Thursday evening simply wouldn't have been the same without Hillary Clinton's glorious Hamilton quote at the DNC, which perfectly summed up such an important message: change doesn't happen instantaneously. Instead, it requires immense patience and dedication. And even then, you may not see the results in full swing. The reference to the wildly popular musical couldn't have come at a better moment. To the audience's pleasant surprise, Clinton is apparently a Hamilton fan too. During her speech, she said:
Though "we may not live to see the glory" as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, "let us gladly join the fight." Let our legacy be about "planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
Taking into account the bigger picture — that we are all humans on this planet — she found immense truth in that quote. Sure, the legislative process can be slow during periods of Congressional gridlock. And yes, gaining the widespread support and funding necessary to carry out a successful campaign takes a few tries. But it goes much further than that. As Clinton suggested, we are ultimately here to make the world a better place in all senses of the phrase.
That's why we're here... not just in this hall, but on this Earth. The Founders showed us that. And so have many others since. They were drawn together by love of country, and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow.
Hillary Clinton didn't just reference Hamilton — she's actually been featured in the musical, as part of a fundraiser. And according to Clinton's official campaign website, admission to the event wasn't cheap. You could watch her on stage from a "general seat" for $2,700. A primetime seat close to the stage costed anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. Proceeds went to Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. While she gave the musical some publicity — which it probably didn't need because it's already a huge hit — Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda gave Clinton an endorsement. At the event, he asked the crowd, "Are you going to vote for the guy who wants to build a wall, or for someone who's building bridges?"
The presidential nominee's Hamilton reference could have also increased her status among millennials, many of whom still support Bernie Sanders. And if not millennials, Clinton definitely won the hearts of the Broadway community.