Bill Clinton took the stage at the DNC tonight to give a speech in which the first half was about how Bill met Hillary, and their marriage. Rachel Maddow was less than impressed that Bill referred to Hillary as “a girl” “my girl” trivializing her as a woman.
Via HuffPo“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl.”
And so began the 42nd president’s push to make Hillary Clinton the 45th president, with an attempt to humanize a woman that American voters don’t like or trust. While most voters likely associate Hillary Clinton with “email server” or “Whitewater” or the other controversies Republicans like to talk about, Bill Clinton spent 43 minutes ― a short speech, by his standards ― explaining the small details of their courtship, of becoming parents, of dropping their daughter off at college where Hillary busied herself with laying liner paper in Chelsea’s dorm-room dresser drawers.
“We’ve built up a lifetime of memories,” he said.
The issue wasn’t that it was a bad speech, it was how Bill characterized Hillary, and for how long he did it. Rachel Maddow responded with the following:
Via Breitbart: Maddow began by giving the end of the speech an A+, but then said, “I think the beginning of the speech was a controversial way to start, honestly, talking about the girl, a girl, leading with this long story about him being attracted to an unnamed girl and thinking about whether he was starting something he couldn’t finish, building her whole political story, for the whole first half of the speech around her marriage to him. I think, unless there were worries that this is going to be too feminist a convention, that was not a feminist way to start. But the end of the speech was really good. I’ve got to say, the top of the speech I found shocking and rude.”