Bill Clinton took the stage at Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening to offer a spirited endorsement of his wife — the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the history of the United States — with a very long, very personal speech.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” the former president said at the beginning, weaving through folksy stories of the early days of their courtship and their first dates at Yale Law School.
His heartfelt address painted Hillary Clinton, who has a persistent likability problem with voters, as a compassionate woman who channels her humanity into her activism and politics.
"We've been walking and talking and laughing together ever since," Clinton continued. “I married my best friend.”
His remarks, which came the same night Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, casted the former secretary of state as someone who “has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything” and “always wanted to move the ball forward.”
He also called her the “best darn change-maker” he has ever known.
He also talked about how he bought their first house and what it was like dropping their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, off at college.
Recounting his wife’s political achievements in great detail, the 42nd president described the woman he married as “insatiably curious” and “a natural leader,” effectively rehabilitating Hillary’s persona of an inauthentic and self-motivated politician.
Clinton called that depiction of his wife “a cartoon.”
“What's the difference between what I told you and what they said? How can you square it?” he asked the crowd. “You can't. One is real. The other is made up. The real one calls you when you’re sick, when your kid’s in trouble or when there’s a death in the family.”
Then, to a thundering applause, he added, "Good for you. Because earlier today, you nominated the real one!"
Clinton’s heartfelt words gave birth to hashtag #TheRealOne, which spread like fire on the social media.
Gorgeous, epic, from the heart. #TheRealOne— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 27, 2016
It's easy to hate the two-dimensional Hillary that Trump has created. But I'm with #TheRealOne. I'm with her.— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 27, 2016
Taking an aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — without mentioning his name, of course — Clinton warned voters they will not get solutions if they make the “wrong choice” for president.
"For this time, Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks we face," he said.
The internet was also quick to notice how the former president glossed over some crucial parts of his presidency and marriage.
Bill is skipping some things that happened between 1995-1998.— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 27, 2016
Watch Clinton's complete speech in the video above.