5 Things I Learned From The #DNC2012 Speeches That I Already Knew
When I did the 5 things series with the #RNC2012 I broke it down day by day but for the #DNC2012 I decided I would do my 5 things in recap style highlighting the 5 things that caught my attention the most.
- Bill Clinton still has it. Bill Clinton in my opinion gave the best speech of the #DNC2012 convention, actually the best speech of either convention. Former President Clinton gave the best defense of President Obama’s record that I have heard to this day. Defending and praising every significant policy decision of the Obama administration while simultaneously destroying point by point the entire GOP platform, talking points and attack lines.
- Michelle Obama gave the speech that did for President Obama what Ann Romney’s speech was supposed to do for Romney. The First Lady’s speech humanized President Obama for one reason and one reason only believability. The Obama’s struggle and rise to prominence is an real everyday narrative therefore people are able to relate to it because we actually believe the Obama’s struggled at one point. Michelle Obama in this speech was as poised and elegant as I have ever seen her and delivered one of her best speeches to date.
- President Obama is the third person for me to mention because this is where I think his speech put him and to be honest I probably could have waited to mention him after Governor Deval Patrick or the SA Mayor Julian Castro who I will be talk about next. The bar for President Obama’s speeches is astronomical and in the pantheon of Obama Speeches this one was in the middle somewhere or even in the lower tier for me. President Obama has given some of the best Presidential speeches of all time this just happened not be one. Now with that being said the speech was still excellent but just not in the rarefied air that most of Obama’s major speeches are in.
- Governor Deval Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro were able to deliver two of the best speeches of the entire convention. Too bad they were sandwiched with the lack luster speech from MD Governor O’Malley in between them, instead of them being back-to-back leading into Michelle Obama. Don’t be surprised if you see either of these men as Vice Presidential Candidates in the 2016 or 2020 elections.
- The two major speech underachievers were MD Governor O’Malley and Vice-President Joe Biden. If this was O’Malley’s oratorical debut, it was not great. Democratic politics worst kept secret is that Governor O’Malley is preparing himself for a Presidential run in 2016. Even though as an orator he failed to impress, I still be believe he can be a winning candidate for the Democratic party in 2016. Which brings me to Joe Biden who had the worst of the major speeches. The best part of his speech was where he seemed to be giving us candor about the President making us all feel like Uncle Joe was in our living room telling us a story. Everything else about the speech was pretty lackluster. His over-playing of the President as the toughest man in the world was overdone and the tone he set does not really match the demeanor of the President that we see. Vice President Biden was also not able to be quite as great off the cuff freestyling as President Clinton was the night before making the speech just seem long and disjointed.
Overall the #DNC2012 laid to rest the idea there is enthusiasm gap in the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was able to outline a compelling case for why President Obama should remain the President of the United States. The question now that both conventions have concluded is what vision for the country does the American public in mass believe in? Bring on the debates.