Live Blog: Democratic National Convention, 9/6/12
Welcome to our live blog of the Democratic National Convention!
I’ll live blog tonight’s proceedings from the final night at the Democratic National Convention from 9pm—11pm eastern.
Tonight’s highlights include speeches from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Please leave any thoughts in the comments section—I’ll use a few of them for the main thread.
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Angie Flores has some very good natural skill on that stage especially for something at this level. A very impressive young lady.
Finally that video ends!!! We get it! Biden is so great that he is not speaking in primetime!
I love Joe Biden. But he’s only one gaffe or awkward comment away from overshadowing the whole evening. We’ll see what happens.
For all Biden’s gaffes and missteps he still has a way of connecting with voters at a core level. That gritty anger has always come off well for him, in my opinion. If Obama speaks to voters hearts, Biden speaks to their gut.
Joe said 4 years ago a nation turned to Obama to lead us out of this mess. What happened to the last 4 years Joe?
A surprisingly sober speech. And because the caricature of Biden is so bad, it offers the advantage of low expectations. As a result, it gets his audiences to give him their attention when he contradicts this caricature.
It will be ok! “I just need to borrow 4 trillion more to fix it.”
The truth is Obama spent 20 million in bail outs..then took them through a bankrupty..gave 3/4 to Unions and now they owe taxpapers millions and they also put out of business hundreds of dealers… Great out come…
Biden attack on Romney about the auto bailout was one of the most effective attacks I have seen by democrats so far. Makes the attack from a deeply personal reference and uses Romney’s bio to present not a view of disgust about his approach but disappointment. Very effective.
I think Biden is giving a decent and reasonably powerful speech, but Obama was smart to keep him in the 9 o’clock hour.
Biden almost got in trouble. He mentioned Michelle Obama’s mother by name, as if he wanted to use her to make a point of some sort. But nothing happened. A curious reference. I’m not really sure what he was trying to do there.
Poor Joe, he so old school ..scare’m good. Well we have the internet now and know how to read and ADD.
I love Joe as much as any, don’t get me wrong, he brings a joy and fun to politics that tends to be so lacking but he is rambling on a little toi long in this speech.
“Creating jobs is what the job of the president is all about!” Expect that line in a Romney Attack Ad.
Typical Irish, tells a entertaining story..makes you cry. But then you find out it was all bu– s–t.
A strong finish by Biden. And David Axelrod breathes a sigh of relief!
I get the feeling we are going pass 11pm again tonight. Both Parties have called the networks bluff on only an hour a night of coverage. I wonder how this effects convention coverage 4 years from now.
I could easily see the networks say that they are only going to show that two acceptance speeches and leave everything else to the cable networks after these conventions. I hope that doesn’t happen. Hell, I wish we still had 3 hours a night of coverage on the major networks but sadly that is not the case anymore.
If Republicans start making wisecracks about the lack of Greek columns on the stage, it will be indicative of why the Romney-Ryan ticket has consistently trailed the Obama-Biden ticket. Voters want solutions, not negativity and pettiness.
This DNC has many parallels to the 04 RNC. The grassroots of each party were/are ready to fight and claw their way to victory in tough and close races while their opposition clearly dislike and maybe even hated the current President they both never fell in love with the man that was suppose to replace him and that shows in the convention hall.
Thoroughly enjoy following you on this live blog.
Absolutely agree with you on the video packages. They are ill produced, and for a president and a party obviously supported by Hollywood and “creative” types, I expect more.
Not just you this is a very SOTU type speech so far.
Obama said “I will not let oil companies WRITE this country’s energy plan.”
Someone summed this up perfectly on Twitter. The Best of Obama’s Stump Speeches. That might be a partisan view but I tend to be able to check that in my analysis but that is the vibe I get from this speech. The crowd seems to be expecting more too although they still seemed pretty fired up.
” … Shouldn’t have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads …” – isn’t that what’s facing an unprecedented number of Americans today, not just future returning vets? Other than the reference to OBL, ringing a bit more hollow than it did in 2008. Great delivery, very natural but been there, done that … Hard to message around the record to date. PS. Really enjoyed your live blog and tweets!
It’s 10:55 and Obama’s speech is slowly becoming more powerful. But how much longer will it last?
“you Did That” That is the Obama of 2008 that won middle America. He is hitting his stride now.
SMART MOVE by Obama. Giving voters the credit for the “change” they brought to America through Obama’s actions. Makes voters feel good and reinforces the connection they have with the president.
Not a great ending due to the change in venues. Those optics matter like it or not.
Agreed … Story-telling/story-selling is losing its authenticity because of over-use … More of a tactic and less from the heart.
The President was good, has been much better in big venues before though. Both parties have had their week, The American People heard what they had to say. Now as Reagan said, “It is the time for choosing” 60 days to go!
BOO….for no live blogs during the debates! lol Really enjoyed this though, Thanks!
Be interesting to see the viewing numbers for Obama DNC speech v MTV VMAs given the importance of youth vote. Anyone else surprised the network largely responsible for Rock the Vote movement would schedule awards show on final night as DNC?
Honestly, the last couple of minutes I felt like I was being pulled in by the Obama tractor-beam (yet again)! He is a powerful orator, but I can’t shake the disappointment of the last four years. “Hope” is important but so is trust, and the Dems have lost the trust of the people, and excellence in delivery can’t offset dismal results and broken promises… Not in my job, not in your job, and certainly not in his job. I will say I was disappointed in many of the speakers, particularly DNC presenters, and the very obvious, mean-spirited, wry and almost-childish insults tossed off as political discourse — a really effective way to alienate the audience and only points up lack of substance … But lack of substance in terms of results is tough to overcome.
Your mom??!! That’s so sweet! moms – you’ve gotta love ’em!
Yup, it’s the first time I’ve ever given a shout out to my mother on this blog. 🙂
Agreed – it definitely is a bipartisan issue … Just seemed more apparent to me at the DNC because they had more to overcome … But that’s why folks at the fact-checking sites continue to be gainfully employed … By both sides of the aisle! Thanks for some great insights and for parsing the dialogue!
I understand not doing it for the debate, although I will miss it. Election night one for sure though! I will be here for it 🙂 One thing is for sure though, I love being a Floridian. Nothing better than living in Florida during a Presidential election for a political junkie like myself.