This was an extraordinary week -- one offering a starkly different vision of America, and, by week's end, one less glass ceiling. Michelle Obama laid the first cornerstone of that vision. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn." The next night Bill Clinton gave us another first -- the first-ever speech about a nominee spouse by a man. He used it to present the "real" version of the "cartoon alternative" portrait of the woman he knows better than anyone else, saying, "She's the best darn change-maker I have ever met in my entire life." On Wednesday, the program came at Donald Trump from two directions. First, Michael Bloomberg demolished Donald Trump's core appeal as a successful businessman: "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us." He proceeded to openly question Trump's mental stability. "Let's elect a sane and competent person," he urged. And then President Barack Obama took the stage to complete this alternate vision. The contrast with Trump's convention could not have been greater. In one of his best and most important speeches, Obama offered an expansive, optimistic definition of America and made the case that we become more American by addition, not subtraction. The final night, before Hillary Clinton spoke, featured one of the most enduring and indelible moments: that of Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan. "Let me ask you," he said to Donald Trump, taking an actual copy of the Constitution from his pocket and thrusting it forward, "have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy." It was the entire election, summed up in one image. Then Hillary Clinton took the stage, and made history moments later by accepting the nomination. "When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she said. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." But she had to do more than break the ceiling, and she did, laying out more policy details ("It's true, I sweat the details of policy,") than were put forth during the entire Republican convention. Yet she also noted what's at stake -- the sky might be the limit for America, but with Trump, there is no floor. "America's destiny," she concluded, "is ours to choose."
The choice in this election is illustrated by the stark contrast between running mates: the religious bullying of Mike Pence, who signed a law requiring funerals for aborted fetuses, versus the humble faith that drove the young Tim Kaine to teach carpentry and welding as a missionary in Honduras.
There have been a lot of reminders. There was the paltry 6-month sentence Brock Turner received for raping a young woman an...
On the first night of the 2016 Democratic convention, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke as a mother, a wife, First Lady and an intelligent black woman. As an African American woman, her words resonated to me in ways far beyond her text.
Co-written with Andrew Klumpp. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I met my first Democrat...
Appropriation of every type of visual art, music, dance... even cultural attributes has been taking place since the dawn of time.
As I watched "unity" take hold of the Democratic Party this week, the believer in me wanted to imbibe it -- bottoms up. Michelle Obama ignited the cr...
Clinton needs to be nimble, to move among the different elements of the dialectic, her heart open, policy responsive, and ear to the ground on the seismic cultural changes of our time. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their supporters have pushed her along, and they'll continue to do so.
Progressive big hitters were out on the field Monday and they successfully swung for the fences. If only -- and it's a big if -- if only the party could liberate itself from the stranglehold of Big Money. For off camera, out of sight and (for the moment) out of mind, one could sense the corrupting presence of the lobbyists of corporate America.
Here they are! The mature female role models are rolling in, and I have to say I think they are fantastic; stronger and more powerful than almost any other generation before and after them.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- In its first night, the 2016 Democratic National Convention played host to First Lady Michelle Obama. All over social an...
After her eight impactful years in the White House, and one glorious speech to cap it all off, Michelle Obama will go down in history as one of our nation's greatest first ladies.
Instead of preying on the fear of the nation, Obama focused her speech around two people. No, not Clinton and Trump, but Sasha and Malia Obama.
If you fail to show up for Hillary in November, and Trump wins, then your revolution will prove to be nothing more than a faddish exercise in futility by privileged white millennials who shamefully cut off their noses to spite their faces, while destroying everything that Sanders worked to achieve for you.
Standing on the floor of the Democratic National Convention was surreal. I am a formerly undocumented immigrant whose parents remain undocumented. And yet here, I was on the floor of a national political convention as it kicked off Monday.