Democratic convention, night one: Unitymania! Transcript: “Why I love this country,” by Michelle Obama; Update: Kennedy video added; Update: Michelle video added

posted at 6:21 pm on August 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

Airing live right now on C-SPAN. Watch over the web if you’re stuck at work without a TV. Here’s the schedule; they’re already well into the first half of the program, with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and race-baiting Obama mentor Emil Jones due to speak within the half hour. Your headliners this evening: Jimmy Carter, who’ll appear onstage and try not to talk; Ted Kennedy, who’ll heroically, er, drown the media coverage of fear and loathing between Hillary and Obama in a tidal wave of Absolute Moral Authority; and of course Michelle O, who’ll tell us how proud she’s been of America ever since Barack clinched the nomination and how she’ll go on being proud until at least Election Day. I won’t guarantee liveblogging but this thread will be our repository for convention news updates as the night rolls on so check back often. If anything video-worthy happens, we’ll have that too, of course.

In keeping with tonight’s theme, enjoy this report from ABC of Obamans and Clintonites screaming insults at each other and this one from the Observer of Terry McAuliffe kindly asking the Obama campaign to shut its face about Hillary already. Below you’ll find a sneak preview of tomorrow night’s headliner. The fat joke is cheap and unfair, but the rest more than atones.

Update: Will Michelle O play it soft or loud, soccer mom or firebrand? Expect plenty of carping from the left tomorrow in this vein if it’s the former.

Update: More unity: North Carolina businessman and friend of Billary Mark Erwin is votin’ McCain. “I think Joe Biden had it right when he said, ‘Some day he will be ready, but he’s not ready now.’”

Update: Halperin has a few highlights from Michelle O’s speech. It’s standard First Lady pap, no worse than any other spouse speech but no better. I wonder if they’re holding back some of the more political passages as a surprise.

Update: Caroline Kennedy’s introducing Teddy now. She looks like JFK, but she sure doesn’t speak like him.

Update: Kennedy’s onstage now. He looks darned good. From the news reports, I thought he’d be frail. Now he’s promising he’ll be there when the Senate convenes in January. It’s over now — 10 minutes long, with some obvious trouble with the Teleprompter at the end. The point was just to be there, I guess, so he did that.

Update: Here’s tonight’s speech as prepared for delivery. TNR will be disappointed. This is not the Michelle Obama we thought we knew.

As you might imagine, for Barack, running for President is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother Craig.

I can’t tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as I’ve felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.

At six-foot-six, I’ve often felt like Craig was looking down on me too…literally. But the truth is, both when we were kids and today, he wasn’t looking down on me – he was watching over me.

And he’s been there for me every step of the way since that clear February day 19 months ago, when – with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change – we joined my husband, Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that’s brought us to this moment.

But each of us also comes here tonight by way of our own improbable journey.

I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend.

I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president.
I come here as a Mom whose girls are the heart of my heart and the center of my world – they’re the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night. Their future – and all our children’s future – is my stake in this election.

And I come here as a daughter – raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue collar city worker, and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and20me. My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.

My Dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his early thirties, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. As he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning. But if he was in pain, he never let on. He never stopped smiling and laughing – even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my Mom a kiss. He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder.

He and my mom poured everything they had into me and Craig. It was the greatest gift a child can receive: never doubting for a single minute that you’re loved, and cherished, and have a place in this world. And thanks to their faith and hard work, we both were able to go on to college. So I know firsthand from their lives – and mine – that the American Dream endures.

And you know, what struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he’d grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a sing le mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did. Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves. And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children – and all children in this nation – to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

And as our friendship grew, and I learned more about Barack, he introduced me to the work he’d done when he first moved to Chicago after college. Instead of heading to Wall Street, Barack had gone to work in neighborhoods devastated when steel plants shut down, and jobs dried up. And he’d been invited back to speak to people from those neighborhoods about how to rebuild their community.
The people gathered together that day were ordinary folks doing the best they could to build a good life. They were parents living paycheck to paycheck; grandparents trying to get by on a fixed income; men frustrated that they couldn’t support their familie s after their jobs disappeared. Those folks weren’t asking for a handout or a shortcut. They were ready to work – they wanted to contribute. They believed – like you and I believe – that America should be a place where you can make it if you try.

