With the exception of Hillary Clinton’s emotional and touching entrance when she and daughter Chelsea looked one another in the eye and both teared up, the first half of Hillary speech was bland with a monotone cadence. But before she spoke, we were privy to see a side of Hillary we had never seen before. Right after Chelsea introduced her mother and Hillary came to the stage, we witnessed mother and daughter sharing a beautiful, heartfelt, tender moment.
As Hillary took the stage and began to speak, her body language appeared stiff and mechanical.
Whenever she wanted to express a point or show emotion, instead of raising her vocal inflection, she got louder and louder. Soon it became a monotonous bore where it was difficult to distinguish major points she was trying to get across. It all sounded the same, in her staccato delivery/ So it was not always easy to follow her message.
In terms of her facial language, whenever she got louder and louder to express a point, her eyes widened. It didn’t seem to be congruous with her message. The wide-eyed look,along with the monotone loud cadence at the end of her statements, did not showcase Hillary at her best.
Ther monotone cadence and loud endings of sentences during the first half of the speech could put anyone to sleep . In fact, her speech put Bill to sleep for a little while. In all fairness, he has probably heard her rehearse the speech countless times. Nevertheless, her monotonous droll lulled him to catch a few Z’s .
But as soon as she began to discuss Donald Trump and why he shouldn’t be the next President, a completely different Hillary emerged. This Hillary was passionate, exciting, enthusiastic, and had life to her voice . She came alive and showed more emotion than ever before. Her body language and facial language now matched her words. Unlike before, they were now all in synch.
Her message suddenly became clearer. Her zings to Donald Trump were very cleaver. She said “Instead of making America great again, how about making things in America” when referring to his clothes being made in China, shirts in Mexico and furniture in Turkey. She certainly made a good point with that statement.
She then said that someone ” who loses his cool when baited with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.”
As she said this the audience roared and suddenly Hillary became more energized and more passionate. She then began to express more emotion than ever before. Her tones were now inflected and the monotone and shouting for emphasis was gone. Her entire demeanor changed. She said what everyone in the audience wanted to hear.
Perhaps her most powerful statement was personally directed to Donald and what she perceives as his bullying. She said that as a child she was bullied. Her late mother, who was very near and dear to her heart, told the young Hillary to “pick yourself up and get back in the game and stand up to bullies.”
Bill and Chelsea watched her with pride and when Hillary spoke the words” I accept your nomination for President of the United States,”Bill looked like he was choked up and ready to shed a tear.
After the speech ended with a resounding applause, Bill finally came on stage with her. There was a genuine embrace between the two that lasted quite a while by hugging standards, with Hillary even rubbing Bill’s back. Witnessing the two of them embrace at that moment, there was no doubt that whatever crises the two of them had been through with Bill’s serial womanizing, all was in the past. The way Bill held Hillary showed a genuine connection, which was reciprocated by her.
What was also impressive when Bill was on the stage with Hillary was that he did not try to share the limelight with her. Instead, he let her have her moment and allowed her to shine. He constantly stayed in the background talking to others on the stage and amusing himself with the balloons- especially the larger ones, which he kept throwing around.
Hillary also had some fun with the balloons and with acknowledging people in the audience. She was warm. happy, and playful. This was yet another side of Hillary that we never saw. It made her seem more human and likeable.