Philadelphia, PA — Everyone buckle up for the election season, because if Hillary Clinton's first historical speech as the democratic nominee at the Democratic National Convention was any indication, she's R.E.A.D.Y. — and you, me, and Donald Trump should be, too.
Taking the stage to cheers of 50,000+ people waving America flags inside of the Wells Fargo Center — after a stellar introduction from her daughter Chelsea and she greeted every single section of the arena with a wave and hand to her heart while "Fight Song" played — Clinton delivered a passionate address that men, women, and little girls watching everywhere, will never forget.
First, she thanked Joe Biden, Barack and Michelle Obama, her husband Bill, her daughter, Chelsea, and everyone who helped her get to this moment — but silence overtook the arena when she thanked Bernie Sanders.
She commended the hard work of her former primary opponent, who had a big hand in shaping the current democratic platform.
"Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly," she said. "The young people who threw their hearts and souls into the primary. You put economic and social justice issues to the front and center where they belong."
Because of Sanders, democrats have adopted the "Fight for $15" campaign as part of their platform, which will fight to get fast food employees adequate minimum wage.
Earlier this month, they also announced an updated college tuition plan that promises free tuition for families making under $125,000 a year — an update from her previous "The New College" plan that focused on refinancing loans and graduating with lower debt.
Clinton then pivoted, stressing the importance of working together, a complete 180 from the fear-mongering that overtook Donald Trump's Republican National Convention speech.
While Trump spoke about our unsafe country, overrun by killer undocumented immigrants, and radical Muslims, Clinton used her speech to explain why Trump is flat out wrong.
"This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, and weakness," Trump said during his speech in Cleveland, OH. "The problems we face now — poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad — will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them."
"He wants us to fear the future and fear each other," she said. "Well you know a great Democratic president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with a perfect rebuke to Trump: 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,'" she said.
Humanizing herself and calling out Trump's hypocrisy is by far her smartest and most strategic move.
"I get it, some people don't know what to make of me," she said. "The family where I'm from, where no one had their name on big buildings."
She spoke of her father who worked in the steel mills in Pennsylvania and her mother who was abandoned at 14. And she shared her mother's Methodist inspired motto, which she said is at the core of everything she does: "Do all the good you can for all the people you can for as long as ever you can."
For Clinton that includes stopping Trump, who mocked the Democratic email hack that led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz by encouraging Russia to hack into her personal emails. He's currently leading Clinton among the preliminary polls 44% to 39%, a bump he earned his RNC speech.
But Clinton doesn't seem too concerned. She isn't taking her eyes off the prize, and will do whatever it takes to make sure American voters don't allow Trump to win the presidency.
"Here's what Donald doesn't get: America is great, because America is good," she said. "The choice is clear my friends. If we do this, America will be greater than ever."
There will a whole lot of shattered ceilings too.