New Delhi: The balloons were down, fireworks went off and history was made on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia. The headliner for the day was the presidential nominee herself, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
THEME: STRONGER TOGETHER
SPEAKERS: CHELSEA CLINTON, HILLARY CLINTON, KATY PERRY, RETD GEN JOHN ALLEN
For the fourth and final night, the 2016 Democratic National Convention saw speakers trumpeting a message of unity and singing the praise of the party’s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday night (July 28).
Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination of a major party for post of the President of the United States, the first time for a woman in American history.
The #ImWithHer supporters were treated to a mini-Katy Perry set. Clad in a shimmery silver dress, the singer urged Philly to participate in this year’s election to vote for Hillary. She said, “I’m asking you to have an open mind and to use your voice… Here’s how I’m going to use my voice—I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton.”
Retired General John Allen delivered a rousing speech questioning whether Donald Trump had the temperament and ability to be the Commander-in-Chief. He added that the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be ”exactly the kind of commander-in-chief America needs.” The retired Marine General said that the country would oppose tyranny and defeat evil under Hillary Clinton.
The preamble to Clinton’s speech came with an aw-inducing emotional speech from the candidate’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who reminded everyone that her mother, Hillary Clinton is a fighter who never gives up. She said that Hillary “never ever forgets whom she’s fighting for”. She added, “I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president.”
In her introductory video, which was narrated by Morgan Freeman and had appearances from President Barack Obama, 9/11 survivors and her family, Clinton reiterated that there is more than enough of the American dream to go around. “If we are committed to growing it, nurturing it, passing it on to our children and grandchildren; I can’t think of anything more thrilling than being part of that,” Clinton said. She further added that she’d fight for every citizen- everyday because “that is what you do as the President”.
The Secretary of State mounted the stage to the sounds of Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ and gave America a speech worth their while, all along firing shots at Trump. She said, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man that we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Clinton further added, “Don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak – we’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes – we do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I alone can fix it.'”
Clinton gave an impassioned plea to the people to work together, be better together and be stronger together. She said, “I hope to unify our country, I hope to bring people together, I hope to break down every barrier that prevents Americans from joining hands and making your country all that it should be.”
Clinton said her campaign tagline #StrongerTogether was a guiding principle for a country where love trumps hate, which sent the crowd erupting into cheers. She then accepted the Democratic nomination for the post of the President of United States and recognized the historical moment-in-the-making as the first female candidate. “Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone,” she said. “After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
The 100-day sprint to Election Day has now officially started.