Do you recognise this couple?


Sometimes, it’s hard to remember your parents were once young. Same when it comes to public figures. Which is why when Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC last night about his and Hillary’s youth, Google searches of the young couple spiked by 4000 percent.

Bill told a beautiful love story. Not only did he defend his wife as “the best darn change maker I have ever known”, he began the speech with a gorgeous anecdote about how they met.

As he described a young Hillary Rodham, many of us tried to imagine what the possible future president looked like during her days as a Yale law student. Was she a ’70s hippie? A burn the bra feminist activist? It’s hard to picture her without the pantsuit and coiffed hair.

Firstly, if you haven’t watched the speech already you can see it here in full:

But the part everyone’s talking about is their courtship story. Here’s the pictures they were looking for.

“The first time I saw her we were, appropriately enough, in a class on political and civil rights. She had thick blond hair, big glasses, wore no makeup, and she had a sense of strength and self- possession that I found magnetic.”

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“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.”


They r so cute to me #BillAndHillary

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“Somehow I knew this would not be just another tap on the shoulder, that I might be starting something I couldn’t stop.”

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“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?' ”


“I was so impressed and surprised that, whether you believe it or not, momentarily I was speechless. Finally, I sort of blurted out my name and we exchanged a few words and then she went away."

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"Well, I didn’t join the Law Review, but I did leave that library with a whole new goal in mind.”

“A couple of days later, I saw her again. I remember, she was wearing a long, white, flowery skirt. And I went up to her and she said she was going to register for classes for the next term. And I said I’d go, too. And we stood in line and talked—you had to do that to register back then—and I thought I was doing pretty well until we got to the front of the line and the registrar looked up and said, 'Bill, what are you doing here, you registered this morning?' ”


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“I turned red and she laughed that big laugh of hers. And I thought, well, heck, since my cover’s been blown I just went ahead and asked her to take a walk down to the art museum. We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since.”

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