The Third Night at the Democratic National Convention

July 27, 2016

Third night at the Democratic National Convention. D voters? Did you listen to President Barack Obama’s three most important words? “Don’t boo … vote!” If you did, and if you do, call it “game, set, and match.”

For me the evening started with my former Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). She followed her husband, former fighter pilot and astronaut Mark Kelly. Gabby’s recovery has been truly remarkable. She’s amazing!

There were plenty of great speeches. Former NYC Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s speech tore the Donald a new one. Best line? “Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.” Next best line? “I’ve built a business, and I didn’t start it with a million-dollar check from my father.” Estimated net worth per Forbes? Bloomberg: $38.6B. Trump? $4.5B. Commentary on the Bloomberg speech? Here’s Matthew Yglesias for Vox, with Michael Bloomberg’s Speech Made the Hillary Hater’s Case for Hillary.

Vice President Joe Biden gave a totally “Uncle Joey” speech. Long, rambling, tres maudlin in a totally Irish way, and a reminder that everyone love their Uncle Joey, whatever his name and ethnicity may be.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President, followed the man he wants to will succeed. His speech was long on words, and it’s really hard not to believe he and Uncle Joey aren’t close kin. Two really nice, “wear it on the sleeve” Catholics, both with more than enough “edge” to git ‘er done!

Back in the day, William Jefferson Clinton was the Big Dog, often. Carl Hiassen, novelist and Miami Herald writer wrote Why They Call Bill Clinton ‘Big Dog’ almost four years ago. Well, as of Night Three, there’s a new Big Dog in Philly, and his name is Barack Hussein Obama.

President Obama’s speech was a tour de force. He focused on an extraordinary number of accomplishments: healthcare, Osama Bin Laden dead, Cuba, Iran, Dodd-Frank, lower unemployment, record stock market indexes, etc. And he addressed the perception among too many that we’re a failed state, for everyone has not shared in the successes.

He took out after Donald Trump:

The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy either.

He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.

Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is really going to be your champion?

In the end, though, President Obama went back to his Kansas roots, albeit with a wry acknowledgment that some might think birth certificates are relevant. He talked about his maternal grandparents, about Midwestern values—which can be found throughout all regions, parties, races, and religions—and about what it means to be an American. And, he reminded us, he did his job to serve us. We lifted him up when he was down. Now, he has challenged us thusly:

Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me.

That all for now, after night three of the Democratic National Convention. Another fine night!

Post Script: When I checked the Forbes website for Bloomberg / Trump net worth information, this quote appears, courtesy of Melinda Gates:

When you get women in roles of leadership, we make things happen.

How fitting!

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