Bill Clinton Shines as Presidential Gender-bender at Democratic Convention

Chemi Shalev, Haaretz – July 27, 2016

Role reversals and gender stereotypes also featured prominently in Bill Clinton’s keynote address, which somehow managed not be overshadowed by Michelle Obama’s rhetorical masterpiece the night before. Clinton successfully fulfilled the traditional role of candidates’ wives who extol their husband’s virtues before the convention. And he defied skeptics who had expected him to focus mainly on himself or who were doubtful whether he could match his memorable speech at the 2012 convention in which his “explainer in chief” persona made Barack Obama’s economic policies and Affordable Care Act accessible to all, thus reversing the negative vibes that had been plaguing him at that point. In both cases, Clinton outdid expectations.

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