As we anticipate the President’s speech yet tonight, here are the highlights I took away from all of yesterday’s excitement:
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (and daughter of the late, legendary Texas governor Ann Richards) gave an emotional speech. We listened with tears in our eyes, as she had tears in hers: “President Obama understands women. He trusts women. And on every issue that matters to us, he has stood with women… We’ve come way too far to ever turn back. And we won’t.”
Elizabeth Warren, running for Senate in Massachusetts, also gave a rousing speech: “I believe in President Obama and his vision for the future. Not just for folks who call themselves Democrats — but for everyone who believes that when you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a chance to succeed. For decades now, the dreams of millions of kids have moved further out of reach. Middle-class families have gotten hammered, while the rich and powerful have gotten richer and more powerful. This election truly is the fork in the road. It will decide who we are as a people and what kind of country we want to be.”
Of course, the star of the night was former President Bill Clinton. He spoke for almost an hour, past the time the night was to conclude, but he kept the crowd motionless and riveted in our seats. He spoke from his unique position.
“The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in? If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”
Other highlights include the passionate Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization Network, who spoke about the “moral failings” of the Ryan budget proposal. And on a lighter note, The Daily Show’s John Oliver turns out to be much thinner and shorter than I expected!
I’ll share my thoughts on Day Three and the overall convention soon – hope you all get the chance to tune in for tonight’s big speech in the meantime!