Tuesday marks the one-month anniversary of Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement, and she's already deep in the campaign trenches just 30 days in. From continued pressure to turn over emails on her private server to pressure from the left to oppose Obama's Pacific trade deal to pressure from the media to answer more questions, Hillary has been, well, under a lot of pressure. But even in her most hectic times, she has a constant source of comfort to rely on: her husband and rock, Bill Clinton. When everyone else looks at her as a way to fulfill their own agendas, Bill looks at Hillary for who she is, a love that's reflected in Bill Clinton's many quotes on Hillary Clinton through the decades.
From the day they met at Yale Law School in 1971, Hillary and Bill have been partners through thick and thin. She stood by him through his presidential terms, which were marred with a national extramarital affair and equally high-profile impeachment attempts. And now he's standing by her as she makes her second attempt at becoming the first female president of the United States. Through the years, they've had nothing but praise for each other.
An excerpt from Hillary's 2003 autobiography Living History reads:
No one understands me better, and no one can make me laugh the way Bill does. Even after all these years, he's still the most interesting, energizing and fully alive person I have ever met. Bill Clinton started a conversation in the spring of 1971, and more than 30 years later we're still talking.
They're still talking indeed, and this is what he's said about her.
His First Impression
Bill has been smitten ever since he first laid eyes on Hillary at Yale in 1971. In his 2004 memoir My Life, Bill describes what sounds like love at first sight:
She had thick dark blond hair and wore eyeglasses and no makeup. But she conveyed a sense of strength and self-possession I had rarely seen in anyone, man or woman. ... She was in my face from the start, and, before I knew it, in my heart.
His Prophetic Observation
Just three years after meeting, Bill already saw Hillary as an exceptional leader. A 2008 article from The Weekly Standard quoted Bill saying:
She could be president someday. She could go to any state and be elected to the Senate.
Hillary's Strong Moral Compass
I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life — ever.
"You're The Best"
In a 2007 speech during Hillary's first presidential campaign, Bill repeated something that he had once told her at Yale:
I have met all the most gifted people in our generation and you're the best.
Hillary's Humanitarian Work
When commenting on Hillary's work with the Clinton Global Initiative during an appearance on CBS This Morning, Bill said with pride:
She's been a senator of New York, with a good record, Secretary of State with a very good record. I think that her work here [at CGI] will remind people of her domestic interests and what she can do with her too-small-to-fail initiative. ... It's a natural fit for her to come to work here because when we met, a long time ago ... Hillary was already really active in non-governmental organizations. Not me, I just cared about politics. She was a walking NGO.
She Makes Him A Better Man
During the CBS This Morning appearance, Bill also credited Hillary for making him a better man. And while it might be tiring at times, they still know how to laugh together.
Now you know, Hillary is on a constant self-improvement project. You know, she's always trying to improve me, so I'm having to get used to being improved more regularly. She's just on me all the time to sort of tone up my exercise program or do this or do that.... But we ... have so much fun. We still have a lot of fun together.
Hillary For President
During her first campaign, Bill addressed the traits that make Hillary unique and summed up her qualifications as president quite emphatically, telling a crowd in New Hampshire:
I can't make her younger, taller, male, there's a lot I can't do. But if you want a president and need one, she would be by far the best.
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