Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday Night at DNC Brings Heavy Hitters; President Hits Hardest

Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention was a night of heavy hitters and heavy hits on Donald Trump.

Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent Michael Bloomberg attacked Trump calling him a "dangerous demagogue."  Joe Biden took on Trump's claim of fighting for working people "malarkey."  Tim Kaine impressed with his ability to speak more than one language.

The stage, however, was cleared for the President of the United States whose victory lap speech handed "the baton" to Hillary Clinton   He also, if the American people listened carefully, laid waste to Donald Trump's divisive and ridiculous campaign.

It was a skillful speech that soared in its defense of Clinton as Obama called her, with apologies to President Bill Clinton, the "most qualified" candidate for President in history.  He defended Hillary against her critics by citing her 40 years in public life and her accomplishments.

There were so may memorable lines, but the one that resonated with me is one the President has used before.  When the convention-goers started to boo Donald Trump, Obama said, without missing a beat, "Don't boo. Vote."

That line boils down this election to its very basic level.  Don't sit this one out on the sidelines.  We must get to the polls on Election Day and vote.

At its finish, President Obama talked about the next chapter of his life as a private citizen again.  He talked about leaving the Democratic Party in the hands of Hillary Clinton and others who will move the cause forward. "My time in office hasn't fixed everything. As much as we've done, there's still so much more I want to do."

"Thank you for this incredible journey. Lets keep it going," said Obama at the end of his speech before being joined by Secretary Clinton for a post-speech hug.

President Obama was brilliant.  His speech hit all the right notes.  I think this entire convention up to this point has been brilliant after its rocky first steps.  It hasn't been easy.  There have been protests and walkouts, but we are Democrats.  This is what we do.  Our tent is so big that we sometimes eat our own.  That said, we have a lot to fight for this election cycle.

Last night's speakers put everything into perspective.  The stage is clear for the woman who might be the first to be called Mrs. President come January.

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