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Highlights of Opening Night From the Floor of the Convention:
05 Sep 2012

Highlights of Opening Night From the Floor of the Convention:

“Mom in Chief” Takes a Stand: The first night truly belonged to Michelle Obama.  It felt like she was talking directly to each person in the arena…how does she do that?. Her message was deeply personal. Not a lot of dry eyes.

Senator Ted Kennedy is Alive and Well and Still Battling Mitt Romney. And by the crowds reaction, he remains a Dem Icon:  A video tribute to Kennedy showcased his 1994 Senate race against Romney, it got a lot of laughs.

The Hispanic Factor: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the first Latino keynote speaker at a DNC, nailed the keynote and is clearly a rising star in the Party. One of the best lines of the night…Castro summed up the immigrant in America experience: “The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

Tammy Duckworth — Woman, Disabled Veteran, Hero. Woman next to me at the convention said, “and I complain about a few aches when I get out of bed in the morning.”


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