I’ll be live blogging this. I’m watching the video now.
Looking good so far, but not as inspirational as Ted Kennedy’s. “Who names their kid Barack Obama, so this kid has to be weird” – that’s a great quote (sorry if I screwed it up a bit).
“I didn’t see a ring on her hand.” And he made his big move at a comapny picnic – buying ice cream, and that’s what put the relationship over the top. I wish it were that easy for me.
Lost my video feed – hang on.
OK – video’s over, and I’m back up.
Now it’s Michelle’s brother.
Talking about caring for her family. Talking about working and studying hard.
About Barack: “He won’t back down from any challenge.”
Michelle Obama is walking out on to the stage. Getting a decent reception, but nothing compared to Ted Kennedy. Actually, it’s a really calm welcome – she’s not getting a lot of enthusiasm. Now she’s getting a little more. And there’s a really energetic woman yelling now.
Talking about her father now – looking down on her now, and watching over her.
“The improbable journey who has led us to this moment.”
Something like “all my stake is in this election.”
Good inspirational story about her father, struggling with MS.
“The American dream endures” – that one got a nice response from the crowd.
And my liberal roommate just asked, “Who’s that old guy they keep showing?” I said, “Joe Biden?” “Oh, that’s who that is!” I got a kick out of it.
Talking about Barack going to neighborhoods in need, and rebuilding communities. “Ordinary folks doing hte best they could to build a good life.”
“America should be a place where you can make it if you try.”
Talking about military men and women going overseas to defend the country.
She mentioned Hillary Clinton – “who put those 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling.”
She mentioned Joe Biden – he got a LOT more cheers than either Clinton or Michelle did, probably more than them combined.
Something about “a tide of new hope” “and that is why I love this country.”
“I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much.”
I just got interrupted – now we’re back on welcoming troops with cheers, jobs, benefits, “health care, including mental health care.”
“Barack is running … to end the war in Iraq responsibly.”
Everybody should have “a world-class education, from pre-school, to college.”
“He’ll achieve these goals the same way he always has, by bringing us together, and reminding us how much we share, and how alike we are.”
Something about, “that thread that connects us, our belief in America.” “One nation, even when we disagree.”
Hope to, mothers of troops, students, people in Chicago….
“Barack will fight for people like them … and bring, finally, the change that we need.”
Now she’s talking about their daughter, “determined to give her … father’s love (what she said didn’t quite make sense to me – I must’ve misheard something).”
“This time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. … we decided to stop doubting and decided to start dreaming.”
“The son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House.”
“Tonight … let’s stand together to elect Barack Obama the President of the United States of America. Thank you, and God bless America.”
And there’s Biden again – looking VERY happy.
It was a good speech, a little bit slow right before the end, but overall, a GREAT speech. A good charismatic speech, a little light on substance (not as light as Kennedy’s), but these aren’t meant to be policy speeches. I’d say it was the perfect mix of substance and “fluff” (which seems like a bad word, but it’s not) for a convention.
And now it’s on to Barack. And his daughter keeps interrupting him. No offense, but it’s kinda getting annoying. But she is kinda cute. She said, “I think she [mom] did good.”
And that’s pretty much everything for tonight, other than some closing stuff.
So, that’s all for today. Good night, and good luck!
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