President Obama’s speech was nowhere as good as President Clinton’s (which prompted Obama to joke that he should make Clinton ‘Secretary of Explaining Stuff’).  But what struck me about Obama’s speech was its inclusiveness, especially after having seen the Republican convention overwhelmed by white men and women.

So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me.  It was about you.  My fellow citizens – you were the change.

 You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix who’ll get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can’t limit her coverage.  You did that.

You’re the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought he’d be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance.  You made that possible.

You’re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she’s ever called home; why selfless soldiers won’t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love; why thousands of families have finally been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely: “Welcome home.”

(Photo of former Assistant Secretary for US Veterans Affairs, Tammy Duckworth.)

And the Democratic National Convention opening was female-focused, with 27 women speaking (out of 58 total speakers) on Day 1, as opposed to the RNC where 16 women appeared.

Speaking of women, when former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance there wasn’t a dry eye in the arena.  I remembered how she got a standing ovation in the House a year ago, prompting me to think that Republicans and Democrats will only stand together when one of them has been shot in the head.

Yes, diversity.  Made me think of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’:

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Well, folks, as the Atlantic put it – The Choice: Obama’s Weak Record vs. Romney’s Worse Alternative.
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/the-choice-obamas-weak-record-vs-romneys-worse-alternative/262048/  Sigh.  Now for the next two months, the Super PACs will be slinging the mud.  (Actually glad that I don’t have a working television.)

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