to arrive at Dr. King's dream for our nation. This time is about all people, this nation, the world and Sen. Barach Obama and his destiny. It was unfair and out of order to make last night or the coming weeks about anyone other than him and this nation's people. When will we learn to how to handle stand up for the right things and oppose the wrong things. The media circus is off point, historically incorrect and negligent in their duty to report truth. I encourage everyone to contract your local media and express you displeasure at the coverage not being given ... the focus on Barach Obama and our nation's future.

    YES WE CAN... YES WE DID... YES HE CAN!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  250. hj

    Obama should leave the Clintons baggage behind, move on. Find a
    running mate for VP he can trust.

    Bowie, MD

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  251. Mukendi

    Hello, first over i would like to apologize for my poor english. I am in Lubumbashi in Democratic republic of congo and have been watching this race since start. I really think that it will be a mistake to take Hillary has a VP not because she is not good enough for that job ( we that she is) but simply because a VP must be choose without any pressure. Must be someone who will help you to win the white house but more who will help you on your task. The fact that hillary does not concede is because she want to say that you need me to be a president and that is the biggest mistake because obama need all democratic members to be a president. And i even do not understand how come till now they are talking about that. obama clinched the presumptive nomination any real democrat member should be behind him for support. And how come some people support of hillary are talking about to give her time when the democratic party does not have enough time. As soon as the 2118 number was attempt all democratic should line up behind the one reached that number because is a party if we want to talk division we are opening a door that no one will close even not the futur. because thais will hapen again. We need to remember what is a party the is one vision and we should know how to keep specially when we are the fmr first lady of USA and we do remember that is because of the party that i can even have been called first lady. Thank you for this opportunity to talk freelly hope one day it will be the same in congo.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  252. Jay in Chicago

    Old Politicians never die, they just fade away. For God's (and America's) sake Barack, let the Clintons fade away!!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  253. Diane - Colorado

    I am a 59 year old, white-American female (former Republican) who is voting for Obama. I once favored Clinton, but have lost all respect for her... her tantrum [speech] last night was the final straw, I'm sure, for many! I have faith in Obama and know that he will surround himself with thoughtful, logical, intelligent people... and Hillary does not fit into that category!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  254. Mike Starke Pembroke Pines FL

    Ladies and Gentlemen Introducing our new Vice-President John Edwards.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  255. Dianne

    Just let her sit and 'pout it out', Jack. He's doing just fine! Day after his nomination, he delivered a major speech to AIPAC, and set up a Search Committee for VP selection, members appointed to the committee are: Caroline Kennedy Schlosser, former Deputy Attorney Eric Holler and Jim Johnson. Voted in the Senate today as well on a Budge item. Now he's on to Fundraisers. Not bad for a days work considering he was in Minnesota last night.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  256. Steve

    Jack,

    He should ignore her. She's only interested in a power grab. It's obvious that she, along with her supporters who now say they won't vote for the Democratic Nominee, doesn't care about this country, and our currently sinking standing as the greatest country in the world.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  257. Robert Sutton

    Jack,

    I still can't wrap my head around the single minded nature of Hillary's campaign, and worse yet, her supporters seem to encourage this behavior. No one wants to vote for a candidate who allows himself to be manipulated by political power players in the current political system. If Obama is going to DC to change things, then Clinton is the last thing he wants on his ticket. By rolling over for the Clintons, Obama would only show weakness and make himself an easy target for the republicans. Don't even get me started on all of the dirt and baggage she would drag onto his campaign. I can't possibly comprehend how anyone thinks this "Dream Ticket" could be anything less than a full blown nightmare. It would be like McCain having Chaney as his running mate, pure strategic suicide.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  258. Viola/Lapuente, CA.

    They showed a commercial from the Republicans using Hilary's speech when she was supporting John McCain and saying that Obama only had speeches.

    And you think she should be on the ticket. I am sure all the cable news stations, especially FOX, is going to show this ad over and over and over again.

    This is really a blow to the democratic party.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  259. ELAINE

    Obama needs a VP that will support him in the WH. Hillary want's to be president and has not accepted her loss graciously. The Clinton camp is now trying to force his hand with their take her or else attitude. She said she wants to unite the party, the time for her to start the healing process was Tuesday night.

    I'm a middle class white 58 year old female and she didn't get my vote. Her attitude during last nights speech is just one of the reasons why!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  260. Manny in Florida

    Hillary is waiting for Obama to reach "her magic number 2210"

    June 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  261. Dean in LA

    There is a lot of emotion right now among the Democratic ranks especially in the Hillary camp and with her supporters.

    However, by the end of summer I think a lot of that will have died down and people will have already focused intently on the two Presidential candidates.

    We don't hear that much about Romney, Edwards or Huckabee anymore, let alone Giuliani, Thompson and Paul.

    I think Barack Obama should forget about a so-called "dream ticket" and select a running mate that will compliment him and shore up his weaknesses and give hope to the voters that they'll reverse the irresponsible foreign policy and fiscal inadequecies of the past 8 years.

    By the end of summer, many Hillary supporters will see the big picture and vote more with their minds and less with their emotions.

    Policy wise Hillary and Barack compliment each other, but I think many people will view the selection of Hillary as VP as a compromise in Obama's principles.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  262. Dan

    I am aware of many Republicans who will vote for Obama versus McCain as long as Obama does not incude Clinton on the ticket. It would be a huge liability to the Party to offer Clinton as the VP candidate as she is such a powerful lightening rod taking focus off of Obama and his agenda. Her voters are not likely to move to McCain so what has the Democratic Party gained with her as his running mate? Can anyone believe that Clinton can be second fiddle to anyone? Can you imagine that she will be content with anything less than being "co-president"? It would be a collosal mistake. Obama should not fold and take on a running mate of his choice that will not chase voters away.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  263. Rob

    Obama & Jack ticket, yeah now that's what America needs two people who tells the truth. No none sense!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  264. AJ

    Obama should not even think of her as VP and he should find someone else. AlGore will be the man.
    Why are Hillary supporters want to vote for Johnn. what they gonna gain?
    AJ

    June 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  265. Einar

    He should give Hillary the VP position to get her supporters.But he need to be careful not to be dominated by her and her husband

    June 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  266. Christopher - Atlanta, GA

    Jack, I think Obama should send Clinton to her room with no dessert! I lost so much respect for her by the way she ran her campaign–the disorganization, inconsistent messages, dirty politics, and the list goes on. If Clinton wants to be respected, she should learn to earn it. She had a perfect opportunity on Tuesday night to win the respect and admiration of the entire world, yet she chose to make the night about Hillary and then attempt to bully for the VP spot. She's too egotistical to be on an Obama ticket.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  267. chris m

    To any of the 18 million clinton voters that would switch sides or just stay home if she's not on the VP ticket needs to understand clearly that this is about rebuilding this country not her political ambitions.If she's not willing to concede an obvious victory to obama and continues to be bullish about it,which is taking away from the democratic party job at hand do you really think it'll get any better IF she get to white house.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm |