Notes I took while watching the second day of the DNC:
Piers Morgan interviewed Eva Longoria, said she was very smart, not like her character on Desperate Housewives. Well, duh.
Video of Vietnam veteran (Edward Meagher, AF-Ret) talking about military not being welcomed back, that he is part of an organization which talks about how they make sure vets of Iraq and Afghanistan are welcomed home. Edward Meagher himself did a talk, and was seen several times on-stage and around the DNC hall. There were a lot of VFW folks in the audience. There is a program called Operation Jump Start which is bent on helping the returning vets, through body and mind repair, and to help them find jobs when they are ready to get into the workforce. Barack Obama has made sure there is funding for these many programs, has made sure there are doctors at Walter Reed Hospital and other VA hospitals, including psychologists for mental help. Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are working together on the jobs help for the veterans and their families.
No president since FDR has done more for veterans.
Sister Simone Campbell, from Nuns on the Bus, spoke about Paul Ryan’s budget, and said that Ryan said the budget was in line with Catholic faith. Sister Simone was there to tell you that was a load of crap (she didn’t use the word, I did), and that Catholic Bishops said no. So the Nuns on the Bus went on a 2200-mile bus trip to talk about why it is wrong. Faith strongly affirms that it should help others. “I am my sister’s/brother’s keeper. Tax cuts for the wealthy is against the church’s teachings. ACA (Obamacare) is vital for those in need, and to ensure that everybody in America can be insured for sickness and hospitalization. She got a huge standing ovation.
Half a dozen small business owners spoke about how useful the SBA was to them when banks turned them down. Obama cut taxes on small businesses 18 times.
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, spoke about what would happen to the middle class if Romney is allowed to roll rules back on environment, economy, banking regulations and Wall Street reform.
Note: All of these speeches can be found on-line, many of them on pages in FaceBook. There was just too many of them for me to write about to more extent, but what I am giving you is information to look them up if you are interested in one particular speech.
Anyway, President Obama will fight to level the playing field for middle class. The dream belongs to all of us – not the wealthy few.
Latinos: Immigration laws affecting the children brought to this country who went to school here, who served in the armed forces, who have known nothing but America as their home. Benita Veliz graduated at 16 as valedictorian, went on to finish a double-major in college at the age of 20, spoke of being an undocumented immigrant, and said the American Dream Act, which Congress would not pass, was set up, by Obama in spite of that, for people like her to get citizenship, and pay back this country for giving her a chance.
Cristina Saralegui, a star from Telemundo, spoke after her, and shouted out the slogans “Si se pueda” (yes we can) and “Palantes” (forward). Very dynamic. Very popular speaker. Spoke specifically about education, college scholarships, healthcare, immigration reform, and production, and said we can call them illegal immigrants or dreamers. “Latinos have power if they get out and vote!!!!”
Then Austin Ligon, CEO of Carmax, spoke about 1.1 million auto jobs saved, which trickled down to his business, and let people like him add half-a-million jobs connected to the auto businesses. Romney said “let Detroit go bankrupt” – Obama said no.
Both Chrysler and GM paid back the government loans early. (BTW, I heard someone a day or so ago, on one of the news shows, that the auto companies had not paid back the loans. I wonder where these people come up with the ideas, clearly a lie that can be proven to be a lie.)
Then several employees of the UAW who work in the auto industry came on to tell their personal stories of being laid off, and then getting their jobs back when Obama made the loans.
One of them quoted Margaret Chase Smith who said “It’s not always easy to do the right things”, which was a reference to how Obama did it without Congressional support – just because it was the right thing to do. President Obama met the test for moral character, and said people have the right to organize and to collectively bargain.
Three one-time Bain employees spoke about losing their jobs: Randy Johnson, who was one of 350 employees from his company; Cindy Hewitt, who was one of 850 employees who lost their jobs; and David Foster, one of 750 employees who retained his job after Bain bought out their company, but said that Bain put so many monetary restrictions on their company (GST Steel Mill), and encumbered them with so much debt, that after ten years they folded, trashing jobs, vacations, pensions, health care – all gone. The piling up on them started in 1993, and the company folded in 2001. (Anyone who has read my blog about Bain (Capital) Corporation is already aware of how a holding company works – and I am making the assumption that when Bain got this steel mill, they realized it was doing so well they couldn’t close it, but made sure than it did go bankrupt within ten years, and Bain could then do what they wanted with it – sell it off, or outsource it, or something – anything but help the employees who stuck with it.
Other speakers for the night: Sandra Fluke, Cecille Richards (Ann Richards’ daughter), Elizabeth Warren, Maryland D. Rep. Chris Van Hollen – all speaking about women’s rights and the War on Women, and about the economy.
One quote was “America can’t steal your purse on Main Street, but can steal your pension on Wall Street”. Then Matthew 25:40 – we are called to act, not to sit and wait.
Then finally, Antonio Raigosa announced the next speaker would make the nomination of Obama for President.
Then a video about Bill Clinton.
And finally Bill Clinton walked out, made the nomination, and then proceeded to explain piece by piece exactly what President Obama had done for us during his first three years in the presidency. He did such a good job explaining it in small words so everyone could understand, and one thing specifically he did say was that no-one, not even him, could have fixed the mess he was given in just three or four years.
He said the Republican party is saying “we left him a total mess, he didn’t fix it yet, so put us back in”.
Someone told Barack Obama the next day that he should establish a new office and put Bill Clinton in it, as “Explainer in Chief”. I say that if there is still anyone out there who does not exactly what Obama has done, and needs to complete, simply ignored Bill Clinton, or purposely did not listen to him. I recommend that any doubters should go to Clinton’s page in FaceBook, click on the speech, and listen to it. It lasted 48 minutes, and by the end of it there should have been no question about what Obama has done as president, and how he needs the time to finish the job (or at least get more done), and how everything you are hearing from Romney and Ryan are pure lies, and can be proven to be lies.
Ari Fleisher, a Bush person, tweeted that he thought Clinton broke Twitter.
538 tweeted “that Clinton guy should run for President someday”.
Many, many Tweets quoted Clinton’s line “we can’t afford to double-down on trickle-down”.
One interesting note, and one question, about the role-call vote held afterward: Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter was spokesperson for Arizona nominating Obama.
And why did Obama need 2,777 delegates to get the nomination while Romney only needed 1,140 (I got this from CNN)?
Anyway, that’s it for the second day – I may have to wait until tomorrow for the third day, since I’m running out of time today.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX