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Philadelphia - Bill Clinton Tells A Love Story To Make His Case For Hillary

Published on: July 27, 2016 09:49 AM
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Philadelphia - There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to the story of Bill and Hillary Clinton. It’s been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms.

But on Tuesday night, as millions of voters watched and with the political stakes as high as they’ve ever been, the former president tried to make sense of it all and make the case for his wife, the newly minted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” he began.

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The former president’s tenth address to a Democratic convention was by far his most personal, a 42-minute tour through wedding proposals and Halloween parties, the deaths of parents and movie marathons.

Perhaps their worst moments - the Monica Lewinsky scandal, impeachment and legal battles that followed - were conspicuously omitted though hinted at.

“She’ll never quit on you,” he said. “She never quit on me.”

Instead, Bill Clinton cast himself as a passenger in his wife’s life, reshaping the story of much of their decades in politics.

The goal was to make Clinton, perhaps the most famous female politician in the world, yet a public figure her aides claim remains unknown, relatable to voters. He cast her as a liberal heroine of her own story, who fought for education reform, health care, civil rights, the disabled, 9/11 first responders and economically depressed rural areas.

“She’s the best darn change-maker I’ve ever met in my entire life,” he said. “This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything. She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is.”

He dismissed the multiple views of his wife, telling delegates and the nation: “One is real, the other is made up.”

He never once mentioned GOP nominee Donald Trump by name, dismissing Republican attacks on Clinton as “made up” and a “cartoon alternative.” Rather, Bill Clinton focused nearly exclusively on his wife’s achievements and how she’d influenced him.

“I have lived a long full blessed life. It really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl in the spring of 1971,” he said.

But it wasn’t only Clinton who broke a glass ceiling on Tuesday when she became the first female nominee of a major party. Should she win on Election Day, her husband will step into a singular role in American history: first gentleman.

The potential new title is perhaps the strangest twist in a political career known for its second acts. After health scares and political missteps, the Comeback Kid, as he was known in his first presidential race, could come back to Washington one last time.

In 2012, he acted as a powerful validator for President Barack Obama, electrifying the room as the party’s “explainer-in-chief.”

Nearly 70, Bill Clinton is a bit frailer, a touch shakier, though aides and friends say his famous memory remains sharp. Some say his administration’s legacy has been repudiated by his own party, which shifted left during Obama’s time in office.

“God bless him, Bill even looks old now,” said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “He’s not the once and future king, he’s the once and past king.”

But no one doubts that Bill Clinton still wants to be at the center of the action. While aides have said he will not get a Cabinet post or a seat in the Situation Room should his wife win, Clinton has made clear that her closest adviser will remain involved with her administration, saying he’d likely have a role in managing the nation’s economy.

They remain a “two for one” package, as Bill Clinton famously said during his first presidential race. But on Tuesday night, he hinted, just barely, that Clinton perhaps is finally getting her part of the deal.

“I married my best friend,” he said. “And I really hoped that she choosing me and rejecting my own advice to pursue her own career was a decision she’d never regret.”



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 Jul 27, 2016 at 10:02 AM SKEPTIC Says:

i CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, AS WELL AS THOSE WATCHING AROUND THE WORLD, WOULD BELIEVE THE BUBBA MEISES WHICH SLICK WILLY WAS SPINNING. IF HE LOVED HIS WIFE SO MUCH, WHY WAS IT NECESSARY FOR HIM TO HAVE MORE WOMEN THAN JFK AND LBJ COMBINED? THE SO-CALLED MARRIAGE BETWEEN BILL AND HILLARY IS A PARASITIC RELATIONSHIP; THAT IS, THEY LIVE OFF EACH OTHER, FOR THE BENEFIT OF EACH OTHER.

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 10:26 AM bennyt Says:

I can't decide who is more repulsive to look at - Bill or Hillary?

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

When someone makes a career out of immorality, I haven't a care in the world for his spoken word. He cannot be true to his marriage, he cannot be true to his country. We now see that she is not any better, though we do not know of her having escapades parallel to his. Our nation has lost many points in intellect if they take either Bill or Hillary seriously.

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 11:55 AM TrumpForPrez Says:

Reply to #1  
SKEPTIC Says:

i CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, AS WELL AS THOSE WATCHING AROUND THE WORLD, WOULD BELIEVE THE BUBBA MEISES WHICH SLICK WILLY WAS SPINNING. IF HE LOVED HIS WIFE SO MUCH, WHY WAS IT NECESSARY FOR HIM TO HAVE MORE WOMEN THAN JFK AND LBJ COMBINED? THE SO-CALLED MARRIAGE BETWEEN BILL AND HILLARY IS A PARASITIC RELATIONSHIP; THAT IS, THEY LIVE OFF EACH OTHER, FOR THE BENEFIT OF EACH OTHER.

As you can see I am a Trump supporter and agree that Bill is full of it. However, I challenge one who loves his wife does not have more than one womennge your conventional way of thinking that one who loves his wife does not have more than one women. People have addictions the suppress reality. Clinton’s behavior was an addiction like Drugs and alcohol. It’s not about loving someone else other than his wife. It’s about satisfying an addiction. Addicts don’t think rationally

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM yonasonw Says:

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bennyt Says:

I can't decide who is more repulsive to look at - Bill or Hillary?

Like beautiful scowling Trump?

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 06:51 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

No mention of his love for Monica Lewinsky???

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 Jul 27, 2016 at 07:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Someone must believe that the entertainment value of their romance will somehow compensate for her pervasive dishonesty. Perhaps romance, although belated, can cure the attitude of irresponsibility that dominated her treatment of top secret information. Has her loving media ever challenged her that she is among the "elite" she seeks to punish with her tax raising plans?

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 Jul 28, 2016 at 02:11 PM RebelSheep Says:

It was a very beautiful speech, romantic and cute. He should write it up an publish it as a novel.

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 Jul 28, 2016 at 02:12 PM bennyt Says:

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TrumpForPrez Says:

As you can see I am a Trump supporter and agree that Bill is full of it. However, I challenge one who loves his wife does not have more than one womennge your conventional way of thinking that one who loves his wife does not have more than one women. People have addictions the suppress reality. Clinton’s behavior was an addiction like Drugs and alcohol. It’s not about loving someone else other than his wife. It’s about satisfying an addiction. Addicts don’t think rationally

Much the same as Trump's addiction to other women.

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