There is no one who is a better speaker than Bill Clinton in my estimation. He can speak to an audience of millions, as he did at the Democratic, and make everyone listening feel as though he is speaking directly to them and have a personal conversation with them.
He does it through inflection, using the right tone, the right volume, emphasizing key words, and using a mellifluous vocal flow. His body language matches what he says as does his facial expressions. During this speech the typical Bill “vocal fry” or creaky sounding voice that we have come to know since Bill’s Presidency and which Bill impersonators have often mocked was gone.
The content of his speech was fascinating. It was a historical march down memory lane in terms of his wife and best friend’s accomplishments. No matter what side of the isle you are on, all of Hillary’s accomplishments at such an early age seemed incredibly impressive.
At the beginning of the speech, Bill specifically spoke about the ups and downs of their relationship. You could see that there was a pained expression in his face as he briefly mentioned it. We all knew what he was talking about in terms of the downs of their relationship- Bill’s unfaithfulness and his getting involved in scandal after scandal with mistresses, lovers, and random women who accused him of rape, abuse, unwanted advances, and disrespect.
While Bill’s down home approach made him seem like an open book with nothing to hide, there is no doubt that everything he said was planned and measured. But despite all the planning and measuring, he revealed several things about their relationship that he may not have realized.
For one, he revealed that Hillary had pretty good instincts early on in her life when she was dating Bill. He asked her to marry him twice and two times, she said “no.” There is no doubt, she clearly knew he was trouble, even back when they were students and when they were young. Perhaps she saw his flirty behavior and his eye for the women early on and wanted no part of it. That is no doubt why she didn’t accept his marriage proposal on two separate occasions. Her instincts were right on as he has continued to be a trouble source for her as far as the women are concerned, throughout their marriage.
Bill thought he would try a third time. This time he manipulated her to marry him by purchasing the cute house she said she liked, which she noticed on one of her earlier visits to Arkansas. After that big gesture, Hillary relented and finally agreed to marry him.
Bill also revealed something about Hillary was made many cringe, as he described her thick glasses in not a very flattering way, as reflected in his vocal tone, facial micro-expression and body language. He reflected that he wasn’t that attracted to her initially. Bill was the kind of person who took charge and made the first moves when it came to the ladies. This was also the accepted behavior back in the day in the late 60’s and 70’s, where the man usually made the first move, especially a man from the South. While there was the hippie movement of free love and the time where women started to come into their own, it still wasn’t the norm for women to make the first move. So, when Bill relayed that Hillary marched over to him from across the room and introduced herself to him, her forwardness no doubt stunned and impressed him.
Bill respected this strong woman who wasn’t afraid to approach him, who wreaked in self- confidence. He wanted to get to know her and continued to be impressed with her, not just as a conquest or love interest, but instead as a friend- as a best friend.
That friendship grew and grew to the point they met one another’s families. Bill fell in love with Hillary’s family, especially her mother, who’s upbringing was far worse than his. Hillary and her family represented stability, something he never had in his life.
As Bill spoke of all of Hillary’s enormous achievements, there was a genuine sense of pride which shone through his body language, facial expression and voice. When he said he ”married” his best friend, it made me think. Perhaps she was his “best friend,” but was he her “best friend?” A “best friend” doesn’t cheat, lie, and womanize, unless perhaps they are really only “friends.” But the fact that he used the term “ married” to his “best friend” seems to change the equation. “Married” “best friends” are not supposed to cheat and womanize. On the other hand, their relationship is their intimate business. If Hillary, as a married woman, put up with Bill’s Toxic behavior her entire life, it was her choice and truly no one else’s business. Obviously the dynamic must have worked for her or she would not have put up with it.
After hearing Bill speak about Hillary, one cannot deny that he respects her accomplishments, and her abilities. Several times he said that she has been successful throughout her life in “making change happen.” But sadly, she was not able to make that change happen in her personal life with regards to Bill’s behavior.