Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave the least impressive speech of those delivered by the Democratic headliners at this week’s Democratic National Convention. As Clinton herself said from the podium, “Through all these years of public service, the ‘service’ part has always come easier than the ‘public’ part.” She’s a lifelong, dedicated, reliable public servant; she just isn’t the audience-connecting public speaker that President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, her running mate Senator Tim Kaine, or First Lady Michelle Obama is. Even Khizr Khan, Muslim immigrant father of an Army Captain who gave his life for the United States of America in Iraq, though speaking more haltingly, gave a more stirring and memorable speech simply by asking Donald Trump, “Have you even read the United States Constitution?” and pulling a copy from his pocket to offer to the GOP nominee to review liberty and equal protection.
But Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to beat the Obamas or Joe Biden in November. She just needs to sound like the sane, competent, serious leader that America and the free world need. Clinton checks those boxes, while the alternative goes on this bully rant:
Donald Trump, after hearing speeches at the Democratic convention this week, said Thursday he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.”
“They’d never recover,” he said.
Trump often uses the term “hit” to mean verbally attack, rather than physical contact.
The Republican nominee zoomed in on one speaker especially, though he didn’t mention his name.
“I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy,” Trump said to laughs at a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. “I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened” [Ashley Killough, “Trump Says He Would Like to ‘Hit’ DNC Speakers Who Disparaged Him,” CNN.com, 2016.07.28].
Even explainified by CNN’s reproter, Trump proves the brittleness that Clinton said renders him unfit for the Presidency:
Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.
I can’t put it any better than Jackie Kennedy did after the Cuban Missile Crisis. She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started – not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men – the ones moved by fear and pride.
America’s strength doesn’t come from lashing out. Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power. That’s the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be [Hillary Clinton, speech to Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.07.28].
Hillary Clinton won’t set me on fire with a speech. She will make a decent President for our country, a noble representative to the world, and an admirable role model for our children. None of those three statements can be applied honestly to her competitor.