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Video showing now, probably about 20 minutes away... get excited!!
He makes his entrance! The fans look happy! and hopeful!!!
the flashbulbs are popping... what a stage! i'm sure ths will be mocked by the GOP - but if their candidate could fill a football stadium, they would no doubt do it in a heartbeat!
Another shout out to Dick Durbin to start the speech - just like 04!
a very early nod to Hillary Clinton - a bit unexpected. And now Bill as well!
didn't take long to the epected middle class focus. but he's right - we are better than the last 8 years!
and the meat cleaver is out on McCain - here comes the 90% - hilarious line about a 10% chance on change!
the cuts are really sharp now on mccain - a nice job of painting him as out of touch.
way to use his family to counter the GOP's charges of celebrism
love the crowd shots, esp. if the folks have moist eyes.
barack's big on education! pay attention undude!
service for education - now that's what hope is!
The visuals are playing out better than anyone could've hoped for.
individual responsible and mutual responsibility - that's the essence of barack's campaign!
great line about not following bin laden to the cave where he lives.
John McCain likes to say that he'll follow Bin Laden to the gates of hell, but McCain won't even follow Bin Laden to the cave where he lives.
Don't tell me the party of Roosevelt and Kennedy won't defend this country!
Red and blue America are back!
i like bringing out that we are the party of kennedy and roosevelt - we are strong on national defense.
you're right head dude - red and blue states are back - but the examples he gives (same sex couples, immigration, gun control) are left-leaning, which i like
no fresh ideas - use scare tactics! that's all the republicans do!
this election is about me!!
look at all those folks listening intently... terrific tie from the promise of america to MLK's I have a dream.
The long-awaited MLK reference comes near the end.
Keep in mind -- Obama wrote this himself last week.There's NO chance McCain is writing his speech, just as Bush never coined an original word.
dudes, we cannot turn back - we must march ahead!
I love the 85,000 waving American flags.
nice quote from the scripture at the end!
a country song is the sign off song?? that's odd.
Stevie Wonder already song Sign, Sealed, Delivered.You gotta have a little country to appeal to middle America.
This definitely is some weird music.
olbermann and matthews both climaxed at the end i think; matthews sounds like he's just catching his breath now!
I am horrified by the musical choice... While I enjoyed his very aggressive attacks on McCain, does it contradict his politics as usual message?
I think he said enough about moving away from the politics of old and fear to keep his change message, while still hitting McCain hard enough.
I worry that will be a tough tight rope to walk over the coming months...
And how on earth does McCain hope to even begin to compete with this guy in head-to-head debates?
I think Obama has the "change" thing firmly entrenched, so a little hand-to-hand combat can be done without putting a chink in the armor. Let's face it, he has to show he's tough enough to win, and he did what was necessary tonight.
obama is a better speaker than he is a debater - he comes off as too professorial, and his verbal tics are more apparent in debates.
The dude is right, and the problem is, expectations will be too high for Obama. Unfortunately, the first debate is foreign policy and last debate is economy -- foreign policy is much better suited to McCain's short and meaningless, but well-received, sound bites.
And of course George Bush couldn't have looked worse at one of those debates in 2004, and really, it didn't seem to hurt him.Well, I will go to bed dreaming of that line about questioning the judgment of someone who thinks George Bush is right 90% of the time. Brilliant!
Oops...completely forgot about the liveblog as I was so caught up in the speech. I guess I couldn't have made it work anyway, since the computer and tv are in different rooms and I actually wanted to both see and hear him.Well looks like it's all been said. I too loved that line on 10% chance on change. Brilliant indeed. The "kid" shots (his daughters waving to the cameras like we all do after we notice we are on live tv) were priceless!!
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