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Ted Kennedy, Michelle Obama Kick Off Convention


Denver resembled a love-in last night as the Democrats officially kicked off their national convention. Hoping to quell some lingering tensions within the party, Ted Kennedy – the longterm Senator who’s currently battling brain cancer – had the party on its feet as he spoke of a “season of hope.”

That season, said Kennedy, can help lead our nation into new territory, one where race, gender – and, yes – sexuality no longer cause social strife:

For me this is a season of hope — new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and not just for the few — new hope.

And this is the cause of my life — new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American — north, south, east, west, young, old — will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege. We can meet these challenges with Barack Obama. Yes, we can, and finally, yes, we will.

Barack Obama will close the book on the old politics of race and gender and group against group and straight against gay.

Kennedy concluded by saying the “torch” had been passed and “the dream lives on,” a not-so-subtle reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Potential first lady Michelle Obama also spoke last night and spent much of her time discussing her family life, obviously an attempt to make the at-times controversial Mrs. Obama a bit more palatable to worried voters. But, after her heartfelt personal introduction, Obama got down to business and urged the party to rally around her husband:

So tonight, in honor of my father’s memory and my daughters’ future, out of gratitude for those whose triumphs we mark this week, and those whose everyday sacrifices have brought us to this moment, let us devote ourselves to finishing their work, let us work together to fulfill their hopes, and let’s stand together to elect Barack Obama president of the United States of America.

Mrs. Obama also made a point of saying “I love this country,” a possible anecdote to her misquoted “I’ve never been proud of America” gaffe from earlier this year.

Some pundits have criticized the events as being too soft, but the Democrats clearly hoped to lay the groundwork with some cuddly moments – Obama’s daughters came out to greet their satellite-produced father – before launching into the meat of this week.

Here’s video of Mrs. Obama’s video…

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Aug 26, 2008
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  • 15 Comments
    • porsha
      porsha

      Home run for Michelle Obama. She will be a marvelous first lady! Well done!

      Aug 26, 2008 at 8:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • retrofit71
      retrofit71

      It was hard to look away from MO last night, her speech was great and brought a tear to my eye.. I tried to imagine Laura Bush up there giving the same speech.. couldn’t.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 9:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emb
      emb

      Michelle was surprisingly good: conversational and intelligent and appealing. Heck, I even got a little teary over Ted, and I’m one Democrat who hasn’t forgotten about Chappaquidick and his loathesome, divisive performance at the 1980 convention.

      Good job so far, guys.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      Michelle Obama was absolutely amazing last night. But, the real star was undoubtedly Teddy Kennedy. He was the only one that mentioned the gays in his speech and there wasn’t a dry eye in the convention centre (or in my house!) when he spoke.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 10:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marco channing
      marco channing

      Michelle was great. Even Pat Buchanan said he was impressed. And the Obama girls are adorable.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mark
      mark

      Teddy was triumphant, I’m so glad he was able to appear in person.

      Michelle knocked it out of the park.

      Cindy McBigBucks….follow THAT….snap

      Aug 26, 2008 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      “you treat people with dignity and respect”-Michelle Obama

      “I still think that these are decisions that need to be made at a state and local level. I’m a strong supporter of civil unions.”

      “You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman”- Obama after the CA began issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

      “that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do”- Michelle Obama

      “It’s been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition. I mean, let’s break it down. The reason that people think there needs to be a constitutional amendment, some people believe, is because of the concern that — about same-sex marriage. I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.”-Obama on saddleback church

      “Millions of Americans who know that Barack understands their dreams; that Barack will fight for people like them; and that Barack will finally bring the change we need.” – Michelle Obama

      That doesn’t include you or your family, you’re two steps above them, their word is their bond, believe them.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seitan-on-a-stick
      seitan-on-a-stick

      Michelle Obama for Prez 2016! Thanks to Ted for mentioning Straights against Gays! Nice Opener! Gotta start on McBush!!

      Aug 26, 2008 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      So are The Clinton’s Chittyshitty-Y

      Aug 26, 2008 at 12:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      >you’re two steps BELOW them<

      And yes that includes even GLBT blacks like you #9. That is if you’re really GLBT.

      Aug 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 60
      60

      What a lady!!! What an inspiring speech!!!

      That’s the problem with women today : they lack CLASS!!!
      >>>>>>>>>Take a cue from Mrs Obama , now that’s a
      BEAUTIFUL and CLASSY LADY!!!

      by the way she looked very hot!!!

      Aug 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • garynyc
      garynyc

      What a load of crap, every word she spoke was a lie including “the” and “and”. Just check out what she has said and written in the past and say the speech they wrote for her was anything but bull. Laura Bush (a REAL lady) would never give such a speech thats true. she always tell the truth. Great chemical job on the hair though.

      Poll just in shows obama lost 4 points overnight, yah, knocked it out of the park!

      Aug 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      I’m no step below anyone.

      But I’m many above you Chittyshitty-Y
      The only thing BLUE I like are my jeans.

      I am truly LGBT and PROUD TO BE BLACK BTW! I have seen some things in this LGBT life you have never seen nor witness. You’re a young queen with alot of unneccesary hate looking quite foolish and stupid.

      You need to channel in to Mother Hillary and find out why?

      Aug 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seitan-on-a-stick
      seitan-on-a-stick

      An Unscientific Presidential POLL (kinda like Fox)

      [ ] McCain is this year’s Bob Dole

      [ ] Obama is the “Black” John Kerry

      [ ] McCain will pick Condi as Veep for Checkmate

      [ ] Obama will be a Bill Clinton two-termer

      [ ] McCain will be like Papa Bush’s third term of Reagan

      [ ] Obama will be ousted by Big Oil in one term

      [ ] Bush will declare Martial Law to stay in Office

      [ ] Obama will have an Affair in Office

      [ ] Bill Clinton will hit on Michelle Obama

      [ ] Hillary will run for President in 2012

      [ ] McCain will Die in Office

      [ ] Al Gore will return to complete his 2000 elected term as a result of civil unrest

      [ ] Joe Biden will open his mouth to change feet

      Multiple answers allowed (and encouraged!)

      Aug 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JJJJ
      JJJJ

      I couldn’t watch any of that convention after they had that homophobic nut Rev. Leah Daughtry (Chief of Staff of the DNC) give the welcoming address. Isn’t she the one who used funds for her own anti-gay agenda?

      Aug 27, 2008 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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