Eight hours and less than two miles away from where Donald Trump addressed his fans on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton said the words her followers feared.
"Donald Trump is going to be our president,” she told supporters at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on November 9. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."
Appearing poised and reflective, Clinton spoke to the deep divisions in our country, but ultimately conceded the need for a peaceful transition of power. She thanked her running mate, her campaign staff, and even the legion of fans who supported her via the secret “Pantsuit Nation” Facebook group.
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I'm sorry that we did not win this election,” she said. “...This is painful and it will be for a long time."
But the majority of Clinton’s speech — unlike much of the negative 2016 campaign — took a hopeful tone.
She focused especially on young people, the majority of whom preferred her over Trump.
“I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in,” she told her young supporters. “I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks ... You will have successes and setbacks to. This hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.
Perhaps the most emotional moment came when she addressed the young girls who watched her try and fail to shatter “that highest, hardest glass ceiling.”
“Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams,” she said.
Even president Obama joined in on the emotional mood, addressing the public from the White House at noon."A lot of our Americans are exalted today, and others not so much. It's not always inspiring," he said.
"But to the young people, who got into politics for the first time, I just want you to know: Don't get get cynical. Don't think you can't make a difference."