Barack stood up that day, and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about “The world as it is” and “The world as it should be.” And he said that all too often, we accept the distance between the two, and settle for the world as it is – even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations. But he reminded us that we know what our world should look like. We know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves – to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn’t that the great American story?

It’s the story of men and women gathered in churches and union halls, in town squares and high school gyms – people who stood up and marched and risked everything they had – refusing to settle, determined to mold our future into the shape of our ideals.

It is because of their will and determination that this week, we celebrate two anniversaries: the 88th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, and the 45th anniversary of that hot summer day when Dr. King lifted our sights and our hearts with his dream for our nation.

I stand here today at the crosscurrents of that history – knowing that my piece of the American Dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me. All of them driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly dress himself for work. The same conviction that drives the men and women I’ve met all across this country:

People who work the day shift, kiss their kids goodnight, and head out for the night shift – without disappointment, without regret – that goodnight kiss a reminder of everything they’re working for.

The military families who say grace each night with an empty seat at the table. The servicemen and women who love this country so much, they leave those they love most to defend it.

The young people across America serving our communities – teaching children, cleaning up neighborhoods, caring for the least among us each and every day.

People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters – and sons – can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.

People like Joe Biden, who’s never forgotten where he came from, and never stopped fighting for folks who work long hours and face long odds and need someone on their side again.

All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack’s journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country.

And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

It’s a belief Barack shares – a belief at the heart of his life’s work.

It’s what he did all those years ago, on the streets of Chicago, setting up job training to get people back to work and afterschool programs to keep kids safe – working block by block to help people lift up their families.

It’s what he did in the Illinois Senate, moving people from welfare to jobs, passing tax cuts for hard working families, and making sure women get equal pay for equal work.

It’s what he’s done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care – including mental health care.

That’s why he’s running – to end the war in Iraq responsibly, to build an economy that lifts every family, to make health care available for every American, and to make sure every child in this nation gets a world class education all the way from preschool to college. That’s what Barack Obama will do as President of the United States of America.

He’ll achieve these goals the same way he always has – by bringing us together and reminding us how much we share and how alike we really are. You see, Barack doesn’t care where you’re from, or what your background is, or what party – if any – you belong to. That’s not how he sees the world. He knows that thread that connects us – our belief in America’s promise, our commitment to our children’s future – is strong enough to hold us together as one nation even when we disagree.

It was strong enough to bring hope to those neighborhoods in Chicago.

It was strong enough to bring hope to the mother he met worried about her child in Iraq; hope to the man who’s unemployed, but can’t afford gas to find a job; hope to the student working nights to pay for her sister’s heal th care, sleeping just a few hours a day.

And it was strong enough to bring hope to people who came out on a cold Iowa night and became the first voices in this chorus for change that’s been echoed by millions of Americans from every corner of this nation.

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.

And in the end, after all that’s happened these past 19 months, the Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago. He’s the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital ten years ago this summer, inching along at a snail’s pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands, determined to give her everything he’d struggled so hard for himself, determined to give her what he never had: the affirming embrace of a father’s love.

And as I tuck that little girl and her little sister into bed at night, I think about how one day, they’ll have families of their own. And one day, they – and your sons and daughters – will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming. How this time, in this great country – where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House – we committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.

So tonight, in honor of my father’s memory and my daughters’ future – out of gratitude to 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 us stand together to elect Barack Obama President of the United States of America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Update: Here’s the video of Teddy.

Update: Watching Michelle O now, the speech is much better as delivered than on paper. She’s very fluid, hitting her applause lines, working the crowd.

