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you see the teleprompters there. she's going to be delivering the speech momentarily. brianna keilar, you covered hillary clinton from the start of this latest adventure. she tried to reach the white house and i wonder if her husband, her daughter, the family, i know the vice president, her vice presidential running mate will be there. do we know who else is going to be with her at this moment? >> reporter: we know at this point that this is really a good-bye and a thank you to a lot of people who have worked on her campaign. and even before the campaign, this was almost a shadow campaign. i covered her for more than a year before she officially declared so we know a number of top campaign officials and these are folks who just haven't been with her just for this cycle, but they have been with her over the years and they are going to be there. now, exactly what she's going to say, we know generally we expect that she is going to be gracious, that she is going to talk about healing some of the divisions that we saw come up in
this election, but otherwise, we don't know a whole lot specifically about what she is going to say. i think we should expect there's going to be something memorable as we heard eight years ago in her speech where she talked about the glass ceiling. we just don't know what that is at this point. this is going to be obviously a very difficult speech. something really strikes me which is a lot of people have said why didn't she give the concession last night. i also think it's turning on a dime, right, from going from thinking you were going to win and not just her thinking that, everyone, even the trump folks, thought he was going to need a miracle to win. at the end of the night what she thought was going to be a wedding was a funeral and you don't have a funeral at a wedding. this is a completely different situation and layout in tone of an event than what we would have seen last night if she had come out onstage. that's where she gave the concession called john podesta
said tbd, wait until tomorrow. >> the state is set for her to deliver this concession speech. david gergen, you worked for four american presidents. i remember vividly, i was a young reporter back in 1980, 1980 when jimmy carter was still president of the united states, and all of a sudden, the republicans nominated ronald reagan to be their presidential nominee. they were high-fiving each other in the white house because a movie star, an actor, they thought it was going to be -- he's the president of the united states. they underestimated ronald reagan and you know what? i think it's fair to say the clinton team clearly underestimated donald trump. >> yes. using george w. bushisms, they misunderestimated him. look, in 1980, as you remember, there was a real sense in the country nobody could govern anymore. we were coming apart, things weren't working. here was this least qualified,
most problematic figure coming in, this cowboy coming in from hollywood. everybody thought he's not going to do it. you know, then he took over and took over during the transition. if trump can take over the transition and guide it and be in charge of it and look like a real president, it could transform the way a lot of people think about him. >> can he do that? >> well, he didn't run as an idealogical conservative. there was no purity to donald trump's politics whatsoever. >> populist. >> total populist. and so whereas conservatives might feel one way on lots of issues like immigration, some conservatives opposed him, some conservatives were with him. in that sense, donald trump does have an opportunity. and i remember we were all covering the meeting he had with paul ryan not too long ago which apparently didn't going so well from paul ryan's point of view but in talking to people who were in it, one thing they said was that the feeling they came out of that meeting with was
donald trump said to me just get me elected, then we will talk about your agenda and figure it out. so the question is, ironically, paul ryan who will not say donald trump's name, may depend on donald trump to get his agenda through the congress and it may be the best thing that ever happened to paul ryan. we just don't know the answer to that. >> it's also -- dana, it's also very very interesting, a senior administration official told us that starting today, donald trump will start receiving the same high level, most sensitive intelligence briefings that the president of the united states receives. they are not going to water it down. starting today, he's going to get the most sensitive information that the u.s. intelligence community, a daily briefing for the president-elect of the united states on what's
going on in iraq, in syria, north korea. all the most sensitive issues. russia, for example. trump will get a daily briefing along those lines every day and that's going to be a significant development because i don't know if it will or won't affect some of his foreign policy national security views. many of them have been very controversial. >> it very well may. there's no question. it's an education. it's going to be a crash course in the world. and knowing things about it that none of us know, probably things that would make all of us want to go under our covers and never come out, because it's pretty scary stuff. having said that, i also wonder given, we are probably going down too many layers too deep but while we're on the topic, given the rigged system and the fact that his whole line out there was you can't trust these institutions, what that's going to mean for the commander in chief getting information from
intelligence. >> hold on one second. we are just learning first here on cnn that the former president george h.w. bush has just phoned donald trump. we are told they spoke for about ten minutes on the phone. the former president 41, he congratulated donald trump. donald trump said it was a very warm and very positive conversation. the former president george h.w. bush congratulating, congratulating donald trump. earlier he tweeted, president bush, barbara and i congratulate real donald trump,@real donald trump, his twitter handle, wish him well as he guides america forward as our next president. his family is in our prayers. the bush family at least the first president bush now making that move, a very important gesture to bring this country together. carl bernstein is with us. this is a very gracious move by the former president, who was deeply upset by some of the things donald trump had said during the republican primaries about jeb bush.
