Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last night. Considering how emotional this whole week has been, I don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t cry last night the same way I cried when all of the delegates made it official on Tuesday. Still, last night felt cathartic, emotional and historic. Hillary Clinton will never have the suave coolness of Barack Obama while speaking, and that’s okay. That felt like the point of Day 4: that Hillary is never going to be Obama, but she’s a pragmatist, a fighter, a workhorse and she will work for all of us (and do all of it in a glorious pantsuit). There was a lot of build-up to her speech, and there are several videos. First, here’s the Morgan Freeman-narrated, Shonda Rhimes-directed Hillary docu-video:
And here’s Chelsea Clinton providing the introduction for her mom. I honestly forgot what Chelsea’s voice sounds like because we so rarely hear her speak publicly. Everyone loved Chelsea’s book, film and TV references. Hillary and Chelsea are big Pride & Prejudice fans! I assume Chelsea was referencing the Colin Firth-led miniseries, because that was everything in the 1990s. I loved all of the dinosaur references too. Okay, I did tear up a little bit when Chelsea mentioned Hillary’s mother Dorothy, who passed away in 2011.
And here’s Hillary’s long-ass speech. I thought it was honestly one of her best speeches ever, at least in my opinion. She found her rhythm about 10-15 minutes in and the last 20 minutes were amazing.
Watching it live last night, I thought her strongest moments were her cogent, calm, intelligent takedowns of Donald Trump. The best quotes: “Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. He can start by actually making things in America again.” And: “America is great because it is good.” And: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons,” which, as far as I’m concerned, is the t-shirt. That’s the slogan. That’s the one-sentence reason for voting for Hillary Clinton. I also loved this: “To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws.”
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