Update: God, the crowd loves her. TNR was right — they should have had her go up there and let it rip. These people would have gone batsh*t.

Update: Obama video courtesy of MSNBC. Aside from the boss, opinion across the spectrum seems to be that it was a home run.


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Anyone still watching the “riot cam” in Denver?

Guardian on August 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

elduende on August 25, 2008 at 11:27 PM

Thank you. If somehow Barack Omerica pulls this out, I am going to have to see a therapist for quite some time.
Good night.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Bad speech by the wife. Too overwrought. Voice broke many times. She is overwhelmed by the moment. She can’t handle being on this stage.

The Obamas are being told by everyone they’re great, etc. They’re surrounded by yes-men, who dare not say a contrary word for fear of being racist. Mistakes loom.

indythinker on August 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

I think we’ve established that it doesn’t exist. So don’t talk about it unless you have proof. Otherwise, zip it.

fiatboomer on August 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

whitey whitey whitey!

I was just joking. I also doubt it exists.

mikeyboss on August 25, 2008 at 11:30 PM

The girls are lovely. I wish them only the best, and I hope that as they reach adulthood that they will not be as angry and bitter as their parents are. Hopefully Barack and Michelle will work very hard to not pass their issues on to their children.

Taking them to Jeremiah Wright’s church for their whole lives wasn’t a good idea in that regard. How sad.

funky chicken on August 25, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Artificially?? Where were you this summer? Barack made a zillion errors this summer.

Elizabetty on August 25, 2008 at 11:26 PM

I’m talking the past few weeks..

Chakra Hammer on August 25, 2008 at 11:30 PM

woo hoo! 600+ posts!

cannonball on August 25, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Update: God, the crowd loves her. TNR was right — they should have had her go up there and let it rip. These people would have gone batsh*t.

Oh stop it Allah! That’s like saying did you hear the reaction of that Bush speech to the troops at Fort Bragg?

besides FNC is reporting that the accolades were not unanimous amongst the crowd…

elduende on August 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

This Election has me just numb. Being Dem. for years I got the heck out of that party. When Hillary and Obama started running for President. Since I am a lady I won’t say what I think of Hillary. Obama has no expierence what so ever. Nor has he said anything of significance. Then McCain. Well I am not to fond of him either. But, he is the best of the worse. I tried to stomach watching Ted Kennedy’s speech. He makes me sick. He should have been thrown out of the Senate years ago. I don’t pity him at all. Then Biden, he says one thing then says another. Both sides need a cleaning up. We the ones that elect these idiots just complain. Where would they be without us?

sheebe on August 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

What do you mean? She looked F.I.N.E.

philnewkirk on August 25, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Forget Independence. Nanny’s Enough!

RushBaby on August 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

If somehow Barack Omerica pulls this out, I am going to have to see a therapist for quite some time.
Good night.

carbon_footprint on August 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Don’t worry c_f, we’ll be here to help. Good night,

Entelechy on August 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

Do we know how many people watched this tonight? I honestly do not know anyone who planned to watch this speech or much of either one of the conventions.

Terrye on August 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

Artificially?? Where were you this summer? Barack made a zillion errors this summer.

Elizabetty on August 25, 2008 at 11:26 PM

It doesn’t matter how many errors Obama makes IF the media does report them..

The media didn’t reort the 57 state gaffe etc.. or any of the others stupid things that he said..

Chakra Hammer on August 25, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Someone help me out here. Why is Obama’s mother referred to repeatedly in the Dem narrative as a “single mother”? Didn’t she marry the bigamist from Africa? Didn’t she later marry Sotero(sp?)

What makes Obama’s mother so special as a role model? Didn’t she slough off the raising of her child to her own parents?

This happy family myth about the Obamas is just so much horsefeathers.

As far as Ted Kennedy is concerned, regardless of his devastating illness, he is still a bloviating old fool who trumpets populist nonsense with no regard to the freedoms and self-reliance that make America great. He champions big government as the solution to any setbacks with a disdain for what people can do for themselves.

