DNC Dispatch – Night One

The energy here at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is so incredible, and Michelle Obama’s speech Tuesday night just electrified the crowd. Here one of the many gems from her speech:

“I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are… And as president, you are going to get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.”

That is something to think about when we know so little about who Mitt Romney really is – the man who hides his past and whose values and positions seem to change with the wind. But about Barack Obama’s values and experiences, Michelle Obama said:

“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love. He believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”

And: “For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the differences you make in people’s lives.”

This makes me proud to be a Democrat and proud to support President Obama! It expresses in personal terms our values of hard work, inclusiveness, fairness, opportunity, and giving others a hand up. A great opening night for this exciting gathering – and I’ll be sharing more as I can!


Two Visions for America

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been away from the blog for the last couple of weeks, but with the GOP ticket now set and the conventions just around the corner, I’ll be posting frequently again soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a piece I did for Sarasota Patch on the contrasting visions that the two presidential candidates have for our country. You can visit the original post or read it all below:

Many of us have a vision for America where with hard work and a little luck everyone has the opportunity to succeed, live a middle class life, and maybe even become wealthy.

That’s also President Obama’s vision. He has lived the American Dream, rising from humble beginnings, the son of a single parent, to become President of the United States. He is both a champion and a poster child for the American Dream!

So it took my breath away to see our President called “the anti-American President” and a “Marxist” and a “third world socialist, anti-capitalist despot.” These words and the “call to arms” used in a recent Observer editorial are so offensive and contrary to what President Obama stands for that they seem designed only to generate fear and anger, rather than contribute to a debate.

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