There is a long and undoubtedly fraught road ahead, around the world and within the new administration. But, for just a second, we'd like to focus for a minute on exactly what a mind-blowing, conversation-changing, fuse-blowing, frustrating and gratifying year it's been for voters, for Democrats, for women and for Clinton and her supporters. While there may be lots and lots (and lots and lots) of critiques of Hillary Clinton's appointment as secretary of state, and of Clinton's acceptance of it, we here at Broadsheet would like to give a mighty tip of our collective hat and raise a glass to the notion of coming together. Here's to you, Barack Obama, and to Sen. Clinton: Cheers, lady!
[And a giant grin spreads over the faces of the Broadsheet staff.]
One of the painful things about this thrilling election was the way that long-excluded groups, suddenly granted a chance for a seat at the presidential table, had to battle each other for it, often bitterly. Very little could make us happier, or this country healthier, than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton working hand-in-hand to move us forward, toward a future where people who want to work together, rather than against each other, might not have to compete for whatever crumbs are thrown at them.
Below, enjoy an overwrought but nifty piece of propaganda that became one of our favorite video tributes to the wacky ride that was the Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy, as well as a useful compendium of some of the more startling moments of the past few years. Behold the force of nature -- and the forces that have worked against -- the United States of America's future secretary of awesome.