>> look, we are seeing people who are in the political system, who understand the presidency, they know how important this transition is and that the country get a sense of some notion of unified purpose and willingness to help the new president no matter what has happened in the past. there's no doubt in any of these people's minds, especially hillary clinton's and we are going to hear from her in a moment, trump ran a campaign that was based on racism, based on xenophobia. despite all of these aspects, these people are now going to say we are americans, we need to make our system work. we want to see this president succeed. on top of which, they want to see some of the venom of trump removed and perhaps by speaking of him in this way, they might succeed a little bit in removing some of the venom that was so typical of the campaign.
>> let me be precise. what i reported about president george h.w. bush, this from our special correspondent jamie gangel who reports that bush 41 called donald trump at according to bush's spokesman, jim mcgrath, mcgrath said they spoke for about five minutes, trump was very friendly and gracious and 41 wished him quote, good luck on your new challenge several times. i want to go to the white house. our white house correspondent is there. michele, shortly after hillary clinton delivers this concession speech, we are going to hear from the current president of the united states. he will go, is he going into the cabinet room, the east room, one of the stately rooms at the white house to deliver his speech congratulating donald trump. >> reporter: it will be the cabinet room. this will be the first we have heard directly from the white house. in fact, the white house has been quite quiet. as there were questions over what is going on in this building right now, what is the feeling. last night people were here in the west wing quite late, then
after around 2:00 a.m., everything went dark. even in our communications with white house staffers. in the beginning they were very hopeful, they were trying to stay encouraged, but after a certain point, you just didn't hear from them at all anymore. now we are hearing the first from white house staffers. a senior administration official tells us this morning that the mood right now is sadness, disbelief and tears. the way they put it, they have a sense they need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and do what they can to try to bring people together from their own staff to democrats and even to the country at large. they say there's a discussion right now about the need to keep doing their jobs and focus on the peaceful transfer of power. they were telling us that they want to get the point across that america is more than a collection of red states and blue states. i think that sort of summarizes much of what we are going to hear from the president today. it's unlikely he will take
questions. but right after we hear from him, there's a white house briefing. that's where we are going to hear from the administration the answers to all of our questions out there from what went wrong to what happens to the many points of president obama's legacy that he was looking forward to hillary clinton taking over. i think when you look back over the campaign and some of the things that president obama said, this really strong unprecedented statement against donald trump, things like he's dangerous, that this is not who we are, that the president has faith in the american public's judgment and values or that this is an easy choice. president obama has had so many strong, strongly worded rebukes of donald trump over these past few months, seeming to ramp up that rhetoric and now things did not work out that way so obviously, the administration is going to face many, many
difficult questions out here. >> i'm sure the president will have a very very different tone today when he speaks. that speech coming up as you point out from the cabinet room around 12:15 p.m. eastern. the speaker of the house, paul ryan, will also be speaking we are told fairly soon. he will be delivering his statement. there are some live pictures coming in. speaker paul ryan, who was not exactly very enthusiastic about donald trump during this entire presidential campaign. but right now we are waiting for hillary clinton. she's going to be speaking. you see all those american flags, you see the lectern there. she will be speaking over there at the windham new yorker hotel. she will be delivering her remarks we are told very very soon. she just left the peninsula hotel. we will have special live coverage right after this.