Words cannot convey my disgust with the Democrat party that celebrates the cult of personality and denigrates the substantive.

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Rove is awesome.

j0 on August 25, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Someone help me out here. Why is Obama’s mother referred to repeatedly in the Dem narrative as a “single mother”? Didn’t she marry the bigamist from Africa? Didn’t she later marry Sotero(sp?)

What makes Obama’s mother so special as a role model? Didn’t she slough off the raising of her child to her own parents?

This happy family myth about the Obamas is just so much horsefeathers.

As far as Ted Kennedy is concerned, regardless of his devastating illness, he is still a bloviating old fool who trumpets populist nonsense with no regard to the freedoms and self-reliance that make America great. He champions big government as the solution to any setbacks with a disdain for what people can do for themselves.

Words cannot convey my disgust with the Democrat party that celebrates the cult of personality and denigrates the substantive.

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2008 at 11:32 PM

they want to cover up his 4 years spent at the Muslim school in Indonesia from the age of 5 or 6 to the age of 10.

Chakra Hammer on August 25, 2008 at 11:35 PM

There is a reason I did not watch this. The crowd is friendly to say the least, the media {and that includes Fox} gets caught up in all this stuff too. The question is how many regular people bothered to watch it, and what did they think of it all. I have been wondering if maybe people are getting burned out on all this already.

Terrye on August 25, 2008 at 11:37 PM

I’m confused. I thought this country, the Great Satan, has pretty much sucked for a long time. Yet Barry O and Michelle O beat the odds? How on earth could that happen?

These dumfukks can’t keep their stories staight. I’m shocked.

Metro on August 25, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Anyone still watching the “riot cam” in Denver?

Guardian on August 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

No, it’s too far away. More like an Intersection-Cam than a Protest-cam. Zombie photos will do a much better job of bringing the plight of the Opprestaters to our eager and symathetic little eyeballs.

BTW thanks to c_f and everyone else who kept us current with Zombie’s updates and narrow escape tonight.

RushBaby on August 25, 2008 at 11:41 PM

have no fear… once the gop runs some

“ABOVE MY PAY GRADE” ads

or “BORN ALIVE BILL” ads

or “WINNIE THE POOH FOREIGN POLICY” ads

or “god bless america? no no no no god #$%@ america!”

or run a clip of michelle saying ‘i love this country’, then a clip of rev. wright and say “this is the man who married obama and baptized his baby daughters”

this is like shooting fish in a barrell… amazing how many people on here are afraid of the dems after ‘tonight’… sheesh…. mccain wins, 300EV, MINIMUM.

battleoflepanto1571 on August 25, 2008 at 11:42 PM

So, Obama said he was in St. Louis, MO when in fact he was in Kansas City? How come no one is picking up on that yet? I take it that the media is just too mezmerized by seeing “the one” tonight.

kerrhome on August 25, 2008 at 11:42 PM

mezmerized mesmerized

kerrhome on August 25, 2008 at 11:43 PM

She read her script well, she was pretty enough, … besides that what was the point?

mick on August 25, 2008 at 11:43 PM

She read her script well, she was pretty enough, … besides that what was the point?

mick on August 25, 2008 at 11:43 PM

To hoodwink. Then she’ll go back to being Michelle Obama.

Connie on August 25, 2008 at 11:48 PM

The question is how many regular people bothered to watch it, and what did they think of it all. I have been wondering if maybe people are getting burned out on all this already.

Terrye on August 25, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Not me and I am a wonk on this kind of stuff- amazing friends and family by naming the folks during the close in shots at at the State of the Union addresses. Back in the day when political parties went into conventions unsure about their candidate this stuff mattered. These days the only fun is watching the actual roll call which, apparently, the Dems are dispensing with by divine mandate.

highhopes on August 25, 2008 at 11:52 PM

She read her script well, she was pretty enough, … besides that what was the point?

mick on August 25, 2008 at 11:43 PM

So the liberals can say how well she can read. Low expectations. Liberals know black women don’t read. Right, Joe Biden?

