Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama! Obama! Obama!

10:00 - Dick Durbin is on now, and speaking better than I expected.

10:03 - He's pretty much the very defintion of "average politician" and yet he gave a pretty good intro... especially when you consider the snoozefest that was everybody but the big names. Why is it so hard for them to have a little fire?

10:13 - This is quite a good intro video... gotta admit I got a little verklempt when Michelle Obama said something to the effect of "And that was it. That was when I fell in love with him."

10:15 - That's a lot of people and flash bulbs welcoming Obama... you know what that reminds me of? Hitler. Just thought we should get that out of the way early.

10:19 - Only 2 minutes in, but he is on his game tonight. Damn. So relaxed and smooth.

10:22 - "We are a better country than this." To me, that's the essence of patriotism, but somehow I think NRO thinks differently.

10:28 - "It's not that John McCain doesn't care, it's that he doesn't get it."

10:30 - Honestly there are just too many ZING!'s to catalog here, but I'll do my best. I just missed a couple though.

10:34 - Stumbled on a couple of words there, which might bring him down from A+++++ to mere A++++ territory.

10:36 - Ten years until oil independence? Ambitious, but great. Not sure if he's said that before, but I've never heard it explicitly.

10:40 - Somewhat poignant of a promise about pre-existing conditions and healthcare... for me anyway, since two important people in my life are both uninsured and with serious health issues.

10:46 - Bringing the BIG GUNS on foreign policy. Echoing Kerry. Fantastic.

10:47 - "Tough talk and bad strategy." Nice.

10:52 - Going to bat for gay rights... not embracing Gay Marriage, mind you... but all about rights. I'm almost woozy that we've reached the point that this can happen.

10:59 - Wow. If the talking heads didn't love that, then I don't know what to say. He flubbed exactly two words in an amazing speech. I'll have to watch both again to be sure, but I'd say he cleared the bar of the 2004 speech by a country mile.