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Barack Obama's Speech at the Democratic National Convention

The Last Day! Obama's Speech of a Lifetime at Invesco Field

The moment we've been hearing about for months is here: Barack Obama will formally accept the nomination for president in front of thousands at Denver's Invesco Field. On the anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, though Obama was just 2 years old when it happened, comparisons between the two are rampant.

At 10 p.m. EST, Obama will have to live up to this: "I have a dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'"

Liberty and I are lucky enough to go and see it live — with the thousands of people in attendance, we won't be able to get you our reactions to the speech immediately, but we will soon! In the meantime, tell us what you thought! Did the performance match the hype? Was it truly a speech of a lifetime?


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Oh boy. Why all the criticism. Just say it was great or it wasn't, why you thought so and move on. I for one loved it because to me it spoke to the average working citizen like myself and my family. But that's my reason. If you liked it or didn't that's great, we don't really need to argue about it do we. And that's for all sides just so we're clear.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yeah, the dems welfare plan has been working wonderfully.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Pot meet kettle.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
HF, I agree. I feel the public probably was desensitized by the time Obama gave his speech. CINE! It's great to see you posting. So sorry about your accident. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. AND for a happy wedding! Hope you stick around here.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I was moved more by the guy 2 treadmills over from me who kept pounding on the water bottle holder and clapping his hands. He looked so happy and proud. The speech was fine IMO. I worry that it's a lot of empty promises, but that's my problem with politics in general. Elections are really off-putting. I know he has to fight back against baseless claims, but I was cringing at some things (the Bin laden in a cave comment for example). The treadmill tv was at a bad angle, so I didn't see Michele's dress (I should google for a picture), but she looked radiant and extremely proud. His girls are precious. It had it's inspirational moments, but I can't really compare it to much. I haven't heard many speeches (I usually can't get through a speech on either side without my eyes rolling out of my head). I hope he can do even some of the things he said up there.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I think Hillary gave the best speech of the convention....but that's just me. I think it's because she's the one that had the most to accomplish. She had to unify the party...or try her damnedest to. ;) I did enjoy Obama's speech. I'm actually going to listen to it again, because it was about 3:30 am when I watched it last night. I think it's obvious that his speech would seem a little anti-climactic because if you were following the convention most of the policies and ideals of the Democratic party had already been thoroughly discussed. That doesn't mean it wasn't a great just means we were a little de-sensitized by the time he gave it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
They try to edit and limit social programs, not block them altogether.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
But they are the party in congress that tries to block social programs. The record is pretty clear. And Caterpillar, you wish it was hero worship. I have laid out substantial reasons why I support Obama and his policy ideas on many occasions. I see you are one of those people that resorts to insults instead of making a point about an issue. Cute.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The Republican philosophy IS NOT against giving a little bit of help. I don't know how many different ways I can say that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Lilkimbo, just give up, someones got a case of hero worship and cant see beyond the shining golden light.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Like I said, Jill, I think you need to re-examine the Republican philosophy because I think you seem to be a little confused on the positions of the party. And I didn't say that the Democratic philosophy is not about hard work, please stop putting words in my mouth.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Lilkimbo, how can you posssibly say that was the Republican philosophy? The Democratic platform doesn't say don't work hard to get what you want...quite the opposite. Obama said at Saddleback that the core of his welfare philosophy is JOBS, hardwork. He talked about hard work so many times in his speech. His programs in Illinois were called "Welfare To Work". In the Republican philosophy, he never would have received that little bit of help in the beginning.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am sure I will have just as many probs with McCains speech. I am an equal opportunity nit picker.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Amen, Caterpillar. Actually, Obama has lived his personal life more like a Republican. He got a little bit of assistance and then worked hard to get what he wanted and paid his own way. I guess he's proof that the Republican system WORKS.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
jillness, My family had very little help in the beginning and we made it despite that fact....its not a republican or democratic philosophy its called determination. Do people really day to day say "today i am going to be in the republican or democratic state of mind" my republican spine isnt shivering because Obama is successful.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And of course, supply side economics, which I'm sure you know a lot about. (I am not being sarcastic.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
It's not exclusively the top 1%-5%. McCain's tax plan includes keeping all of Bush's tax cuts, which affected EVERYONE. McCain has also spoken about specific programs he would cut in order to balance the budget.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Republicans are not against giving "a little help." I think the history of the world is proof that the Republican philosophy WORKS. Look at China as a prime example. As more private ownership is introduced, the country becomes more prosperous. Look at the former Soviet Union. As more private ownership was introduced, the countries became more prosperous. I think it is a low blow to suggest that the thoughts of those who disagree with Obama are that simplistic.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Yeah, you are right. I don't understand why they would want to cut taxes for the wealthiest 1-5% again in a time of war when we are hundreds of billions of dollars in debt.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Jill based on that post, I don't think you probably understand Republican philosophies or ideals.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Stephley, he was *supposed* to give the speech atop a white horse wearing a white robe, a la Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings. Don't you know that his fans expect nothing less from The Great One They Worship? Don't have much to add apart from good wishes for cine. Seriously, I'm glad to know you made it out of that accident alive. I'm sure you were scared but I hope everything turns out OK and you have an amazing wedding in a few weeks. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I don't think that was directed at me, but I have to say that Obama's keynote in 2004 and his speech on race were a lot better, in my opinion, than the speech he gave last night. Actually, I think both of the Clinton's speeches were better than Obama's speech last night, as well.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think people are really frustrated with the fact that Obama is proof that Democratic philosophy WORKS. His family was given a little help in the beginning, and because of that, he was able to go on and be self sufficient and a VERY productive, generous member of society. I am sure the thought that a small investment can reap big rewards sends a shiver down many Republican's spines. Our government has always made investments in ideas that made the next generation prosper. The railroads, the interstates, even the creation of the internet started by a fund that was made in order to fund the CIA's project. With out this investment, we would not have the internet, and the internet boom which provided a ton of income and jobs for our country would never have happened. We NEED to INVEST in green energy now. We NEED to invest in education now. As Biden said, those countries that out educate us today will out compete us tomorrow. America needs to be competitive. Obama's policies allow us to grow in that way.
stephley stephley 8 years
If Obama's speech wasn't anything to brag about last night, what speeches in recent years did meet your obviously high standards?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
sorry vespa, thanks for the real quote, too bad he cant follow that advice. Also the "8 is enough" and than the whole place chanting it turned me off. I hate catch phrases like that.
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