Hillary Clinton first appeared in the New York Times in 1969, for giving the valedictory speech at Wellesley College. She has been “famous” since at least 1991, when her husband started running for President. She has been criticized for longer, and more intensely, and for more things, than any American politician in history.
And yet, Thursday night, in front of millions of viewers and a packed Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, her task was to “re-introduce” herself to Americans.
There can’t be more than 10 people in all 50 states that have no opinion on her: She is loved, she is hated, passionately on both sides. But Thursday night, after an incredibly moving and powerful evening of speeches, Hillary Clinton gave the most important speech of her career.
And I think she (mostly) nailed it. Look, she’s not a natural public speaker, she doesn’t have the charms or charisma of her husband. But on an incredibly historic night, that meant so much to so many millions of women across the country, she did what she had to do.
She told the story of her life, with help from a fantastic video introduction, and she talked about what she’ll do as President.
She shot fish in a barrel by using Donald Trump’s numerous disqualifications against him, with a great line being “a man who can be baited with a tweet, cannot be trusted with the nuclear weapon codes.”
But maybe most importantly in the grand scheme of world history, she showed that the first woman nominee for President by a major party is wholly and completely qualified for the job. She moved millions of women just by being there on stage Thursday night, showing once and for all that women are completely equal to men.
Hillary Clinton was not my pick, and I still have some reservations about her ideas and beliefs. But this election is the starkest, clearest and most obvious choice for President of my lifetime.
For the future of our country, she is the only sane choice in November. And I’ll be proud to help her make history.
**The most powerful, most important speech of the night Thursday was not given by Hillary Clinton, or Jennifer Granholm, who was sensational, nor even William Barber, the NAACP leader from North Carolina who had me out of my seat screaming “Hell yeah!” at the TV.
It was this, from Khizr Khan, whose soldier son, Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq. In direct, simple language, he destroys Donald Trump. “Have you ever read the Constitution? If not, I can lend you my copy.” (That part starts around 4:30 mark)
So, so, SO important to hear from American Muslims, who have been so criticized and abused since 9/11, and even more so by Trump.
He is a brave, powerful man who should be heard by every American.
**Finally today, I loved this story: 6-year-old Ethan Dean of California suffers from cystic fibrosis, and he asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation if he could be a garbageman for a day.
Much as other cities have done in the past, the city of Sacramento went all out for Ethan; watch this video and again, smile and realize how much good there is in the world.
Have a great weekend.