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Weds Night DNC: The "Dangerous Demagogue" vs the Qualified Woman Who Never Quits

Update: Obama knocked it out of the park at the end. So forceful, uplifting, genuine... and Here's Hillary! With Stevie Wonder's "Signed Sealed, Delivered" playing the background, the two of them make an amazing sight. I think Bill Clinton is so overcome with emotion he might cry. What a moment. Just the best. Thank you, President Obama. Welcome, Hillary Clinton. Anyone who doesn't think she will own this election is delusional. Americans are a lot of things, but they are not stupid enough to elect the inexperienced egotist Donald Trump.

Update: It's Obama time. After that horribly weak and depressing introductory video, I hope he reverses the tone and has something inspiring to say.

He does. He calls Hillary the woman who never quits, who is absolutely qualified to be President. He praises and vouches for Tim Kaine.

Best line about Trump: "Don't boo, Vote." Good question he asks: Does anyone believe that someone who never did anything for working people is now going to be your daddy?

Obama says he looks much older now than he did at his first convention 12 years ago. That would be Boston in 2004. Here's a photo I took of him at the Bloggers' Breakfast in Boston at the DNC: [More...]

He has the crowd on its feet when he discusses immigration. Which leads into his endorsement of Hillary. The crowd stands and cheers.

"Hillary forcefully argued for the mission that took out Osama bin Laden"

He's very forceful in his praise of Hillary. As to her being President:

Hillary Clinton is respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve. Sheís worked closely with our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military. And she has the judgment, the experience, and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. Itís not new to her. Our troops have pounded ISIL without mercy, taking out leaders, taking back territory. I know Hillary wonít relent until ISIL is destroyed. Sheíll finish the job Ė and sheíll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. She is fit to be the next Commander-in-Chief.

Towards the end, he says (from the prepared remarks):

Thatís why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.

Thatís America. Those bonds of affection; that common creed. We donít fear the future; we shape it, embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own. Thatís what Hillary Clinton understands Ė this fighter, this stateswoman, this mother and grandmother, this public servant, this patriot Ė thatís the America sheís fighting for.

And thatís why I have confidence, as I leave this stage tonight, that the Democratic Party is in good hands.

Now he knocks it out of the park. Wow.

Time and again, youíve picked me up. I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me. Because youíre who I was talking about twelve years ago, when I talked about hope Ė itís been you whoíve fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long. Hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; the audacity of hope! America, you have vindicated that hope these past eight years. And now Iím ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. This year, in this election, Iím asking you to join me Ė to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon whatís best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.

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I wanted to miss Joe Biden so I was late tuning in to the DNC. Tim Kaine starts off very boring. 3 minutes in and he's already talking about his faith. (His "north star for orienting his life".) He took a year off from school to be a missionary in Honduras to teach kids how to be welders and carpenters.

Michael Bloomberg was terrific. He had some excellent lines bashing Trump -- there was no mean-spirited name-calling, and it was much more effective as a result. The worst he called Trump was a "dangerous demagogue." Some highlights: [More....]

Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders, and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us.

I'm a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one! Trump says he'll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the US visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What'd I miss here?!

Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy. He wants you to believe that we can solve our biggest problems by deporting Mexicans and shutting out Muslims. He wants you to believe that erecting trade barriers will bring back good jobs. He's wrong on both counts.

His message: You don't have to love Hillary. But you owe it to yourselves, your children and grandchildren to keep Trump from becoming President, and especially Commander in Chief:

Now, I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless; no candidate is. But she is the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election. No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television; this is reality.

...There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I've come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must united around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.

Bernie Sanders is in the audience listening to Tim Kaine. I'm surprised he isn't back home in Vermont already.

Okay, so Tim Kaine is plain, nothing fancy, not exciting and he's not inspiring me. But he's qualified, experienced and level-headed. With Trump, we'd be living on the edges of our seat for four years, wondering if his next impulsive move would be the end of all of us.

Si Se Puede!


The woman who introduced Obama was an uninspiring choice. Nor did I like the video of Obama's presidency: Very depressing. Milking Sandy Hook and Orlando. Boring announcer, his voice had no character. Trite. I hope when he speaks live, Obama has something more interesting to say.

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    Obama-- (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by MKS on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:04:32 PM EST
    will miss him.

    Yeah me too. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:11:05 PM EST
    Lord knows I don't agree all the time but I appreciate him more as time goes by.

