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DNC2012, Day 2- Address of MO Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the CBC: ‘We Will Never Be Better Off Without Being Better’ (VIDEO)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow. Fired UP and ready to GO.

Have heard from a NY delegate that this speech by Cleaver was not scripted and that the teleprompter was blank. Again, wow.

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DNC2012 Day 2 List of Speakers

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    5:00 p.m.

Representative Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
Representative Diana DeGette, D-Colo.
Speaker and Member of the California State Assembly John A. Pérez
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts Thomas M. Menino
Representative Judy Chu, D-Calif.
Former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California Steve Westly
Representative John Larson. D-Conn.
Deputy Sheriff, Carroll County, Iowa Ken Myers

    6:00 p.m.

President of AFL–CIO Richard Trumka
Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Steve Israel
Representative Steve Israel, D-N.Y.
Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Non-Voting Member of the US House of Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Pedro R. Pierluisi
Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy Tom Steyer
Senator Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Representative Karen Bass. D-Calif.
Representative Al Green. D-Texas
Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II, D-Mo.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

    7:00 p.m.

Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
Representative Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Johanny Adames, American Voices
Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt

    8:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce, American Voices
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards
Representative Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Representative Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Ed Meagher, American Voices
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki
Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
Executive Director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK Sister Simone Campbell
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

    9:00 p.m.

Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration Karen Mills
Bill Butcher, American Voices
Attorney General of California Kamala D. Harris
DREAM Act Activist Benita Veliz
Journalist, Actress, and Talk Show Host Cristina Saralegui
Attorney and Women’s Rights Activist Sandra Fluke
Co-Founder and Former CEO of CarMax, Inc. Austin Ligon
Karen Eusanio, American Voices
President of UAW Bob King
Former Employees at companies controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster
Representative Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

    10:00 p.m.

Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco Jim Sinegal
Candidate for US Senate, Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren
Mayor of Los Angeles, California Antonio R. Villaraigosa
President Bill Clinton

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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of MA Gov. Deval Patrick (ICYMI Video and Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This is what MD Gov. Martin O’Malley WISHES his speech had been- a fantastic home run by Patrick. Give it a look.

“Good evening, Democrats! Are you fired up? Are you ready to go? I hope so.

This is the election of a lifetime. Because more than any one candidate or policy, what’s at stake is the American dream. That dream—the ability to imagine a better way for ourselves and our families and then reach for it—is central to who we are and what we stand for as a nation. Whether that dream endures for another generation depends on you and me. It depends on who leads us, too.

In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation—during better economic times—and household income in our state was declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up, and business confidence was down. Our clean energy potential was stalled. And we had a structural budget deficit. Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn’t one of them. He’s a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it.

When I came to office, we set out on a different course: investing in ourselves and our future. And today Massachusetts leads the nation in economic competitiveness, student achievement, health care coverage, life sciences and biotech, energy efficiency and veterans’ services. Today, with the help of the Obama administration, we are rebuilding our roads and bridges and expanding broadband access. Today we’re out of the deficit hole Mr. Romney left, and we’ve achieved the highest bond rating in our history. Today—with labor at the table—we’ve made the reforms in our pension and benefits systems, our schools, our transportation system and more that Mr. Romney only talked about. And today in Massachusetts, you can also marry whomever you love. We have much more still to do. But we are on a better track because we placed our faith not in trickle-down fantasies and divisive rhetoric but in our values and common sense.

The same choice faces the nation today. All that today’s Republicans are saying is that if we just shrink government, cut taxes, crush unions and wait, all will be well. Never mind that those are the very policies that got us into recession to begin with! Never mind that not one of the governors who preached that gospel in Tampa last week has the results to show for it. But we Democrats owe America more than a strong argument for what we are against. We need to be just as strong about what we are for.

The question is: What do we believe? We believe in an economy that grows opportunity out to the middle class and the marginalized, not just up to the well connected. We believe that freedom means keeping government out of our most private affairs, including out of a woman’s decision whether to keep an unwanted pregnancy and everybody’s decision about whom to marry. We believe that we owe the next generation a better country than we found and that every American has a stake in that. We believe that in times like these we should turn to each other, not on each other. We believe that government has a role to play, not in solving every problem in everybody’s life but in helping people help themselves to the American dream. That’s what Democrats believe.

If we want to win elections in November and keep our country moving forward, if we want to earn the privilege to lead, it’s time for Democrats to stiffen our backbone and stand up for what we believe. Quit waiting for pundits or polls or super PACs to tell us who the next president or senator or congressman is going to be. We’re Americans.

We shape our own future. Let’s start by standing up for President Barack Obama.

This is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying. This is the president who brought Osama bin Laden to justice, who ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan. This is the president who ended “don’t ask, don’t tell” so that love of country, not love of another, determines fitness for military service. Who made equal pay for equal work the law of the land. This is the president who saved the American auto industry from extinction, the American financial industry from self-destruction, and the American economy from depression. Who added over 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last two-plus years, more jobs than George W. Bush added in eight.

The list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told—even more so when you consider that congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy. With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you, and neither should you and neither should you.

What’s at stake is real. The Orchard Gardens Elementary School in Boston was in trouble. Its record was poor, its spirit was broken, and its reputation was a wreck. No matter how bad things were in other urban schools in the city, people would say, “At least we’re not Orchard Gardens.” Today, thanks to a host of new tools, many enacted with the help of the Obama administration, Orchard Gardens is turning itself around. Teaching standards and accountabilities are higher. The school day is longer and filled with experiential learning, art, exercise and music.

The head of pediatric psychology from a local hospital comes to consult with faculty and parents on the toughest personal situations in students’ home lives. Attendance is up, thanks to a mentoring initiative. In less than a year, Orchard Gardens went from one of the worst schools in the district to one of the best in the state. The whole school community is engaged and proud.

So am I. At the end of my visit a year and a half ago, the first grade—led by a veteran teacher—gathered to recite Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. When I started to applaud, the teacher said, “not yet.” Then she began to ask those six- and seven-year-olds questions: “What does ‘creed’ mean?” “What does ‘nullification’ mean?” “Where is Stone Mountain?” And as the hands shot up, I realized that she had taught the children not just to memorize that speech but to understand it.

Today’s Republicans and their nominee for president tell us that those first-graders are on their own—on their own to deal with their poverty; with ill-prepared young parents, maybe who speak English as a second language; with an underfunded school; with neighborhood crime and blight; with no access to nutritious food and no place for their mom to cash a paycheck; with a job market that needs skills they don’t have; with no way to pay for college.

But those Orchard Gardens kids should not be left on their own. Those children are America’s children, too, yours and mine. And among them are the future scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, engineers, laborers and civic leaders we desperately need. For this country to rise, they must rise—and they and their cause must have a champion in the White House.

That champion is Barack Obama. That cause is the American dream. Let’s fight for that. Let’s canvass and phone bank and get out the vote for that. Let’s go tell everyone we meet that, when the American dream is at stake, you want Barack Obama in charge.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States.”

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ICYMI: Selected Live Tweets from #DNC2012, Day 1

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
The #dnc2012 has begun! @dwstweets gavels open the convention — watch live at


Latinos for Obama ‏@LatinosforObama
Watch #DNC2012 livestream at 10 p.m. ET as @JulianCastro delivers the keynote speech.
http://OFA.BO/enVivo  #Latinos2012


Jennifer Granholm ‏@JenGranholm
FACT: #DNC2012 more diverse than any in history. Delegates: 50% women.
RT if you are proud of this #Current2012 #Women2012


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
Third graders lead the #dnc2012 recitation of Pledge of Alliegance.
Proud moment for parents!


