With Poise

“A liar”

 “A nasty woman”

“Unfit”

“Very dumb”

“Crooked”

Listed above are just a few of the insults President Elect Donald J. Trump has called Secretary Hillary Clinton over the past few months.

Secretary Clinton could have made history (rather, herstory) this week by becoming the first female President of the United States.

Yet, on Tuesday night, our democracy chose a different path.

During her concession speech yesterday morning, Secretary Clinton said a few things that all Americans need to recognize.

She congratulated: “Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”

She expressed her gratitude: “I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

She looked forward with optimism: “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

What cannot be encapsulated into a simple quote is the way Secretary Clinton conceded to her opponent with elegance and respect.

With poise, she accepted defeat to a man who has never treated her with respect.

With poise, she encouraged every one of us to be optimistic about the future.

With poise, she told every woman, mother, and daughter to remain hopeful that someday a woman will lead.

The views presented are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of the University of Dayton. The University neither supports nor opposes the candidates and/or parties mentioned within these remarks. 

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