Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bill Is Still The Godfather


I'll admit I was a little worried that Bill's baton-passing might be as empty of discernible passion as Hillary's, or that he just might express his personal pique at Democrats' rejection of his wife's bid for power. So I was greatly relieved to once again experience Bill Clinton's utter mastery of the art of political rhetoric - his legendary ease with the forum, his self-assured ability to speak his heart effectively, and his sometimes magical talent for drawing trust and confidence from his listeners. Best speech of the convention so far, though John Kerry hit some righteous points as well.

Here are some particularly good quotes from the speeches thus far that definitely should be replayed regularly in You Tube viral clips, in television and radio ads, and in print campaign literature through November...

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"For over a quarter of a century, the Republicans have sold their magic beans with a promise of a giant beanstalk and gold over the horizon. Look what they've done to our country. Look what they've done to our planet."

Pres. Bill Clinton:

"And so, my fellow Democrats, I say to you: Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world. Barack Obama is ready to honor the oath, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States."

"People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power."

Hillary Clinton:

"How to we give this country back to them? By following the example of a brave New Yorker, a woman who risked her life to bring slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. On that path to freedom, Harriet Tubman had one piece of advice: 'If you hear the dogs, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.'"

Sen. John Kerry:

"...the flag doesn't belong to any ideology. It doesn't belong to any political party. It is an enduring symbol of our nation, and it belongs to all the American people. After all, patriotism is not love of power or some cheap trick to win votes; patriotism is love of country."

Soon-to-be VP Joe Biden:

"Let me make this pledge to you right here and now. For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring their pledge to uphold the law and respect our Constitution, no longer will the eight most dreaded words in the English language be: 'The Vice President's office is on the phone.'"

Quite the nice build-up to tonight's Big Speech in Invesco Stadium by Barack Obama. I'm expecting some especially great quotes to come from that one, so again, stay tuned!

Posts to the DNC Series:

Stoopid Network Tricks and Dallying Dems
Assassination Plot Busted, Teddy's Speech
Hard-Hearted Hillary Made Me Cry
Bill Is Still The Godfather


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