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
Closed caption of @MsAmberPRiley singing anthem on #dnc2012
jumbotron at most open and accessible convention


The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats
Our chair, @DWStweets, has officially gaveled in the
46th quadrennial national convention of the Democratic Party. #DNC2012


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012
Kathleen Sebelius asks LGBT caucus, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Deafening applause. #DNC2012


David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster
Obama officials: Last 2 days of internals show Obama +9 over Romney in Ohio.
GOP has NEVER won the Presidency without OH. #Current2012


Mike O’Brien ‏@mpoindc
Wow, Charlie Gonzalez says Romney “has embraced the racial profiling policies
of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe *Arpaio.”

Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama 
A tribute to the late, great Senator Ted Kennedy:’

Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger
Being there for Ted Kennedy’s “the dream shall never die” speech
was the best moment I’ve ever had at a convention.


Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady
ICYMI AT #ABLC: DNC Tribute to Ted Kennedy… by@bwaycarl #p2 #TFY


Classless Dems use tribute video of deceased Ted Kennedy to attack Mitt #Romney


.@Reince is so offended by that “classless” shot
that he’s yelling at an empty chair.


Donna Brazile ‏@donnabrazile
Hey, no one attacked Romney. We just pulled some old video from the past.
Thought Republicans loved old movies, old times, good ole days.



Will McAvoy ‏@WillMcAvoyACN
Listen, @Reince, you can’t air a guy yelling at a chair he’s pretending is POTUS
for 12 minutes then complain about the other guy’s class.



HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Rep. Jared Polis: “I’m Jewish, I’m gay, I’m a father … but most importantly
I’m an American” #DNC2012




Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
Thank you Jared Polis for recognizing not just gay and lesbian
Americans, but non-believers!! #DNC2012 #atheist


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
Hey- remember the openly gay elected official that spoke at
#GOP2012? Yeah, exactly… #DNC2012 #JaredPolis #lgbt


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
Did any Republican speakers say they were gay?


Benjy Sarlin ‏@BenjySarlin
Speeches are a lot more varied than RNC, where first day
was basically 50 cookie cutter “You didn’t build that”s #DNC2012

Cascokid ‏@cascokid
#DNC Pyromaniacs shouldn’t blame the firefighter. — mayor of Minneapolis.


The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats
NARAL's Nancy Keenan: "Put simply, women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney."
#DNC2012 #WomenForObama

“We are ready to do the hard work. We are ready to stand together.
We are ready to re-elect President @BarackObama!”

Daily Kos ‏@dailykos
Tomorrow’s fit: the Reagan-worshiping GOP condemning people
for showing video of dead politicians.


David Badash ‏@davidbadash
RT @thinkprogress: “We believe that rape is rape.” –
NARAL President Nancy Keenan #p2 #lgbt #topprog
#tlot #DEM #GOP #GOP #DNC2012#teaparty


Jennifer Granholm ‏@JenGranholm
Republicans say they want to talk jobs, but only mention jobs 45 times
in platform. Dems mention 77 times. #DNC2012 #Current2012


The Daily Show ‏@TheDailyShow
#TDSBreakingNews Planned Parenthood launches “Yes, We Plan” effort
at #DNC2012. Better than other idea: “the Audacity of IUD.”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy4Congress), who is running for #IL8,
is now speaking. Duckworth lost both of her legs while serving in the Iraq War.


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams
“thank God for food stamps, public education, and pell grants”



Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
.@Tammy4Congress is really great- proud she’s from my state of #Illinois!
Meanwhile, Joe Walsh is screaming at an empty chair somewhere.


Michelle ‏@Misha44_Sorry @ewerickson this is the DNC. There will be even more vaginas you sexist pig.


Jhana ‏@HI4me
What is “classless” @Reince is RNC delegates throwing peanuts at a camera woman
& telling her this is what we feed our animals! #RNC2012

Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
.@Tammy4Congress gives a shout out to #DADT repeal
for making us stronger as a nation. #DNC2012


emptywheel ‏@emptywheel
So what are we? 8,000 more words on the sacrifices of service
men and women than the GOP managed in their Convention?


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
RT @drgrist Nice work, @CNN RT @michaelscherer Classy.
RT@EWErickson: First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.


Denis Dison ‏@DenisDison
I don’t understand how supposed small-govt Republicans can favor
govt-forced, unnecessary medical procedures for women.


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
When Democrats cheer “USA!” it’s because they SUPPORT
the person who is speaking. 😉 #DNC2012


David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster
Do you @EWErickson still work for @CNN? You tweeted,
” First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.” #Current2012

Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat
Rep. Joe Walsh: “How DARE Tammy Duckworth show off her war injuries!
She should pretend she has legs so the election can be about policy.”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Rhode Island Gov. @LincolnChafee is now speaking.
Chafee, an independent, left the Republican Party in 2007. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports
#Tammy Duckworth delivering powerful speech about being wounded in Iraq
saved by her crew crowd on its feet #DNC2012 @nbcpolitics


Tammy Duckworth ‏@Tammy4Congress
This election is about whether we will do for our fellow Americans
what my crew did for me. #DNC2012 #IL08


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
Another chance to say THANK YOU, PROVIDENCE,
for putting out the red carpet for Netroots Nation in June.


Susan Gardner ‏@SusanGDailyKos
Lincoln Chafee: There is nothing conservative about today’s Republican Party. So true.


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
RT @ThePlumLineGS: David Gergen, on CNN just now:
Excitement at Dem convention “more palpable” than at GOP convention #DNC2012


merickles ‏@merickles
@EWErickson Better than four nights of angry d*cks in Tampa.


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@ZackFord Guessing that ALL #MEDEM Delegates will be seated by
#DNC2012 unlike #MEGOP counterparts #RonPaul #tcot


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@DavidShuster @EWErickson @CNN Like the NFL: “Not For Long”!
#DNC2012 #vagina


Brian Anthony Bowen ‏@TheBedKeeper
If @Reince is this upset about Kennedy debating Mitt #Romney on video,
just wait til Pres #Obama does it in person! #p2 #gop #dnc2012 #lgbt


Rachel Pike ‏@rachepike
Tammy Duckworth talked about Afghanistan. Those of us w/family there, or just returned,
appreciate that we aren’t forgotten #DNC2012 News ‏@BostonDotCom
“Obamacare provides my family security and release.” – Stacey Lihn,
mom to Zoe, 2, who was born with a congenital heart defect #dnc2012



Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
“Obamacare provides my family security and relief…
Governor Romney repealing #HCR is something we worry about every day.”


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
That child REALLY doesn’t want Mitt to get elected. No argument here.


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Supreme Court upholding of Obamacare gets standing ovation.#DNC2012


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Vice President Biden and son Hunter are in the house now. #DNC2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
RT @StevenTDennis: Tonight is the most aggressive I’ve seen Dems pushing health care
in a long, long time. Real people, not statistics.


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Former Ohio Gov. @Ted_Strickland is now speaking at #DNC2012.
He previously served in #OH6 from 1997-2007.


