DNC Thursday: Obama's Big Night
The text of Obama's speech is here.
It's a Wrap: Obama gave a great speech -- he was inspiring, authentic, inclusive, humble, passionate and most of all, Presidential. His supporters love him. They will work extra hard in November. There's too much at stake.
8:55 pm: Obama's hit his mark. Most moving line so far: "Welcome Home."
Youíre the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country sheís ever called home ó why selfless soldiers wonít be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love, why thousands of families have finally been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely, welcome home. Welcome home. You did that. You did that. You did that.
The truest line:
Times have changed and so have I. I'm no longer just a candidate, I'm the President.
Good dig at Romney for his Olympics gaffe and comments about Russia.
You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you canít visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.
His closing lines:
We donít turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories. And we learn from our mistakes. But we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth.
8:25 pm: Obama takes the stage. His daughters are so grown up, it's great to see them live!
8:09 pm: I can't pretend to like Biden, and his speech was too long, but I'm sure some people thought he was inspiring. Here's Dick Durbin, to introduce Barack Obama.
6:55 pm: John Kerry is very good tonight. He also looks better now than he did in 2008.
6:17 pm: Jennifer Granholm is on fire -- she's terrific but she seems about to have a stroke. Is she an actress? Poor Eva Longoria, having to follow that. Never mind, I shouldn't have worried. Eva's a great speaker as well as being outrageously beautiful. No desperate housewife tonight."The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's needs a tax break, but the Eva Longoria who worked on Desperate Housewives does not." Almost a standing ovation.
Granholm, like Clinton last night with his stopped clock is right twice a day comment, seems to be channeling defense lawyers. Her elevator ride and shaft comment is a used in defense closing arguments: "My client went for a ride on the elevator of justice but all he got was the shaft."
The energy is very high tonight in the audience. Gabby Giffords really roused them.
The schedule starting at 8pm ET:
- Caroline Kennedy, author and attorney
- Rep. Xavier Becerra of California
- Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan
- Actress Eva Longoria
- Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana
- Charlie Crist, Jr., former governor of Florida
- Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts
9 - 10 p.m.
- Video: Veterans
- Retired Adm. John B. Nathman, United States Navy
- Introductory Remarks: Angie Flores
- Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president
- Vice President Joe Biden Video
- Vice President Joe Biden
10 - 11 p.m.
- Video and remarks: Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois
- President Barack Obama Video
- President Barack Obama
There's also a performance by the Foo Fighters and Marc Anthony will sing the national anthem. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman will also speak.
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