Hillary Clinton gave her acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President on Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Her speech emphasized her history of service and steadiness. It was a well-received speech in front of a friendly audience and serves as a powerful beginning to the formal campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
A warmer Hillary Clinton
The campaign has used the convention to present a warmer and more personable side of Mrs. Clinton with speakers emphasizing the personal side of Hillary’s remarkable life story.
At the same time, Hillary and other speakers did not shy away from attacking Donald Trump during her speech.
"Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
— Hillary Clinton
A long list of ‘firsts’
Hillary Clinton has been preparing for this evening for the past quarter century. She was instrumental in getting her husband Bill Clinton elected President. She was a powerful behind the scenes force in the Clinton administration. Hillary became the first American first lady to ever win a seat for public office when she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001. After an unsuccessful effort to win the Democratic nomination for President in 2008, she was appointed the 67th U.S. Secretary of State in 2009.
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for President. While an important event, women have broken so many glass ceilings over the past few decades that her nomination seems almost routine. Hillary was the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Democratic nomination, although the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders and the nagging issue of her use of a private email account while Secretary of State created more suspense than was anticipated.
The campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will present America with a clear choice whom to choose as their elected leader. Clinton’s hope is that the voters will select the person who has been preparing to be commander-in-chief for much of her adult life.