Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Witnessing History


In the very arena in which the Rupublicans will hold their convention in the fall, Barack Obama declared his win with grace and magnamity to his defeated rival, with a defiant challenge to his new opponent, with a call of inspiration and promise to America to build a better tomorrow, and with class, dignity and a style all of his own. It wasn't just a phenomenal speech tonight in St. Paul - it was a bold and brilliant introduction to a new chapter in American politics. This is the leader that American has been waiting for.

11 comments:

Head Dude said...

Are you talking about Obama or Clinton? I thought Hillary effectively said that she had won, and insinuated that Obama could be her running mate?

Big Daddy said...

Indeed. After all she did win the popular vote right? I do think it quite magnanimous of her really that she might deign to consider Obama for the 2-spot. Truly she is one that looks out for others before herself.

Big Daddy said...

I see the poll, so who you guys got for VP? As in 1. like the poll who do you think he should and 2. who do you think he actually will pick?

Do you really think he might actually take Clinton?

The Dude said...

I think (1) and (2) will be the same: Virginia Senator Jim Webb - military chops, conservative roots to balance out the ticket, and a relative newcomer to DC that would complement Barack's "change" banner.

I await Head Dude's rationale for Richardson.

Head Dude said...

Webb is too much of a loose canon I think. All of the tawdry details from his novels would get national attention, along with some of his off-the-cuff remarks, though I agree his politics and military background (son fighting in Iraq) would be tremendous assets. I think Obama will choose someone with more traditional experience, but still someone who can make the change argument. That's where I think Richardson comes in -- he's been around a while, and has governor, Cabinet member, and foreign-policy negotiator on his resume. But the Latino thing is what makes the "change" aspect fit, and he's not exactly Hillary in terms of being the public square for a long time, so he still feel newer to most people. It signals a new day, and also helps with the Latino vote and in Colorado in addition to New Mexico. Richardson's downside is there are some questions about his character, but he'd be my top choice, followed by Strickland and maybe someone like Wes Clark.

The Dude said...

i LOVED that Barack and Michelle co-opted the Franchise fist bump.... If that doesn't make the Franchise get out on the phone banks, I don't know what will!

Head Dude said...

And I love how news outlets like CNN are spending time trying to "explain" the fist bump.
The genuine affection between the Obamas will only grow as a campaign asset, and I can't wait until 3/4 of America realizes at the Convention he has two young and cute daughters. It's the American Dream, only in a new and transformational light.

Big Daddy said...

Hmmm I too think Webb is a loose canon (is he the guy you want voting to break a tie in the Senate) but love what he would bring. My vote (in the should) is the General. I simply LOVE Clark but he has so many just downright bizarre sayings out there and surely would have many more that the press would have a field day.

Perhaps the Franchise??? That way he and Obama can fist bump everyday, and introduce it into the diplomatic protocols. I can see it on the news

"President Obama began his first visit to England with a hearty fist bump with Prime Minister Brown. Meanwhile Vice President Franchise was at the G7 fist-bumping world leaders before the start of crucial talks"

The Franchise said...

If called upon, I will serve... by fist bumping everyone within reach!

By the way Obama, you're welcome for me lending you my signature move...

The Franchise said...

I think I also bring some of the same things to the table as Webb: my stepdad is a retired Army Reserve Lt. Colonel, and I'm slightly closer to the center politically than some of the other Dudes.

And is there any doubt I'd energize the long-neglected Asian demographic?

The Dude said...

Franchise, don't forget you're in a pivotal swing state!