By David Lindsay, Jr. 8/22/20
On the first night of the Democratic National Convention we heard from a lot of good speakers, including: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Former Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Doug Jones, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. I think the final speaker was Former First Lady Michelle Obama. It was impressive.
The second night included: Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Former President Bill Clinton, and Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Bill Clinton was limited to five minutes, and still stole the show.
The third night included: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Former President Barak Obama, and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The night ended with Kamala Harris. Kamala was very good, but not as relaxed as when she gave her introduction speech a few weeks ago. Barak Obama reminded people that he is phenomenal.
Oh my gosh, I thought, who else is left to speak? What are they going to do on the fourth night? So I thought about it, and bet anyone five cents who wanted to bet, that on the fourth night, they would have a few or all of the remaining candidates for president, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, Corey Booker, Michael Bloomberg, and perhaps several of the State Department officials who testified against Trump in the impeachment hearings: Fiona Hill, David Holmes, Marie Yovanovitch, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.
There was a subtle intelligence to the convention organization, since all the really talented speakers went earlier, with the exception of Buttigieg who is young. Joe Biden wouldn’t have to follow either of the Clintons, either of the Obamas, Kamala Harris, or his own eloquent wife Jill Biden.
So I was right about the other candidates, and wrong about the State Department whistle blowers and brave patriots. I also missed the long piece on John Lewis, with excerpts of his speeches over decades. I missed historian and biographer Jon Meacham. I didn’t know about the impressive 13-year old with a stutter, and it was warming to be reminded that Joe overcame a serious stutter, and that the condition was part of why he became empathetic to others.
Then, to top it all off, Joe Biden gave what was probably the best speech of his life, with not a single slip, hesitation, or thought jump. He was presidential, and humble, energetic, thoughtful, and appropriately angry. He showed a range of emotions we don’t usually see from him. He communicated, that he is an experienced and accomplished leader who connects with people, listens and understands their issues. He can beat Trump on character, the economy, on climate change and the environment, civil rights, income inequality, and preserving our democracy. He will protect Americans and American troops from pandemics and fascist dictators. He said that to fix the economy, we have to fix the pandemic, and that on day one, he would mobilize the whole country to respond appropriately, making sure we have ample testing and personal protective equipment. Only then we can safely go back to work or to school.
Besides strengthening social security and medicare, he will even get the post office working again.
Did you take the bet? Do I get your nickel, or do I owe you one? At any rate, a penny for your thoughts.