So, Thursday @ the convention was fantastic, I can hardly believe it happened. What I didn't tell you about Wednesday was how I bareley missed meeting Michelle Obama. After she spoke to the Democratic Black Caucus, my first instinct was to approach her, but I stopped myself thinking the Secret Service wouldn't allow it. However, everyone else sprinted past me to greet her undetered. Right then and There I devised a plan for the Women's Caucus on Thursday morning. I went to the headquarter hotel to obtain my credential, skipped breakfast and headed to the convention center to line up. I was able to sit in the front row to listen to the address from Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. They gave rousing speeches and prepared us for the remaining 60 days until the election. We were also addressed by actress Fran Drescher, Secretary of Labor - Hilda Solis and Congressman John Lewis.
When the speeches were completed, I was the first to the stage to shake the First Lady's hand. We talked to each other and I honestly have no idea what I said. Next I shook Jill Biden's hand. They were both so gracious and open. I couldn't believe it - I was on cloud 9!
As I left the room with my friend and fellow delegate, Natasha I recognized Debbie Wasserman Schultz ahead. Natasha and I approached her and asked to take a photo with her. She is very nice and we were thrilled to meet her.
After a short break, it was time to make my way to the convention floor at Time/Warner Arena. We were entertained by Mark Anthony, the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor. The pivotal speeches came from the women of the senate, Rep. Barney Frank and Gov. Jennifer Granholm - she was amazing and whipped the delegates into a frenzy.
I loved the speech by Vice-President Joe Biden. His frankness was something we all had been waiting for. The night was completed by the address from President Obama. His words and demeanor readied us for the final 60 days of this campaign - we are fired up and ready to go!
I'd like to complete this blog stating we Democrats are no less patriotic and love our country no less than any Republican. Congressman John Lewis told us to stand up and speak out. The Democrat's civility has allowed the Republicans to write our narrative for us. I say enough. We shouldn't stoop to their level but we should no longer be silent. As Massachussetts Gov. Duval Patrick told us we have to stand tall and be proud of what we believe in.
I witnessed a stadium full of proud Democratic delegates exercise our rights, participate in the democratic process and be proud of our platform. Now we have to return to our states and districts and spread the word. As Michelle Obama told us, if we haven't donated to the campaign, make a donation. If we can donate the maximum, then we have to do that too. We have to make the calls, go to the battleground states and vote early. I'm committed to do all those things because that is what it is going to take to re-elect President Obama and allow him to complete what he has started.
Again, I'm fired up and ready to go - I hope you are too.
Thanks for sharing this experience with me.