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Friday Femorandum: History, Made

Like you, we’ve been absolutely immersed in all the Democratic National Convention coverage this week, and we were really struck by how positive the convention was compared to the weeklong parade of doom, gloom, and D-list celebrities the Republicans rolled out the previous week. So in the spirit of Michelle Obama’s speech, we’re going to go high this week by giving you some of the highlights of this historic convention, featuring the first female nominee in US history and the woman who will save the world from Donald Trump.

That time when a Muslim American father whose son died in combat offered Donald Trump his copy of the US Constitution:

That time when NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue told her abortion story, another historic first for a US political party convention and a symbol of the emphasis Clinton has placed on the right to choose during this election:

That time when former US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head in a 2011 massacre that killed five and was permanently disabled, walked out on the DNC stage without assistance and said, “Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: ‘Madame President.’”

That time that former President Bill Clinton spoke with humility and pride about his wife Hillary, setting his own ego aside and telling the nation about “the real Hillary,” not Hillary the “cartoon.” “You could drop her into any trouble spot, pick one, come back in a month and somehow, some way she will have made it better. That is just who she is,” Clinton said.

That time when Michelle Obama delivered the speech of a lifetime. True story: The day after Obama’s speech, we overheard an elderly African American woman in a wheelchair tell the five-year-old who was with her, “When they go low, we go high.” And then Michelle said this:

“That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” she said.

“And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

 And there was a tissue shortage throughout the nation.

And finally… That time when the first woman ever nominated by a major party took the stage and accepted that nomination, breaking through one of the tallest, toughest glass ceilings in the nation and declaring, “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

We were fortunate to watch history being made in a roomful of joyful, rowdy women (and men) of all ages and backgrounds, and the cheers when Hillary walked onstage were absolutely deafening. Whether you supported her in the primary or not, the choice between these two candidates could not be more clear. And as Hillary said in her acceptance speech, we are stronger together.


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