SouthernGent on August 25, 2008 at 11:52 PM

To hoodwink. Then she’ll go back to being Michelle Obama.

Connie on August 25, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Yep, she wanted to show us ‘bitter, clinging gun’ people that she’s just like us. ;-)

mick on August 25, 2008 at 11:53 PM

To hoodwink. Then she’ll go back to being Michelle Obama.

Connie on August 25, 2008 at 11:48 PM

I didn’t think a woman could be neutered.

DfDeportation on August 25, 2008 at 11:54 PM

As for Kennedy?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.

Where has the Democratic Party gone?

DfDeportation on August 25, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Speaking of being “in touch”, what is her annual salary again?

DfDeportation on August 25, 2008 at 11:58 PM

highopes:

But like you said, you are a wonk..I mean regular ordinary people.

Terrye on August 25, 2008 at 11:59 PM

I think the speech itself was way over the top. Having seen Michelle Obama give speeches dozens of times on the campaign trail I know she doesn’t talk like that, and most American know she doesn’t talk like that. She doesn’t use that kind of language, voice inflection, or gestures. The way Michelle described Barack in such glowing and God-like terms had me laughing out loud and I suspect I wasn’t the only one.

I don’t think tonight’s show did anything to convince anyone to vote for Barack Obama. The die hard Obama supporters were moved to tears, but that’s not a surprise. There won’t be any undecided voters swayed by tonight’s continuation of generic ‘hope’ and ‘change’ and ‘bringing people together.

In conclusion, tonight was as usual “All Hat And No Cattle.”

jonezee on August 26, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Rest assured, the Illegal Alien mexicans want to know only three (3) things from la negra:

1) Can you get me AMNESTY?

2) Can you get me FREE medical care?

3) Can you get me FREE housing?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:05 AM

This was a great “don’t scare the white folks speech”.

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:09 AM

I think the women weeping in audience was farking hysterical. I think they wanted to merely touch the hem of HER garment. Give me a break.

Nice attempt by her handlers to re-introduce her to America after hiding her in Cheney’s bunker for the last 8 weeks.

Next up, Barack enters the stadium by walking on water….Film at 11.

JP1986UM on August 26, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Even some of the weenies over at NRO were sucked in reacting favorably to Michelle O’s speech.

She talked about “middle class?” What the hell is “middle class” about a $300K-plus make-work job at a hospital where your hubby funnels lots of public money?

She was ashamed of this country before she was proud of it.

Hypocrisy.

And, while I feel sorry for Ted Kennedy as regards his affliction, that doesn’t change my views of Mr Manslaughter’s lack of character or far-left ideas.

Tonight was a sign that too many people have not been held accountable for their crimes, lies and arrogance. Let’s hope they will be in November.

MrScribbler on August 26, 2008 at 12:11 AM

She has no political opinions in this speech. Did you get it?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:11 AM

How straight was her hair?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:12 AM

How soft was her voice?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:13 AM

I’m so happy that Michelle left her law firm and decided to work in service to the public. Whats that? “Public service” consists of being heavily paid to work for a hospital that shunts poor patients to other facilities?

Public service.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:13 AM

She went through all those struggles without government assistance? If she did it, why can’t you?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:14 AM

The thing is the people at home are middle class. I think that pundits and politicians live in a fantasy world sometimes. They go all gooey and talk about reaching out and touching people, relating to people. Puhleaze, people look at the Obama and they do not see middle class up there on that podium.

Terrye on August 26, 2008 at 12:15 AM

Is she a Republican?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Next up, Barack enters the stadium by walking on water….Film at 11.
JP1986UM on August 26, 2008 at 12:10 AM

I heard that everyone would be silenced by Baracky’s aura and that pain and doubt would instantly disappear across the globe.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Nicolae Carpat…er…Barack Obaaaaaamaaaaaa!

