Friday, July 30, 2004

DNC Thursday: John Kerry 

John Kerry – And Kerry works his way through the adoring crowd, shaking hands and giving his Secret Service agents a run for their money.  The delegates and visitors go wild, as Bruce Springstein provides the soundtrack over the loudspeakers. 

“I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty!” 

“We have it in our power to change the world, but only if we’re true to our ideals.  And that starts by telling the truth to the American people.  That is my first pledge to you tonight.  As president, I will restore trust and credibility to the White House.” 

“For all those who believe that our best days are ahead of us, with great faith in the American people, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.” 
He thanked the other primary candidates very diplomatically – in alphabetical order. 

“Tonight we have an important message for those who question the patriotism of those who offer a better direction for our country.  Before wrapping themselves in the flag and shutting their eyes to the truth, and their ears, they should remember what America is really all about.  They should remember the great idea of freedom for which so many have given their lives.  Our purpose now is to reclaim our democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say ‘America can do better,’ that is not a challenge to patriotism.  It is the heart and soul of patriotism.” 

“I want to address these next words directly to President George W. Bush.  In the weeks ahead, let’s be optimists, not just opponents.  Let’s build unity in the American family, not angry division.  Let’s honor this nation’s diversity.  Let’s respect one another.  And let’s never misuse for political purposes the most precious document in American history, the Constitution of the United States.”
  And the crowd goes wild again. 

“It is time to reach for the next dream.  It is time to look to the next horizon.  For America, the hope is there, the sun is rising, and our best days are still to come!” 

Hear, hear.

 Wrap up with the carefully orchestrated photo setups.  First Kerry waves and thanks everyone, then add Edwards.  The two of them wave and thank everyone.  Then add the wives.  Group shots.  Enter offspring.  Drop balloons and confetti.  For the big finish, bring on everyone who spoke on his behalf onto the stage for a big lovefest.  My god – look at all the balloons they’ve got up in the ceiling.  This could go on forever.  I, however, cannot.  Today’s posts have already reached epic proportions, and I must go to sleep.

UPDATE:  Full text and video here.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:15 AM