A politician can impart one final inspirational message to disappointed supporters—like Hillary Clinton’s parting words during the 2008 campaign, when she said, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.” More resentful words can be equally memorable. Although he rebounded to win the presidency six years later, Richard Nixon’s valediction after losing the 1962 California gubernatorial race forever cemented his image as bitter and angry: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentleman, this is my last press conference.”Then there’s Herman Cain: He quoted Pokémon: The Movie 2000.
“I believe these words came from the Pokémon movie — the media pointed that out. I’m not sure who the original author is, so don’t go write an article about the poem. But it says a lot about where I am, where I am with my wife and my family, and where we are as a nation.
‘Life can be a challenge. Life can seem impossible. It’s never easy when there’s so much on the line, but you and I can make a difference. There’s a mission just for you and me. Just look inside and you will find just what you can do. Just look inside, and you will find just what you can do.'”