Peter Hamby ‏@PeterHambyCNN
Ted Strickland, the man who would be DNC Chairman, about to drop some bombs on Romney


Current TV ‏@current
“Barack Obama refused to let the auto industry die!” —
Ted Strickland at#DNC2012. #Current2012


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN
If Mitt Romney “were Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”


The Fix ‏@TheFix
“If Mitt Romney was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and fire the elves.”
— Ted Strickland. #dnc2012


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
RT @BeachPeanuts: “Mitt Romney’s money needs a passport.”
– Ted Strickland #DNC2012 #fb


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
Seriously– this #DNC2012 is exactly what it should be: showing what progressive values are.
Meanwhile, #RNC2012 just attacked Obama.


Jennifer Hayden ‏@Scout_Finch
“Even his money needs a passport.” Ted Strickland just delivered an upper cut.


Joan McCarter ‏@joanmccarter
Yay! A Dem who finally says Romney lies. News ‏@BostonDotCom
“Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes.”
– Former Ohio Gov. Strickland #dnc2012


The Young Turks ‏@TheYoungTurks
Ted Strickland just brought the lead pipe and blow torch out! #
DNC2012 #Current2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now up at #DNC2012.


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
“To Mitt Romney, all profits are created equal whether they were created on this shore or not.”


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
“barack obama saved the american auto industry. mitt romney saved on his taxes.”
– strickland #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Strickland: “Barack Obama is an economic patriot. Mitt Romney is an outsourcing pioneer” #DNC2012


Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
Not since the 1992 Dem convo has the party made such an overt pitch on abortion.


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay
Strickland did have some great lines,”Barack Obama is betting on the American worker.
Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation”


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay
Strickland, getting right to the core of Mitt:
“Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes.”


daveweigel ‏@daveweigel
When the HHS secretary says “Obamacare is a badge of honor,”
I guess the “Obamacare is a slur” stuff is over.


Daniel Pino ‏@DanielJohnPino
SO happy #DNC2012 is reclaiming #obamacare as a badge of honor – YES!


Daily Kos ‏@dailykos
Sebelius: “What’s missing from the Romney/Ryan plan for Medicare, is Medicare”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
.@RahmEmanuel, Chicago Mayor/former White House Chief of Staff to
@BarackObama, now speaking at #DNC2012.


an evil weasel ‏@Anevilweasel
RT @cenkuygur “The Dems are mentioning Mitt Romney more
than the Republicans did at the GOP convention.”
– @CenkUygur #Current2012#DNC


David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod
. @MassGovernor up soon… “Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed.
I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn’t one of them.”


Matt Yglesias ‏@mattyglesias
LEAKED TEXT OF RAHM’S SPEECH: Fuck Mitt Romney! #dropsmic


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Ready the beep button…Here comes Rahm Emanuel. #DNC2012


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
Is C-SPAN on a 7-second delay right now?


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Rahm: “Fortunately for all of us, we have a once-in-a-generation president” #DNC2012


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
C’mon, Rahm- Make My Day!


Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp
Real Rham speech: “I was there that night when they said if you wanna save the autos,
GM has to go under… i said F–K NO!”


Rania Khalek ‏@RaniaKhalek

Remember when Rahm Emanual spearheaded the purging of progressive dems

from Congress in exchange for Bluedogs? #DNC2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

Rahm plays the 3 am phone call card! #dnc2012


Rahm F-in Emanuel ‏@RahmtheMayor

I’m fuckin talkin DNC, listen the fuck up! #dnc2012


John Fugelsang ‏@JohnFugelsang
Santa Mitt just had @OutsourcedElf strap Rudolph to the top of the sleigh.
#DNC2012 #Current2012


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams
Same here RT @karenhunter: conflicted about Rahm Emanual.
What’s going on in Chicago right now with the murders is unconscionable.


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
.@KalPenn, best known for his roles in the Harold and Kumar series, now speaking.
He served in the White House Office of Public Engagement.


Arlette Saenz ‏@ArletteSaenz
Kal Penn: I am honored to accept your nomination for POTUS. Wait this is not my speech.
Prompter guy, can we pull up my speech please?
Retweeted by ABC World News


Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper
Kal Penn mentions OBL killing, gay marriage, says,
“thank you invisible man in the chair, for that.”


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC
Pell grants? Huh, I didn’t hear anyone in Tampa talking about Pell grants.#dnc2012


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine
Whoa. Kumar is surprisingly eloquent. #DNC2012


Rea Carey ‏@rea_carey
Standing on floor of #DNC loving Kal Penn! #DADT #LGBT
Retweeted by Kathy Plate


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
#sexyface #DNC2012


The Hill ‏@thehill
“Let’s keep fighting for a president who has never stopped fighting for us.”
-Actor Kal Penn #sexyface #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Now speaking: Barack Obama’s sister and Michelle Obama’s brother


Rea Carey ‏@rea_carey
Rainbow flags flying in #DNC hall tonight #LGBT @TheTaskForce
Retweeted by The Task Force News ‏@BostonDotCom
RT @lauraehouston: Kal Penn: Rahm Emanuel is a Mayor so he can’t use four letter words.
But I can… vote.


Lee Roberts ‏@leolabeth
Charming brother and sister on the #cspanDNC #DNC2012 Lovely.


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@rea_carey @TheTaskForce Pix of rainbow flags, pls? #lgbt #DNC2012


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Interesting how the diversity on stage actually reflects that on #DNC2012
floor unlike #GOP last week. #mepolitics


ABC News ‏@ABC
One hour until Michelle Obama takes the stage. #DNC2012
Story: President Obama Gets “Misty” When The First Lady Speaks


Jonathan Larsen ‏@jtlarsen
Aaaaand, #sexyface is the top trending topic in the country.
Retweeted by Christopher Hayes


Erin Mazursky ‏@emazursky
The #LilyLedbetter Act: So #women don’t have to choose
between being a good employee & being a good mom.” @barackobama #DNC2012


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation
Lilly Ledbetter =equal pay 4 equal work for women. “It’s an American value.”


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

I love some Lilly Ledbetter… #WarriorForWomen #Equality #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Ledbetter: “I think it says something about his priorities that the first bill

he put his name on has my name on it too” #DNC2012


Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos

Republicans think it’s silly that women be paid the same as men.

They fought this tooth and nail.


Howard Fineman ‏@howardfineman

Charlotte hall|so different from Tampa: thousands more delegates packed in,

louder cheers, more background noise, more colors, ethnicities.


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Ledbetter: “Maybe 23 cents doesn’t sound like a lot to someone

with a Swiss bank account” #DNC2012


Andrea Purse ‏@drepurse

Remember those painful seconds after a reporter asked romney camp

if they supported fair pay and they had no answer? Yeah, me too. #dnc


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

Ledbetter is bringing the heat!! I love this fighting spirit in the dems tonight!!

about time!! #DNC2012


Joan Walsh ‏@joanwalsh

So proud that I got to be on @NowWithAlex with Lilly Ledbetter. She just rocked it.


Phil Bartlett ‏@PhilMaine

Lilly Leadbetter telling it like it is! President Obama stood up

for equal pay for equal work. Pay differences shouldn’t be based in gender.


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Lilly Ledbetter is rocking it because she has experienced what politics

@ its best is all about –improving condition of peoples’ lives.


Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

woot woot #Deval!


Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick is on stage at #DNC2012

Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
The #DNC2012 is way more heartening than #RNC2012 was disheartening,
and I couldn’t be more grateful or proud.


