Alright, I’ll now be doing my last live blog of the DNC, Barack Obama’s acceptance speech:
Video’s starting. Talking about his grandparents (the white ones), and him being born. Talking about him going to school, college, then moving to Chicago.
Talking about him meeting Michelle. Talking about him becoming an Illinois state Senator.
Talking about him move up to the U.S. Senate. Talking about his ethics reform bill.
Talking about his mother passing away.
Now talking about the start of Obama’s campaign.
And Barack has entered the stage. The crowd loves him. And some girl’s crying – that’s a little over the top.
“With profound gratitude … I accept your nomination for President of the United States.” There you go, he’s officially the Democratic nominee.
And I just got interrupted – something about thanking Hillary.
Thanking Bill for his speech last night. And he just thanked Joe Biden for being his running mate.
And thank you to his family and Michelle.
Talking about being at war, “the economy’s in turmoil,” and other struggles. Talking about not being able to afford credit card bills – WELL THEN DON’T BUY WHAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD! Blaming it all on “the failed policies of George W. Bush.” Because it’s all Bush’s fault.
“America, we are better than these 8 last years. We are a better country than this.”
“The same party that brought you 2 terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney, will ask you for a 3rd” – McCain really isn’t like Bush, but it’s good for them to compare McCain to Bush.
Talking about McCain’s service and that “we owe him our gratitude and respect.” Talking about McCain voting with Bush for 90% of the time. Didn’t they say 95% last night? That’s not too consistent.
Talking about health care, education, and the economy, “Senator McCain has been anything but independent.” Again, it’s good for them to compare him to Bush. Talking about his economic plan writer and that we are “suffering from a mental recession … and a nation of whiners.”
Talking about soldiers complaining about the Bush administration. That’s only a minority of them though.
Now he’s talking about tax breaks, and that McCain’s tax cuts for big business and rich people will hurt the economy. Well, he’ll cut taxes for the middle class, and cut SPENDING!
“Out of work, tough luck, you’re on your own” – Obama said is McCain’s plan. “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. If you don’t have boots, you’re on your own.” OK, that was a clever line. He’s doing a good job talking about the economy.
He’s running to help fix the economy. Talking about veterans coming back from Iraq. Talking about a student who works a night shift, so he can pay for college. Talking about a worker whose factory was shut down. Talking about difficulties in starting their own business.
“We have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect. … The economy should reward drive and growth.” THEN LET THE ECONOMY RUN ITS COURSE!
“Let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President: Change means that (couldn’t hear it) doesn’t reward the business who wrote it, but the workers who deserve it.” Appealing to workers – good.
“I will cut taxes for 95% of all working families” – so is he going to give a tax break to everybody except the top 5% of the country? I can guarantee you that that is NOT his plan.
“Now is the time to end this addiction [to foreign oil].”
“As President … I will invest in clean coal technologies, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.” I like the nuclear part! We need to have a LOT more nuclear power plants.
Talking about cleaner cars and making them more affordable. “An investment that will lead to new industries and pay well.”
“America, now is not the time for small plans. Now is the time to meet our moral obligation, to provide every child with a world class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy.” OK, sure everybody needs a good economy, but that’s something the states need to fix, not the federal government.
“If you commit to serving your community for your country, we will ensure you can afford college.” What’s that supposed to mean? That’s a pretty BROAD statement.
Talking about health care, and giving people the same plan as the one that Congress has.
“Stop those companies from discriminating those who are sick … those who need it most. … Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and paid leave.”
“Now is the time to change bankruptcy laws to protect those with pensions.” OK, that I’ll agree with.
Talking about equal pay for men and women.
Talking about parents “to provide guidance and love for their children. Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility. That is the essence of America’s promise.” OK, that’s good – individuals need to be responsible, but that applies to EVERYTHING, including health care and economic issues.
Talking about McCain having a debate about judgment.
“I stood up and opposed this war [Iraq], knowing it would distract us from the real threats.”
“You know, John McCain says he will follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, but he won’t even follow him to the caves where he lives.” Bull crap. McCain has made it clear that his number ONE goal is to capture Osama.
“John McCain stands alone in” defending this war – how the heck does he stand alone? Our troops support the war, as does about half of the Senate and House!
The Democrats will restore the legacy that America once had – you mean, the legacy that we help countries who need it?
“I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against Al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.”
“I will build new partnerships to defeat” the threats we face. He says this, but he’s changed his policy on Iraq how many times now?
“These are the policies I will pursue, and we can afford debating them with John McCain.” Then agree to a debate!
“These times are too serious.”
“I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.” That I can agree with.
The troops “have not served a red America, or a blue America. They have served the United States of America.” That was a GREAT line, and the crowd exploded. That was a really great (and true) line.
“So I’ve got news for you John McCain: We all put our country first.” Well, I’ve talked with people, and I know that’s not true.
“We don’t agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing” abortions. Bull crap. End abortion, don’t just try to lower it.
Talking about guns, but I missed what he said.
Talking about gays being able to visit loved ones in hospitalized. I agree with that, but that’s about the only right I think they should have that they don’t already. (Marriage benefits are a PRIVILEGE, not a right – such as tax breaks, etc….).
“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone you should run from.” Since you’ve voted present so many times and missed so many votes, are you talking about yourself?
“I realize that I’m not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree.” So he’s just brought race into it?
“It’s not about me. It’s about you. It’s about you. For 18 long months, you have stood up 1 by 1 and said enough to the politics of the past. … You have shown … that the chang we need doesn’t come FROM Washington, the change we need comes TO Washington.” Well, then it must not be you, because you’re FROM Washington!
“I believe that as hard as it will be, the change is coming.”
Talking about giving better care to veterans – good, and keeping nukes out of our enemies hands – sure you will.
Talking about “Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic ballot, but they did.” TRAITORS!
“You know, this country of ours has more wealth than any other nation… We have the most powerful military on earth, but that’s not what makes us strong.”
“That promise is our greatest inheritance – the promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in to bed. … The promise that led workers to picket lines … and women to vote.” I missed what he said, but he tied it all in to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.
“America, we cannot turn back. … Not with so many children to educate. … Not with an economy to fix. … America we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone.” Something about the promise – I couldn’t keep up with him.
“Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”
And there you have it. Honestly, I didn’t think it was THAT great. It was good, but compared to Clinton’s and Biden’s, it wasn’t that good. I’d give it a 7.5-8 out of 10.
He talked a LOT more about issues, which was his job, instead of getting people fired up, but it didn’t seem as charismatic as he could’ve been. Perhaps it was that he was tired, but it wasn’t his best.