Covering Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Denver 2008 appearance and speech here. I am going to be updating it live.
She walked in to a resounding applause that seemed her supporters did not want to end.
Chelsea Clinton introduced her mom and hugged her as Hillary walked on stage.
Bill Clinton is grinning like a Cheshire cat in the audience. He seems extremely proud of his daughter and wife. Its hard to tell if its all contrived or genuine but the twinkle in his eyes seems all to real.
Her opening salvo is all about supporting Obama and uniting the party behind Democratic nomination Barack Obama.
But now she was petered off to her own achievements. Telling on why she ran, whom she wanted to support – thoseÂ who were off the radar from this administration . It almost looks like she is being selfish and wants her supporters to remember she is an also-ran. But in the end she is again urging her supporters to vote for Obama.
I think she is trying to strike a balance between her own ambitions and party ambitions.
Michelle is listening intently, oscillating between nodding her head when Clinton speaks of supporting and uniting behind her husband Barack Obama, to looking worried when Clinton goes on and on about her own achievements.
Clinton is striking a very very balance between the Clinton legacy of the past and legacy that could be Obama’s in the future.
She is talking about the President Clinton’s legacy of full coffers and jobs and that Democrats know how to do it and hence Barack deserves that shot.
Clinton is giving accolades to Michelle and that is driving the crowd nuts. I think Americans in general have come to like Michelle and her intense support for her husband in this nobel endeavor of getting America back on track.
Sen Clinton is bring up women emancipation and I think what is believe references to slavery by talking about railroad escape routes, dogs and torches in jungle etc. I think American people have come a long way from that and its kind of embarrassing to bring up that. At the time when there is a strong chance of a black man becoming the president, talking about the slavery movement is anachronistic given the context of the event.
All in all, it was an ok speech. Nothing spectacular about it. She is urging her supporters to vote for Obama but we’ll have to wait and watch for the gallup poll to find out how effective she has been in doing this.
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