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN
NOW BACK TO RED MEAT: Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick will go after Romney.


Gov. Patrick: “More than any one candidate or policy,
what’s at stake is the American dream.” #DNC2012


Nancy Giles ‏@nancygilesnyc
I am a #ProudDemocrat and am almost in tears watching #DNC2012
and such a diverse, energized group that truly represents my beloved country.

Retweeted by Jon Hinck


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67
This is just rocking it out. I am so much more proud of the America I see
on the #DNC2012 stage than those crazy people last week. #SexyFace


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@LaurelRamseyer SO jealous of you, having a gov like #Deval! #DNC2012


eclecticbrotha ‏@eclecticbrotha

The man who had to fix Romney’s shit in Massachussetts.



Gov. Patrick: “As governor, [Mitt Romney] was more interested in having the job

than doing the job.” #DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

Dem speakers are passionate about progressive values & ideas

a t#DNC2012— such a stark difference from

#RNC2012 #RageAgainstTheObama


Jason Gooljar ‏@wfpman

.@mittromney Deval Patrick’s talking smack about you. Saying you left MA broke yo.

You gonna take that? 🙂


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

Damn… that cheering for marriage equality, open service, and nondiscrimination

protections does NOT get old. #DNC2012 #LGBT


Amy Fried ‏@ASFried

Ann Romney: I love you women! Lily Lebetter: Barack Obama stood

up for equal pay, Romney doesn’t.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Deval is fired up, in ’06 he beat #Romney ‘s hand picked successor 56-35



Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

HUGE applause for: “Today in MA you can marry whomever you love”

~ Gov. Deval Patrick #DNC2012



Gov. Patrick: “We are on a better track because we placed our faith

not in trickle-down fantasies & divisive rhetoric but in our values..”


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Patrick: “Never mind that not one of the governors who preached that gospel

in Tampa last week has the results to show for it” #DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#DevalPatrick celebrates #MarriageEquality is his speech… Loving it,#DNC2012


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland

I swear, tonight’s speakers must be hooked up to a Red Bull IV right before

they come out. The GOP was positively dreary compared.


Windy City Times ‏@WindyCityTimes1

#DNC2012 #DevalPatrick We believe that freedom means

keeping government out of our most private affairs, including on choice and marriage!



Gov. Patrick: “It’s time for Democrats to grow a back bone and stand for what we believe.” #DNC2012


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67

Love Gov. Patrick pointing out small gov’t means supporting

women’s reproductive choice and #MarriageEquality. Take note, #GOP. #DNC2012


Conor Friedersdorf ‏@conor64

Noteworthy that you never hear Republicans tout Mitt Romney’s record in MAssachusetts.


Jon Hinck ‏@jonhinck

Deval Patrick: This is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care

to every single American after 90 years of trying.


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine

Dems are gonna go for the jugular on the abortion question.

Republicans are wishing a pox on the House Akin. #DNC2012


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Remember that talk about a Democratic enthusiasm gap?

See the Democratic Convention. #DNC2012


Dave Rubin ‏@RubinReport

After watching both the #RNC2012 and the #DNC2012

I’ve officially diagnosed America with bipolar disorder. @LOLGOP


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2

Lily Ledbetter hit it out of the park, so Deval Patrick came up to bat- and did the same! #DNC2012


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ

Deval Patrick tops Ted Strickland as the night’s best speaker so far.#dnc2012


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

I think Deval Patrick gets the award for being the first speaker of either convention

to be so fired up he made himself hoarse. #DNC2012


Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos

I need a cigarette. #starbursts


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger

Deval Patrick made himself a national figure tonight. #DemCon2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley is now speaking. He is the chair of the Democratic Governors Association


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Tonight liberal chattering class will anoint Deval as who #Obama should be


Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes

Half thought O’Malley might get Nancy Kerrigan’ed by Andrew Cuomo’s folks

so glad to see he’s made it to the stage.


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams

Edwards, Moore, Clarke #women RT @TheREAL_MBrooks:

Booker, Patrick, Obama… What New Political Black Leadership looks like#DNC2012


C Moch ‏@Nimbus_79

@TheYoungTurks #DNC2012 #Current2012

Deval Patrick absolutely incredible speech… This guy hit a home run no question!!



MD Gov O’Malley is #prochoice & his state earned an A on choice-related laws.

Go Maryland! #DNC2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

I hope O’Malley’s band comes on at the end and they jam. #dnc2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#DevalPatrick knocked it out of the park. #DNC2012 #JustWow


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine

Listen up O’Malley: Don’t start your speech with a history lesson. It’s boring.


Martin O’Malley ‏@GovernorOMalley

Progress is a choice. Whether we move forward or back, this too is a choice.

That is what this election is all about. #DNC2012 News ‏@BostonDotCom

RT @realitygal: Deval Patrick 2016 #DNC2012


The Daily Show ‏@TheDailyShow

Tonight! Charlotte, North Carolina is full of Democrats —

it’s either the Apocalypse or the #DNC2012! 11/10c.


Penny Lusk ‏@CaptPirateLady
So this is what a convention looks like when you’re proud of positions,
policy you’ve enacted. #DNC2012 #Current2012″


Leo Murrieta ‏@TheLMurrieta
WOO!!!!! Joaquin Castro – Candidate for TX House Rep,
doing intro for his brother, Julian! #DNC2012 #latism #Latino


Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat
I’ve been saying Obama and the #DNC are communists and
finally I can PROVE it– a guy named Castro is giving the keynote. Check and mate!


Joe Fitrzyk ‏@JoeFitrzyk
This #DNC has everything! Blacks, whites, gays–AND TWINS!

Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
First major contrast between this keynote and Christie’s:
Castro mentioned “Obama” 2 mins in. Christie waited over 15 min for “Romney”


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Julián and Joaquín Castro double trouble for #GOP! #mepolitics


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger
So who was the genius who decided Deval Patrick shouldn’t speak in prime time?


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Julian Castro: No matter who you are or where you’re from, the path is always forward.



HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Castro: “The dream is universal, but America makes it possible.
And our investment in opportunity makes it a reality”


POLITICO ‏@politico
Castro: “The dream is universal, but America makes it possible.”#DNC2012


DCCC ‏@dccc
House Democratic candidate @JoaquinCastroTX is a @DCCC Majority Maker.
Help us elect more Democrats to Congress


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine
FYI: The Castros are descended from Rosie Castro, a leader of La Raza in the 1970s
. #TheMoreYouKnow #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports
First Latino keynoter #Julian Castro shows how much dems want to turn Texas
some day as Hispanic population grows @nbcpolitics #DNC2012

Lane Hudson ‏@tlanehudson
RNC gets a hurricane. DNC gets a rainbow. #signsfromabove 


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Castro: “Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it”


Joshua Starr ‏@mcpssuper
Julian Castro “you can’t be pro-business if you’re not pro-education”


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Fast Fact: Julián Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio, Texas in 2009 w/56% of vote
and re-elected in 2011 with 83%! #mepolitics #DNC2012


POLITICO ‏@politico
Castro responds to Romeny’s ‘borrow money from your parents line’,
“Gee, why didn’t I think of that?”


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Castro: “Romney is a good guy, he just has no idea how good he has had it.” #NBCPolitics


Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
“he has no idea how good he’s had it” was that Castro’s attempt to channel Ann Richards’
“poor George” refrain?


