Hillary Clinton finally found her voice.
In a passionate, moving and eloquent speech yesterday in New York, she conceded defeat to Barack Obama and vowed to do everything she could to get him elected.
At times, the speech was deeply personal and moving. I even had a lump in my throat at one point. She talked about her own personal journey, the supporters who had worked tirelessly to get her elected and thanked the 18 million people who voted for her.
She also urged her supporters to back Obama. She could not have been more explicit. This will satisfy Democrats who are keen for the party to get united and take on the Republicans in November.
At times the speech was also inspirational. "Public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their dreams," she said. And for the first time ever, you actually thought she meant it. She came across as authentic - a quality she lacked spectacularly during the 16-month long primary season.
She even borrowed Obama's campaign slogan: "Yes we can!" A nice touch I thought.
The speech was also a call to arms for women everywhere. "There are now 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling," she shouted. And its true. Her candidacy sends out a powerful message to women everywhere. It also establishes Clinton as a political figure of historic significance. Yesterday, she moved out from under her husbands shadow.
I make no secret of my support for Barack Obama. I think he remains the better candidate. But yesterday I was reminded of why I have always had a soft spot for Hillary. She conceded with elegance and grace - qualities distinctly lacking in modern politics.
Whatever you may say about her, one thing is for certain - she is a class act.