Liveblogging the Democratic Convention Aug 25th, PART II
6:47 Barack's sister gave a very sweet and touching speech.
Best line of the Convention so far came from Jessie Jackson Jr. (paraphrased): "I know Dr. King is smiling down on us here tonight since this is the first Democratic Convention in history within sight of a mountaintop."
That was the beginning of a very stirring speech...the man has his dad's talents without the baggage.
(Remember how loyal he's been to Obama, he condemned his dad's whispered comments.)
OK...this band they have kicks some serious ass. They are doing some amazing covers but adding their own personality to it. Really getting everyone moving (if I could dance holding a laptop, I would be.)
7:47--Frustration: trying to get a decent picture of Carolyn Kennedy and having the MSM completely clog the aisles and then snap at us when we are trying to get through (can you say "fire code?)
Tears: Watching the tribute to Ted Kennedy. Then he clearly got choked up after he was introduced and the entire audience screamed, clapped, shouted "Teddy" and lifted up "Kennedy" signs. I talked to CC from KUDO 1080 briefly today and she mentioned that she got choked up when she heard there would be a tribute to him. I couldn't help but cry as I watched. Ted Kennedy is the end of an era for folks my age...the end to our childhood.
8:06--Jim Leach, Republican (yes, I said Republican) Representative from Iowa is speaking--one of the two "prominent" Republicans who have come out and endorsed Senator Obama. The other is former mayor of Fairbanks, Jim Whitaker and he speaks tomorrow.
Quotes: "America has seldom faced more critical choices." "This is not the time for politics as usual." "Little is riskier to national interests than more of the same."
8:19--Claire McCaskill's kids introduced her and she's emphasizing the theme "that's the change we need." Claire says "I know that this son of a single mom will stand up for America's daughters..." Very nice pull at those who are still grumpy over Clinton.
BTW--our Alaska Clinton delegates met and decided ahead of time that no matter what happened at the Convention, they were supporting Obama. I've seen very little of these "PUMA" people...was just given a flier and that's about it.
Michelle Obama video on now--her mom is narrating. She'll be speaking soon.
8:28--Lovely blonde BBC reporter is broadcasting right next to me and the blonde chicky babe from Fox is on the other side. What a friggin' difference in intellect.
Craig Robinson is speaking right now--big brother to Michelle Obama. She's next.
BTW...I now know why they don't allow signs in here because they give you a new one every friggin' 10 minutes. They just handed out "Michelle" signs on long sticks.
Heh...new BBC reporter switched out the other one...still cute and blonde.
Craig quote about Barack: "He's a team player who approves the people around him."
8:38--BBC is on my nerves now, they keep redoing this spot. Michelle is speaking and it's distracting.
8:58--That was an excellent speech and rather than write about it, I got a chunk on video. I'll post it and all the photos when I get back to Kim and Erick's.