As Hillary Clinton put a bookend on her 2008 presidential campaign, her fans in Florida looked on almost in disbelief. Cindy Lerner wiped away tears. Diane Glasser sat almost impassively, clutching a trio of signs the organizers handed out: Unity, Obama and Hillary.
They roared at some her lines, when she suggested there was an inherent irony in the Republican convention site -- the Twin Cities -- for President Bush and John McCain -- and they smiled when she thanked the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant Suit" -- a reference to the rainbow of jacket and pants combination she supported on the campaign trail.
Lori Glasser wiped away tears, even as she clutched an Obama sign. But when Clinton closed with a cry to rally around Barack Obama, she stood and cheered.
"She's a true American heroine and I think she just won the presidential race for Obama," the Clinton delegate said, tears streaming down her face. "It was the way she said it, her inflection and her poise. This came from her heart and I think a lot of us were listening."
They may have one more chance to say good-bye: Clinton was expected to attend a delegate party sponsored by the Democratic governors of New York (Clinton's home state), New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- along with Florida's Bill Nelson and Alex Sink. Note: These are all large states that voted for Clinton.