Tuesday, July 27, 2004

DNC 1 Evening Speakers 

I couldn't stay up to watch all of last night's speakers, but I managed to catch them through Tammy Baldwin. All in all, a good evening. The Girl and I even welled a little during the Carter tribute. Those montages always get us - it's as guaranteed as a Hallmark commercial.

Highlight for me - Carter's speech. Go, Jimmy Go! Here is the NY Times transcript.

Other notes:

-One of the random delegates they showed around 6:30 gave me the impression that he was Bela Lugosi attempting to do The Twist.

-Lots and lots and lots of mentioning diversity of the delegates, the Democratic party, and the country as a whole.

-Alice Huffman was great. She had just the right energy level and speaking style for her time slot and medium audience size. She hit all the right notes, touching on diversity, strength, love of peace, international respect, education and jobs.

-Gloria Feldt displayed an oddly expansive smile throughout her speech, even when she was touching on subjects more serious than celebratory. She reminded me of Uma Thurman's character Noelle in The Truth About Cats and Dogs when she was rehearsing for her tv news audition, smiling away while relating the gruesome details of a ferry sinking in the English Channel.

-Al Gore gave a great speech as well, and had me laughing several times. Here is the NY Times transcript.

-I didn't see them, but here is the link to the NY Times page with transcripts of Bill and Hillary's speeches. I heard a couple of sound bytes on NPR this morning, and Hillary reminded me of my favorite movie monologue, from The American President. Here's a comparison:

Andrew Shepard (fictitious president): "We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them." Then later: "We've got serious problems, and we need serious people." And further: "This a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up."

Hillary Clinton: "You know, health care is a serious issue, and it requires serious solutions." Then later: "I've been saying for many months now John Kerry is a serious man for a serious job in a serious time in our country's history."

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:33 AM