Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Random Thoughts

Day 2 of the DNC...

Barak ObamaMania is official. The guy rocked!
"If there's a child on the South Side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child," Obama said. "If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. 'E pluribus unum.' Out of many, one."

Obama contrasted his vision with those who would divide the country. "The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats," he said. "But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."


Teresa Heinz Kerry was great. Said hello to everyone in FIVE languages. Eloquent. Classy. Self-deprecating at all the right times. Believable. Personable. And I loved the red suit; much more attractive than her trademark dark clothes and Red White & Kerry scarves.

The Annie-look-alike, Ms. Wexler, also rocked the Fleet, telling the cheering crowd that Dick Cheney needed a looooooonnnnnnnnng time-out for saying a bad word on the senate floor.

Teddy Kennedy's speech was good, if predictable. YT very much enjoyed seeing him whooping it up 'conductor style' later that night on some news program I channel-surfed by.

Howard Dean....was glad to see him receive the longest standing O of the convention -- so far. He really did energize the democratic base, was the first guy out-the-gate to take Bush Co., head on when we anti-war lefties needed a voice, and for that YT will always be grateful to him. My Salon.com piece about Ms. Dean still holds. She's a lucky lady.

Later, after all people had left the Fleet except about a dozen journalists, and the tv talking heads were gnashing the previous hours, John and Elizabeth Edwards stopped by for a peek of the Fleet -- a sorta walk-thru of tonight's speech...the networks (Larry King, Scarborough & Reagan, Hardball) immediately panned to John Edwards and stayed with him the 15-20 min he and the misses were there, commenting on him just standing at the podium! It was unbelievable. Like he was the second coming of Christ, or a rock star! Like it or not, Edwards has JUICE.

Am very much looking forward to John Edwards' speech tonight.

Rock on.

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