Jane Austen and Facetime with Charlotte: Chelsea Clinton's personal tales humanize her mother at DNC

"My mother, my hero and our next president," Chelsea said to introduce her mother as the first female Dem nominee

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published July 29, 2016 2:46AM (EDT)

Poised to become the first person in American history to have both parents serve as President of the United States, Chelsea Clinton delivered her much-anticipated introductory speech of her mother Hillary on the final night of the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

"I’m here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother," the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of state said. "A very, very proud daughter."

“This November, I’m voting for a woman who is my role model as my mother and as an advocate,” Chelsea said of her mother.

Tasked with the daunting task of softening one of the most historically disliked presidential nominee's in modern U.S. history, Chelsea used personal tales to humanize her mother.

Her mother, Chelsea said, will drop everything even on the campaign trail "for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading 'Chugga- Chugga Choo-Choo' with her granddaughter."

"Everyday I spend as Charlotte and Aidan's mother, I think about my own mother – my wonderful, kind, thoughtful hilarious mother," Chelsea continued.

"My earliest memory is my mom picking me up after I’d fallen down, giving me a big hug, and reading me ‘Goodnight Moon,’” Chelsea told the crowd. “From that moment to this one, every single memory I have with my mom is that regardless of what’s happening in her life, she was always, always there for me.”

“She left notes for me to open every day when I was gone,” Chelsea told the crowd. “I treasured each and every one of those notes. They were always a reminder that I was always in her thoughts and in her heart.”

“As a kid, I was kind of obsessed with dinosaurs,” Chelsea joked, adding that on Saturdays they loved “making up stories about what we’d ever do if we met a triceratops.”

"There's something else my mother taught me: Public service is about service."

“I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions and to be able to back them up with facts,” Clinton said. “I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always, always knew how deeply they loved me. That feeling of being valued and loved, that’s what my mom wants for every child.”

“I hope that someday my children will be as proud of me as I am of my mom.” Chelsea said to end her speech.

"And Mom, Grandma would be so, so proud of you tonight."

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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