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From Bill Clinton to Michelle Obama, the 5 best endorsements for Hillary Clinton at the DNC

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 July 2016, 15:08 IST

On 27 July, Hillary Clinton went on to script history, clinching the Democratic White House nomination and becoming the first woman to lead a major party in the US Presidential race. "I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet," she said in a live-stream from New York, amidst loud, emotional cheers from supporters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

It has only been two days at the Democratic National convention, and some remarkable things have been said about Hillary Clinton and her vision for America, by some equally remarkable individuals who have graced the Convention stage.

Here's looking at some of the most powerful, evocative speeches from the Democratic National Convention of the year:

1. Michelle Obama

"When they go low, we go high," were the First Lady's words, as she urged the Democrat supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton, and ditch the narrative of hate the Trump camp has essentially been propagating.

In her inimitable fashion, Michelle Obama brought forth her maternal instinct and talked about how the elections are essentially about determining who will have the power to determine the course of life for the future generations. "In this election, there is only one person I trust with that responsibility - and that person is our friend Hillary Clinton," she said.

Grace personified, Obama took not-so-subtle jibes at the politics of Donald Trump, without ever taking his name. With reference to Trump's campaign slogan 'Make America great again', she said, "Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth."

2. Mothers of the Movement

Day 2 at the Democratic National Convention saw the 'Mothers of the Movement' take the convention stage, and drive home a very important and relevant message about the importance of recognising the systemic violence that black people are meted out in America on a daily basis.

Mothers of young black people who have lost their lives to outright racial attacks came together and pledged their allegiance to Hillary Clinton, and declared that they believe that she is "a leader and a mother who will say our children's names".

"This isn't about being politically correct -it's about saving our children," they said, in what was easily one of the most heart-wrenching and evocative speeches at the Convention this year.

3. Meryl Streep

The ever-so-graceful Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep took the convention stage with full fervour, and highlighted the fact that Clinton's nomination as Presidential candidate is a major leap for the feminist movement across the world.

She evoked the greats, talked about the fights that some of the most feisty women in the history of America have put in to bring forth change. "What does it take to be the first female anything?", she asked.

The qualities of grit and grace, she said, are what drove these women "to forge new paths so that others can follow them, men and women, generations on generations - that's Hillary", she said,"that's America".

4. Lena Dunham and America Ferrera

TV favourites and activists America Ferrera and Lena Dunham's impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton at Day 2 of the Democratic convention was a no-holds barred take down of Donald Trump's politics.

The duo introduced themselves as "a proud child of Honduran immigrants" and "a pro-choice, feminist, sexual assault survivor, with a chronic reproductive illness" respectively, highlighting the problematic aspects of Donald Trump's political agenda.

"Donald Trump and his party think I should be punished for exercising my constitutional rights. His rhetoric about women takes us back to a time when we were meant to be beautiful and silent," said Lena Dunham.

"He's not making America great again. Donald's making America hate again," piped in Ferrera.

5. Bill Clinton

Former American President, and husband of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton stole the show as key-note speaker on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia.

In his speech that was partly biographical and partly reminiscent of a rom-com narrative, Clinton spoke of the woman he fell in love with. "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl," he began, going on to list the incredible achievements of his wife, and her lifelong struggle towards ensuring justice.

His testimonial for Clinton was a personal, moving account of the inspiration that the former First Lady has been in his life, and of his faith in the positive impact she would have on the American political scene as the very first female President in the history of the nation.

First published: 27 July 2016, 15:08 IST
 
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