In the wake of two starkly different political conventions, there's great reason to feel truly hopeful about where our country is headed when it comes to the freedom to marry.
What just happened in American politics is not just that Charlotte mopped the floor with Tampa. It's that Democrats connected with the country beyond their wildest dreams. Here's my fantasy: Coming out of their convention, Democrats will realize that their message sings.
It's a cliché, by now, to hail Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention as a masterpiece. And I won't bother going into all of the details for why that is. What I do want to recall is what it was like to be in the Garden that night eight years ago in Boston.
Americans who looked to Barack Obama's speech for inspiration likely got it, if at all, from the same place he says he gets his -- from his litany of remarkable Americans who have continued to soldier on and succeed against long odds.
In a speech that covered the usual checklist of a convention speech -- love my wife and kids, America is the greatest country on earth, savior of the middle class -- Obama said something that jolted me awake.
As a Puerto Rican elected official in Nueva York, I am repeatedly shocked and disgusted each time another one of these stories breaks, and again exposes the deep-seated racism that abounds in Puerto Rican political and social discourse.
To hear Bill Clinton's speech, you would think America is once again respected and loved throughout the world, thanks to Barack Obama's wisdom in choosing Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.
We journalists, our perma-sour moods intensified by two weeks of attendance at political conventions, took great delight in poking fun at Biden for using the word "literally," often incorrectly, during his address to the DNC. But were we incorrect to condemn Biden's vocabulary as sin?
Bill Clinton's masterful speech to nominate Barack Obama summed up the philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans saying, "We believe that 'We're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'You're on your own'.''
Twitter was ablaze Wednesday night with Clintonian quotes and quips. Suddenly, at the top of the worldwide trending list, #16TrillionFail popped up. But #16TrillionFail was notably different -- for more than one reason.
Ms. Candidate: Whatever your religion -- or even if you don't have one -- and whatever your sins (and face it, you've got them; we all do), you, too, can convert them to the benefit of others. Just follow Bill Clinton's lead.
Two weeks of Republican and Democratic conventioneering concluded last night with President Obama's speech accepting the nomination of his party. Whether one considered his speech brilliant oratory or just a good effort, in many ways it was typical of speeches given by incumbent presidents.
The problem, however, seems to be that this candidate either doesn't remember all that encompasses the "American Dream" or, more troubling, doesn't have a plan to fix one of its basic elements--homeownership.
After Michelle Obama's eloquent, heartfelt speech and Bill Clinton's blistering, rock-star-like missive, Democrats expected a knockout performance by President Obama Thursday night. But what they got was the same old same old.
One can't imagine Romney or Ryan embracing the words of Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own." That idea -- "We Take Care of Our Own" -- is what distinguishes the Democrats' view of the world from the Republicans' philosophy: "You're On Your Own."
Education has taken a backseat in this election, but the fact that President Obama devoted so much time on it in his Democratic National Convention Speech makes it a bigger issue.