I’ll be blogging about Hillary Clinton’s speech to the DNC, live, as she speaks.
OK, so I’m waiting for Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to get done – he’s actually a good speaker, really energetic and fun. I disagree with what he’s saying, but he’s a really likeable, down-to-earth guy. Wow, this guy is just getting the crowd fired up. Talking a lot about oil. He has FIRED up the crowd. They’re all cheering for him. He just asked who’d be the next President and somebody just raised a Hillary sign. My liberal roommate just said, “Make him his running mate, not Biden.”
And now we’ve got Hillary Clinton’s biography video going. And I am not liking this video. They just captioned Bill Clinton, “Hillary’s husband.” Holy crap, that’s funny. Anyway, I’m not liking the video, it’s just like a slideshow of soundbytes and talking about women astronauts. Michelle Obama’s and Ted Kennedy’s videos were so much better. Now they’re talking about her laugh, which my roommate just described as a cackle.
And the video’s getting better. They’re talking about her being an inspiration, and persevering, and not giving up. I do like that quote about the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. The end of the video, where they talked about her being an inspiration was MUCH better than the beginning.
Now Chelsea’s introducing her.
She got a really good reception from the crowd. They are really cheering her on. And Michelle Obama was clapping, but she could’ve been smiling instead of just glaring down.
Talking about being a “proud mother … Democrat … American … and supporter of Barack Obama.”
“Time to take back the country. … Whether you voted for me or Barack … unite for a single purpose.” So far, she’s really stressing unity. “We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines. This is a fight for the future, and it’s a fight we must win together.” Good emphasis that NONE of her supporters can afford to oppose Obama.
Michelle Obama’s looking a little happier now, but she still needs to actually look like she’s enjoying the speech.
“You haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last 8 years, to suffer through more failed leadership. No way, no how, no McCain.” That was actually a really good quote, although she’s moved off the unity.
“Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our President.” Again – stressing the unity. Flashing to Michelle Obama, who keeps getting happier.
Talking about meeting people in homes and work places. “Every day America’s greatness is (I couldn’t hear her) in the American people.” Talking about people going on through enormous obstacles.
She’s talking about health care. Told a story about a woman with cancer who came to one of her events. Now she’s talking about a marine who needed medical care, and asking to take care of his friends overseas. I agree there. All of our military men should have health care.
She’s just thanked all her supporters, in the states, and Puerto Rico and other territories.
“Thank you … to the sisterhood of the travelling pant suits.” That was a pretty good one.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us.” Talking about the Supreme Court and partisan gridlock, faulting the current Administration. “Putin in Georgia.” How is that Bush’s fault?
“We want to create a world-class education system and make college affordable again.”
Something about women’s rights and gay rights. OK, but gays already have rights. Marriage is a privilege. This is something that people forget, and Clinton just forgot it.
“Care for our veterans and give them the services they have earned.” Like McCain won’t do that!
“Join with our allies to confront” a bunch of issues – terrorism, global warming, and I didn’t catch the others.
She just said that the reasons that she ran for President “are the reasons that I am supporting Barack Obama for President.” Again, this is good – showing that the Democrats need to unify based on principles and issues, not candidates. The speech is going good.
“There are no limits to what is possible in America.”
“We need to elect Barack Obama” because he’ll help the economy, and will help stop global warming.
“We need a President who understands that the genius of America has always depended on the strength and vitality of the middle class.” McCain will cut taxes for the middle class. “Government must be about ‘We the people’ not ‘We the favored few.'”
“Just think of what America will be. … I cannot wait to watch Barack Obama sign into law a health care program that covers every single American.” That was good – she’s showing that she supports Obama on health care, which was a HUGE part of her campaign.
AND MICHELLE OBAMA SMILES! There we go! “She will be a great first lady for Ameria. Americans are fortunate that Joe Biden will be at Barack Obama’s side.” Michelle is still smiling.
“We don’t need 4 more of the last 8 years.”
Talking about John McCain saying that the economy is sound and that we shouldn’t have nationalized health care. Talking about McCain not wanting women to get equal pay for equal work.
“Awfully hard to tell them [McCain and Bush] apart” – something about the Twin Cities – a pun on the RNC being in Minnesota. That’s another good thing to do. She wants to tie her and Obama together and McCain and Bush together.
Talking about giving the women the right to vote. “My mother was born before women could vote. My daughter got to vote for her mother for President.”
Quoting Harriet Tubman. And the crowd is cheering. She is so inspirational right now. Michelle Obama stood up. Talking about firefighters, military. “We’re Americans. We’re not big on quitting. And remember, before we can keep going, we have got to get going by electing Barack Obama the next President of the United States. We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. … Think about your children and grandchildren on election day.” VERY good quotes right there. She’s uniting the party. She’s giving a GREAT speech.
“There is not chasm too deep … no ceiling too high.”
“That is our mission, Democrats. Let’s elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden for that future (something – I missed whatshe said. God bless you and God speed.”
WOW, that was an incredibly good speech. Sprinkled with enough substance, but a LOT of enthusiasm. She united the party, at least at that moment. We’ll have to see what happens at the roll call vote, and ultimately in November, but I think that speech swayed some of her supporters to vote for Obama.
Looking back, I think the one thing she should’ve added was a quote along the lines of “Obama is ready to lead” to counter recent McCain ads, but overall, she did her job, and it was a good speech.
A great speech. I think that’s what the party leadership wanted.
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