Former President Bill Clinton was the main speaker at the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center during the Orlando “Hillary for America” rally Wednesday, Sept. 7. While on the platform, Clinton discussed his wife’s desire to see economic healing and racial acceptance in the United States.
Eight-year-old William McNarney skipped school to volunteer at the “Hillary for America” rally in the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center in Orlando Wednesday. McNarney said his teacher was okay with his absence since this was an educational endeavor.
From booths, rally volunteers encouraged guests to register to vote inside the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center Wednesday. While it would seem most attending the rally were already registered voters, the volunteers didn’t leave without at least a few completed registration forms.
“Hillary for America” rally volunteers Martha Kirby (left) and Betty Jones are trained in helping people register to vote, and they sat at a booth inside Orlando’s Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center Wednesday doing just that.
Whether in formal suits and ties or decked out in patriotic garb, people of various ages, races and opinions assembled in the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center’s gymnasium Wednesday in order to hear a word from former President Bill Clinton.
Prior to the former president’s speech, the audience stood and listened as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung by a small-framed woman with a big, powerful voice.
Former President Bill Clinton was the last of multiple speakers to present at the “Hillary for America” rally in Orlando’s Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center Wednesday. Still, the crowd readily applauded each one of the honored orators.
Val Demings, Orlando’s former Police Chief, spoke at the “Hillary for America” rally in the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center Wednesday. Demings is currently running for a spot in Congress.
In the midst of loud encouragement from the audience, former President Bill Clinton took the stage Wednesday in the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center’s gymnasium.
Though the former Commander in Chief did discuss some of the details from his time in office, his main purpose for speaking at the event was to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton called the audience to embrace its community of Americans, regardless of any difference in ethnicity.
“This election’s about you and your future,” former President Bill Clinton said. “And the only reason it’s a close election is: It’s a difficult time.”
More than once, the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center’s gymnasium echoed with cheers following a statement by former President Bill Clinton.
“I believe the future historians will look back on this period and give President Obama way more credit (than) he’s now getting,” said former President Bill Clinton. This particular statement provoked a brief, high-pitched cheer session from Clinton’s listeners.
Following his speech, former President Bill Clinton walked the perimeter of the boundary that separated the stage from the main audience, greeting the members of the crowd.
Former President Bill Clinton portrayed affection for the audience – though not every member seemed to appreciate his attention.
People crowded tightly together in order to shake hands or exchange words with former President Bill Clinton Wednesday.
…Or take selfies with him.
The entire event in Orlando’s Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center Wednesday only lasted about four hours. This was still enough time for rally attenders to accumulate Hillary Clinton campaign buttons and other paraphernalia before returning home.