If anyone thought that Bill Clinton alienated himself from party members during the primaries, they thought wrong. Last night, he more than redeemed himself. The “come back kid” did it again.
“The world is more impressed with the power of our example than the example of our power,” resonated Bill’s oh so easy to listen to voice. Through the convention hall, his words captured both the hearts and minds of Democrats.
"...no one can humanize policy like Clinton. The speech he offered could have been a joint release from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for American Policy foreign affairs department. But somehow, when Clinton reads it, policy slips free of the weighty terms and looping sentences that press it down, and drifts upward to read easily as part of the human condition, engaged with our everyday experience. It's a remarkable skill, and one that no other current politician possesses.
Bill Clinton accomplished what he had come to do: Unify the party behind Barack Obama.
Bill Clinton at DNC: Obama is Ready to Lead
As if that were not enough to elevate this historic night, John Kerry stood on the frontlines in this fight against the Republicans' extremist ideology. “The flag belongs to all of the American people,” Kerry demanded. No doubt, a moment of vindication for John Kerry who was so ruthlessly swiftboated in 2004.
Never in modern history has an administration squandered American power so recklessly.
Never has strategy been so replaced by ideology – never has extremism so crowded out common sense and fundamental American values. Never has short-term partisan politics so depleted the strength of America ’s bipartisan foreign policy.
George Bush, with John McCain at his side, promised to spread freedom, but delivered the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They misread the threat and misled the country. Instead of freedom, it’s Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and dictators everywhere that are on the march. North Korea can build more bombs, and Iran is defiantly chasing one.
Our mission is to restore America ’s influence and position in the world. We must use all the weapons in our arsenal – above all, our values.
In what Josh Marshall is calling the best speech of the night, John Kerry delivered. And then some.
Bill Clinton and John Kerry went beyond warming up the crowd for the introduction of the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden. The intro speech given by his son Beau was one of the surprises of the evening. Relatively unknown outside of Delaware, the Attorney General offered a personal and inspiring story of his father, Joe Biden.
Beau Biden Introduces his father, Joe Biden
The nation was introduced to Joe Biden and his family, including “Mama Biden” whose creed Senator Biden described as “America’s creed” as he delivered his acceptance speech. “My mother's creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. You are everyone's equal, and everyone is equal to you.”
Senator Biden’s acceptance speech was more like a conversation around the kitchen table than a formal acceptance speech. Hitting hard on the economic difficulties Americans are facing, Biden spoke with supporters, not at them. A skill Biden is well known for, his scrappy yet engaging style lends serious street creds to the Obama-Biden ticket.
The grand finale did not fall short. A surprise appearance by Barack Obama gave us our second glimpse of the two running mates together. Obama’s presence on the stage solidified the sense of hope and thirst for change that all of the Democrats who took the stage on the third evening of the Democratic National Convention so eloquently spoke of.
Barack Obama: I’m Proud to have the Biden Family on this Journey
Truly, a notable night where all Americans can take pride in knowing that for the first time in our nation’s history an African American was elected as a candidate for the President of the United States.
DNC 2008: Barack Obama is Nominated
God Bless America
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