'The best darn change-maker I've ever met': Watch Bill Clinton's speech supporting Hillary's presidential nomination


Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for president.

Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, made the case to the Democratic National Convention that the former first lady and secretary of state is the person to do the job.

"In the spring of 1971, I met a girl," he began in his 10th address to a Democratic convention that was by far his most personal.

"She's the best darn change-maker I've ever met in my entire life," he said.

"This woman has never been satisfied with the status quo on anything.

"She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is."

Perhaps their worst moments - the Monica Lewinsky scandal, impeachment and legal battles that followed - were conspicuously omitted.

Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Bill and Hillary Clinton (Julio Cortez/AP)

Instead, Bill Clinton cast himself as a passenger in his wife's life, reshaping the story of much of their decades in politics.

He never once mentioned Republican nominee Donald Trump by name. Rather, Bill Clinton focused nearly exclusively on his wife's achievements and how she had influenced him.

"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," he said.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
Hillary Clinton with her running mate Tim Kaine (Andrew Harnik/AP)

But it was not only Clinton who broke a glass ceiling on Tuesday night when she became the first woman nominee of a major party.

Should she win on election day, her husband will step into a singular role in American history: first gentleman.

"I married my best friend," he said. "And I really hoped that she choosing me and rejecting my own advice to pursue her own career was a decision she'd never regret."