Analysis: Clinton’s Acceptance Speech carries weight of history


July 29, 2016

Analysis: Clinton’s  Acceptance Speech carries weight of history

by Heidi M. Przybyla

Philadelphia

In becoming the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party, Hillary Clinton’s task Thursday night was not just to claim the Democratic nomination but to serve as a vessel for American women during a monumental moment in their history.

She and a parade of speakers before her did it by keeping the emphasis on its significance for future generations. “I’m so happy this day has come,” she said. “When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone,” said Clinton.

Her address came on the heels of a rousing speech by President Obama Wednesday night, and the challenges were clear. They boiled down to how effectively she could make a closing argument to American voters after four days devoted to combating questions about her trustworthiness.

In addition to stressing the need for “steady leadership,” Clinton shared more about her personal history. “Some people just don’t know what to make of me,” she said, before explaining how she grew up, describing her grandfather who worked in a Scranton lace mill and her mother, Dorothy, who was abandoned by her parents and ended up working as a house maid at age 14.

She also stressed the importance of her Methodist faith, as well as her early work going door-to-door on behalf of children with disabilities in Massachusetts. “No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up,” she said.

She and a parade of speakers before her did it by keeping the emphasis on its significance for future generations. “I’m so happy this day has come,” she said. “When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone,” said Clinton.

Her address came on the heels of a rousing speech by President Obama Wednesday night, and the challenges were clear. They boiled down to how effectively she could make a closing argument to American voters after four days devoted to combating questions about her trustworthiness.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, in Philadelphia, Penn.

She also stressed the importance of her Methodist faith, as well as her early work going door-to-door on behalf of children with disabilities in Massachusetts. “No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up,” she said.

From India’s Indira Gandhi to Maggie Thatcher to Germany’s Angela Merkel, many other nations have elevated women to their highest office. Yet the United States has been slow to do the same, with Clinton’s nomination coming 100 years after Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is among those who blazed the trail for Clinton as the first female House speaker, called the moment “transformational” because of the nation’s status as the world’s leading superpower. While “we are admiring” of other global female leaders, “there’s nothing to compare it with,” said Pelosi, a California congresswoman, of the moment when Clinton accepted the nomination.

The program Thursday night also aimed to paint a portrait of a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother.

Chelsea Clinton gave a highly personal account of Clinton as a mother, saying “every single memory I have of my mom is that, regardless of what was happening in her life, she was always, always there for me.”

Hillary Clinton sought to demonstrate that her passion for issues — like helping children and people with disabilities — can be traced from her earliest days of adulthood to her current bid for the presidency. “It’s a culmination of her work over a lifetime,” said campaign manager Robby Mook.

Clinton also cast herself as a unifying figure while drawing a contrast with Donald Trump on temperament and even suggesting he’s a danger to national security. “Don’t believe anyone who says ‘I alone can fix it,’” she said.

“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” said Clinton, citing former President John Kennedy’s concerns that “a war might be started – not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men – the ones moved by fear and pride.”

Given her historically low levels of support from white men, the former secretary of State is counting on a huge gender advantage with women, including with younger females and some moderate Republicans.

Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016.

© Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016.

And as potentially the nation’s first female president, she also hopes to do more than just eke out a narrow win in November.

“You can look at how the Republicans have treated President Obama in a very disrespectful way. That’s why it’s very important to have a strong victory, so that the first woman president will have a Congress that cooperates, not obstructs,” Pelosi said in an interview ahead of the speech.The speech, while unmistakably historic, was also political and aimed at defining the terms on which Clinton hopes the general election is decided.It focused on her commitment to being an effective commander in chief; her plan to defeat the Islamic State terror group; how to repair the nation’s social fabric by bringing people together; and how to get the economy going for middle and lower wage earners.

“Some of you are frustrated — even furious. And you know what, you’re right,” she said, acknowledging the economy isn’t working the way it should.

She relished in taking swipes at Trump in a campaign that has already been highly combative. “He spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd,” said Clinton, referring to the GOP nominee’s acceptance speech last week in Cleveland. “He had zero solutions.”

Should she become the country’s first female leader, Clinton’s success — or failure — will send a broader message to society and to women who want to follow in her footsteps, said Pelosi.

That’s why it’s critical for her to pull in as many allies as possible, she said, and Thursday night’s speech was a critical part of that effort.

“Public sentiment is everything,” said Pelosi. “God bless her for having the courage to run, to take the heat. The night will be remembered as the unprecedented moment when Clinton shattered what she’s called the “highest, hardest glass ceiling.”

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” Clinton said Thursday night.

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11 thoughts on “Analysis: Clinton’s Acceptance Speech carries weight of history

  1. Hillary said a lot, and promised a lot as well, but can she be relied upon to carry them out. Once in office she will face a lot of obstacles in Congress. But at American voters can take comfort that she articulated the issues clearly. She delivered a better speech than that by her Republican rival. The ensuing debates between Clinton and Trump will be separate the two.–Din Merican

  2. Calculated Hillary mano- a- mano with the misogynist Trump. It’s going to be colourful. Cannot wait for the debates. TV will.make more money than from the Olympics

  3. After President Obama occupied the white House the Republican Party became an Anti Obama Party. After Trump became the Pesidential Candidate it has become the Never Trump party. Now the Democrats have also fallen into the Never Trupm movement. Oh waht a web……..

  4. Mr “rightways” (pro-China person) :

    If Trump becomes President of the USA, he will get into more
    serious confrontations with China over the South China
    Sea and over trade deficits with China too. We can be sure about this.

  5. Wrong ways, you don’t ‘fancy’ Hillary a two term Senator, a former Secretary of State (Secretary of State is a member of the Cabinet) and a former First Lady.
    Now you also don’t ‘fancy’ Trump. Why you don’t fancy the nominated presidential candidate from both Republican and Democrat? so who do you ‘fancy” Boy George maybe?
    Please give reasons why you don’t fancy either of the candidates so that it will help me decide on who to vote this November to be the POTUS.

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