Hillary Clinton received a thunderous applause and a downpour of balloons on Thursday, July 28, 2016, as she accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. The first woman to be nominated for President by a major political party, this marks a major historic milestone in American history.
“And so it is with humility … determination … and boundless confidence in America’s promise … that I accept your nomination for President of the United States!” Hillary stated.
Her speech recounted memories of growing up and working hard for opportunities. There is no doubt that she and Bill Clinton were setting the stage for history during their time in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the 1970’s though they may not have thought so at the time. Hillary mentioned her start with Bill and how it paved the way for where she is today - “And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong.”
Former President Bill Clinton recounts their time together in Northwest Arkansas
On the night in which delegates at the Democratic National Convention officially nominated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the party's candidate for president of the United States, former President Bill Clinton recalled the couple's early days, including their first house where they eventually married -- now the Clinton House Museum.
By formally securing the nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in the United States to lead a major party's ticket for the White House.
As the keynote speaker Tuesday, Bill Clinton shared stories about their life together in Arkansas, first recounting their time in Fayetteville. Both Clintons taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law and Secretary Clinton founded the first legal aid clinic in Northwest Arkansas before Bill became attorney general. They then would go on to serve as the state's governor and first lady.
In the speech President Clinton said:
“[O]ne day I was driving her to the airport to fly back to Chicago when we passed this little brick house that had a for sale sign on it. And she said, boy, that’s a pretty house. It had 1,100 square feet, an attic, fan and no air conditioner in hot Arkansas, and a screened-in porch.
On Tuesday, July 12, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed the presidential campaign of former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, giving her an undisputed path to be the Democratic Party nominee in the 2016 general election.
The former rivals for the party nomination spoke together in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, just weeks before the Democratic National Convention, which is being held in Philadelphia July 25-28.
To learn more about Hillary’s early life and the beginning of her and former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s political careers, visit the Clinton House Museum.
President Clinton issued a statement Wednesday hours after the death of his friend, the poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou.
“With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend,” Clinton said. “The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace.”
Angelou read the inaugural poem when Clinton was sworn in for his first term in 1993. In his statement, Clinton described the experience as “electrifying” and said it was followed by “years of friendship.”
“I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed,” said Clinton. “Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river “and the tree and the stone were one.”
Clinton concluded by sending his “deepest sympathies” to Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, and his family.
Watch "On the Pulse of the Morning" from 1993 Inaugural
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More than 80 percent of self-described Democrats surveyed were supportive of Clinton running, with a margin of error of plus or minus six percent. 13 percent of Democrats didn't want her to run, and five percent said they didn't know enough to decide. 52 percent of Independents also said they wanted her to run.
Opinions were more divided when it came to Vice President Joe Biden, who has said there is a 50-50 chance he will run in 2016. 42 percent of Democrats wanted him to run, and 39 percent did not.
Respondents were also uncertain about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who was singled out by The New Republic in November as Hillary Clinton's biggest potential challenger. Only 22 percent of Democrats said they wanted Warren to run, and 56 percent said they didn't know enough about her to decide.
In contrast to the Democrats' unity, there was no clear favorite candidate among the Republicans surveyed. 41 percent said they'd like Jeb Bush to run, with 27 against a Bush candidacy. 39 percent were for Rand Paul running, and 21 percent were opposed.
One thing was clear: in the wake of the Fort Lee traffic scandal, more Republicans wanted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie not to run (41 percent) than wanted him to run (31 percent).
It's worth noting that the primaries are still two years away, and that polls tend to increase in accuracy as elections draw closer.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percent for the entire group surveyed, and a margin of error of plus or minus six percent for figures specifically about Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
1,644 adults were surveyed by phone between Feb. 19-23. Of those surveyed, 519 described themselves as Republicans, 515 as Democrats, and 610 as independents. The poll included both land lines and cell phones.
Yet a few weeks ago on her first foreign foray since stepping down as Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton finally opened up. She arrived in Scotland to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at St Andrews University, recognising her achievements as a politician and diplomat.
Clinton conceded during a paid speech to the Long Island Association business group that a run has been “on my mind.”“I want to think seriously about it; I probably won't begin thinking about it until sometime next year," Clinton said of a presidential run. "I will think about it because it’s something on a lot of people's minds. And it's on my mind as well. But I want us to think more broadly."
Clinton is widely discussed as a potential Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election. But she said in her remarks that the attention being paid to the next set of possible candidates is “bad for the country.”“Govern now. People have been elected to do a job now. And hold them accountable,” she said.
Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to the White House — just for a day — and Oprah is coming, too. Clinton and Oprah Winfrey will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will venerate later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. They’ll join other prominent people to be honored this year, including musicians, scientists, activists — even an astronaut.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy created the modern version of the medal — the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians — with the stroke of a pen to an executive order. In the five decades since, more than 500 people have been recognized for contributions to society of all stripes.