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

Julian Castro: “When it comes to letting people marry who they love, Mitt Romney says no.”


CJ Werleman ‏@rationalists

The GOP may hate him, but I bet there are plenty of Republican wives

now changing the name of their vibrator to Julian Castro.


Lane Hudson ‏@tlanehudson

First DNC keynote to mention #marriageequality. Yes to Julian Castro!#dnc2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

Castro: “the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay.” #dnc2012


Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa

“First they called it trickle down, then supply side, then Romney/Ryan or is it Ryan/Romney”

– Julian Castro #DNC2012


Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala

Castro is having SO much fun. So is the crowd. This is masterful.

Retweeted by David Axelrod

































































Mike O’Brien ‏@mpoindc

An Obamaesque line from Castro: ‘If we sever the threads that connect us,

the only people who will go far are those who are already ahead.”

Retweeted by Amy Fried
James Skylar Gerrond ‏@JimmySky

Sitting in our nation’s capital, watching the Latino mayor of San Antonio,

give a speech supporting the first Black President on al Jazeera.


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

This is a combo of inspirational bio and attack –

it’s working with the crowd in the hall all fired up @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


Daily Kos ‏@dailykos

“My mother fought hard so instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

Julian Castro is awesome.


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Castro: “Mom, I’m even more proud of you.” That’s the line that reduced me to tears. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

#Julian Castro my mother fought hard for civil rights so instead of a mop

im holding this microphone @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


Chris Bowers ‏@ThisBowers

Damn, DNC attendees are way more excited than their RNC counterparts.

Dems are really going to clean up this year.


PoliticsNation ‏@PoliticsNation

You always get extra love for the #momshoutout –

Nice one,@JulianCastro #dnc2012 #msnbc2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

.@JulianCastro has just cemented his political rock star status.

Great speech. Wow. #DNC2012


TBogg ‏@tbogg

Jan Brewer wants to see that little girls papers.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Little Castro girl doing her hair in the camera was what the kids say “adorbs.”


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

How many amazing speeches can the Democrats pack into one night?#DNC2012


Willard Mitt Romney ‏@MlTTR0MNEY

I know about struggles, Julian Castro. Once I tried to tip the doorman,

but he couldn’t break a 50! #demcon2012 #dnc2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall

First lady @MichelleObama up next at #DNC2012.

She is the final speaker for this evening’s programming.


Michelle Obama ‏@MichelleObama

Keep an eye on @Obama2012 for the full live-tweet of the First Lady’s#DNC2012 speech.


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

Biggest difference between GOP and DEM keynotes:

#Julian Castro talked about Barack Obama


Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein

If you’d told me in 04 that the 08 Dem convention would feature a guy named Castro

and a guy named Hussein Obama, I’d have been skeptical


Michael Cohen ‏@speechboy71

When Michelle walks out on stage this place is basically going to lose its collective shit.


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#MichelleObama video… I literally get chills every time I see her and hear her speak. #DNC2012


Dominic Holden ‏@dominicholden

I don’t mean to be totally three years and eight months ago,

but seeing a black First Family still makes me a little verklempt.


Linsey Pecikonis ‏@cr8progress

Totally tearing up with this #firstlady video. Seriously,

can we take a moment just to #love our #firstfamily? #DNC2012


Jonah Goldberg ‏@JonahNRO

This is the best part of the convention and the best part of Obama —

he’s a decent and good dad, and that’s a good thing.


POLITICO ‏@politico

Michelle Obama walks out to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” #dnc2012



The Hill ‏@thehill

“I have seen the very best of the American spirit.” Michelle Obama has taken the stage. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

Huge cheers for @michelleobama tells Elaine Brye “we will always have your back”

focus on military families @DNC2012 @NBCPolitics


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “A date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie,

because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both” #DNC2012


Cenk Uygur ‏@cenkuygur

This is a million times better than the RNC so far. They are crushing.#current2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “When Barack started telling me about his family –

that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit”


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Mrs. Obama selling “normal.” politics of the personal, keep the lead in the likability gap

. ‘we’re just like you.’ #NBCPolitics


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

“Barack & I were raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money

but gave us something far more valuable: unconditional love.”


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

this is most personal account by @michelleobama of her reluctance

to run before 08 campaign @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


rickjacobs ‏@rickjacobs

#michelleobama reignites my fire. She speaks to the soul. #dnc2012


Gregory A. Cendana ‏@gregorycendana

Things just got real when @MichelleObama walked onto the stage!

REAL!#DNC2012 @DemConvention


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

True story, like Mrs. Obama when my dad was courting my mom

she could see the pavement from under the passenger side floor.


Raven Brooks ‏@ravenb

There’s not a dry eye in Charlotte tonight. #DNC2012


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams

Already crying…..#DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

See, I actually believe the amazing @MichelleObama when she tells her real,

relatable story of work & accomplishments. #DNC2012


POLITICO ‏@politico

Michelle Obama speaks about her Dad’s struggle with MS,

revisits family history of sacrifice for her and her brother. #DNC2012


ABC News ‏@ABC

RT @ceciliavegaabc: #DNC2012 #FLOTUS focusing on her upbringing

and jokes about her husband (he wore shoes a half size too small)


Kaili Joy Gray ‏@KailiJoy

I know it’s not a contest between the wives, but Michelle won. Just sayin’.


Frank Bruni ‏@FrankBruni

Ann Romney, I see you your tuna pasta and I raise you Barack’s rusty car.#Michelle #DNC.


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

Michelle Obama: “If you work hard, you should be able to build a decent life

for yourself & an even better life for your kids & grandkids.”


Joan Walsh ‏@joanwalsh

“The truth matters” is biggest applause line so far.


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

“We learned that how hard you work matters more than how much you make.”

– @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger

Michelle: “For my Dad, that’s what it meant to be a man…

being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family.”


JeffreyFeldman ‏@JeffreyFeldman

The idea that men feel a loss of self when they lose a paycheck..

.hugely important–very glad she mentioned that.


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman

RT @DemConvention: “We learned that how hard you work

matters more than how much you make.” – @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes

This section of the speech is a very very deft rebuttal to the

John Galt, We-Built-This nonsense.


ThinkProgress ‏@thinkprogress

“The truth matters… you don’t take shortcuts.” — Michelle Obama


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

RT @dncdesantis: you can hear a pin drop as Michelle tells her dads story-

alot of talk of values tonight- very moving, relatable #DNC2012


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Michelle Obama “We learned that the truth matters–

you don’t play by your own set of rules…& so many had a hand in our success.”


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN

IMPORTANT LINE THERE: Michelle Obama stressing her family and POTUS’

admired success and others who had more. Sounds like new Dem key msg


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

After an evening of firebrand speeches, Michelle Obama speaks with such grace

and dignity befitting a real first lady. #DNC2012


Sedef Piker ‏@SedefsCorner

Michelle Obama is amazing especially when compared to Ann Romney

#dnc2012 #current2012 News ‏@BostonDotCom

“Barack knows the American dream because he has lived it.” –

Michelle Obama #DNC2012


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

FLOTUS: “For Barack, these issues aren’t political—they’re personal.

Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.”


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

RT if you agree, #WeLoveMichelle. @MichelleObama speaking at the#DNC2012 now.


Planned Parenthood ‏@PPact

.@MichelleObama on POTUS: “He believes that women are more

than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care.”


