To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn: I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too.
... which are echoed by a certain Elena Bautista Horn...
When you become the president, you become the president of the entire nation—not just of your friends, relatives or supporters. (Noynoy Aquino) should also be the president of his enemies, of his critics. I think, this is a first test of the Aquino administration: how (it) will reach out to all the different camps in the country.
...which apparently hit the staunch Aquinoist de Quiros close to home prompting him to respond:
The principle is not to reconcile with enemies, it is to reconcile with principled enemies. There is a difference. Noynoy himself already showed his capacity to discern it during the campaign with a senatorial roster that included Danilo Lim and Riza Hontiveros. Lim was a leading figure in the coups against Cory, while Hontiveros was, and is, an activist and proud to be so. These are people you can, and ought to, unite with. The same senatorial roster did not include Bongbong Marcos and Jinggoy Estrada, beneficiaries of wrongdoing who have yet to show acts of contrition and penance. You may reconcile with enmity, you may not reconcile with iniquity.
Whatever you say, gramps.
I'll let history be the judge of who are and who are not the principled ones, Mr de Quiros. I suggest thought that you look back first at your own track record of consistency and tell us if such a track record is one of a person who lives off principles.