>> reporter: wolf, i'm told senator tim kaine of course, the democratic running mate, is on site here. i'm told that he will be introducing hillary clinton when she addresses this crowd here in this hotel ballroom. many of her top staffers are sitting in the front row. other major donors and key supporters to her are also in this ballroom. outside of this ballroom, there are literally hundreds of campaign staffers lining the atrium sort of greeting her here on her arrival. i am told she's going to directly address donald trump, directly thank the president as well for his support, but it is interesting that she will be introduced by tim kaine, who of course four months ago, joined this ticket to campaign with her. now he could be the future of the democratic party or certainly one future face of the democratic party and that's where this conversation will turn after she gives her address here today. >> tim kaine wanted to be vice president of the united states. that is not happening, at least not now. maybe he will run for president four years from now.
seems like a long time from now. jeff, stand by. i want to set the scene. clearly hillary clinton is running a few minutes late. we will get to hillary clinton as soon as she starts speaking. paul ryan, the speaker of the house, is in his hometown of janesville, wisconsin, getting ready to hold a news conference. we will get live pictures over there. dana, you covered paul ryan for a long time. this has been a very difficult ordeal for him as well. >> this is not the nominee he wanted but it's the president he got. as the speaker of the house, who is just a few heartbeats away from that -- constitutionally from that role himself, he realizes how monumental this is. i think gloria, your point was really, really a good one in that this does -- i mean, in some ways it diminishes paul ryan because he's not really the only republican leader who can get things done just because of the way -- >> here he comes. let's listen to paul ryan. then we will hear the statement
from hillary clinton. >> good morning. last night, and again this morning, i spoke with president-elect donald trump and i congratulated him on his great victory. we talked about the work ahead of us. and the importance of bringing this country together. let me just say this is the most incredible political feat i have seen in my lifetime. this is something you have heard me say time and again. seven out of ten americans, they do not like the direction our country is going. many of our fellow citizens feel alienated and have lost faith in our core institutions. they don't feel heard. and they don't feel represented by those in office. but donald trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. he connected with -- he connected in ways with people no one else did. he turned politics on its head and now donald trump will lead a
unified republican government. and we will work hand in hand on a positive agenda to tackle this country's big challenges. i want to congratulate my friend mike pence. mike pence is a good man, a principled conservative and he will make a great vice president. i want to congratulate reince priebus. you need to know how proud we are in wisconsin of reince priebus. what he has done to rebuild our party is remarkable. i want to congratulate mitch mcconnell and our republican colleagues in the senate. i want to congratulate ron johnson. something that we worked so hard here at home on his victory. ron, scott walker and i just spent four days on a bus in wisconsin crisscrossing this state urging all republicans to come together to unify to win and that's exactly what happened. it was close quarters at times. it was worth it to get ron back the next six years. of course, i'm immensely proud of the campaign that our house members and candidates ran. i want to congratulate greg walden and the team at the nrcc and our entire house leadership
team. what a phenomenal job. look at it this way. our house majority is bigger than expected. we won more seats than anyone expected and much of that is thanks to donald trump. donald trump provided the kind of coattails that got a lot of people over the finish line so that we could maintain our strong house and senate majorities. now we have important work to do. many months ago, republicans in the house united around a bold specific agenda for this country. it offers a better way forward for america and it will help us hit the ground running as we work with donald trump to do this. we will honor the timeless principles that our country was founded on, liberty, freedom, free enterprise, consents of the governed. we will apply those principles to the problems of the day. this is the kind of unified republican government that we set out to deliver. i want to close with this. there is no doubt our democracy could be very messy and we do
remain a sharply divided country, but now as we do every four years, we have to work to heal the divisions of a long campaign. i think president-elect donald trump set the perfect tone last night for doing just this. i know president obama and secretary clinton are committed to bringing the country together. this needs to be a time of redemption, not a time of recrimination. we all need to rededicate ourselves to making america great and making it a more perfect union. with that, let me take your questions. kelly o? >> reporter: today clearly you are embracing him. some of your colleagues were critical of you thinking you have not embraced donald trump enough during this campaign. is your relationship with the president-elect and your conservatives in the house intact? >> yes, it is. i think our relationship's fine. i have spoken with donald twice in the last 18 hours.
