John Edwards Drops Out
John Edwards gives his withdrawal speech in New Orleans.
This journey of ours began right here in New Orleans. It was a December morning in the Lower Ninth Ward when people went to work, not just me, but lots of others went to work with shovels and hammers to help restore a house that had been destroyed by the storm.
We joined together in a city that had been abandoned by our government and had been forgotten, but not by us. We knew that they still mourned the dead, that they were still stunned by the destruction, and that they wondered when all those cement steps in all those vacant lots would once again lead to a door, to a home, and to a dream.
We came here to the Lower Ninth Ward to rebuild. And we're going to rebuild today and work today, and we will continue to come back. We will never forget the heartache and we'll always be here to bring them hope, so that someday, one day, the trumpets will sound in Musicians' Village, where we are today, play loud across Lake Ponchartrain, so that working people can come marching in and those steps once again can lead to a family living out the dream in America.
Edwards used his farewell address to remind America how shamefully Katrina was handled. His campaign shined a spotlight on many people that were forgotten by both parties. Edwards message was not Obama's feel good mantra or Hillary's focus group driven drivel.
Edwards become the Howard Dean of 2008: the consious of the Democratic Party. Edwards was honest in admitting his Iraq vote was wrong. Politicians would rather walk on glass than admit a mistake.
Hillary and Obama took time out from getting special interest money are tripping over each other to fawn over Edwards.