This being my first Democratic Convention experience, I really wasn't sure what to expect. All I thought was "this is on MSNBC until 3 a.m.?! what the heezy?!" While I could have done without Pat Buchanan being a bit of a jerk, Rachel Maddow was awesome so I thought at least she would keep me entertained for a couple of hours.

Turns out Conventions are a complete tear-jerker! Talk about pulling at your heart strings. Senator Ted Kennedy's tribute & speech made me whimper like a little puppy and it literally gave me chills when Chris Matthews said something along the lines of "we've seen a Kennedy grow old." Ugh. So emotional. And all that talk of passing the torch to Obama was also rather incredible.

But, for me, Michelle Obama stole the show. The video is quite long, but I wanted to post it anyway for those with some time (everyone else can watch it in parts or something).



Her speech was incredible, IMO, because you could tell what it meant for her to be standing there, with her mother and brother supporting her, and wishing her father could be there as well. Plus, she's an awesome speaker. I've always said that she's really better than Obama. Let's just say that by the end of her speech, my guy and I were practically bawling. (Although, I could have done without the shots of women in the audience crying.)

My favorite moments in the speech were: 1) when she gave props to Hillary Clinton and her accomplishment, and 2) when she got choked up talking about what this election means for her children.

All the talk about this being a "historical campaign" has never really meant much to me. I recognized that history was being made, but, in my constant need for more, more, more justice right now, I never really internalized that. I'm one of those people who gets completely wrapped up in how far we've still got left to go.

Michelle Obama reminded me last night of why our hard work is so important, and why it's important to keep moving forward while still acknowledging how far we've come. My guy and I are still young, but even he openly admits that he didn't think he'd see a black candidate for president in his lifetime. There's just so much crap that gets in the way.

It's truly incredible to be witnessing this and to think that one day we'll be able to tell the next generation that we were here making it happen. Thank you, Michelle, for reminding me of that.

4 comments:

At Tue Aug 26, 02:27:00 PM zakstar said...

It frustrates me that so many bloggers want to tag the mild sexism in Obama's language or suggest older Americans won't vote for a black President. . . while not acknowledging that McCain could win a gold medal in misogyny or how amazing this primary season has been in terms of the fundamental shifts in society that allow an African-American and a woman to run for President and be teh last 2 candidates left standing for the Democratic party.

We should be celebrating that we've come so far, and then acknowledge was the next step is in evolving.

 
At Tue Aug 26, 02:28:00 PM zakstar said...

PS. Michelle Obama rocked!

 
At Tue Aug 26, 08:40:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Thanks for stopping by, zakstar!

I'm glad there are others out there who aren't so focused on every nuance of sexism that might be present in the Obama campaign to really appreciate the moment.

It's not a matter of "settling," it's a matter of being able to work with the people who could potentially be our best allies, if we try to teach them rather than shunning them.

 
At Wed Aug 27, 03:53:00 PM Renee said...

I actually like Michelle alot more than her husband and which that she were the one that was running instead. Her speech was incredibly moving and every time I see her and Barack together I cannot help but to think to myself that he and not she is the lucky one.

 

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