We believe Chelsea.
She’s been able to remain innocent and viewed as the pre- teen, and only child to her parents that she was when she first moved in the white house in 1993. Now as a wife with two small children, America still has a soft spot for Chelsea Clinton.
We all know that currently Chelsea is not a politician, it was a smart move to avoid a speech based on policy and promises that would have been of no effect. The campaign chose to go with a speech from the heart and it was a success. I was a ball of emotion as I listened and it completely took me by surprise. I am amazed at what honesty and meekness can say that bravado will never be able to. There’s nothing like a daughter talking about her mama, and letting you in on the stuff you don’t get to see. Daughters truly know what their mothers go through. They see the very high highs and the very low lows.
While daughters adore their dad from the moment we know they will spoil us rotten, it’s not tell we are actually older that we begin to have respect and pride for our mom. We begin to empathize with how it feels to not be paid fairly, but have to work the same job just as hard if not harder. We know how it feels to be resented for our brains. We know how it feels to want to raise a family, while also wanting to build something of our own in the world. And, we know how it feels to dare go after dreams that are typically reserved for men.
As much as America loves business, money, and fame, we secretly know life isn’t about those things, and they have their place. We know that keeping a family together through betrayal and financial hardship trumps all. Chelsea’s speech showed us her mom’s priorities, her vulnerabilities, and how she handled her failures.
Chelsea’s speech didn’t need to have policy, or put rivals in their place, her mother was going to do that. Her speech just had to be honest, because let’s face it, there is no competition when anyone has something great to say about their mom.
Years ago, as I watched the Clintons exit the White House as the Bushes entered in, I never would have thought Hilary would be back. But, she fought her way back in. She became a Senator, lost her first presidential election, and then became Secretary of State.
Hilary waited her turn, and now we will have a woman in the White House as President.
Rachel Bryant Lundy