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YES WE CAN!!!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Obama was brilliant this evening. His speech brought me to tears and kept me smiling and crying the whole way through. He is intelligent, articulate and sensible. I agree with everything he said. I even discussed many of the very things he said this evening with friends (and other random victims.) And thank the dictionaries above… he used the word naysayer! I love that word. I love that he is not afraid to use the English language. He is eloquent without alienating people. I will post his speech both in video and text form here and I will come back tomorrow to discuss it. Perhaps, I will continue to dissect it and analyze it and add my two cents to the topics within over the next week or so.

Obama slammed this one out of the political ballpark and we all jogged the victory lap around the bases after this convention. WELL DONE! WELL SAID! THANK YOU for being logical, reasonable and caring.

Senator Durbin introduces Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama
“The American Promise”
Democratic National Convention
August 28, 2008
Denver, Colorado

As prepared for delivery

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To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
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Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours — Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia – I love you so much, and I’m so proud of all of you.

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

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Biden’s Speech at DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Joe Biden\’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention

YAY!!!! GO BIDEN!!!!
VOTE BARACK OBAMA!

Transcript of Senator Joe Biden’s speech prepared for the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Beau, I love you. I am so proud of you. Proud of the son you are. Proud of
the father you’ve become. And I’m so proud of my son Hunter, my daughter
Ashley, and my wife Jill, the only one who leaves me breathless and speechless
at the same time.

It is an honor to share this stage tonight with President Clinton. And
last night, it was moving to watch Hillary, one of the great leaders of our
party, a woman who has made history and will continue to make history: my
colleague and my friend, Senator Hillary Clinton.

And I am honored to represent our first state-my state-Delaware.

Since I’ve never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply
as I can: Yes. Yes, I accept your nomination to run and serve alongside our
next President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

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Senator Kerry’s Speech at the DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

While I realize Kerry is not so charismatic and a bit muppet-like, I STILL THINK KERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN TEN-FOLD A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN BUSH! And for those naysayers who want to discuss Kerry’s supposed flip-flopping, please do message me or leave a comment. We can discuss it.

I noticed that many people were getting up and walking around during his speech. Firstly, didn’t your parents ever teach you it is extremely disrespectful to get up while someone is speaking? HOW rude! Have you ever spoken in front of a crowd? How would you feel if dozens of people were rustling about, getting up and walking around? RUDE! You missed out on a good speech.

If you were not inspired by Kerry’s speech, you were not listening closely enough.

Kerry was spot on in almost everything he said. Some particularly interesting and important things he said I would love to share:

“[Bush] mislead the country…”

There were never any weapons of mass destruction. The Bush regime lied and they still continue to shovel money into the pockets of the oil companies and the weapon-makers. This war MUST END.

“Our mission is to restore America’s influence and position in the world, and we must use all the weapons in our arsenal above all OUR VALUES.”

This is perhaps the most understated statement of the century. We cannot continue to depend on might. While we have the largest military in the world, it is finite. We are spread too thin. We must use diplomacy. If we continue to use our guns, disregarding the opinion of other countries and the good-faith contracts we made for ourselves (the Constitution) and others (International Laws, Geneva Convention, etc.); we will lose all credibility. The past eight years have been a virtual open drain where we have lost almost all political legitimacy. The Bush Administration depended upon military might and forgot the all important notion of ‘good-will’ even when doing so directly conflicted with international law. Political legitimacy is an essential component of state power and efficacy; and we must restore ours by reuniting our words with the core liberal values this country earned so much respect for worldwide. This can only happen through true diplomacy, through obeying the international (and domestic) laws we helped create, by following international standards.

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Bill Clinton’s Speech at the 2008 DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I think this whole speech was worth watching and reading. I will comment in general later but please listen to it, read it, ingest it on your own. Then, we can discuss it.

Transcript of President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention (8/27/08)

In the end, my candidate didn’t win. But I’m very proud of the campaign she ran: she never quit on the people she stood up for, on the changes she pushed for, on the future she wants for all our children. And I’m grateful for the chance Chelsea and I had to tell Americans about the person we know and love.

I’m not so grateful for the chance to speak in the wake of her magnificent address last night. But I’ll do my best.

Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she’ll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama.

That makes two of us.

Actually that makes 18 million of us because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.

Here’s why.

Our nation is in trouble on two fronts: The American Dream is under siege at home, and America’s leadership in the world has been weakened.

Middle class and low-income Americans are hurting, with incomes declining; job losses, poverty and inequality rising; mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt increasing; health care coverage disappearing; and a big spike in the cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.

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No Way, No How, NO McCain!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The wonderful Hillary Clinton

Transcript from Hillary’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to follow:

I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama.

My friends, it is time to take back the country we love.

Whether you voted for me, or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines.

This is a fight for the future. And it’s a fight we must win.

I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women’s rights at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.

And you haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

No way. No how. No McCain.

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Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Monday, August 25th, 2008

She is truly inspiring. Their connection is palpable. One gets the sense they truly care about one another and like each other a lot. This is a healthy relationship. I like them. Here was her speech.

Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention (as it was prepared).

As you might imagine, for Barack, running for President is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother Craig.

I can’t tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as I’ve felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.

At six-foot-six, I’ve often felt like Craig was looking down on me too…literally. But the truth is, both when we were kids and today, he wasn’t looking down on me – he was watching over me.

And he’s been there for me every step of the way since that clear February day 19 months ago, when – with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change – we joined my husband, Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that’s brought us to this moment.

But each of us also comes here tonight by way of our own improbable journey.

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