I Made It

Savidge for America made it into Mile-High Stadium tonight, and got to watch as Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination. However, the combination of ridiculous amounts of walking (apparently, INVESCO Field is approximately 7,000 miles from anything) and lack of sleep for the past few days (although my average of five hours pales in comparison to the all-nighters some of our producers have endured) mean that I am at risk of falling on this laptop asleep any second now. So some quick analysis of the Obama speech: while it didn’t have the oratory flash of earlier Obama addresses like the one he gave in New Hampshire (which saw the birth of “Yes We Can” as the campaign slogan), it did something much more important by showing what he means. There has been some frustration with Democrats who didn’t know what “Change” means, even though it would be thrown out all the time – Obama made a good decision by saying, “Change means…” many times in the speech.

It’s been a great experience here in Denver, I should be back for a wrap-up tomorrow, but I’ll be moving into college (go badgers) so it might be a little late.

Some Thoughts from the Speeches

I didn’t have internet access during tonight’s speeches at the DNC, though I wrote up a few thoughts that I had while watching the event:

7:30 – Kennedy gets huge ovation for vowing to be there in January on the Senate floor. The applause he received when he came out was probably the biggest one we’ll see for a while, maybe until Obama takes the stage at INVESCO. This is definitely an inspirational moment for the convention, something the delegates can all get behind. An analyst on PBS mentioned that Kennedy used the line, “The dream never dies the dream lives on” from one of his earlier speeches in 1980 at the end. The Obama campaign, built on “Change we can believe in” and “Yes we can” really identifies with Kennedy’s words, as it relates to one of Obama’s talking points, reclaiming the American dream.

7:45 – Quotes from PBS analysts: “Ted Kennedy just reminded a lot of people why they were Democrats,” “He comes as close to the DNA of the party as anyone here,” “Before there were Clinton Democrats, before there were Obama Democrats, there were Kennedy Democrats.” Kennedy is a classic and iconic figure in the Democratic party – that’s what I’m talking about when I say that Senator Kennedy’s speech can bring unity to the party like almost no one else at the Democratic Convention.

Fantastic and inspiration speech from Ted Kennedy, no matter your politics, you’ll be moved by what Kennedy did – going to the DNC (against doctor’s orders) for a speech no one expected him to make. Truly the lion of the party.

8:35 – Michelle Obama uses the idea that “the dream endures” just like Kennedy did, and also shows how she has lived that dream, how Barack Obama lived it, and how they’ll try to recapture it. I’m not sure it was intentional, but the tie-in with earlier speeches was nice.

8:45 – Obama’s mention of Hillary Clinton gets huge ovation, same for when she talks about Joe Biden. “That is why I love this country” (ability to fight for what is right, etc) line gets standing ovation. By the end of the speech, even C-SPAN couldn’t resist the “watery eye” shots in the crowd – the Pepsi Center looked like an Olympic medal stand tonight.

8:55 – Barack Obama makes a surprise appearance via satellite from Kansas City. It’s been an unusually unscripted first night, with the Kennedy and Obama apppearances. The moment was nice, Barack’s face coming up on the screen, Michelle and the kids saying hello, Barack complementing her on the speech, although the satellite delay made it a little awkward.

Final thought: I have to say that while Michelle Obama delivered a great and well-written speech, Teddy Kennedy stole the show.

Obama’s Speech: More Reactions

This week we’ve been asking out contributors to offer up their response to Barack Obama’s big speech on race relations in America. You  can see the original article and questions here.

Now we’re hearing from the bloggers down at Youth Radio LA:

At this moment I still do not know where I politically stand, but one thing I am sure of is that I agreed with Obama’s race speech. His words are the words that I wished people were more courageous to speak out. Race has always been an issue in this country and probably always will; but the fact that someone is willing to acknowledge it and speak out about it is not something that this country has seen much of. I am very impressed with how Obama was willing to speak about who he really is and about his life experiences, as well as how these experiences make him different from all the other candidates.-Nalani Melo, age 18

YRLA’s top blogger, Anne Santos, addresses our questions: “Has your opinion of Obama changed in the past couple of weeks? Your friends/parents? How?”

I’ve been a fan of Hilary Clinton for a long time, but lately, she’s been losing some points. After hearing a fraction of this speech made me feel Obama a lot more. So yeah, my opinion has changed. As far as my my mom, sister, or friends, I have no clue. But for me, I definitely understand why so many people want him as our president. Everything he covered in that speech hit hard, because he related himself/his problems with everyone. I liked what he had to say, when he said, “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.” I think everyone should listen to this speech.
-Anne Santos, age 21

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