From Daily Mail
Bill Clinton told story after story about meeting his wife, about their humble roots, and about her early work
‘I married my best friend’, he gushed, while speaking of their first mortgage payment being just $175 per month
Mentioned ‘good times and bad’ – but leaves out any Monica Lewinsky references
The Clintons now have two multi-million homes, and have been slammed during the campaign for making big bucks speeches to Goldman Sachs and other corporations
Took to the stage after a day of discord in Philadelphia which ended with Bernie Sanders supporters walking out
Sanders had interrupted the ceremonial roll call to ask for a vote by acclamation, declaring Mrs Clinton the nominee
Bill Clinton didn’t let anyone see his speech in the run up, even guarding it from his wife’s advisers
In the latest CNN/ORC national poll, out Monday, Mrs Clinton’s unfavorables stood at 55 per cent
Bill Clinton did his best to persuade Americans to embrace his wife and put another Clinton in the White House with a lengthy, folksy and unedited speech about their marriage and her success as a public servant.
After an election in which Mrs Clinton has been hammered by primary rival Bernie Sanders and by a bevy of Republicans for her ties to Wall Street, cast as an insider who would be business-as-usual, her husband deployed his famous gift for story telling describing over 42 minutes Mrs Clinton’s steady transformation from a studious and standoffish classmate to a loving partner and political change-maker.
‘She’s been around a long time. She sure has. And she has sure been worth every single year she has put into making people’s lives better,’ Clinton told a cheering crowd inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.
‘She always wants to move the ball forward – that is just who she is.’
He said Republicans had tried to cast his wife as ‘a cartoon’ – but saluted delegates by saying, ‘Earlier today, you nominated the real one.’
Vouching for Mrs Clinton in a hall that includes many delegates whose frustration with the status quo prompted them to back a Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution, Clinton said of his wife: ‘She is still the best darned change maker I have ever known,’ unleashing his familiar finger-wag.
Just a night after Sanders bemoaned the wealth and power of the top tenth of a per cent, Clinton talked about his family’s steady rise up the ladder from their time in Arkansas.
‘We’ve done it in good times and bad, through joy and heartbreak,’ Clinton told an attentive crowd – though he didn’t get too much into specifics about some of their lowest points, such as his impeachment or the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
When Bill first spotted Hillary in the law library at Yale, he noticed her ‘big blonde hair’ and ‘big glasses,’ and that she wore no makeup.
‘She exuded this strength and self-possession that I found magnetic,’ he said
On a later encounter, she caught him staring at her. She ‘came up to me and said look, if you’re going to keep staring at me, and now I’m staring back, at least we ought to know each other’s name. I’m Hillary Rodham, who are you?’ Bill recounted.
He fished for previously revealed parts of her bio that showed working class appeal, such as the time, ‘On a total lark she went alone to Alaska and spent some time sliming fish’ at an Alaska cannery.
Clinton said his wife got her introduction to social justice from her Methodist youth minster, Don Jones.
He talked about the 1,100 square foot house the two of them first lived in together. ‘We were married in that little house on October 11th, 1975,’ Bill recalled.
Then he went through a litany of Halloween Parties and T-ball games.
He left out some less appealing aspects of their lives, like her work for corporate clients at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. His discussion of housing stopped at the mansion the couple bought in Chappaqua after they left the White House, and the multimillion home they own off DC’s Embassy Row.
The stories had as much to do with Mrs Clinton’s character as her policy, after GOP delegates screamed ‘lock her up’ at the Republican convention, with constant invocations of Benghazi and Clinton’s email scandal.
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