for her grace on this day: hip, hip, hooray!

Clinton being greeted by supporters invited from across the country to attend her speech today

From the NYTimes on-line report on Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking this afternoon in Washington, only blocks from the White House:

"You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the United States," she said. "To those who are disappointed that we couldn't go all of the way, especially the young people who put so much into this campaign, it would break my heart if, in falling short of my goal, I in any way discouraged any of you from pursuing yours."

At that point the cheers, mostly from women, swelled so loud that Mrs. Clinton's remaining words could not be heard.

[image by Todd Heisler for the NYTimes]