Speaking to a room of bleary-eyed aides and supporters who greeted with a standing ovation, Hillary Clinton is giving what possibly could be the most difficult speech of her life.
“I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the visions we hold,” she began. “But I feel pride and gratitude … You represent the best of America.”
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time,” Clinton said. “But our campaign was never about one person or one election, it was about the country we love.”
Clinton thanked her family, her supporters and her running mate Tim Kaine.
Then, she thanked President Obama and the first lady: “Our country owes you an enormous bit of debt and gratitude.”
In one of the most powerful moments of her speech, Clinton turned to address the women and the un-shattered glass ceiling:
“To all the women, especially young women, who put their faith in this campaign and me … know that nothing has made me prouder to be your champion.”