The LuLac Edition #554, August 29th, 2008
THE GAUNTLET THROWN!!
The Republicans will give it a C plus, the Democrats an “A”. From my perspective, Obama did something unusual for him and a Democratic nominee: he came out swinging. A few key points I thought made him seem more formidable than before were:
1. He took on the celebrity ad with Paris Hilton talking about his upbringing with a single mom and absent father.
2. Obama defined his stance on foreign policy criticizing McCain’s rhetoric in the pursuit of Osama Ben Laden.
3. Finally, someone said out loud that if you disagree with the opposition or find the war in Iraq wrong, that doesn’t mean you are unpatriotic.
4. The Iraq surplus of some 70 million dollars was something Americans could wrap their minds around. Obama pounded that point home.
5. Obama paid homage to both FDR and JFK, two Presidents who in some cases were more military oriented than some GOP leaders.
6. The nominee took on John McCain, looking directly into the camera and in effect said, “let’s rumble”.
7. The Illinois Senator brought up the crucial point that the next President will appoint at least 3 new Justices on the Supreme Court. Keep in mind that the Supreme Court handed over the Presidency to George Bush in 2000, allowing him to steal the office.
8. It was long but he held your attention. No one in the history of American politics has filled an arena with more than 80,000 people.
My summation: simply incredible.
BIDEN DROPS BY
Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden stopped by the Pennsylvania delegation and was a big hit. Feeling comfortable speaking to the delegation from what he said was his second home, Joe Biden made light of Obama’s relative youth as he joked about his own early start in politics.
Biden said that after he was picked as Obama’s running mate, he asked his staff to look up the speech he made when he announced his candidacy for the Senate in 1972. And reading it, he found great similarity between his message than and Obama’s today.
“The truth of the matter, it’s a natural fit,” Biden said. “Barack Obama could have made that speech were he alive in 1972.”
He laughed, and quickly clarified that Obama was, in fact, alive at the time.
“By the way, if I hear one more time he was 11 years old when I went to the Senate, I’m going to smack somebody,” he continued.
Biden talked about growing up in Scranton and hearing his extended family talking about politics around the dinner table. He only left, he said, because he lived only blocks away from the Casey family, and, “I knew only one great person came out of Scranton and it wasn’t gonna be me.”
Biden said the Keystone State would determine the election, and promised that the full arsenal of the well-stocked Obama campaign would be put to work there.
ON TO MINNESOTA!!!!!!!