Chelsea Clinton’s DNC Speech Shows Hillary Clinton As A Mother [FULL VIDEO]
Chelsea Clinton had the honor of introducing the Democratic presidential nominee, her mother Hillary Clinton, at the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday night.
Chelsea Clinton Introduces Hillary Clinton
Chelsea, Hillary and Bill Clinton‘s only child, began her speech by sharing how proud she is of the former Secretary of State. “It is such an honor for me to be here tonight,” Chelsea said. “I’m here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother, and tonight in particular, a very, very proud daughter.”
Chelsea went on to recount a series of anecdotes from her childhood, humanizing her mother, who is often said to be someone that the public doesn’t really know or understand. The former – and possibly future First Daughter – talked about reading books like Goodnight, Moon and A Wrinkle in Time with her mother, and how she was always there for her.
“Every soccer game, every softball game, every piano recital, every dance recital, Sundays spent together at church and the local library, countless Saturdays spent finding shapes in the clouds, making up stories about what we would do if we ever met a Triceratops — in my opinion, the friendliest-looking dinosaurs, although my mom would always remind me they were still dinosaurs,” said Chelsea.
One particularly touching part of Chelsea’s speech was when she shared that Hillary used to leave her notes when she would go away for work.
“She left notes for me to open every day she was gone, all stacked neatly together in a special drawer with a date on the front of each one, so I would know which note to open on which day,” Chelsea explained. “When she went to France to learn about their childcare system, I remember one was all about the Eiffel Tower. Another was about the ideas she hoped to bring home to help the kids of Arkansas. I treasured each and every one of those notes. They were another reminder that I was always in her thoughts and in her heart.”
Chelsea also credited her parents for providing an environment that not only introduced the values that informed their politics, but for encouraging her to have her own voice.
“I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions, and to be able to back them up with facts. I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always, always knew how deeply they loved me,” Chelsea said. “That feeling of being valued and loved, that’s what my mom wants for every child. It is the calling of her life.
Chelsea, who also spoke at length about Hillary’s political accomplishments, particularly those that have positively effected women and children, concluded her speech as she began it – talking about how proud she is of the woman who raised her.
“I hope that my children will someday be as proud of me as I am of my mom. I am so grateful to be her daughter, I’m so grateful that she is Charlotte and Aidan’s grandmother. She makes me proud every single day. And, Mom, Grandma would be so, so proud of you tonight,” she said. “To everyone watching here and at home, I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president. This is the story of my mother, Hillary Clinton.”