So another Democratic National Convention comes to an end. Last night was the closer, with anticipated acceptance speeches by Vice-President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. The entire afternoon/night was filled with great speakers and music. James Taylor, Mary J. Blige, and the Foo Fighters all played.
Gabby Giffords brought the house to tears by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She struggled with some of the words, and had to hold her right hand up to her heart with her left hand, but you could see the life, joy, and pride in her eyes just busting out.
There were appearances by the young and beautiful (and smart and committed) of Hollywood, in the form of Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, and Eva Longoria.
Jennifer Granholm (former Governor of MI and CurrentTV talk show host) lit a fire under the convention with a barnburner of a speech. There were also appearances by James Clyburn (D-SC) and even former FL governor Republican Charlie Crist, who said he didn't leave the Republican party - the party left him. I think there are a LOT of old-school Republicans who are looking at the nutjobs who have taken over their party and thinking the same thing.
Joe Biden's son Beau brought the veep to tears with his nominating speech, and Jill Biden was amazing introducing her husband.
There were also a lot of great quotes from the speakers:
- "It isn't fair to say Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan—he has many!"
- “Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching ‘Rocky IV.’”
James Taylor: "You know, I don't get it... I'm an old white guy and I love Barack Obama"
Brian Schweitzer: "That dog don't hunt"
Eva Longoria: "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not."
Jennifer Granholm: "In Romney's world his cars get the elevator and the auto workers get the SHAFT!"
- "The Bain way may bring your firm the highest profits, but it's not the way to lead our country from the highest office"
- "Bravery resides in the heart of Barack Obama, and time and time again I have seen him summon it. This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and steel in his spine"
- "It’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people. We have no intention of downsizing the American Dream"
But the night was President Obama's, and he made his case to America
to have patience and let him finish the recovery he started:
"I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade."
"All they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last thirty years: Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!"
"...you don't call Russia our number one enemy - not al Qaeda: Russia - unless you're still stuck in a Cold War mind warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. My opponent said it was 'tragic' to end the war in Iraq, and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will."
"Yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet—because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something about it."
He also took the credit off of his shoulders for all of the victories thus far and put them onto the audience, proclaiming "You did that" to the crowd. We did it by getting the right people elected, and then pushing them (and the others) to do the right thing via phone calls, letter writing, etc. His "you did that" comment reminded me of a song I wrote 4 years ago (still unrecorded, sorry), inspired by then-candidate Obama's similar invocation: We Are The Change
We can be the change again. Let's do it!