Hello readers, Luis the Fifth here (Luis V.) ready to comment on the last night of the DNC.
So here we are one week and one awkward senile rant at an empty chair later, the last day of the DNC. What a week this has been for the Democrats. If you’d asked me last week what my reaction to the DNC would be today I would’ve said M’eh. Today I realize that would have been a total understatement on my part.
Tuesday saw two great speeches, the first by Mass. Governor Deval Patrick. After his speech I was left with two questions; 1) Where the hell does this guy get off having a backbone and 2) why don’t other democrats grow a fucking spine like this guy? The second speech of the night saw Michelle Obama in amazing form. Talk about charisma transfusion! Also, Ann Romney who?
Last night was even more inspiring than Tuesday and I didn’t think that would be possible. From Elizabeth Warren’s stirring speech on the need for economic justice to Clinton’s masterful evisceration of all of the Romney/Ryan campaign’s lies. Last night was just one huge ball of energy.
In addition to having had 2 unbelievable days of speeches leading up to his, Barack Obama got amazing news this morning. The new job numbers for Aug were released. The tl;dr version, just over 200K new private sectors jobs added to the economy and a decrease in new unemployment claims. It seems there was something after all to Clinton’s feeling on the economic recovery. Could the Dems have asked for a better way to end this week? I mean how pissed off do Republicans have to be about this turn of events. It’s as if their god is just not listening to them.
Tonight we’ll hear from Congressman Barney Frank, VP Joe Biden, and, of course, Barack Obama. Stay tuned!
Here we go:
- Caroline Kennedy is up. Serioulsy, this woman lacks stage presence and her monotone speaking voice is not engaging at all.
- Show some fucking emotion woman!! Ugh, this is painful to watch.
- Whoever decided not to put Caroline Kennedy on during primetime is a genius!
- Gaby Giffords reciting the pledge on stage. No I’m not crying, that’s just my allergies!
- PBS interrupted the speech of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. It was not a big loss.
- It seemed Granholm waited her turn to speak next to the cappuccino maker and had one espresso too many.
- The Governor of Montana seems like the Democrat’s version of G.W. Bush. I’m not sure what that says about the man.
- I’d hate to think that the DNC organizers were handing out Osama is Dead/GM is alive bumper stickers. That just seems so…teabaggy.
- Oh brother! Charlie Crist, former Gov. of Florida (R) and all around whackjob is now a Dem. and speaking in favor of Obama. Shit just got real!
- I can’t tell if he’s being honest or just pandering.
- You can tell the crowd is being cautiously enthusiastic about this guy.
- So his message bullets were: “I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me!”, “I don’t agree with the President on everything”, and Republicans have moved too far to the right. Ok I guess.
- John Kerry is speaking. I liked when he said Zzzzzzzzz…… (I keed)
- Slow down Senator, why so hurried?!?
- “An exceptional nation requires exceptional leadership”
- “Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off now than he was four years ago!” John Kerry FTW!!
- “Mr. Romney, before you debate President Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself first!” – Where was this John Kerry 8 years ago?
- So John Kerry totally called out Romney/Ryan on their total lack of foreign policy knowledge. That was pretty damn good, took some time to ramp up but good nonetheless.
- Dr. Jill Biden is up to introduce her husband.
- Vice President Biden is coming up.
- This PR fluff piece is a bit too much. I think they could have made the same points about Biden without it coming off so self-serving.
- Looks like Biden will hammer the theme that we’re better off now than we were 4 years ago.
- Obama, financial surgeon?
- Well crap, this speech has started off on a somber note, perk it up Joe, perk it up!!
- Joe is trying to pull off a Clinton-lite and I don’t think it’s working. This appeal to emotions while spouting off random talking points may work for some but I just don’t like it. I’m somewhat disappointed so far.
- It looks to me as if Joe is going off the cuff here tonight. He may have an outline with bullet points but he’s definitely ad libbing tonight.
- Say ‘folks’ again. Say ‘folks’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say folks one more goddamn time!
- Unlike PBS I found no memorable lines in the VP’s speech. He seems to have fired up the crowd at the arena but outside, the speech just fell flat.
- Really? Dick Durbin is introducing Obama?
- Alright Mr. President, you’re up. Let’s see what you got!
- “Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call me in the morning!”
- A concrete vision for the next 4 years and actually talking about a plan, huh…whodda thunk it?!?!
- Can I smack the next person that tells me Obama hates US businesses??
- I wish Obama didn’t come across so dry as he’s using facts and numbers.*sigh*
- “Climate change is not a joke…and in this election you can do something about it!” Oh yes he went there!!
- I do like how he keeps sticking to the point that whatever happens after November will be our choice. It is our responsibility which direction this country takes. The implication is clear, a vote for Romney/Ryan is clearly a bad choice.
- So they agree then, Romney/Ryan = foreign policy n00bs.
- “it’s time to do some nation building here at home!”
- “No democracy works without compromise”
- Holy crap, Obama has just taken all Republican talking points on their “vision” for our economy and has said he refuses to follow that path. That may well be the soundbite of the convention. “I Refuse!”
- You gotta give it to the Dems, if they were timid in their support of the LGBT community last time, they most certainly are not showing any trace of fear this go round.
- “If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the privileged few..I request your vote this November”
- Well he did end his speech on a high note. Overall I give his speech a B+/A-, typical Barack Obama with just a few memorable quotes (the I refuse line really stood out).
I think Obama made his case the best way he could. He put forward both party’s visions for America, outlined consequences for both paths and told America, it’s up to you. I also think Clinton made an excellent case for Obama’s re-election and whether you like it or not, he was the highlight of the convention. Will it be enough? Personally I think it will be but there’s still 60 days to go and plenty can happen in the meantime.