In a truly historic ceremony marked by pomp and “bringing down the house cheers,” Hillary Clinton accepted her nomination as the first female nominee for president by a major party in the United States. Introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to deafening applause, Clinton thanked her family, friends, and supporters for bringing her to this historic moment. Former President Bill Clinton applauded enthusiastically in the audience. Secretary Clinton focused on a “stronger together” approach, and reiterated the theme of the week by offering a message of hope and optimism: “We will not build a wall,” she rallied, “we will build an economy.” She slammed Donald Trump as taking America from “morning to midnight.” The crowd was ecstatic, interrupting her with cries of “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary!”
Clinton talked about healing the divide in race, guns, and immigration. She reminisced emotionally about how her mother had been abandoned, and how Dorothy Rodham had been an inspiration to her. The crowd was held rapt as Hillary praised President Obama for reviving the economy after the Great Recession of 2008, and when she promised to be a President for all people, even those who didn’t vote for her. The ecstatic crowd showed its full support of Secretary Clinton, the echoes rumbling through the roof and rafters of the building in a truly historic and memorable moment.
A Packed House
With each passing day at the convention, more attendees crowded the arena, even packing the upper tiers to show their support for Hillary. The week has been filled with tons of accolades, personal accounts of character, and a good dose of mocking Donald Trump. One of the biggest differences between the Trump and Clinton conventions was the fact that the DNC started shaky, but ended strong, gaining the unity and support they sought for the event. The increase of attendees day after day also points to those who may have been on the fence, but found themselves curious, while more Americans tuned in at home and watched online.
Lineup of Speakers
The final day of the Democratic convention was packed with attendees, the guest appearance roster was full of names, and the Hillary camp continued to drive home key issues. With speakers including General John Allen, Chad Griffin, Gene Karpinski, and Chelsea Clinton to name a few, the final day went off without a hitch. As Americans make steps towards another unprecedented decision, Susan B. Anthony continues to get her traditional respect with signs and messages including, “We thought you might like to know that for the first time in history, a woman is running for president representing a major party.” Another sign reads, “144 years ago your illegal vote got you arrested. It took another 48 years for women to finally gain the right to vote. Thank you for paving the way.”
Chelsea Clinton took the stage to introduce her mother, her friend, and her vote for the next President of the United States. Speaking to the crowd about her daughter’s love for FaceTime with grandma, she shared how, no matter what’s going in in her career or life, her mother will drop everything to spend time with her grandchildren.
“Every single memory I have of my mom, no matter what was going on in her life, she was always there for me.” Sharing intimate memories of her mother leaving notes for her while away, talking about what she learned at school and her day, first and foremost before speaking about her own day, saying, “that’s what my mom wants for every child in America.”
Hillary came down to the podium to a standing ovation of supporters eager to hear her words, show their support, and keep moving America forward. Skeptics were worried about Hillary’s speech and her ability to build that level of trust, to reinforce what she stands for, and to keep the Sanders team in place. Knowing that she had to address the elephant in the room, rebuild her brand, and win over both Democrats and Republicans unhappy with their own party direction, Clinton took the stage with poise and confidence.
Clinton went right into her speech thanking Obama for his influence and impact on her career, pointed out Tim Kaine’s favorable reputation, and took a moment to personally address and thank Bernie Sanders by saying, “Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young Americans who threw their heart and souls into your movement, and your movement is our movement.”
Turning her focus to the theme of the night, “together we are stronger,” Hillary spoke about unity, bringing the country together, and how Trump’s plan is to divide and conquer. Countering points on Trumps convention platform, she laid out her future plans for America step by step and point by point.
Wrapping up her speech, Clinton rebuked the idea of one person solving the country’s problems, instead insisting that only by unity will America succeed, saying, “We’ll fix it together.” After speaking her points, focusing on her goals, and building up the crowd’s anticipation, Clinton finally made the announcement so many were waiting for by confirming her acceptance with, “So my friends, it is with great humility that I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”
Honestly, there wasn’t much news around the Trump fire that dominated Wednesday’s convention, but instead it seemed to focus more on the progression of the speakers promoting Hillary and sticking to their message of unity. While both parties had their own challenges, including the DNC facing early opposition from Bernie Sanders’ supporters to Trump actively undermining the country, the Clinton camp did a great job keeping the audience upbeat, on point, and focused on the topics at hand, convincing the American people that Hillary Clinton is a respectable, capable, and qualified candidate for President of the United States of America.