Can You Match These Presidential Candidate Spouses to Their Convention Speeches?
If you're running for president, what's in a spouse?
At the Republican National Convention, first Lady hopeful Melania Trump gave a speech that she got both praised and blasted for, because of allegations that part of it was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
Meanwhile, at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton delivered the first-ever potential first gentleman (FGOTUS?) speech at a major party presidential convention.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 27, 2016
It's a little awwwwwwk, but essentially this is the speech every other prospective first spouse gives.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 27, 2016
These speeches continue a long-standing tradition of presidential candidate spouses raising their voices in support of their partners’ campaigns. These spouses’ performances both behind the scenes and on stage can actually make a serious impact on voters, and they have delivered some impressive sentiments throughout the years.
Can you match these candidate spouses to the quotes from their convention speeches?
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“We cannot tell from day to day what may come. This is no ordinary time. No time for weighing anything except what we can do best for the country as a whole, and that responsibility rests on each and every one of us as individuals.”
“We have learned that to raise a happy, healthy, and hopeful child, it takes a family. It takes teachers. It takes clergy. It takes business people. It takes community leaders. It takes those who protect our health and safety. It takes all of us. Yes, it takes a village. And it takes a president.”
“To quote the hymn that inspired his book, he believes we all have ‘a charge to keep,’ — a responsibility to use our different gifts to serve a cause greater than self.”
“Y a todos los Hispanos, y los Latinos; a tous les Franco Americains, a tutti Italiani; a toda a familia Portugesa e Brazileria; and to all the continental Africans living in this country, and to all the new Americans in our country: I invite you to join in our conversation, and together with us work towards the noblest purpose of all: a free, good and democratic society.”
“So this is quite unusual for me, but I do want to thank all of you for your friendship and your loyal support. ... I shall remember it always.”
“I've seen how the issues that come across a President's desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer ... the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error. And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.”
“This gives me the chance to say something to you that I’ve wanted to say for a long time. ... I know that you’re not aware of it, but I drew on your strength many times, particularly the first year in the White House.”
“I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.”
“I'd really like to talk for a moment to parents who have sacrificed for their children. You may be exhausted from working a job or two jobs and taking care of your children or you may have put your career on hold. Either way, you may wonder as I did every now and then, am I really doing the right thing? Yes, you are.”
"As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love and compassion for each other that will bring us together – and keep us together."
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.