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM

I wonder if Chris Mathews has that feeling up his leg? Sounds like we don’t need to change anything…

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:17 AM

I love Kennedy’s bit about healthcare for everyone. Does that include post-fetuses?

Laura in Maryland on August 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM

The truth is the woman;s rep was so bad that all she had to do was act like a wife and mother and that would be an improvement.

Terrye on August 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM

And Joe Biden? A guy who’s spent more than half of his life in the U.S. Senate?

And she LOVE’S THIS COUNTRY? HA HA HA HA

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM

Poor thing, struggling along on four mil a year and barely having enough to provide her children piano lessons.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:19 AM

She’s against welfare now?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:19 AM

This was a garbage speech, no home run, all calculated. I can see right through this stupid, stupid woman.

FLcapitalistthug on August 26, 2008 at 12:19 AM

Poor thing, struggling along on four mil a year and barely having enough to provide her children piano lessons.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:19 AM

The Boooosh/McCain economy sucks!!!

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:20 AM

This is like eating EXTREME MOOSE TRACKS ice cream…

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:22 AM

This was a great “don’t scare the white folks speech”.

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:09 AM

Just long enough to pick our pockets..

TexasJew on August 26, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Driving home from the hospital without getting sideswiped by an uninsured and unlicensed Illegal Alien?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Nicolae Carpat…er…Barack Obaaaaaamaaaaaa!

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Yeah, that’s exactly what we need right now. Thanks.

fiatboomer on August 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Was that not the most politically neutered speech you’ve ever heard?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:26 AM

She sounded clingy to me.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:26 AM

The Dali Bamas have nothing to say and the country they grew up in, apparently works quite well. What do we want to change to?

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:27 AM

Yeah, that’s exactly what we need right now. Thanks.
fiatboomer on August 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM

No problem. But if Baracky gets elected and two weeks later there are government tattoo parlors setting up shop in your neighborhood, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:28 AM

I honestly feel kind of bad for her. Really. Truth is, she’s not ready to be First Lady…lightweight radical!

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Next up, Barack enters the stadium by walking on water….Film at 11.
JP1986UM on August 26, 2008 at 12:10 AM

I heard that everyone would be silenced by Baracky’s aura and that pain and doubt would instantly disappear across the globe.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Nicolae Carpat…er…Barack Obaaaaaamaaaaaa!

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM

LOL!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 26, 2008 at 12:30 AM

I do not buy her or her speech for one second. Leopards do not change their spots. What a phoney.

I bet she just hated mentioning the military.

Winebabe on August 26, 2008 at 12:30 AM

Wait…so if a black girl from Chicago can go to college and a black guy from Chicago can run for POTUS, what is it I am supposed to be hoping for? Sounds as if the country is chugging along just dandy.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:31 AM

No problem. But if Baracky gets elected and two weeks later there are government tattoo parlors setting up shop in your neighborhood, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Back off man, I’m half Catholic, half Methodist. You don’t wanna go there with me.

fiatboomer on August 26, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Back off man, I’m half Catholic, half Methodist. You don’t wanna go there with me.
fiatboomer on August 26, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Easy now, I grew up in the Land of 10,000 Methodists and I can throw scalding tater-tot hotdish with the best of ‘em.

But not to worry, if you don’t want the tattoo you can always take the other choice which is being worked to death in a rice paddy.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:39 AM

At least Baracky let his wife out of the holding cell for the day, let her see the sun and get a bit of fresh air before being locked away again until November.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:42 AM

He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents,

Barry O’s grandparents were “working class”? Granny was a bank V.P. That ain’t “working class” honey.

I’d love to see Michelle O’s performance reviews from Sidley & Austin. Isn’t it at year 3 when associate lawyers who aren’t making the grade at the firm start getting advised to look elsewhere for jobs?

I’m so glad to hear that Michelle O now “loves” this “downright mean” country that she was never proud of until this year (when it began throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at her hubby, and fainting at his feet).

