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.