The first full day of the Democratic Convention was an eventful one for the Democratic Party. Pundits in the national media talked about the great job Democrats did on Tuesday making the case for Obama. Journalists across the board noted that this convention has already taken on a different tone than that of the RNC. Where the Republicans made their convention about attacking the Democratic party, the Democrats have made this convention about the promise that America still has, and the need to protect the American dream.
Speaker after speaker crossed the stage on Tuesday and made the case for four more years of Democratic leadership. Party stars from Corey Booker to Deval Patrick crossed the stage and spoke about what is at stake in this election. Mayor Julian Castro shared his life story, and how his rise to success is the embodiment of the American dream, which he referred to as a “relay race.” For Castro, his family’s relay race started 100 years ago when his orphaned grandmother immigrated to the U.S. Two generations later, after the baton was successfully handled by Julian’s strong mother, it has been handed off to Julian and his brother Joaquin who is running to represent their district in the House of Representatives.
Michelle Obama, however, stole the night with what many are saying was the best speech of the night. David Gergen has even gone so far as to say that it could potentially be the best speech of the convention when it is all over. The First Lady’s speech centered on the humility and humanity that she sees day in and day out from her husband Barack Obama. Michelle recounted first dates with Barack during a time where he had foregone high paying jobs in exchange for community building. Mrs. Obama drew distinctions between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when talking about the Commander-in-Chief’s value systems. According to the First Lady, for Barack “success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about how many lives you change.”
The arena and downtown Charlotte was buzzing about the first lady’s speech for hours after it was over. That excitement will surely be carried over for the rest of the convention as the attendees look forward to speeches from Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Bill Clinton, and of course Barack Obama.
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