9 things Bill said about Hillary that every wife would like to hear

I have to admit to getting a little misty-eyed watching Bill Clinton speak so proudly about Hillary at the DNC Convention last night.

There stood a man 40 years into a marriage with a woman he views as an equal, a partner, a confidant and a best friend, someone who still makes his eyes light up when he thinks about the day they met and fills him with pride when he thinks about the daughter they raised together.

That’s the way most of us would like to be seen by the partners in our lives, right?

What a gift to be both adored and adoring after four decades by each other’s sides, years spent celebrating successes and scraping through setbacks, enduring trials that, for the Clintons, included very public acts of infidelity.

In a lot of ways, the Clinton marriage has always been nontraditional. Certainly Bill has done things most wives wouldn’t tolerate. But in other ways, their union is a sign of how mutual respect and partnership can help couples weather the greatest turmoil — and how coming through the storm together can be its own reward.

With that in mind, I give you 9 things Bill Clinton said of Hillary that I wouldn’t mind hearing from my own husband some day, especially if we make it through 40 years of this thing called marriage together.

“We have been walking, and talking, and laughing together ever since. And we have done it in good times, through joy and heartbreak.”

Walking, talking, laughing — together? That nails the three fundamentals to a strong partnership in my book.

“Knowing her was one of the greatest gifts Hillary ever gave me.”

Bill actually said this about his MOTHER-IN-LAW. Imagine that. This line made me “aww” out loud.

“I married my best friend.”

This is absolutely true for my husband and me, and our friendship grows every day.

“I was still in awe after more than four years of being around her at how smart, and strong, and loving, and caring she was, and I really hoped that her choosing me and rejecting my advice to pursue her own career was a decision she would never regret.”

I found this to be a fascinating line, especially in the context of the time period. My husband and I strive to give equal weight to our careers but it isn’t always easy.

“[I]t was the greatest moment of my life. The miracle of a new beginning…I had the absolute conviction that my daughter had the best mother in the whole world.”

What mother wouldn’t like to hear her partner say that??

“We rarely disagreed on parenting “

Or this???

“My experience is, it’s a pretty good thing to follow her advice.”

I offer plenty of good advice to my husband. Seeing how he still wears undershirts with armpit stains, I’m not sure he’s taking it.
 
“She did all of this while being a full-time worker, a mother, and enjoying our life.”
 
Yes! Some recognition that these three things are not easy to accomplish at the same time.

“Look, I have lived a long, full, blessed life. It really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl in the spring of 1971.”

That pretty much summed up Bill’s speech and his perspective of their life together. His best days started when “that girl” he fell in love with so long ago came into them, and he’s still cheering her on today.

Shane Martin, take note!

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