My take on the first night’s speeches at the DNC!

August 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

In my opinion, the two best speeches of the first night of the DNC were those of Senator Ted Kennedy and Michelle Obama. I think that most Democrats thought that these speeches were well received, positive, and touching. 

Senator Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, was suffering from kidney stones the day he delivered his speech. He literally left a hospital bed in Denver to address the convention. His speech addressed how he plans to work on legislation for President Obama that would give all Americans access to health care comparable to that available to members of Congress. Considering that approximately 25% of all Latino adults in the US have no regular health care provider, this is an important issue for us, and Senator Kennedy’s leadership will be instrumental in making quality health care a reality. You can watch the Senator’s tribute and speech here:

I am struck at how robust and energetic he looks despite being ill. Dare I say that a sick Ted Kennedy looks stronger than a healthy John McCain, and both men are close in age. I also am impressed with Kennedy’s level of service and commitment to the people that he did make this appearance despite his own health struggles. His own fight makes his health policy advocacy especially poignant.  

Michelle Obama’s speech was great because she addressed how her home life shaped her own public service and the common goals and dreams that she shares with her husband, the Democratic nominee. She also praised the work of Senator Clinton for putting cracks in the glass ceiling. Her speech wasn’t very policy oriented, but her goal in introducing her family and her husband was to tell their story and how their experiences as a family have shaped who they are today.   

One more thing, aren’t the Obama children charming? I think that it will be great to have children in the White House again to remind the policy makers who work there that they should strive to shape policy with the future generations in mind.

Tags: Barack Obama · Democratic Party · health care · Hillary Clinton · Kennedys · Michelle Obama · Presidential Elections

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jammer // Aug 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    the first night was a little frustrating for me. I can’t believe how nice the democrats are to the republican leadership. From the tone of the speeches you would think that we democrats are happy with the crap the republican administration has dealt the last 8 years. Maybe we are. It wasn’t until the 2nd night when the Gov from Montana drew a target on bush and McCain and opened fire on the SOB’s from the GOP that I began to feel good about our party. That was followed by a phenomenal broadside from Hillary. The Democratic party needs to counter every attack from the Republicans and dish back the same. No more swift boat attacks nor mud slinging should be left unchallenged. You know what,.. we may know how to conduct a campaign and fight for what our party stands for after all. I hate to think about that single mom earning minimum wage does not share in the American dream simply because we were to nice and didn’t fight back.

  • 2 BettyM // Aug 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I agree that these speechs were good – Kennedy has done more than most for the good of all Americans and I have no doubt that if he is able he will continue. We need more politicians who can help undo the damage of the past 8 years and get our country back on track.

  • 3 EYES OF TEXAS // Aug 28, 2008 at 7:27 am

    When does an individual take responsibility for themselves? That’s all I hear from Demoncraps is what can the government give me for free. It’s called a nanny-government which takes care of all the needs and makes all the decisions for all the people. As an individual who likes making decisions for myself and not being told how to live my life by the government I not too impressed with the direction Obama wants to steer our nation. Socialism in America is not the way most Americans want to live.

  • 4 Jonathan Adams // Aug 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hi, Racewire is at the DNC right now, too. Check out our coverage of “Getting the Latino vote” and the Voto Latino party.

  • 5 Moe Miran // Sep 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I am a Cuban American and an independent voter that will vote for McCain/Palin. Sen. Obama is all talk the talk but not walk the walk.
    You can go with the message of change and choose a Washignton insider (Joe Biden) that has been there for 36 years playing Politics and done absolutely nothing. If you want Government health care… it will not be free.. all come with the high cost. I don’t want the government to give me nothing and to stay off my back and out of my pocket. You want Government free health care go to Cuba… and see it.

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