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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 08:17 AM

Excellent Analysis of Bill Clinton's Speech and What It Accomplished.

"Bill Clinton Pulls Off a Presidential First: A First Lady Speech Delivered by a Man"

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/07/clinton-is-first-man-to-give-first-lady-speech.html

This article is a must read, I think. Here are just a few excerpts:

Bill Clinton did a thing on Tuesday night that I wasn’t completely sure he was capable of: he moved deliberately, persuasively out of the spotlight and to the loyal side of his wife....

And then, at the end, the speech turned elegiac. Bill looked old on Tuesday night, and you could feel his mortality weighing on him, as it has for some years. “I have lived a long, full, blessed life,” he said, “and it really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl.” He went on, “Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care more about our children and grandchildren, and the reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on earth we have always been about tomorrow.”

This treacly crescendo was notable mostly for the familiarity of its frame: the speaker advocating for the spouse in comfortably familial terms, appealing to voters through references to children and grandchildren. But for the first time, the spouse wasn’t a wife. It was a husband, who was managing, for once in his life, a moment of self-control and of submission. Bill was reversing the order of things by doing what Hillary had done for him so many years ago: putting himself and his ambitions and achievements and career second to hers.


Many thanks to Al Giordano for recommending this article: https://twitter.com/AlGiordano

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