we spoke last night and again this morning. spoke with my good friend mike pence twice as well. i think we are going to hit the ground running. we are already talking about getting our transitions working together. we are very excited. look, when i say seven out of ten americans don't like the direction the country is going, they just voted. donald trump just pulled off an enormous political feat, in that he heard those voices out there that other people weren't hearing and he just earned a mandate. we now just have the unified republican government. if you listened to us in the closing days of this campaign whether it was crisscrossing america or crisscrossing wisconsin, we were making an appeal to our fellow citizens and to all republicans to come home and unify and we did just that. that's why i'm excited about where we are. >> reporter: in any of your conversations with the president-elect did he assure you he supports your speakership? >> we had great conversations about how we would work together on the transition to make this work together. we are trying to get our schedules lined up to meet, to flesh out how we build our transition, how we go forward, so yes, i'm very excited about our ability to work together.
>> reporter: what do you say to voters in wisconsin and nationwide who are concerned about some of the things they were concerned about during the campaign, president-elect trump's comments about women, minorities, latinos? what do you say to possibly who are concerned? >> i will say what i said before the election. look at the issues. look at the potential for our country. look at the direction we have been going, look at the direction we need to go. look at what a unified republican government can get you. i'm really proud of the fact that for the first time since 1984, wisconsin's ten electoral votes went to republicans. this is an enormous feat. frankly, you saw the marquette bowl. we didn't think it could happen. donald trump under the it on its head. donald trump delivered the ten electoral votes. by the way, he helped elect a strong majority in the senate and in the house. charles? >> reporter: earlier you used the word mandate. you will repeal and replace obamacare. how quickly and when does it look like? what do you say to folks who
just don't feel [ inaudible ]? >> i think after a tough campaign, where people believed they were pitching so hard for one side or the other, the time is to heal and unify. this health care law is not a popular law. this health care law is collapsing under its own weight. so to your specific question about repealing and replacing obamacare, this congress, this house majority, this senate majority, has already demonstrated and proved we are able to pass legislation and put it on the president's desk. >> we will break away from the speaker of the house. a very gracious statement he made saying what donald trump has done is the most incredible political feat in our lifetime. let's go to new york right now. you see so many of the hillary clinton staffers hugging each other, some of them are crying. you see john podesta in the middle of your screen right there. the campaign chairman. you see so many of the others. this is a very very sad moment. hillary clinton is about to walk into that ballroom and deliver
her speech together with her vice presidential running mate, tim kaine. this is certainly not what they anticipated. they were not getting ready for this. they were getting ready for a huge victory celebration last night at the javits center in new york city. they even had ordered fireworks to boom out and for that glass ceiling which is part of the javits center to be cracked. hillary clinton wanted to become the first female president of the united states but that is not happening. she has been defeated. donald j. trump will be the 45th president of the united states. he will be the commander in chief. in fact, we just got a statement from ash carter, the secretary of defense, saying that he and everyone at the department of defense are committed to overseeing in his words the orderly transition to the next commander in chief that. would be donald trump. starting today, he is getting the same daily intelligence national security intelligence briefings as the president of
the united states. a very sad scene over there at the new yorker hotel. they are getting ready for hillary clinton. as we await the democratic nominee, this is going to be a difficult speech for her to get through. >> i think it is. there's no doubt about it. i think a lot of people who have been with her for decades are going to think this is the second of these kinds of speeches that she has had to give and if you look at john podesta's face there, you can sort of -- it sort of says it all. what happens in campaigns is that people become family when they work for you, and people who have been around hillary clinton for a long time feel that today, and i'm sure that this is the most difficult speech she's ever given in her life. and you know, this is somebody -- it's harder in talking to people who have lost,