    Parent
    Agreed (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:24:02 PM EST
    I've always felt we were safe and in good hands during his Presidency, even when I didn't agree with him. He's not reckless or impulsive. He's very deliberative, weighs things out and seeks out others' opinions. I think Hillary is the same way.

    Parent
    The wonders of a legal education (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by MKS on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:34:49 PM EST
    Analyze, weigh the evidence.....

    Parent
    And, our greatest President (none / 0) (#14)
    by MKS on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:14:11 PM EST
    was a lawyer.

    Parent
    truth is -- to me (none / 0) (#19)
    by BackFromOhio on Thu Jul 28, 2016 at 12:56:05 AM EST
    you don't learn that from a legal education; you come to law school with that frame of mind --that is, an openness to hearing other points of view. Law school teaches you discipline and how to slice  or support an argument, but open-mindedness is something you learn growing up.
    As President Obama spoke tonight, I kept thinking of our reality TV, the culture and cult of mean, of which DT is an extreme example, and longed for us to have more examples of our President's depiction of who were are and what we value.

    Parent
    I'm fin finding I'm not as allergic (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:07:56 PM EST
    to politicians talking about their religion if they act like they really care about people.

    Some people are inspired by their faith ... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:08:21 PM EST
    ... to do right by others in service to their fellow man. And there are those who are motivated by their religion to take advantage of others and take from them because they believe it to be their Heaven-sent right to do so.

    And that's the difference between faith and religion.

    Parent

    Lol., he tickled the big dog with that line (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:12:08 PM EST


    We don't look to be ruled (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:20:14 PM EST
    Wow.

    This is so good. I could listen to him (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:31:33 PM EST
    talk about just about anything. Can't wait to see what he does next.

    Best hug in politics right there (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:46:05 PM EST
    I don't know how an endorsement gets any better than that.

    You said it Jeralyn. That was amazing. (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:51:59 PM EST
    He just says it all perfectly. I can't begin to sum it up.

    Gees MSNBC, NOT ONE PERSON (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by ruffian on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 10:59:41 PM EST
    Expects Hillary to give a speech like that., least of all Hillary. Just stop.

    That's okay (none / 0) (#18)
    by MKS on Thu Jul 28, 2016 at 12:17:52 AM EST
    She just needs to show herself, and need not try to top the Murder's Row of speakers.....

    Parent
    I liked video. And the speech. (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by oculus on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:20:53 PM EST


    I liked (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by CoralGables on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:38:29 PM EST
    the introduction by Gold Star Mom Sharon Belkofer, the video, and the speech.

    Parent
    These guys deserve an Emmy for this (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by ding7777 on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:50:18 PM EST
    convention Emmy Award Winning Producer Ricky Kirshner, Production Veteran Vicangelo Bulluck to Oversee Production of Convention Program

    So true (none / 0) (#20)
    by BackFromOhio on Thu Jul 28, 2016 at 01:00:37 AM EST
    Lincoln (none / 0) (#13)
    by MKS on Wed Jul 27, 2016 at 11:12:58 PM EST
    Andrea Mitchell said Obama is the best speechwriter since Lincoln.

    He also echoes Lincoln's view of democracy. Do we now cave to fear, or believe in democracy and working together.....  

    There are still idiots out there (none / 0) (#21)
    by BarnBabe on Thu Jul 28, 2016 at 03:35:27 AM EST
    "Does anyone believe that someone who never did anything for working people is now going to be your daddy?"

    Since the beginning I have truly believed that the intelligent or educated people out there would see through his nonsense. Wrong. The amazing thing is I have had several arguments with people in that category who hate Hillary so much for no reason other than she is a woman and Donald makes more sense. Oh yeah, and she lied about emails and should be in jail. My one x-NY Cop stood in my Living Room saying his wife and 2 daughters are voting for Trump. He was yelling really. I didn't say it but I was thinking, I would tell you that just to shut you up. But back to who likes Trump. I think there are a lot of men who will not vote for her. The same ones who would not vote for Obama because he was black. They will not admit it but I know it. I tell them that when they complain about him and they start back peddling. Shuts them up.

    In the beginning, I felt like you. Now, I have that slight fear because of the arguments. Scares me for sure. BTW, they flashed to Debbie Wasserman in the audience but nothing was said. Anyone else see her?