Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.4.2

Night one of the DNC was impressive to say the least. I heard possibly three of the best speeches I have ever heard; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's keynote speech, and Michelle Obama. I heard a speech where Patrick said what I have thought for a long time, it's time Democrats grew a backbone and stood up for what they believe. I heard Castro, the possible next Governor of the uber red state Texas. And I heard the first lady of the U.S. say it doesn't matter who you love a week after Chris Christie told us love is totally overrated.

It's late and I need sleep so I'll let the middle part of Patrick's speech speak for me ....

"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 grow a 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."

Tomorrow night brings Bill Clinton.

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.4.1

I'm posting this video as a public service. I think the chances are better of my seeing snow falling in the tropical air currently blanketing the Village than seeing Willard appear in a spot like this one.

"President Obama prepares for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Don't miss the show, starts Thursday September 6th
at 8:00 p.m. Eastern."

Watch it online. Get started here: BarackObamadotcom

Kal Penn joined Obama in 2009 as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. He left for a bit in 2010 to film A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. This video is a promotion for
"Live From Charlotte," a web-only convention special that Penn will host on Thursday at 8PM. The special includes interviews with Marc Anthony, Elizabeth Banks, Aisha Tyler, Olivia Wilde, Fran Drescher, Zach Braff and Alexis Bledel. Penn will also be a featured speaker during the DNC's opening night.

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.4

The Democratic National Convention starts later today and Michelle Obama, she of the 64% approval rating, will be the main speaker tonight. Hopefully there will be no empty chairs on stage although Chris Rock had a good idea. Have an empty chair up there for the entire convention and if anybody questions it just say it belongs to Osama bin Laden.

This short film, it's 15 minutes long, was released by the Obama Campaign back in March and is still probably one of the best they have done. It should be required viewing for any undecided voter. The latest polls have the President and Willard in a dead heat, 45% each, which leaves 10% of the public undecided.

The Road We've Traveled ....