Moya Watson ‏@moyalynne

You can’t help but notice the diversity of this audience —

in stark difference to the audience of last week.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

huge ovation for Mrs. Obama when she says “don’t slam the door of opportunity behind you.”

#Nbcpolitics ‏@MoveOn

Obama “wants every young person to fulfill their promise & be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.” — @MichelleObama#DNC2012


Bloomberg TV ‏@BloombergTV

“In the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political — they’re personal.”@MichelleObama


ThinkProgress ‏@thinkprogress

“Its not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives”

— Michelle Obama


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

FLOTUS says husband believes when you walk thru that door of opportunity

u do not slam it shut behind u- huge cheers @nbcpolitics#dnc2012


Jamelle Bouie ‏@jbouie

Michelle’s speech, more than anything, is a direct repudiation of the entire Romney narrative.

And she does it with such a wonderful smile.


Sara Hottinger ‏@SaraHottinger

“When you’ve walked through that doorway of opportunity,

you do not slam it behind you. You reach back…” —Michelle Obama #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “Today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…

even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met”



Michelle Obama just made a gay reference during her keynote, respecting our love.

Mitt Romney made a gay ref too, he slammed our marriages.


Jon Hinck ‏@jonhinck

I certainly confess to thinking that our first lady is indeed very special.

Thanks @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Jonathan Karl ‏@jonkarl

You are watching Barack Obama’s most popular advocate–

Michelle Obama’s favorable rating is well over 60 percent. #DNC2012


paulhogarth ‏@paulhogarth

Amen, Marta!! RT @venice4change: I want to live in Michelle Obama’s America,

not Ann Romney’s with the rest of “you people.”


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Michelle O: “We are playing a long game here.Change is hard.

But we get there,eventually.” Yes.


The Hill ‏@thehill

“Doing the impossible is the history of this nation..

.It is how this country was built.” -Michelle Obama #DNC


Shane Goldmacher ‏@ShaneGoldmacher

Smart take on the night from @ron_fournier: It’s all about women, women, women


Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein

Barack Obama always jokes that Michelle gives the better speech.

I’m starting to think that’s actually true.


Matt Thorn ‏@matt_thorn

“so many of us stand here tonight because of our parents swallowed their fears

and doubts and did what was hard.” #dnc2012 #msnbc


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland

And they think Obama will have trouble filling the stadium Thursday? Really??? Silly pundits.


Melissa Ryan ‏@MelissaRyan

Wow. #DNC2012


Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

The audience is in tears #DNC2012


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN

MICHELLE OBAMA: killed it.


Jeffrey Toobin ‏@JeffreyToobin

Sen. Michelle Obama (D-IL), elected 2016? #dnc2012


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay

Um, yeah, @MichelleObama was kinda awesome tonight. Maybe even beyond awesome. Duly impressed.


JeffreyFeldman ‏@JeffreyFeldman

Ladies and gentleman…THAT is a great American. Home run. O…M…G…#flotus


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Rachel Maddow –what an ” excellent speech”


Dan Savage ‏@fakedansavage

Holy shit. Not just a reference to “who thye love,” but Michelle put us “at the altar.”

That’s gonna wind up in NOM videos. #DNC2012


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

Thank you, Michelle Obama, for representing the best of America.#DNC2012


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67

This is insanely sweet: RT @elizakern Barack and the girls watching Michelle’s speech: #DNC2012


























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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of FLOTUS Michelle Obama (ICYMI Video, Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Magnificently done. Somehow, what was a strong night of speeches (more to be shared later) was all a lead-up to the best address yet- that of FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Goodness knows how the rest of the week or the President himself will top this!

This opening DNC clip was shown before the First Lady was introduced to the crowds by military mom Elaine Brye:

Then Michelle Obama came out, looking spectacular in a Tracy Reese designed pink dress, and delivered a truly masterful speech that she herself took a month to write:

“Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.
And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.

I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls.

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

I’ve seen it in people who become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others…flying across the country to put out a fire…driving for hours to bail out a flooded town.

And I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons…in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “…I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.”

Every day, the people I meet inspire me…every day, they make me proud…every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

Serving as your First Lady is an honor and a privilege…but back when we first came together four years ago, I still had some concerns about this journey we’d begun.

While I believed deeply in my husband’s vision for this country…and I was certain he would make an extraordinary President…like any mother, I was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance.

How would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight?

How would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends, and the only home they’d ever known?

Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys…Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house…and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.

And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn’t want that to change if he became President.

I loved Barack just the way he was.

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.

But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.

You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.

My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young.

And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain…I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.

But every morning, I watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink, and slowly shave and button his uniform.

And when he returned home after a long day’s work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him…watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.

But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work…he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of.

And when my brother and I finally made it to college, nearly all of our tuition came from student loans and grants.

But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.

And every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short.

He was so proud to be sending his kids to college…and he made sure we never missed a registration deadline because his check was late.

You see, for my dad, that’s what it meant to be a man.

Like so many of us, that was the measure of his success in life – being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family.

And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me.

Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.

Barack’s grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank…and she moved quickly up the ranks…but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling.

And for years, men no more qualified than she was – men she had actually trained – were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while Barack’s family continued to scrape by.

But day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus…arriving at work before anyone else…giving her best without complaint or regret.

And she would often tell Barack, “So long as you kids do well, Bar, that’s all that really matters.”

Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.

They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did…in fact, they admired it.

They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.

That’s how they raised us…that’s what we learned from their example.

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children.

That’s who we are.

And standing before you four years ago, I knew that I didn’t want any of that to change if Barack became President.

Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.

You see, I’ve gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like.

And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.

And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.

But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.

So when it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother.

He’s thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day’s work.

That’s why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work.

That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.

That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again – jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president.

He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically – that’s not how he was raised – he cared that it was the right thing to do.

He did it because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine…our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick…and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness.

And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care…that’s what my husband stands for.

When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid.

And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.

We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.

That’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.

So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal.

Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.

He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.

Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.

And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.

He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work…because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

He’s the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew.

That’s the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering their questions about issues in the news, and strategizing about middle school friendships.

That’s the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him.

The letter from the father struggling to pay his bills…from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won’t cover her care…from the young person with so much promise but so few opportunities.

I see the concern in his eyes…and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, “You won’t believe what these folks are going through, Michelle…it’s not right. We’ve got to keep working to fix this. We’ve got so much more to do.”

I see how those stories – our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams – I see how that’s what drives Barack Obama every single day.

And I didn’t think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met.

I love that he’s never forgotten how he started.

I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard.

I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.

And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we’re all sweating it – when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost – Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise.

Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward…with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.

And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here…and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once.

But eventually we get there, we always do.

We get there because of folks like my Dad…folks like Barack’s grandmother…men and women who said to themselves, “I may not have a chance to fulfill my dreams, but maybe my children will…maybe my grandchildren will.”

So many of us stand here tonight because of their sacrifice, and longing, and steadfast love…because time and again, they swallowed their fears and doubts and did what was hard.

So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.

And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

Because in the end, more than anything else, that is the story of this country – the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle.

That is what has made my story, and Barack’s story, and so many other American stories possible.

And I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady…and not just as a wife.

You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still “mom-in-chief.”

My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

But today, I have none of those worries from four years ago about whether Barack and I were doing what’s best for our girls.