AZCoyote on August 26, 2008 at 12:46 AM

Wait…so if a black girl from Chicago can go to college and a black guy from Chicago can run for POTUS, what is it I am supposed to be hoping for? Sounds as if the country is chugging along just dandy.

Well, they got theirs the old-fashioned way… liberal doses of special favors, sweetheart deals, and copious “community organizn’”. All in all, far too much effort.

It is Obama’s firm hope that those that follow will have far less struggle as the great redistribution of wealth begins goes into high gear – taking from the productive and giving it to those that did nothing to earn it.

electric-rascal on August 26, 2008 at 12:50 AM

Easy now, I grew up in the Land of 10,000 Methodists and I can throw scalding tater-tot hotdish with the best of ‘em.

But not to worry, if you don’t want the tattoo you can always take the other choice which is being worked to death in a rice paddy.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 12:39 AM

I grewup in Indiana but live in MN now and soon as I moved here and on my first date with a Minnesotan girl I found out what hotdish was… sheesh.. Minnesotans are weird..

they call Portable toilets “biffies” and they say OOf-TA.. >:D

Chakra Hammer on August 26, 2008 at 12:55 AM

Here’s one thing that might be overlooked. Juan “Z-Visa” McCain and Whorehay Boooosh was UNTOUCHED tonight.

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:57 AM

Here’s one thing that might be overlooked. Juan “Z-Visa” McCain and Whorehay Boooosh was UNTOUCHED tonight.

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:57 AM

congratulations you just made up for it.

Chakra Hammer on August 26, 2008 at 12:58 AM

I swear, on my honor, I came to HotAir.com just now and this thread was at 666.

RBMN on August 26, 2008 at 12:58 AM

they call Portable toilets “biffies” and they say OOf-TA.. >:D
Chakra Hammer on August 26, 2008 at 12:55 AM

Why yes, you go to the biff (not just portable) and say Uff Da. Now, I draw the line on putting corn in the T-tot hotdish so if you ever encounter such a monstrosity….run.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Who do you think the Secret Service is hoping will win? Imagine trying to protect the Barackys everywhere they go; they would need separate armored limos just to transport his ego and her anger.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Chris Mathews and Olby are calling The Dali Bamas “The Cosby Family”. Hold on, I gotta run to the toilet…

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 1:05 AM

The Boooosh/McCain economy sucks!!!

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 12:20 AM

Someone drank the koolaid. Yes, Bush acquiesced too much to barter for war spending, but you could also argue that the federal government has certain limited responsibilities. That is one of the things Dems want to change and it is anti-American to do so.

McCain is much tougher on spending issues, although over here we consider shamnesty to be rather expensive.

Connie on August 26, 2008 at 1:06 AM

Connie on August 26, 2008 at 1:06 AM

I was being sarcastic…

DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 1:08 AM

Chris Mathews and Olby are calling The Dali Bamas “The Cosby Family”. Hold on, I gotta run to the toilet…
DfDeportation on August 26, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Now so do I as the old joke reemerges.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 1:09 AM

I don’t want to worry y’all, but when Barry showed up during Michelle’s speech, my dead fern bloomed and my trick knee popped back into place.

If that mole on my back is gone by Friday, I may have to vote D this year.

sulla on August 26, 2008 at 1:09 AM

Aside from the boss, opinion across the spectrum seems to be that it was a home run.

I know I’m shocked that she didn’t like it…

It's Vintage, Duh on August 26, 2008 at 1:10 AM

BTW, Cosby served in the Navy which is about as far from the life of Baracky as you can get.

Or were they talking about the “fake” Cosby family on tv?

Either way, only tingles and O’Reilly wannabe would make such a stupid comparison.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 1:14 AM

I hear ya. I picked a Pop Tart™ crumb off the kitchen floor while Baracky twaddled his way onto the screen and felt fuller and more satisfied than I ever have in my life.

