Former President Bill Clinton took center stage at the Democratic Convention Tuesday evening. There has been some question of late about Bill Clinton’s ability to shine on the campaign trail, but tonight was a vintage Bill Clinton performance that showed that the ‘big dog’ can still mesmerize an audience with his rhetoric.
President Clinton gave a powerful, personal, and compelling speech at Tuesday’s convention. He spent much of the speech describing how he and Hillary met and shared private moments of their family life.
He effectively combined Hillary’s personal story with her political achievements and wove them together. "This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything. She has always wanted to move the ball forward. That is who she is.”
He held the delegates in the palm of his hand as he concluded:
"Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it because she spent a lifetime doing it. I hope you will do it. I hope you will elect her. Those of us have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care more about our children and our grandchildren. The reason you should elect her is the greatest country on Earth, we have always been about tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren will bless you forever if you do."
— Former President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton has been active in Hillary’s campaign
During the primary campaign, the former President has been sent far and wide to seek delegate support for Hillary. He has been attacked by Donald Trump and maintained his cool. The politics of necessity and changing times have meant that Hillary has had to reject some of Bill Clinton’s signature moments during his presidency on trade, crime, and foreign policy, but the former President has accepted these with grace.
If Hillary Clinton wins in November not only will Bill Clinton be the first man married to a U.S. president, but he will also be the first former President to become the first spouse. It should prove to be a fascinating process to watch. After tonight’s speech, few could disagree that Bill Clinton’s time in the public spotlight is not yet at an end.