Because today, I know from experience that if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters…if we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise…if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility – that belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it…then we must work like never before…and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward…my husband, our President, President Barack Obama.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Keynote Speech of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (ICYMI Video and Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Note: Mayor Castro was introduced by his twin brother last night; camera shots of their mother, Julian’s wife and young daughter were used within the broadcast to great effect. ~AP)

“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Texans, my fellow Americans: I stand before you tonight as a young American, a proud American, of a generation born as the Cold War receded, shaped by the tragedy of 9/11, connected by the digital revolution and determined to re-elect the man who will make the 21st century another American century — President Barack Obama.

The unlikely journey that brought me here tonight began many miles from this podium. My brother Joaquin and I grew up with my mother Rosie and my grandmother Victoria. My grandmother was an orphan. As a young girl, she had to leave her home in Mexico and move to San Antonio, where some relatives had agreed to take her in. She never made it past the fourth grade. She had to drop out and start working to help her family. My grandmother spent her whole life working as a maid, a cook and a babysitter, barely scraping by, but still working hard to give my mother, her only child, a chance in life, so that my mother could give my brother and me an even better one.

As my grandmother got older, she begged my mother to give her grandchildren. She prayed to God for just one grandbaby before she died. You can imagine her excitement when she found out her prayers would be answered—twice over. She was so excited that the day before Joaquin and I were born she entered a menudo cook-off, and she won $300! That’s how she paid our hospital bill.

By the time my brother and I came along, this incredible woman had taught herself to read and write in both Spanish and English. I can still see her in the room that Joaquin and I shared with her, reading her Agatha Christie novels late into the night. And I can still remember her, every morning as Joaquin and I walked out the door to school, making the sign of the cross behind us, saying, “Que dios los bendiga.” “May God bless you.”

My grandmother didn’t live to see us begin our lives in public service. But she probably would have thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way—the good people of San Antonio willing—to the United States Congress.

My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story possible. Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.

America didn’t become the land of opportunity by accident. My grandmother’s generation and generations before always saw beyond the horizons of their own lives and their own circumstances. They believed that opportunity created today would lead to prosperity tomorrow. That’s the country they envisioned, and that’s the country they helped build. The roads and bridges they built, the schools and universities they created, the rights they fought for and won—these opened the doors to a decent job, a secure retirement, the chance for your children to do better than you did.

And that’s the middle class—the engine of our economic growth. With hard work, everybody ought to be able to get there. And with hard work, everybody ought to be able to stay there—and go beyond. The dream of raising a family in a place where hard work is rewarded is not unique to Americans. It’s a human dream, one that calls across oceans and borders. The dream is universal, but America makes it possible. And our investment in opportunity makes it a reality.

Now, in Texas, we believe in the rugged individual. Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps, and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can’t do alone. We have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow.

And it starts with education. Twenty years ago, Joaquin and I left home for college and then for law school. In those classrooms, we met some of the brightest folks in the world. But at the end of our days there, I couldn’t help but to think back to my classmates at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. They had the same talent, the same brains, the same dreams as the folks we sat with at Stanford and Harvard. I realized the difference wasn’t one of intelligence or drive. The difference was opportunity.

In my city of San Antonio, we get that. So we’re working to ensure that more four-year-olds have access to pre-K. We opened Cafe College, where students get help with everything from test prep to financial aid paperwork. We know that you can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education. We know that pre-K and student loans aren’t charity. They’re a smart investment in a workforce that can fill and create the jobs of tomorrow. We’re investing in our young minds today to be competitive in the global economy tomorrow.

And it’s paying off. Last year the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio as the nation’s top performing local economy. And we’re only getting started. Opportunity today, prosperity tomorrow.

Now, like many of you, I watched last week’s Republican convention. They told a few stories of individual success. We all celebrate individual success. But the question is, how do we multiply that success? The answer is President Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. “Start a business,” he said. But how? “Borrow money if you have to from your parents,” he told them. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn’t determine whether you can pursue your dreams. I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. I think he’s a good guy. He just has no idea how good he’s had it.

We know that in our free market economy some will prosper more than others. What we don’t accept is the idea that some folks won’t even get a chance. And the thing is, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are perfectly comfortable with that America. In fact, that’s exactly what they’re promising us.

The Romney-Ryan budget doesn’t just cut public education, cut Medicare, cut transportation and cut job training.

It doesn’t just pummel the middle class—it dismantles it. It dismantles what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class. When it comes to getting the middle class back to work, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to respecting women’s rights, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to letting people marry whomever they love, Mitt Romney says, “No.” When it comes to expanding access to good health care, Mitt Romney says, “No.”

Actually, Mitt Romney said, “Yes,” and now he says, “No.” Governor Romney has undergone an extreme makeover, and it ain’t pretty. So here’s what we’re going to say to Mitt Romney. We’re going to say, “No.”

Of all the fictions we heard last week in Tampa, the one I find most troubling is this: If we all just go our own way, our nation will be stronger for it. Because if we sever the threads that connect us, the only people who will go far are those who are already ahead. We all understand that freedom isn’t free. What Romney and Ryan don’t understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.

Republicans tell us that if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will too. Folks, we’ve heard that before. First they called it “trickle-down.” Then “supply-side.” Now it’s “Romney-Ryan.” Or is it “Ryan-Romney”? Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed. The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price.

Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it. But Barack Obama gets it. He understands that when we invest in people we’re investing in our shared prosperity. And when we neglect that responsibility, we risk our promise as a nation. Just a few years ago, families that had never asked for anything found themselves at risk of losing everything. And the dream my grandmother held, that work would be rewarded, that the middle class would be there, if not for her, then for her children—that dream was being crushed.

But then President Obama took office—and he took action. When Detroit was in trouble, President Obama saved the auto industry and saved a million jobs. Seven presidents before him—Democrats and Republicans—tried to expand health care to all Americans. President Obama got it done. He made a historic investment to lift our nation’s public schools and expanded Pell grants so that more young people can afford college. And because he knows that we don’t have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants called dreamers.

I believe in you. Barack Obama believes in you. Now it’s time for Congress to enshrine in law their right to pursue their dreams in the only place they’ve ever called home: America.

Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we’ve seen 4.5 million new jobs. He knows better than anyone that there’s more hard work to do, but we’re making progress. And now we need to make a choice.

It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share, so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell grants—or a nation that invests more in education. It’s a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas—or a leader who brings jobs back home.

This is the choice before us. And to me, to my generation and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who’s always chosen us. A man who already is our president: Barack Obama.

In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.

And while she may be proud of me tonight, I’ve got to tell you, Mom, I’m even more proud of you. Thank you, Mom. Today, my beautiful wife Erica and I are the proud parents of a three-year-old little girl, Carina Victoria, named after my grandmother.

A couple of Mondays ago was her first day of pre-K. As we dropped her off, we walked out of the classroom, and I found myself whispering to her, as was once whispered to me, “Que dios te bendiga.” “May God bless you.” She’s still young, and her dreams are far off yet, but I hope she’ll reach them. As a dad, I’m going to do my part, and I know she’ll do hers. But our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part, as one community, one United States of America, to ensure opportunity for all of our children.

The days we live in are not easy ones, but we have seen days like this before, and America prevailed. With the wisdom of our founders and the values of our families, America prevailed. With each generation going further than the last, America prevailed. And with the opportunity we build today for a shared prosperity tomorrow, America will prevail.

