Deciphering the DNC
I know you guys generally prefer vids to articles, but for those of you who actually read this drivel, I’ve got a recap of Wednesday’s session of the Democratic National Convention. I watched most of it at my day job – and that’s a good 6 hours of politics, of Democratic hijincks.
1. Bill Clinton.
Clinton got a standing O that lasted more than three minutes. He eventually had tell everyone to sit down. He was emphatic in his support of Obama, saying “Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.” More than just what he said, he seemed sincere. He was really aliented during the primaries, really bitter. I missed the old Bill. He looked good; he looked better than Hillary. She always looks somewhat dour. He looks like he’s getting laid on the reg.
2. Joe Biden.
Biden babbled on about his son and their relationship for, oh, five minutes. Remember, Biden was essentially the headliner, so he got tons of airtime. He, too, was unequivocal in his support of Obama. Actually, more than support: He basically professed his love for him. Again, it was a very genuine speech. That’s what made it good. Actually, what made it good was the special guest who joined Biden on stage at the end of his speech.
It was Obama! When he stepped up, the crowd went absolutely crazy. And I’m not going to lie, I did too. I have this plastic American flag on my desk at The Eagle and I was jumping up and down, waving my flag and hooting and hollering … and when Obama started to speak, I just kind of sunk to my knees in front of the TV and quietly moaning his name.
Ha ha, just kidding. I didn’t do that …
Anyway. Obama gave a shout out to Hillary, saying “If I’m not mistaken, Hillary Clinton rocked the house last night!” He also mentioned his wife, whose speech was actually fantastic. The camera panned to Michelle after her husband praised her, and you could see her huge smile, you could see her say “I love you.”
Later, Angela and I were watching more of the coverage, and we agree this feeling, this love people have for Obama is almost eerie. From me here on my couch to the delegates at the Pepsi Center to graffiti artists in Atlanta – everyone seems to be entranced by him. It’s exhilarating to be so excited about a presidential candidate. But weird that so so many people feel that way.