Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Here we go! Liveblogging from the DNCC Monday!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Here we go! Liveblogging from the DNCC Monday!

Here is the schedule for tonight:

Barack Obama’s story is an American story that reflects a life of struggle, opportunity and responsibility like those faced by Americans everyday. The opening night of the Convention will highlight Barack’s life story, his commitment to change, and the voices of Americans who are calling for a new direction for this country.

Monday’s headline prime-time speaker will be Michelle Obama.

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

Call to Order
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Former Governor of Vermont

The Honorable Polly Baca – Greeley, Colorado
Former Colorado State Senator
President & CEO Latin American Research & Service Agency

Presentation of Colors
Navajo Code Talkers Association
Keith Little, Frank Willeto, Bill Toledo, Jimmy Begay

Pledge of Allegiance
Angela Morgan –Alexandria, Virginia
Served 9 years in the Marines and now runs a leadership development small business

National Anthem
Colorado Children's Chorale
Group over 30-years old – Tad Koriath (piano)
Local children (7-14) performing throughout US & the world (China, Asia, Europe, etc.)

Reverend Leah D. Daughtry
Convention CEO & Chief of Staff, Democratic National Committee

Video - “Welcome to the West”

Introduction of and Report by the Credentials Committee
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Eliseo Roques-Arroyo
Co-Chair Credentials Committee
Former Executive Director, Democratic Party of Puerto Rico
James Roosevelt, Jr.
Co-Chair Credentials Committee
Pres. & CEO Tuffs Health Plan (HMO) and grandson of FDR
The Honorable Alexis Herman
Co Chair Credentials Committee
Former US Secretary of Labor

Introduction of and Report by the Rules Committee
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
Sunita Leeds
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Chair of the DNC Indo-American Leadership Council
The Honorable Mary Rose Oakar
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Former Member of the US Congress, Ohio,
President of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
The Honorable David Walters
Co-Chair Rules Committee
Former Governor of Oklahoma
President of Walters Power International

Video - Changing the Course of Our Nation
Featuring Ashley Baia -Native of Pennsylvania and an Obama field organizer mentioned in Obama's Philadelphia speech. Know as the "sandwich girl" who, at age 9, convinced her mother she liked mustard & relish sandwiches to save money while her mother was fighting cancer. She is now twenty-three.

Introduction of Convention Co-Chairs
The Honorable Howard Dean
Chair, Democratic National Committee
The Honorable Shirley Franklin
Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator, Texas District 26
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Governor of Kansas
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Permanent Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Turning Over the Gavel
The Honorable Howard Dean, temporary Chair of the Convention turns over the gavel to
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Permanent Chair of the 2008 Democratic Convention.

The Honorable Doris Matsui, Parliamentarian
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Democratic Party Treasurer

Remarks by the Secretary and the Electronic Roll Call of Attendance
Alice Travis Germond - West Virginia
Secretary, Democratic Party
Member of the Democratic National Committee

Remarks – Presentation of Platform
The Honorable Patricia Madrid
Co-Chair Platform Committee
Attorney General of New Mexico

Judith McHale
Co-Chair Platform Committee
Business Executive (former President, Discovery Communications; Board of DigitalGlobal)

The Honorable John Hickenlooper
Mayor of Denver, Colorado

Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Joe Baca
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Grace Napolitano
Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Silvestre Reyes
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL - Pro-Choice America

The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr.
State Senator, Illinois
Amanda Kubik
Young Delegate – North Dakota

Ret. Rear Admiral John Hutson,
Pres. Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord – lifetime Republican

Reg Weaver
President, National Education Association

The Honorable Manuel Diaz
Mayor of Miami, Florida

Video - Changing the Course of Our Nation
Featuring Gabrielle Grossman
New Hampshire Obama Supporter "U2 mamma for Obama"

The Honorable Lisa Madigan
Attorney General, Illinois

The Honorable Dan Hynes
Comptroller, Illinois

The Honorable Alexi Giannoulis
State Treasurer, Illinois

Randi Weingarten
American Federation of Teachers

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar
US Senator, Minnesota

Musical Performance
John Legend (vocals & piano) and accompanied by:
Agape Choir - International Spiritual Center, Culver City, CA
Trans-denominational Spiritual Community founded by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Permanent Chair, Democratic National Convention