Bishop on August 26, 2008 at 1:17 AM

I don’t want to worry y’all, but when Barry showed up during Michelle’s speech, my dead fern bloomed and my trick knee popped back into place.

If that mole on my back is gone by Friday, I may have to vote D this year.

sulla on August 26, 2008 at 1:09 AM

LOL!! But did you get a tingle up your leg? ;)

Ramlady on August 26, 2008 at 1:31 AM

This one’s gonna leave a mark.

http://www.usnews.com/poll/extPollResults.php3?pollId=107&optionId=&pop=1&expiration=1222056000

Given another chance to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee, now that you’ve seen Sen. Barack Obama in action, would you pick him or another candidate?

Sen. Chris Dodd 2%

Sen. John Edwards 6%

Sen. Barack Obama 26%

Sen. Hillary Clinton 45%

Sen. Joe Biden 8%

Gov. Bill Richardson 12%

Conservative_SAHM on August 26, 2008 at 1:39 AM

LOL!! But did you get a tingle up your leg? ;)

Ramlady on August 26, 2008 at 1:31 AM

That’s a rather personal question, don’t you think?

:)

sulla on August 26, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment on Senator Kennedy’s speech.

Black Adam on August 26, 2008 at 1:53 AM

Oh my, how hard do you think it was for Michelle to say she loved her country?

This campaign is really hurting if they are having to make her say that. I dont know what it is like to trip on acid, but I think I just came as close as I ever want to get.

TheHat on August 26, 2008 at 1:55 AM

sulla on August 26, 2008 at 1:45 AM

Heh, so that’s a yes, no? :p

Black Adam on August 26, 2008 at 1:53 AM

Those were my exact words when I was listening to Caroline’s speech about good ole “Uncle Teddy.”

Ramlady on August 26, 2008 at 2:13 AM

I’m with The Boss on this one. Pure puke material, but that’s my right-wing reality-sensivity speaking.

Aylios on August 26, 2008 at 6:13 AM

Good God these convention speeches are worse than useless. And the media reporting every cliche with breathless excitement, trying to keep viewers tuned into the marathon coverage of what is essentially an Amway convention for the believers…

If the Republicans were clever, they would reduce their convention to just one day (or better yet, just one evening)…keep all speeches short and sweet, and the public would be eternally gratefull.

4 days of this pap? Yuck

Waterboy on August 26, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Michelle did well. If this was the first impression of her it would be good but her stump speeches have been more revealing. I wish the Obama family well but he will not get my vote because my hopes for our nation come first. Micheles handlers have done well.

Pat in NC on August 26, 2008 at 6:30 AM

My thoughts on the DNC day 1: Okay Obama, I believe you love your family already!! What are you running for? National Nanny??

Dollayo on August 26, 2008 at 6:40 AM

I noticed the part where Michelle says that she and Barack were raised to treat their word as their bond and to keep their word.

When are they going to start?

MarkTheGreat on August 26, 2008 at 7:23 AM

It’s time for all Kennedys to fade away.

I’m sick of the lot of them.

As well as the Obamas. American hating bunch, they are.

madmonkphotog on August 26, 2008 at 8:15 AM

This is not the Michelle Obama we thought we knew.

That was Michelle-O after her recent graduation from the DNC Finishing School for Likable Patriotic Americans.

Better send Rev. Wright there too.

Didn’t change my mind one bit. Yuck.

petefrt on August 26, 2008 at 9:01 AM

I watched the Michelle O speech but I couldn’t help but think, quite loudly mind you, that her points about…working hard, pushing yourself to succeed, “doing what you say your going to do”…and all that. To me it seems to fall on deaf ears considering that the Democrat part is primarily an engine for entitlement that leaves every follower in the, “I don’t have to do anything because the government will give me stuff” mindset.

In all the speech was quite blah which is just about the way that I view Michele O’s writing style as noted at one point on Hot Air about her university papers.

ayrab on August 26, 2008 at 9:18 AM

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