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Joe Biden Speaks at the Democratic National Convention and Barack Obama Makes Surprise Visit

Day 3: The Big Vote, Clinton, Biden, and Big Obama Surprise!

Want to know the most American I've ever felt? When Hillary released her votes and Nancy Pelosi moved for a vote to make Barack Obama the nominee, and the arena full of citizens erupted into applause and song, moving as one mass of humanity inspired by the sheer force of democracy. It doesn't matter who you're voting for at that point; when you're in the arena, it just matters that you're all voting, and you're proud as hell of that right.

The Pepsi Center tonight was filled with citizens, celebrities, and elected officials packed in together and who are all equal come election day. The deafening roar that greeted Bill Clinton's speech (I overheard this afterward: "Did you hear Bill speak?" "I sure did. He's one-a the best presidents we ever had." Priceless.), then the Spielberg-directed video, John Kerry, the surprisingly touching intro of Joe Biden by his son Beau, culminating in the the firm clear message from vice presidential candidate Biden. When he said, "John McCain is my friend. We've traveled the world together . . . but I profoundly disagree with the direction John wants to take this country, from Afghanistan to Iraq," finishing with, "This is America's time!" the air in the arena was an odd combination of festival and gravity. Excitement over what could be, and the importance and weight of that task. The speech climaxed strongly and left the crowd ready for tomorrow.

THEN! Obama came out onstage!!! What did you make of the surprise? The speeches?


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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Thanks, Jude C! :wave: I FINALLY watched Joe Biden's speech and let me just say...I'm all speech'd out after watching his, Bill's, Hillary's, Michelle's, and of course Barack's. They were all fantastic in my opinion, and I'm glad that both Biden & Obama made a special note about increasing teachers' wages, especially since I'm studying to be a teacher and the current wages are simply unnacceptable.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Great points about Bill's speech, californiagirl! Those were also my favorite moments of the speech. I had been upset with both Hillary and Bill because of the primaries, but their speeches and behavior at the convention have absolutely redeemed them in my eyes and made me remember why I loved them.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I missed their speeches on TV yesterday so now I'm watching them on youtube. Bill Clinton's speech is great and he said what needed to be said. I liked that he emphasized the point that Obama IS READY to lead our country, and that Bill himself was ridiculed for being too young for the presidency when he ran yet he is recognized as one of the greater presidents in US history. He's my dad's favorite, that's for sure ;) P.S. How funny/annoying was it watching him attempt to quiet down the crowd at the beginning? I felt like I was watching Johnny Depp accept a Teen Choice Award (in other words, the crowd was going crazy). Ok I still need to watch Biden's speech on youtube and then I will probably be back at this thread. Can't wait for Obama's speech!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Sorry caterpillar...I am very sensitive to people questioning other's feelings of Americanism/Patriotism or where an individual derives theirs from. No harm no foul.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Harmony, did i "attack" really, or was it sarcasm? which one? one is worse.....and thats they one i didnt do! I am just curious thats all, no harm in that. calm down
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
CSPAN is a wonderful channel to catch the DNC. I dislike how the other channels have journalists that talk over people they deem "unimportant (or a threat to changing viewpoints.)" I want to hear all of the speeches, just because they aren't "known" does't mean their words won't affect us; luckily CSPAN realizes that and gives us the entire talk.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
That's silly caterpiller. Yes they are going to the RNC. AND attacking Citizen feeling American is ridiculous. She's not even a Democrat. That doesn't mean that she can' t enjoy some good speeches and appreciate the system working in person. I'm sure she will be just as excited at the RNC convention. Her and Liberty live for this stuff. Of course they're excited. Get over yourself.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am curious to see what if any posts there are on the Republican convention. is citizen going to that one too? will she feel as american?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Oh, Joe's my latest political crush. :D
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Which one Jude Joe or Beau Biden ;-)>
azulsky azulsky 9 years
Thanks stephley, I love your pic too. They're both such accomplished women in their own right.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
All of the speeches last night were fantastic and very rousing--great job to all of them :) Biden turned out to be my personal favorite.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Piper, this is the best thing I heard all week from anyone: "I've watched most of the convention. I'm a Republican but I think it helps to see the issues from both sides. I hope that most people would agree that that is the best way to make informed decisions." I'll I've been hearing from my republican family members and co-workers is that they'd watch as little as possible of the convention or they refused to watch it. I'm totally lost on that concept. I keep wanting to ask them why they wouldn't want to hear what both sides have to say. But I don't want it to seem like I'm picking a fight. I guess that's why I'm a registered independent, but still I can't see not knowing both sides. It just baffles me. Oh yeah and I also vote for the new emoticon. I think it would be a great tool to tell people to cool it when they're being rude. I do miss some of our repubs that used to post in here.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I watched some of it, I just cant stand 99% of the people that got up and talked. when i heard "we are family" start playing, i knew that was it for me.
stephley stephley 9 years
Great picture Azulsky.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
All the inspiring talk is great, but I can't help but be a little jaded. I feel like all campaigns are the same, starting in elementary school. All talk and then... gridlock. I am still waiting for soda in my drinking fountains.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I loved the Bill Clinton quote too Hypnoticmix! I am so loving this convention. I have been searching so long for a reason to feel proud to believe what I believe and this is doing it for me. I'll be watching the RNC as well because I do believe in looking at both sides, but I think the RNC will probably just make me mad. The DNC is making me feel very patriotic!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
“people the world over have always been impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power." LOVED it. I thought bubba did a good job. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
My favorite quotes from last night were: “will not allow the worlds problems to obscure its opportunities” “America can not be strong abroad unless we are first strong at home.” and the one that made me jump out of my chair and yell “RIGHT ON BABY!” is… “people the world over have always been impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
will check out the website. thanks for that tip too!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
it doesn't come in clearly! it's sooooo sad! thanks for the tip, azulsky!
azulsky azulsky 9 years
amybdk try your local PBS channel. They do have pundits but its not as intrusive as cable news and the big networks coverage, it's more like cspan imo. Or just go to the site they have all the speeches from the major to the minor ones.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
liliblu - will you lend me your CSPAN for the night?! Please?!!! :kiss:
liliblu liliblu 9 years
"you can't even hear what is being said in many of the speeches because they're too busy talking over them and/or interviewing other people." I am so glad I switched to CSPAN. People can form there own opinions. Good or bad. Just let us watch the actual convention. Did any of the networks show the speeches by everyday people?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"you can't even hear what is being said in many of the speeches because they're too busy talking over them and/or interviewing other people." I know, Grrr! ;) I was moved by Hillary's moment then as well. Very powerful!
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