Video - First Time Delegates: Renewing America's Promise

America’s Town Hall – Economy
Moderator: Senator Sherrod Brown - Ohio,
Panelists: Ned Helms, Lisa Olivares, Dr. Laura Tyson, Jon Schnur

Margie Perez
New Orleans jazz singer & song writer from Musicians Village

President Jimmy Carter Segment
Jimmy Carter/New Orleans Video
Acknowledgment of President Carter

Maya Soetoro-Ng
Half-sister of Barack Obama
High School teacher - Hawaii

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois

Mike Fisher & Cheryl Fisher – Beech Grove, Indiana
Mike – Amtrak tech & Cheryl – hospital tech (hosted Obama for lunch)

Tom Balanoff
President, SEIU Local 1 (Chicago)

Senator Edward M. Kennedy Tribute
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
Daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy

Video - Edward M. Kennedy Video

The Honorable Miguel Del Valle
City Clerk of Chicago, Illinois

Candi Schmieder
Delegate Chair, Iowa County Convention

Jerry Kellman
Hired & supervised Obama at Developing Communities Project - Chicago, Illinois

Introduction of Jim Leach by
The Honorable Tom Harkin
US Senator, Iowa

The Honorable Jim Leach
Former Republican Member of the US House of Representatives, 1st District, Iowa

Introduction of Claire McCaskill by
Austin Esposito
Son of Senator McCaskill

The Honorable Claire McCaskill
US Senator, Missouri

Video - Michelle Obama Package

Introduction to the Michelle Obama Package
Craig Robinson
Older brother of Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
Wife of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Don Miller -Portland, Oregon
Best-selling author & public speaker focusing on Christian spirituality

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Governor of Kansas

4:10--So far, I've gone through the nightmare of getting here (it is NOT walking distance from the Big Tent), getting set up, just becoming overwhelmed with the media, the energy, and the beautiful job the lighting and decorating folks did with the Pepsi Center.

We've heard from Howard Dean and the Credentials Committee, the Rules Committee, P (MI and FL have full votes), our first hearing from Nancy Pelosi, the Platform Committee with Patricia Madrid--first Latina Attorney General, New Mexico and Judith McHale. Nancy Pelosi called for a vote and the Platform has been adopted.

5:00--OK, while the other kinda repetitive speeches were happening, I got pictures of Ryan Bucholtz on stage with young Democrats. I also got a chance (be still my heart) to thank Senator Jim Webb for his work for Veterans, invited him fishing in Alaska (with Mo Bailey) and got my picture taken with him.

Dan Rather stood right behind me with his grandson and talked to him. I got an amazing picture.

5:45 Interesting idea...questions from the people of the country (via video) to Sherrod Brown and a panel of Obama surrogates answering them.

Panelists: Ned Helms, Lisa Olivares, Dr. Laura Tyson, Jon Schnur

Public Education--how can we improve it: Ned Helms--invest in every single child--as parents take responsibility for our children's education. Helms also said that Barack Obama proposes a $4,000 education credit.

Working Families--cannot afford health insurance. How will you assure that working families can afford insurance for all members of the family. Dr. Laura Tyson--Obama health care plan affordable, people won't be turned away--Jon Schnur--if you have insurance, you can keep it. If you don't, Obama and Biden wants you to be able to sign up for the same plan they have.

Questions ended early due to technical problems.

Nancy Pelosi speaking now and listing the accomplishments of the House. 9/11 Commission, Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims (recovery rebates), passed legislation to keep working families in their homes, increased minimum wage for first time in 10 years, improved fuel efficiency, passed new GI Bill, passed largest Veterans health care increase...largest in 77 years.

I heard someone say quietly "why didn't we impeach Bush?"

She's talking about honoring the Veterans and doing so with a new leadership in the White House.

It's hard to blog about this and not get distracted and enthralled by the amazing technology going on during her speech. Biggest LED screen I've ever seen showing beautiful beach backdrop and a close up of her so clear if she had warts, we'd see them.

The speech wasn't bad...there were some more inspiring speeches before hand.

Jazz Singer Margie Perez is doing a description of her experiences with Katrina and the lead-in to a tribute to Pres. Jimmy Carter.

The Katrina video which also honored Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity was a tear-jerker. I ran into a cool Texas delegate I met on the train and he was crying. We hugged each other and he said "that's why I'm here."

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