It begins with re-electing Barack Obama. It begins with you. It begins now. Que dios los bendiga. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”

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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of Lilly Ledbetter (ICYMI Video; Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

“Good evening, I’m Lilly Ledbetter and I’m here tonight to say: What a difference four years make!

Some of you may know my story: How for nineteen years, I worked as a manager for a tire plant in Alabama. And some of you may have lived a similar story: After nearly two decades of hard, proud work, I found out that I was making significantly less money than the men who were doing the same work as me. I went home, talked to my husband, and we decided to fight.

We decided to fight for our family and to fight for your family too. We sought justice because equal pay for equal work is an American value. That fight took me ten years. It took me all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in a 5–4 decision, they stood on the side of those who shortchanged my pay, my overtime, and my retirement just because I am a woman.

The Supreme Court told me that I should have filed a complaint within six months of the company’s first decision to pay me less even though I didn’t know about it for nearly two decades. And if we hadn’t elected President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court’s wrongheaded interpretation would have been the law of the land.

And that would have been the end of the story. But with President Obama on our side, even though I lost before the Supreme Court, we won. The first bill that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I think it says something about his priorities that the first bill he put his name on has my name on it too.

As he said that day with me by his side, “Making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone.”

The president signed the bill for his grandmother, whose dreams hit the glass ceiling, And for his daughters, so that theirs never will. Because of his leadership, women who faced pay discrimination like I did will now get their day in court.

That was the first step but it can’t be the last. Because women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make. Those pennies add up to real money. It’s real money for the little things like being able to take your kids to the movies and for the big things like sending them to college. It’s paying your rent this month and paying the mortgage in the future. It’s having savings for the bill you didn’t expect and savings for the dignified retirement you’ve earned.

Maybe 23 cents doesn’t sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account, Cayman Island Investments and an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars. But Governor Romney, when we lose 23 cents every hour, every day, every paycheck, every job, over our entire lives, what we lose can’t just be measured in dollars.

Three years ago, the house passed the paycheck Fairness Act to level the playing field for America’s women. Senate Republicans blocked it. Mitt Romney won’t even say if he supports it. President Obama does. In the end, I didn’t get a dime of the money I was shortchanged.

But this fight became bigger than Lilly Ledbetter. Today, it’s about my daughter. It’s about my granddaughter. It’s about women and men. It’s about families. It’s about equality and justice.

This cause, which bears my name, is bigger than me. It’s as big as all of you. This fight, which began as my own, is now our fight—a fight for the fundamental American values that make our country great. And with President Barack Obama, we’re going to win. Thank you very much. God bless America.”

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DNC Day 1: A Tribute to the late MA Senator Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy (ICYMI Video)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Powerful stuff indeed, on so many levels. Be it as remembering a great Democrat and the work that he did during the long course of his career in the Senate, highlights of his tremendous 1994 take-down of now GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, or his lifework’s goal, “the cause of his life”, of healthcare coverage for all Americans accomplished in the first term of the Obama administration.

An extraordinary moment from last night– one of many. This is a convention where the Democratic party is fully engaged and taking the fight forward hard to the American people and the corporate interests led by Mitt Romney.

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

“The work begins anew. The hope rises again. The dream lives on.”

Game. On. Well played, Democrats.

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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of MD Gov. Martin O’Malley (ICYMI Video; Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Well done, but much more of a solid single than the home run many anticipated, especially on a night in Charlotte when the bats were red-hot.

See for yourself:

“Greetings from Maryland, home to the number-one public schools in America for four years in a row!

Since the first days of the American Revolution, Maryland has been called the “Old Line State” because of this true story of a group of soldiers called the Maryland Line: immigrants and native born, black and white, volunteers all. It is August 27th, 1776—two months since our Declaration of Independence. Outnumbered and surrounded, Washington’s army is about to be crushed forever at Brooklyn Heights. The British are closing in.

With America’s future hanging in the balance, word is passed up and down the Maryland Line: “Fix bayonets, we’re moving forward.” And they do. Into the breach. They hold off the British just long enough for Washington’s army to escape and fight another day. Today there is a plaque by the mass graves of those citizen soldiers. It reads, “In honor of the Maryland 400, who on this battlefield saved the American army.”

In times of adversity—for the country we love—Maryland always chooses to move forward. Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we move forward or back: this too is a choice. That is what this election is all about!
Democratic governors, with the support of our president, are leading their states forward—putting job creation first, balancing budgets, protecting priorities, making the tough decisions, right now, to create jobs and expand opportunity. Together with President Obama, we are moving America forward, not back.

With 29 months in a row of private sector job growth, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By making college more affordable for millions of middle-class families, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By securing the guarantee of Medicare for our seniors, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! By putting forward a concrete plan to cut waste, ask those at the top to pay a little more, and reduce our deficit, President Obama is moving America forward, not back! And by adding American manufacturing jobs for the first time since the late 1990s, President Obama is moving America forward, not back!

Facts are facts: No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Great Depression inherited a worse economy, bigger job losses or deeper problems from his predecessor. But President Obama is moving America forward, not back.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan now say they want to take America back. And so we ask: Back to what? Back to the failed policies that drove us into a deep recession? Back to the days of record job losses? Back to the days when insurance companies called being a woman a “pre-existing condition”?

No, thank you. I don’t want to go back. Do you? Instead of a balanced, achievable plan to create jobs and reduce the deficit, Mitt Romney says he will cut taxes for millionaires and raise them for the middle class.

Instead of improving public safety and public education like President Obama, Mitt Romney says we need less police officers, firefighters and teachers. Instead of safeguarding our seniors, Romney and Ryan would end the guarantee of Medicare and replace it with a voucher in order to give bigger tax breaks to billionaires. Instead of investing in America, they hide their money in Swiss bank accounts and ship our jobs to China!

Swiss bank accounts never built an American bridge. Swiss bank accounts don’t put cops on the beat or teachers in our classrooms. Swiss bank accounts never created American jobs!

We are Americans. We must act like Americans. We must move forward, not back. My parents, Tom and Barbara O’Malley, like so many of yours, were part of that great generation that won the Second World War. Dad flew 33 missions over Japan in a B-24 Liberator. He was able to go to college only because of the GI Bill.

Our parents taught us to love God, love our family and love our country. Their own grandparents were immigrants. Their first language may not have been English, but the hopes and dreams they had for their children were purely American.
You see, there is a powerful truth at the heart of the American dream: The stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us, to our children and grandchildren. Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed—as we do—that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children’s future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down.

Yes, we live in changing times. The question is: What type of change will we make of it? As we search for common ground and the way forward together, let’s ask one another—let’s ask the leaders in the Republican party—without any anger, meanness or fear: How much less, do you really think, would be good for our country? How much less education would be good for our children? How many hungry American kids can we no longer afford to feed? Governor Romney: How many fewer college degrees would make us more competitive as a nation?

The future we seek is not a future of less opportunity; it is a future of more opportunity for all Americans.
See the faces of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. They did not cross an ocean, settle a continent, do hard, backbreaking work so their children and grandchildren could live in a country of less. They came here because the United States of America is the greatest job-generating, opportunity-expanding country ever created by a free people in the history of civilization! And she still is.

Let us not be the first generation of Americans to give our children a country of less! Let us return to the urgent work of creating more jobs, more security and more opportunity for our people. Together, let’s move forward, not back—by re-electing Barack Obama president of the United States!”

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