it's harder when you think you're going to win. walter mondale said to me it wasn't as difficult for me because i kind of knew i was going to lose in advance. hillary clinton had just the opposite. that happened to mitt romney. mitt romney thought he was going to win and that was so difficult for him. so when it flips like a light switch, that is an adjustment. >> they just will have the text of her peaspeech on the monitor. i have seen hillary clinton get sentimental at times. i have seen her choke up. i have seen her cry. i don't know if that's going to happen this time. i don't know how much rehearsal she has been able to do. she's going to try to be strong, dana, but you know how very very upset she and her staff is and precisely because they worked so hard on her behalf. >> look at congressman joe crowley there, who has been -- a
congressman from new york, long time friend and supporter. john podesta's face says it all. that snapshot, that's somebody who just believed in her and has for a long time, and to your point, gloria, you learned this in doing that amazing documentary about the losers, it is about those people in the front row, robby mook, campaign manager, jake sullivan who has been closest to her, that she clearly will feel most bad about because she let them down. but because of the potential historic nature of this, it's all the little girls out there that she promised she would show a woman president to and the little boys who she would show the 45th president could actually be a female. >> david? >> i agree with that. i think this will be a very very sad moment for her. i think it's also important to remember with hillary, she has her religious faith to fall back
on. it's been very very stabilizing for her. when she takes these blows, she's one of the most resilient people you can imagine. she will be very sad but inside that faith makes a big difference for her. >> maeve, you covered hillary clinton for a long time as well. you know how painful this is for her because you know how hard that staff for two years, how hard they have worked day and night. you see all those faces in the front row there, robby mook, you saw podesta, you saw jake sullivan, you saw so many of those, jennifer palmieri, they really worked nonstop. it's so sad, i'm sure, for her that she feels she's let them down. >> yeah. it's just so long coming to this moment. to have to do this again is just a remarkable thing that she's going to have to do. i do think that so many people last night, because the clinton campaign was so bullish about her chances, was expecting it to be this huge historic moment
that would be -- that would go down in history and to pivot so quickly to a donald trump presidency, there's just so man people that are feeling whiplash this morning. >> whiplash indeed. go ahead. >> i was going to say dana and i were talking about this, that hillary clinton now twice has sort of been the person who has run for student body president, has done all her home work, put up all the posters, and these two opponents came in who were stars, celebrities, and she lost to them. and it's not because you're a woman, but you know, you think of it as the good girl whose done everything she needed to do everything hillary clinton and i will say this, made some huge mistakes here that were of her own doing, but in the end, she couldn't overcome her own mistakes and she got
overshadowed by these two candidates, first obama, then donald trump, whom she could just not compete with for different reasons. >> john mccain just tweeted congrats to president-elect donald trump. as chairman of the armed services committee i will work to confront national security challenges. nancy pelosi just tweeted the peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of our democracy. we have a responsibility to come together. carl bernstein, you wrote the definitive biography of hillary clinton. how will she handle this very very sad moment in her life? >> well, as david gergen just said, she retreats and is so comfortable in her faith. she's a deeply religious person, carries a bible with her, underlines it frequently, believes in the methodist creed of being called to service and i think she believes she has done
