Bill Clinton's 5 Biggest Lines

He recounts courtship in deeply personal DNC speech
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2016 10:17 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2016 11:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tuesday night marked the 10th time Bill Clinton had addressed a Democratic National Convention—but it was the first time Bill, or anybody, had made a speech as the husband of the nominee. The Wells Fargo Center seemed completely absorbed as Bill recounted the early years of his life with Hillary, including how she turned down his early proposals. He mixed personal details and praise of Hillary as a wife and "best friend" with glowing descriptions of her public service from the early '70s to the present. Five of his best lines:

  • "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl," Bill began, describing how he met Hillary at Yale Law School and eventually persuaded her to go on a walk with him. "We've been walking and talking and laughing together ever since."

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  • "Hillary opened my eyes to a whole new world of public service by private citizens," Bill said, describing her early work registering voters in Texas and dealing with children's issues in the South.
  • "She's a natural leader, a good organizer," Bill said, "and she's the best darn changemaker I've ever met in my entire life." He went on to describe Hillary as a "changemaker" several more times.
  • "Speeches like this are fun. Actually doing the work is hard," Bill said. "People say we need change. She's been around a long time. She sure has. And she's sure been worth every single minute she put in to making things better."
  • "Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it, because she spent a lifetime doing it," Bill told the crowd. "I hope you will do it. I hope you will elect her."
He concluded his remarks by saying: "Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to think more about our children and grandchildren. The reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on Earth, we have always been about tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren will bless you if you do." (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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