Obama and Kamala Score Huge

President Obama was terrific for his take-down of Donald Trump.

But Kamala Harris was the star of the night. Her demeanor was impeccable. With her facial expressions, she made us feel like she was talking to each one of us. She was so believable, so self-assured, so happy to be there, so (justly) proud.

Kudos, Kamala. I hope you win.

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    Thank you Jeralyn (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by jes on Wed Aug 19, 2020 at 10:04:50 PM EST
    So very kind of you. I'm proud of you as well tonight.

    Agreed. (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Wed Aug 19, 2020 at 11:06:22 PM EST
    President Obama's speech was one for the ages.  A tough act for Senator Harris to follow, but she shined with her sterling presentation.

    President Obama , essentially, presented an indictment of Trump's presidency---incompetent, corrupt, unfit, and a failed custodian of democracy.  While the first priority, of course, is to retire Trump, a post-defeat investigative commission may be necessary for follow-up.

    Senator Warren was great, never missing a beat.  Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Clinton were excellent.  Hillary could have just said "I told you".  And then, referred everyone to the Senate Intelligence Committee Report that presented the case for collusion between Trump et.al and Russian intel operatives in the 2016 election.

    Speeches were fantastic. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Thu Aug 20, 2020 at 02:29:19 PM EST
    The Constitutional background for Obama's speech emphasized the seriousness of his speech. Sen. Warren did shine. Came across as serious, competent and warm. Loved the preschool background used by Sen. Warren.

    Joe Biden's acceptance (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Fri Aug 21, 2020 at 11:44:33 AM EST
    speech was a knock out.  The content was fiery in plans to bring the country from the darkness of Trump to the light of a nation restored and refurbished.  The delivery resonated a presidential demeanor --- more a compelling and hopeful Oval Office address to a worried people than a Campaign acceptance speech. Old timey in a way, but comforting.

    Overall, the Democratic Convention was, in my view, a success.  The case was made for the existential threat to democracy, the concerns for a fair election and the imperative for voting,  Hope, reassurances, and inspiration abounded not only by Biden and Harris, but also by the character and caliber of the  leaders who will people the  Administration, the Congress and the.Judicary.

    Historic (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by smott on Fri Aug 21, 2020 at 12:26:05 PM EST
    From Obama.
    Has any ex-President ever so bluntly excoriated an incumbent in a setting like this? Don't think so.
    And Obama has a way of making me want to meet this moment in history. Such a gifted speaker.

    Having said, Kamala was great, did exactly what she needed to, introduced herself, and pumped up Joe and did it all with great energy and charisma.

    Also - Michelle f*cking killed it on the first night.

    Warren was awesome too - Aunt Bea!!!

    Really the Dems pulled this off, an unprecedented virtual convention, seamlessly.
    Dems in Array!

    You're thinking of... (none / 0) (#6)
    by unitron on Fri Aug 21, 2020 at 08:38:21 PM EST

    "Has any ex-President ever so bluntly excoriated an incumbent in a setting like this? Don't think so."

    ...the old days when both incumbent and predecessor had a certain minimum amount of class and competency, but the current Oval Office occupant is so unsuited for the job that Obama has a "duty to warn" that outweighs the usual expectation of professional courtesies.

    I wonder whether there might be precedents (none / 0) (#7)
    by Peter G on Fri Aug 21, 2020 at 09:12:33 PM EST
    in the 19th Century of a President openly and harshly criticizing a successor. I wonder if either of our professional historians knows? J.Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson perhaps? I'll bet there are others.

    Check out the election of 1800. (none / 0) (#8)
    by caseyOR on Fri Aug 21, 2020 at 09:52:45 PM EST
    Vice-President Thomas Jefferson ran against President John Adams. It was an intense and vicious campaign filled with slander and personal attacks.

    Sure, campaigns were vicious in those days, (none / 0) (#9)
    by Peter G on Sat Aug 22, 2020 at 11:36:30 AM EST
    but what I was wondering is whether there are examples of past presidents, no longer in office (equivalent to Obama's position) attacking the incumbent President (in Tr*mp's position), even during the incumbent's campaign for reelection.

    Spot on (none / 0) (#10)
    by smott on Sat Aug 22, 2020 at 12:41:11 PM EST