Former US president Bill Clinton has given a speech about why his wife and “best friend” Hillary should lead the nation as a President. In Democratic convention happened in Philadelphia, Clinton also added that she was the “best darn change-maker I’ve ever known”.
Mr Clinton shared the story of how he and his wife met at Yale Law School in the spring of 1971. “I married my best friend,” he said. “We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since.” Hours earlier, his wife became the first woman to be officially nominated for president by any major US party.
Mrs Clinton ended the night with a video message, saying: “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president but one of you is next.”
Bill Clinton shared personal stories to paint a portrait of a woman who has been in the public eye for so long that she has become as ubiquitous as your living room wallpaper.
His efforts to label his wife as a “change-maker”, however, proved somewhat more ineffective. It’s easy to explain Mrs Clinton’s wealth of experience. It’s harder to fashion her as an outsider who will cleanse a system perceived by many to be broken.
Competent and controlled doesn’t exactly capture the public’s imagination – and it proved to be a challenge for even a gifted orator like Mr Clinton. But he succeeded in revealing an emotive, human side of his wife.