Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Democratic Convention Cheers, Tears, & Jeers!

The Democratic National Convention opens with a bang! It was such a treat to see Teddy Kennedy on stage and listen to his powerful Kennedy voice once more! He was inspiring, and there was a tangible and visible emotion throughout the convention audience.
But, how about that Michelle Obama?! An authentic and beautiful woman, she did exactly what she needed to do and more! She painted a picture of her husband as a working-class advocate for the American dream who "will finally bring the change that we need." She stressed her and the senator's middle-class backgrounds saying the couple “were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”
In the first major address at the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama described herself as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, no different from many women. She told a boisterous and emotional crowd waving signs reading "Michelle" that she and her husband feel an obligation to "fight for the world as it should be" to ensure the promise of a better life for their daughters and all children Michelle connected with mothers all across the nation when she spoke of her daughters. Michelle Obama talked about tucking in her daughters Malia and Sasha at night, and the appearance of the two girls at the end talking through the microphones to their Dad on the LCD screen was priceless!
But it was when Michelle Obama declared "I love this country" that the crowd cheered the loudest! Putting to rest any critics who keep bringing up her possible lack of patriotism, I like what MSNBC's Tim Olberman said, "The issue is now finished, over with, done, period!"
If you missed the speech, listen here.

Overall, the opening was great, even with some Clinton protestors trying to disrupt the night. The recent attack ad by John McCain with a Clinton-backer saying that now she will vote for McCain makes me wonder how those who supposedly shared Clinton's values and agreed with her stances on the issues, which are almost identical to Obama's, could choose revenge over their country. Maybe Hillary will squash that sentiment tonight as she is scheduled as the keynote speaker.

1 comment:

Chuck Lasker said...

Thanks for this post! I watched Michelle last night and was so proud. Their daughters are growing so fast! It's been great watching this loving family grow together and stay real even in the spotlight of 24/7 media. Did you see Barack's face on the LCD screen? He was so proud of Michelle, and he so clearly loves her and their kids so much, he was almost bursting.