Bill Clinton was introduced by a video clip showing highlights from his life, both as president and since then. Clinton then took the stage and gave the crowd a moment to settle.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” Clinton opened. He then described meeting Hillary Clinton and spent the next 15 minutes of his speech describing their history in detail up to the point Hillary agreed to marry him (which Bill said was the third time he had asked). Clinton’s recitation of history continued at this relatively slow pace, with a focus on Hillary’s role in his own political success and her role as a mother.
The final ten to twelve minutes of the speech was devoted to Hillary’s own career in politics, first as a Senator and later as Secretary of State. After describing the highlights of her resume, Clinton asked, “How does this square with the things that you heard at the Republican convention? What’s the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it?” He concluded, “You can’t. One is real and the other is made up. You just have to decided which is which, my fellow Americans.”
Clinton went on to say that the Republicans’ only option was “to create a cartoon, a cartoon alternative.” He closed this section of the speech saying, “Good for you because earlier today you nominated the real one.” This brought a huge round of applause from the crowd. Throughout the speech Bill repeated referred to Hillary as a “change-maker,” framing it as her defining character trait.
Clinton ended his speech saying, “Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care 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 forever if you do.”