“Spring of 1971 I met a girl”….nobody can spin a yarn like Bill Clinton. If anyone can humanize Mrs. Roboto, and melt the ice queen image Hillary has cultivated over the last 40 years, it’s her husband. There was not a hint of negativity in Clinton’s speech. It was classic Bill.
The Clinton who was once a two term president spent 41 minutes recounting his wife’s life story, managing to weave as many states into the tale as possible (Illinois, Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Arkansas, West Virginia). He even managed to mention Israel without drawing boos. And of course, he referenced Michelle Obama and the Kennedys, along with Newt Gingrich, the military, and veterans–drawing cheers, not a single boo.
Using Chelsea as a vehicle, Bill emphasized Hillary as a mother. In Bill’s world, she was a nurturer, a protector, a common-sense problem-solver, focusing on kids and families. It was (literally) motherhood, served without the apple pie. You want to believe Bill when he speaks, because he’s one of the most persuasive people on the planet.
Bill isn’t frightening, he doesn’t shout, and his tone is friendly, folksy, and completely bereft of stridency. When Bill makes his point (“speeches like this are fun, actually doing the work is hard”), it hits home.
“Hillary’s done a pretty fine job of being a mother.” By the end, everyone in the room was convinced that Hillary is running for Mother-In-Chief. Bill skipped over his 8 years in the White House, and went right to Hillary’s senate tenure, and time as secretary of state. He conveniently missed talking about Benghazi, but talked about climate change and women’s rights in China.
“How does this square with the things you heard at the Republican convention? One is real, the other is made up. You just have to decide which is which.” It’s a perfect question. It’s like the Man In Black versus Vezzini, to the death. The poison is in both cups.
After 48 minutes, all hints of Sanders sadness were washed away by the golden tones of the master persuader, Slick Willy, displaying all his prodigious powers. They were cheering Hillary with unrestrained gusto.
Of the three–Hillary, Donald and Bill–Bill is the youngest at 69 years old. And he’s still got it. If Bill could run for another term, he’d win. Bill is the greatest weapon Hillary has, and if he didn’t unite the Democrats, then it’s likely nobody can.