Excerpts from the Post-Election Speeches, With Commentary

February 7, 2017


By Leah Coppola

Donald J. Trump

“I pledge to all the citizens of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” said Donald Trump when the election results were clear–words spoken by our new president-elect. For someone who wants to be for all Americans he seems really intent on building a wall to keep people out.

“We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us,” said Trump. This statement seems passive-aggressive. What about the nations we don’t get along with? What happens to them?

Trump talked of his plans to take care of veterans, but he has no trouble mocking
them. Earlier in his life, he gloated that his biggest worry during the Vietnam War was him trying to not get a STD.

Trump concluded his speech by saying that he hopes that at the end of his term the American people will be proud of him and the work he’s done as president. We’ll see.


Hillary Clinton
Hilary Clinton opened her speech by congratulating Trump on his victory, and she expressed her hope to work with him to better the country. Clinton opened up about her feelings of disappointment, saying “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.”

Clinton said that the American dream is big enough for all people of every race, religion, men and women, immigrants, LGBT people and people with disabilities. She thanked the people who worked at her campaign, especially the youth. And she told them not to give up just because of the setbacks life is full of, and that you can never stop fighting for what you believe in.

Clinton talked specifically about the young women who believed in her. She said she was proud to be their champion.

“I know we have still not shattered the highest and hardest glass ceiling,” she said, before adding that someday someone will, and hopefully soon.

Clinton closed her speech by saying “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in good season we shall reap. My friends, Let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.”
President Obama
President Obama also made a brief speech. He said that “regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would still come up in the morning'”

Obama said that the young might feel the saddest by the result of the election. “But go in good faith,” he said. There will be other elections.


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