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Clinton's long-awaited speech exiting from presidential race includes some more waiting

Clinton's long-awaited speech exiting from presidential race includes some more waiting

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's long-awaited announcement of her exit from the presidential race involved some extra waiting.
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are renowned for letting their schedules slip _ and then slip some more. During Bill Clinton's first race for the White House in 1992 this propensity became known as "Clinton time."
The former first lady was on Clinton time Saturday. Her speech was scheduled for noon EDT (1600 GMT), but doors to the National Building Museum opened about 10 a.m. and the cavernous hall was soon filled with thousands of supporters, from the humblest campaign volunteers to congressional colleagues.
However, Clinton:
_Did not leave home in Northwest Washington until nearly 12:30 p.m.
_Entered the building at 12:40 p.m. with her husband, daughter Chelsea and Secret Service detail.
_Had her staff give the media a two-minute warning at 12:43 p.m.
_Walked out from behind a blue curtain into the hall at 12:45 p.m.
_Stepped onto the stage at 12:46 p.m.
_Began speaking at 12:48 p.m. after several attempts to quiet the crowd.
_Said she will suspend her campaign and support Barack Obama for president at 12:54 p.m.
_Concluded speaking at 1:16 p.m. with "... and God bless America!"
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Compiled by Joan Lowy


Updated : 2021-08-02 03:31 GMT+08:00