Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make their first joint appearance since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination at the deeply symbolic location of Unity, New Hampshire. Both set aside the bickering of the primary and praised each other and committed to seeing Obama in the White House come January.
CLINTON: Unity is not only a beautiful place, as we can see; it's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? And I know what we start here in this field in Unity will end on the steps of the Capitol when Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office as our next president.
And I believe with all my heart that this election is one of the most important in our nation's history. We've had significant challenges in every generation. And we usually, finally summon up the will to address them. I think Winston Churchill once said Americans always get around to doing the right thing after trying nearly everything else. The country is ready. Now we need the leadership to make it happen. A leader who is a partner, to bring about the change and progress that is so yearned for. So think hard. About how we will fulfill the promise of this great nation. How we will uphold the ideals we cherish and reclaim the country we love. And the answer for me, here in Unity, New Hampshire, is to pledge my support and my hard work and my effort to the next President of the United States, Barack Obama.
OBAMA: For sixteen months, Senator Clinton and I have shared the stage as rivals for the nomination, but today, I could not be happier and more honored and more moved that we're sharing this stage as allies to bring about the fundamental changes that this country so desperately needs. As somebody who took the same historic journey as Sen. Clinton. Who watched her campaign and debate. I know first hand how good she is, how tough she is, how passionate she is, how committed she is to the causes that brought all of us here today. When Hillary Clinton gets up in the morning, even in the face of the toughest odds, most vicious attacks, she is doing so with the same motivation that took her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago. The same passion, that led her to work for the Children's Defense Fund, and caused her to fight for healthcare as First Lady, what has made her one of the finest senators the state of New York has ever seen, what has made her a historic candidate for President: an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult that fight may be. I've admired her as a leader. I've learned from her as a candidate. She rocks. She rocks. That's the point I'm trying to make. I am proud to call her a friend and I know how much we need both Bill and Hillary Clinton as a party and as a country in the months and years to come. They have done so much great work.