service. yes, she's made her mistakes but also, her mother's example to her, her mother once when hillary was a little girl and got knocked down by a fellow student at school, her mother said you got to pick yourself up and she gave the example of a carpenter's level with a bubble in the middle and hillary clinton has frequently cited that. you pick yourself up, you try to get your level, to balance yourself, and go forward. i think that's what she will do here. but at the same time, let's not minimize what this terrible upheaval personally mooeans to r as well as what she feels about the country. this is someone who believes donald trump was dangerous, that donald trump would hurt the country, that he would hurt little girls in terms of their aspirations, that black people, brown people, those who hillary clinton has stood with and for
for all her years in and out of government, she has been a champion of them and that was the big issue in this campaign for her so the depth of the disappointment both personal and political and when it means for the country is devastating. but indeed, religious faith has been and look what she's been through in her life. through impeachment, through losing the presidency before. each time she has gone back to her methodism and her examples of doing more service. i'm not sure we are going to see much public service from her in an open way from here on in. but she also has to find herself in this level place in the example of faith and also, she is going to want to see this country succeed under this president, i cannot believe otherwise, as difficult as that
is for her and especially, look, she's been beaten by somebody who called for her to go to jail and that's not even off the table yet. i suspect and hope it will be off the table. but lock her up became the mantra of the trump campaign. there's no overstating how difficult and awful this experience is for her. >> yeah. well said. david gergen, you worked for her husband, bill clinton, when he was president of the united states and as difficult as this moment is for her, it's also very painful, very difficult for former president bill clinton, who was out campaigning almost on a daily basis, two, three appearances a day for his wife. >> yes. i think bill clinton made a real turn in his life a few years ago and really committed himself to hillary and chelsea. this will be a blow for him just as it will be for barack obama. >> there you see huma abedin,
one of her closest aides standing up right now applauding. you see her friends applauding her as well. no one has been closer on the staff to hillary clinton than hu humaabedin. her estranged husband, anthony weiner, the former congressman who we all know generated a lot of commotion. now let's just listen as tim kaine, her vice presidential running mate, he goes up on the stage together with his wife and he's going to say a few words to introduce hillary clinton. >> please. my wife anne and i are so proud of hillary clinton.
i'm proud of hillary clinton because she has been and is a great history maker in everything she has done, as a civil rights lawyer and first lady of arkansas and first lady of this country and senator and secretary of state. she has made history in a nation that is good at so many things but that has made it uniquely difficult for a woman to be elected to federal office. she became the first major party nominee as a woman to be president and last night, won the popular vote of americans. that is an amazing accomplishment.
it is an amazing accomplishment. i'm proud of hillary clinton because she has held fast to dreams. she was inspired at a young age to an epiphany that if families and children do well that's the best barometer for whether a society does well and in everything she's done, she's focused on that. we know she would have made history as a president in one sense but we never have had a president who has made their whole career about the empowerment of families and children and i was as excited about that in the oval office as i was excited to have my friend hillary there and make history as the first woman president. i'm excited and proud of hillary because she has built such a wonderful team. there is a beautiful and kind of
comical parable in the new testament about a vineyard owner that hires people to work and says i'm going to pay you this for a full day. then he hires people at noon, i'm going to pay you the same thing for a half day. then he hires people for one hour's work and i'm going to pay you the day. the people that started early in the day said we don't like this, you are treating everybody who came late just as well as you are treating us. i want to tell you something. here's what i have come to know so well about hillary. the team she has assembled over the years of people that are so deeply loyal to her because she's so deeply loyal to them, is inspiring but i have seen that same degree of loyalty and compassion and sensitivity extended to the most recent folks who have joined the team, the folks who came to the vineyard with just one hour to go. her loyalty and compassion of hillary and bill to people, if you are with you, you are with you and that's just something so remarkable. finally, i'm proud of hillary because she loves this country.
