Hi friends. Wednesday was another eventful and amazing day at the convention. It began with our California delegation breakfast.
The speakers at the breakfast were actress Alfree Woodard, Retired General Wesley Clark and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. They electrified us with their passion and got the day started on the right note.
Next I headed to the convention center to attend the Democratic Black Caucus Meeting. The rumor was we would be addressed by First Lady Michelle Obama. The rumor was true! Mrs. Obama spoke to us and encouraged us to stay dedicated to our cause. She also thanked the delegates for their hard work and dedication.
Our next speaker was Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia. He talked about the Obama's love of this country. He gave us the talking points to address the misrepresentation of the Democratic Agenda being expoused by the RNC. He reminded us not to "be distracted, deterred or get weary."
Next we were addressed by Michael Strautmanis. Michael had a dream to be a lawyer. While in high school he obtained an internship at a law firm and came to be mentored by Michelle Obama. He went on to law school and eventually became Chief of Staff to Valerie Jarrett. His message - follow your dream.
His story also validated what Michelle Obama referred to in her speech when she talked about reaching back and helping others. While Michael spoke we could hear the Latino Cuacus' enthusiasm while listening to Mrs. Obama.
Our caucus closed with a speech from Charlotte Mayor Ron Kirk. He told us to make this election personal. Attendees at the caucus meeting were Roland Martin, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barbara Lee, NAACP Chairman Benjamin Jealous.
After the caucus we took in lunch at Five Guys Burgers - great burger - there's one in Hayward (near Kennedy Park on Hesperian Boulevard.)I arrived at the arena and found my favorite lucky seat again. The speeches by Emanuel Cleaver, Elizabeth Warren and Sandra Fluke were my favorite, but then came President Clinton. Oh my gosh- you all heard him (if you didn't it's posted on my FB page). How poignant, succinct and brilliant is he? We all left the arena "fired up and ready to go.". BTW - if you haven't seen the YouTube video on how the 'fired up' slogan came to be, check it out - its a great story. After the night's proceedings the California delegation had a bash at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It didn't end until 2:00am - hence this late post on yesterday's activities. I'm fired up and hope you are too!