More than 24 million people watched Bill Clinton address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday night.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, an estimated 24.3 million people watched the former president speak on behalf of his wife. Those numbers are down from the 28 million who watched Michelle Obama speak Monday night.
The numbers are almost a match to the same night of the convention in 2012, which pulled 25.1 million viewers.
Clinton filled his speech with a slew of personal anecdotes about his wife. (RELATED: More Viewers Tuned In For The First Night Of The DNC Than The RNC)
“The first time I saw her we were, appropriately enough, in a class on political and civil rights,” he told the crowd in the Wells Fargo Center. “She had thick blond hair, big glasses, wore no makeup, and she had a sense of strength and self- possession that I found magnetic.”
“After the class I followed her out, intending to introduce myself. I got close enough to touch her back, but I couldn’t do it. Somehow I knew this would not be just another tap on the shoulder, that I might be starting something I couldn’t stop.”
“And I saw her several more times in the next few days, but I still didn’t speak to her. Then one night I was in the law library talking to a classmate who wanted me to join the Yale Law Journal. He said it would guarantee me a job in a big firm or a clerkship with a federal judge. I really wasn’t interested, I just wanted to go home to Arkansas.”
“Then I saw the girl again, standing at the opposite end of that long room. Finally she was staring back at me, so I watched her. She closed her book, put it down and started walking toward me. She walked the whole length of the library, came up to me and said, look, if you’re going to keep staring at me…”
“And now I’m staring back, we at least ought to know each other’s name. I’m Hillary Rodham, who are you?”
“Well, she is insatiable curious, a natural leader, good organizer, and the best darn change maker i have ever met in my entire life,” he added.
“You could drop her in any trouble spot – pick one – come back in a month, and somehow, someway, she will have made it better,” he continued. “That is just who she is. there are clear, achievable, affordable responses to our challenges. but we will not get to them if america makes the wrong choice in this election.”