nobo nobody, nobody had to wonder about hillary clinton whether she would accept an outcome of an election in our beautiful democracy. nobody had to ask that question. nobody had to doubt it. she knows our country for what it is. she knows the system that we have and its warts and blemishes. she's deeply in love with it and accepts it. she's been in battles before where if it didn't go her way, she accepted it but then woke up the next day and battled again for the dreams that she's held fast to. that love of country is something that i think is obvious to everybody, obvious to everyone. i want to thank hillary clinton for asking anne and i to join this wild ride. about a week before she asked if i would be her running mate, anne and i went up to westchester and sat down with hillary, bill, chelsea and marc
and shacharlotte and aden for at three hours of conversation to try to determine whether we would be the right people to be on the ticket. and when we got in the car to head back to the airport after the three-hour discussion, i said to anne honey, i don't know whether we are going to be on this ticket or not but i do know this. we are going to remember that three hours for the rest of our life. and now we will remember 105 days that we have had with this fantastic couple of public servants and all of you for the rest of our life. i will just say this. hillary and i know well the wisdom and the words of william faulkner. he said they kilt us but they ain't whooped us yet. they kilt us. they kilt us. but they ain't whooped us yet. because -- [ cheers and applause ] because we know that the work remains.
we know that the dreams of empowering families and children remain and in that work, that important work that we have to do as a nation, it is so comforting even at a tough time to know that hillary clinton is somebody until her very last breath is going to be battling for the values that make this nation great and the values that we care so deeply about. so now, please join me in welcoming secretary hillary clinton. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you.
thank you all. thank you. thank you all very much. thank you. thank you. thank you so much. very rowdy group. thank you, my friends. thank you. thank you, thank you so very much for being here. i love you all, too. 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. this is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and i'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. but 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. i know how disappointed you feel, because i feel it, too. and so do tens of millions of americans who invested their
hopes and dreams in this effort. this is painful and it will be for a long time, but i want you to remember this. our campaign was never about one person or even one election. it was about the country we love and about building an america that's hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted. we have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but i still believe in america and i always will. if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. donald trump is going to be our president. we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don't just respect that, we cherish it.
it also enshrines other things. the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. we respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them. and let me add, our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. so let's do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet, and breaking down all the barriers
that hold any american back from achieving their dreams. we have spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the american dream is big enough for everyone, for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for lgbt people and for people with disabilities. for everyone. so now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer america we seek, and i know you will. i am so grateful to stand with
all of you. i want to thank tim kaine and anne holden for being our partners on this journey. it has been a joy getting to know them better and it gives me great hope and comfort to know that tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing virginia in the senate. to barack and michelle obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.
we thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many americans and people across the world. and to bill and chelsea, marc, charlotte, aden, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than i can ever express. you crisscrossed this country on our behalf and lifted me up when i needed it most, even 4 month old aden who traveled with his mom. i will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in brooklyn and across our country.
you poured your hearts into this campaign. for some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. some of you, it was your first campaign. i want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted. and to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on facebook, even in secret private facebook sites, i want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going
forward. to everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you. thank you from all of us. and to the young people in particular, i hope you will hear this. i have, as tim said, spent my entire adult life fighting for what i believe in. i have had successes and i have had setbacks. sometimes really painful ones. many of you are at the beginning of your professional public and political careers. you will have successes and setbacks, too. this loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.
now -- i -- i know -- i know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. and to all the little girl whose 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. finally --
finally, i am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. i count my blessings every single day that i am an american, and i still believe as deeply as i ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. because, you know, i believe we are stronger together, and we will go forward together. and you should never, ever regret fighting for that.
you know, scripture tells us, let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. so, my friends, let us have faith in each other. let us not grow weary. let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come, and there is more work to do. i am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. may god bless you, and may god bless the united states of america!
hillary clinton, very, very emotional speech. you saw her holding back, choking back those tears. she is well known as being very, very emotional on these kinds of moments. clearly a sad poemt fmoment for. she congratulated donald trump and said i know donald trump is going to be our president, and she totally respects a peaceful transfer of pow around she added this loss hurts, but never stop believing, that fight for what's right is worth it. gloria, you saw hillary, hillary clinton, deliver a very emotional, powerful speech. clearly, it's not something she wanted to say. >> it isn't, and she said it was painful, and will be for a long time, and there is a point that dana and i were discussing along with rachel smolkin our d.c.
