DNC Tuesday Night: Michelle Obama
Big Tent Democrat sent along some photos, here's one of the convention hall earlier today.
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The only station playing the convention instead of talking heads seems to be C-Span. I can't watch the others.
Ted Stricklin is on now and says Mitt Romney is lying and he's hiding his tax information.
Update: Things picked up after Strickland. I thought Kathleen Sebelius was terrific on Medicare. "That's what change looks like." Rahm Emannuel was much better than I would have expected. On repealing DOMA, saving the auto industry, health care and ending the War in Iraq (he promised change and he delivered.)
Obama's sister and Michelle's brother were impressive as well. His sister focused on what he's done for women.
The best so far was Lilly Ledbetter on Obama signing the bill with her name, the equal pay for women. You can watch her speech here.
There was an actor/comic who wasn't great. Deval Patrick is on now, giving a passionate speech but it's filled with the the generalities I expected to hear from all the speakers. He isn't moving me. Nothing special here, despite his passion, although he picked up a bit towards the end.
This convention seems very energized. I hope they continue to feature fresh voices every night, rather than the retreads they usually bring out at these events who are so predictable and revisionist they mean nothing. Tonight's group had some personality.
Watching the convention on C-Span, without the constant interruptions and noise of network anchors and pundits is so much more satisfying.
Update: I like the twin brothers from San Antonio -- (Mayor Julian Castro and his brother Joaquin who is running for Congress.) I had no idea San Antonio was the 7th largest city in the country. (I love visiting San Antonio, with its Riverwalk.) And it's really good to hear Castro and some of the others promote the Dream Act. Loved that the camera panned on his daughter, she is so cute. His speech was terrific, filled with personality.
The biggest difference between this convention and that of the Republicans is immediately apparent when the camera pans on the audience: No sea of mayonnaise here. They are diverse, and representative of the country as a whole.
I think Michelle Obama will be great. I'm looking forward to hearing her.
Update: The Michelle video sucks. Whoever made this boring, old-fashioned mess should be fired. It's draining all the positive energy that we've seen the past few hours.
After a schmaltzy and forgettable introduction, Michelle comes out. She looks stunning. I don't think I've ever seen her look better. She's also speaking with emotion and expression -- and not shouting. It's like she's just talking to a few people.
Good line: "Being President doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are."
I wonder if everyone will start calling Obama "Barack" after tonight.
Standing ovation line:
"He believes when you've worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you don't not slam it shut behind you--No, you reach back and give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
"Success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives."
The reason we should re-elect Obama: "We have so much more to do." Loud chants of "Four more years."
Describing Barack: "Patience, wisdom, courage and grace."
She is so much more genuine that Ann Romney. Even when she says things that are slightly cheesy, like how her first job is still Mom in Chief, at least she means it. With Ann Romney you got pretense -- like when she claimed to know what it's like for women who can't afford to fill their tank at the gas pump. She probably hasn't driven herself anywhere in years.
Update: Michelle Obama was good but hands down, the star of the night was Julian Castro.
Surprisingly, there is a sea of difference between the candidates this election. What a disaster it will be for everyone if people stay home and let Romney and the Republicans win this election.
Register to vote by October 4. Don't risk waking up on November 7th and wondering if your vote might have made a difference. It does. If you are a Democrat and don't care yourself who wins, please care for the rest of us. We need your vote.
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