Bill Clinton’s speech during the second day of the
Democratic National Convention was history in the
Tonight’s address marked the tenth time—in
consecutive years no less—that Clinton has spoken
at a convention.
And while all eyes were on the former president
during tonight’s festivities at the Wells Fargo
Center in Philadelphia, the attention was on the
Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton .
The former president began his almost hour-long
speech by recalling the very first time he saw his
fellow classmate at Yale Law School.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl…The first time I
saw her we were, appropriately enough, in a class
on political and civil rights. She exuded this sense
He explained how he was too nervous to introduce
himself properly at first, but that it was Hillary who
approached him at a later date in the university’s
According to Bill, Hillary told him that day, “Look, if
you’re going to keep staring at me, and I’m staring
back, we at least outta know each other’s names.”
“I was so impressed and surprised that would you
believe it or not, momentarily I was speechless,”
he shared as the crowd cheered on.
Bill went on to tell the story of how he proposed to
Hillary not once, but two more times before she
would finally accept.
“The third time was the charm. I married my best
friend. I was still in awe after more than four years
of being around her of how strong and smart and
loving and caring she was,” the former president
told the excited audience before concluding on a
final message to voters in the upcoming election.
“Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the
opportunity. She is still the best darn change
maker I have ever known.”
Moments later, after Meryl Streep’s remarks and
Alicia Keys ‘ performance, Hillary appeared via
satellite from New York and addressed the crowd.
“We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling
yet,” she proclaimed. “If there are any little girls
out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just
say that I may become the first woman president,
but one of you is next.”