A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | August 29, 2008 – 2:12 pm
Obama in Denver stadium
In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr]

We’ll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night’s Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.)

Skinny Black Girl, a self-described “walking paradox” who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech “celebrity” snark:

In the hours before one of the greatest moments in American history and what have I heard about all day?? […]

Ridiculous mentions of “celebrity,” “rock star crowd” and “Greek columns.”

Let’s be clear. If there were 76,000 people who actually wanted to listen to John McCain speak, believe that he would leap at the chance to speak in front of a stadium. […]

[Obama] is a real live down payment on the promises made by a generation of people who risked their lives to see this moment. […] He is a freakin rock star and an insightful, intelligent, compassionate, dedicated, and formidable candidate. He is the American Dream.

Richard Hellinga from the vicinity of Lansing, Michigan, was one of the credentialed bloggers at the convention but got “bumped” from the press box on the last night. So he just claimed a regular seat and got the full crowd experience:

[I]nside the stadium, the effect was electrifying. Absolutely electrifying. […]

What they didn’t show on TV was how everyone joined hands at the end, Obamaniacs and Clintonists, young and old, rich and poor, black, white, Latino, Asian, Gay […]

Marty Manley is an Oakland, California, entrepreneur and a former Assistant Secretary of Labor (under Clinton). He sees the whole convention and its finale through a great symphonic lens:

When it was over, you realized that you had been watching a symphony in four movements. In classical form, an allegro was followed by an elegant minuet, a slow scherzo, and an intense, climatic rondo. Each movement was designed to stand on its own but also to combine elegantly with the others, with some themes stated and others just implied. The final movement was a minor symphony of its own that left the audience and music lovers from both parties astonished, grasping for words.

Check out the whole post and you’ll see that Michelle Obama was the “opening allegro”, Hillary Clinton the “elegant minuet,” Bill Clinton the “slow scherzo,” and Barack, of course, the “intense, climactic rondo.”

Turning to some specifics of the speech itself: WordyDoodles is a Bay-Area mom, lawyer, and lover of lip gloss. She was overjoyed that Obama reclaimed love of country for the Democrats:

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to Obama for FINALLY TAKING BACK patriotism for progressives! I am done, all done, with Republicans/conservatives claiming to be patriotic. With people who fear questioning and fear thinking so much, they cannot imagine that those of us who say “America can do BETTER than this” are patriotic.

Paul Levinson, a New York City writer and a media-studies professor with an “irrational faith in television,” has been following the convention closely (on TV, presumably). His top punch of Obama’s was one word: temperament.

[M]y favorite - and the one which I think will serve Obama best in the next months - was a challenge to debate McCain on who had the better judgment and temperament. Challenging an opponent’s judgment we’ve heard before. Calling an opponent on temperament - whether an opponent is fit to be President on the basis of emotional disposition and control - is something new. And it is something which should pay off well in comparisons with McCain, who has a notoriously thin skin. He’s lost his cool more than a few times on television over the years - is this something Americans really want in their next President?

Ravenrants from Austin, Texas, claims not to like politicians but seems to have delighted in blogging Obama’s speech. S/he highlights, among other things, the civil-rights strands:

The Dr. King portion is wonderfully well-spoken. I wonder if it is coincidence that Hillary’s speech had Harriet Tubman’s “keep going,” and Obama’s has a theme of walking together and not going back? I’m just cynical to think it’s not, and if it isn’t, it’s brilliant. If it is, it’s better because it speaks highly of party message unity […]

Nick Bogert is a (probutcool) South Florida political reporter for NBC’s local station. His summary of the night ends on this warning:

[T]he smoke from the fireworks was still wafting across Invesco Field when my Blackberry buzzed (11:08 PM, to be precise) with a message from Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer, which read in part: “Now that Barack Obama’s self-proclaimed celebration is over, it’s time to take a long, hard look at his record. Obama claims experience doesn’t matter, judgment does, yet he clearly lacks both.”

Just a preview of coming convention attractions from St. Paul.

Another came swiftly this morning in the headline-stealing announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate.


  1. One Response to “A Mile High in Denver Stadium”

  2. Wow! Somebody read what I had to say and thought enough of it to repeat it! Thanks!

    By Skinny Black Girl on Aug 29, 2008

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