Former President Bill Clinton headlined the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening in Philadelphia.
In his address, he offered a more personal take on his wife, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He began the speech by recounting when he first met Hillary at Yale Law School in 1971.
“In the spring of 1971 I met a girl,” he told the crowd.
“She had thick blond hair, big glasses, wore no makeup and she exuded this sense of strength and self-possession that I found magnetic,” he said.
“I was so impressed and surprised, momentarily I was speechless.”
Speaking Tuesday night for his tenth address to a Democratic convention, he took the audience on a trip down memory lane. He recounted meeting Hillary’s family for the first time, and how it took three proposals before Hillary agreed to marry him.
“I married my best friend. I was still in awe after more than four years of being around her at how smart and strong and loving and caring she was and I really hoped that her choosing me and rejecting my advice to pursue her own career was a decision she would never regret,” he said.
The two-term president also recounted when their daughter, Chelsea was born.
He went on to discuss how he saw Hillary initiate change as first lady, senator and secretary of state. Clinton said Republicans have created a “cartoon” of Hillary Clinton because they fear the “real change” she would bring to America.
“Life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard,” he said.
And he described her as “the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.”