The critics and pundits have already started to dissect all of the speeches, speakers, the facts and the obvious differences between the Republican National Convention and the Democratic convention. But one thing was certain sitting in the Time Warner Cable Arena last night. The Republicans may have feigned inclusion by the selection of diverse speakers but the Democratic convention reflects the sincere, bona fide diversity of today’s America.
Tuesday night’s headliner was no doubt the FLOTUS but the leading acts were top liners as well.
The diversity of speakers and their comments were not just limited to cultural and ethnic diversity, there were former Republicans, Independents, veterans, mothers of military personnel, disabled veterans, gay and straight representatives, college students, pro-choice and union advocates, women Congressional leaders, mayors, governors, and even the passionate and humorous voice of Edward Kennedy. Even the swing states had a high profile presence with speakers from Colorado, Ohio and Virginia.
As a southerner, the southern spotlight glowed from Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to President Carter’s video, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, Robert Wexler from Florida and Lilly Ledbetter. There is no question that theme will continue with the anticipated remarks tonight from southern President Bill Clinton.
By the time, Michelle Obama was introduced the energy and excitement in the full arena was electric. And she did not disappoint. In fact, as you no doubt have seen in the headlines and morning talk shows, she was distinctly impressive in her appeal to the delegates and the country to “trust” her husband for four more years.
“And I didn’t think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met.
I love that he’s never forgotten how he started.
I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard………………And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.
And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.
But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.”
The arena erupted several times with chants of “forward, not back ….. four more years” And it has been reported that there were 28,003 tweets per minute after Michelle Obama’s comments. While it may be true that it will be difficult to duplicate the historic significance of the 2008 convention, last night was a good start to a respectable sequel.
Wednesday’s convention schedule: http://www.demconvention.com/schedule-wed