digital editor. came out at the top of the speech and said, i'm sorry. period. that's what women do. they apologize right away, and say, i'm sorry. and people who lose presidential elections often do apologize. i'm not sure they say it at the very top of their speech, which is what hillary clinton did today, and feels the pain of all the people who worked for her, with her, who wanted her to become the first woman president, and who had been with her for many, many years, and so we all thought it was kind of striking that she came out and said that right out of the box. >> and it is often at these moments that you see the hillary clinton that people yearned to see and that people closest to her, you spent time with her in private, of course, david, working with the clinton white house, say that is there. that it is somebody who emotes, that it is somebody who is
empathetic and sympathetic, and that came through in spades, saying, this is painful and it will be for a long time. she said what she was feeling, and as we suspected beforehand, not just about herself, but about all the people that she clearly thinks that she let down, to your point about saying, i'm sorry. i also thought it was -- it was very important that she talked about the peaceful transition of power, and that donald trump is going to be our president, in her words, and you have to keep an open mind to that. but then not letting go of the fact that she wanted to make clear to her supporters she's going to try to hold his feet to the fire in some of the things she ran against him on with regard to how she views the way he treats people. >> you see her meeting with the staff, their family. she's going one by one down that aisle over there, the first row. this is a very, very emotional
moment for her. you can see as she confronts all of these people who worked tirelessly over these past couple of years to make her the first female president of the united states, and now there's a sad moment, a deeply sad moment there. david gergen, how did you emerge what did you think of her remarks? >> i thought it was a remarkably good speech. it was inspiring, but also very connective. i can't remember a speech that she's given in recent years which seemed to relate so well to -- she opened up. opened herself up and we don't see her, and you could see the pain. it was so apparent, the pain she's going through, and you could just imagine how many tears have flowed since last night. i thought all of that worked really well. the thing was, though, even as she was gracious saying we're going to unite behind a president, she made it very clear the fight goes on, the struggle goes on. she mentioned issues. the line tim kaine has from
faulkner, they killed us, but they ain't whooped us yet was very much of spirit of her speech. >> and talking about dignity and importance of immigrants in this country eastern people with disabilities. one of the most searing ads hillary clinton put out there was of donald trump mocking a reporter who was disabled. it was perfectly pointed, but at the same time, i mean, she got her point across, but at the same time very gracious and composed. >> carl bernstein, you wrote the biography on hillary clinton. what did you think? >> i thought it was a remarkable moment in which we saw all that is good about hillary clinton. her principles. she has been an imperfect messenger of great and good causes, and she continued to do that in that speech. she also laid down a set of
principles for her adherence for people in the democratic party as well as those who believe in the same things that she does, to follow, and i suspect that we are going to hear and see something of the same from president obama today. because i think some of this speech, is also directed at the new president-elect. that obama also will do something along these lines of saying, these are universal principles, about freedom, about the dignity of individuals. that you must respect as president of the united states, and protect. and one last point here is the purple that was worn by both her and former president bill clinton. i couldn't help but notice it. it's the color of spirituality, it's the color of mourning. it's the color of mystery. i can't believe it was an accident that both hillary clinton and former president bill clinton were wearing purple
in this remarkable moment that was a tableau of the clintons and the best of what they stand for. >> and there you see her right -- hugging and kissing so many of her supporters there. right at her side as has been the case for maybe 20 years pup see her in the middle of the screen, huma abedin, her longtime aide, one of her closest aides, calmed huma abedin almost like a second daughter to her. huma abedin, in the last few days of this campaign, all of a sudden we learned that her estranged husband was under fbi investigation for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, and e-mails that were discovered on their shared computer related to hillary clinton and james comey who came out with a statement about 11 days before the end of this campaign, gloria, and that caused quite an uproar, but there they are. they're together once again. i don't know how much of an impact that