Political History Made in Denver Colorado


Alan Campbell writes, History was made today in Denver…

History was made today in Denver, Colorado when Barack Obama became the first African American to accept the nomination to become the Democratic party’s candidate for President of the United States. This was such a great experience, I almost do not know where to start. My adventure to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) today, started at about 1:00 p.m. when I ventured, with thousands of others, to Denver’s Invesco Field for the main event of the DNC, Mr. Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination.Getting in took one hour and thirty minutes. I stood in a line that started at the Auraria Campus and went all the way to Invesco Field. The DNC provided instructions on what we could and could not bring in to Invesco, and I am glad that I listened to the rules. It made my entry a little easier.Security guards were every where, but I only saw one dog, but there were lots of K-9 specialist at the stadium. After the line reached Invesco Field, we had to show our credentials to get into the stadium and we had to go through a metal detector.Once inside, I found my seat and thought about how long I would be waiting to hear Mr. Obama speak. The DNC, however, provided great entertainers during this time. I heard lots of music being played during this time. I interviewed Roy Romer, former Governor of Colorado,and he said “it was great that the DNC is in Colorado because it brought lots of delegates and diversity to Colorado.””It is fantastic to have the DNC in Colorado and it really helped Colorado because it is a once in a life-time deal,” said Dorian DeLong, a Ninth Grade Social Studies Teacher from Arvada, Colorado. Mr. DeLong worked with a lot of the rallies and getting the DNC set up.A highlight of the evening’s events kicked off with Stevie Wonder singing several songs that got everyone into the mood for the speakers to come. He was followed by Al Gore, former Vice President and past Democratic Presidential nominee, who opened by telling the crowd that, “if you like the Bush-Cheney approach, then McCain is your man.” Mr. Gore told the crowd that Mr. Obama will launch a fight for smarter government, smart policies, pro-choice, health care for all and solutions for the climate problems.Mr. Gore said that it is time for a change and compared Mr. Obama to President Abraham Lincoln who served eight years in state politics and one term in congress before being elected U.S. President. He said that the Obamas’ strength of character is grounded in the life of America and encouraged the crowd to move their feet when they pray at the benediction to take hope, from Denver, to the world by electing Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.Michael McDonald came to the stage and sang America the Beautiful. He was followed by Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who told the crowd that she believed Barack Obama had the temperament to run the country andto provide the leadership the country needs. She was followed by several retired generals who came to the stage and offered their support for Mr. Obama.”Open convention — this is what Democrats meant — open convention,” said Joe Biden, the Democratic VicePresidential candidate, as he walked on to the stageand held his arms up to the openness of Invesco Field. Mr. Biden introduced some of the “people Barack Obama visited during this year,” which included a teacher, business owner, trucker, factory worker and a mother who he said had never been involved in a political campaign. Each of them provided brief information about their backgrounds, explained their challenges and told why they thought Mr. Obama should become president.There was a video about Mr. Obama that was shown on the big screens throughout the stadium. After the video, the crowd went wild cheering “yes we can, yes we can,”as Mr. Obama walked onto the stage. It seemed like they cheered for five minutes while Mr. Obama thanked them. He began his speech by thanking members of the Democratic party for their help during the DNC and said, “four years ago, I stood before you and told the story of Kenya and Kansas.” He was referring to his parents, his father was from Kenya and his mother was from Kansas and together, they believed in America that their son could achieve.Mr. Obama said that the nation is at war over the economy, and that “America is better than the last eight years.” He told the crowd that this election was a chance to keep the American promise alive and that on November 4, 2008, “say eight is enough.” “John McCain voted with George Bush 90 % of the time,” said Mr. Obama. “we can not take a 10% chance on change.””I do not believe McCain does not care, but he just does not know — he does not get it,” said Mr. Obama because Mr. McCain describes someone as middle class who makes under $5 Million a year. Mr. Obama described more about his family and how his grandfather went to college after the military on the GI Bill; his mother raised he and his sister as a single mom, but sent them to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships; he worked on the south side of Chicago and his grandmother, who was a secretary and finally moved to a mid-management position, was passed over for jobs several times. “I am not sure what kind of life John McCain thinks celebrities lead,” Mr. Obama said, “but this is mine.”Mr. Obama said that he would spell out what change means if he is president. He will change the tax code to reward small businesses and cut taxes for 95 % of all working families. Change for the planet means that within 10 years he would end America’s dependence on oil in the Middle East. He will invest in clean coal technology, provide every child with an opportunity to have an education, and provide affordable healthcare to all Americans. Mr. Obama said he would pay for this plan by closing the corporate loopholes and tax savings and he would go through each line of the federal budget to eliminate programs that do not work. He also said that he wouldremove the troops from Iraq.”Partisan has no party,” saidMr. Obama. “I love this country and so does John McCain.We do not serve a red America or a blue America, but we serve the United States of America.”This night was also historic because it was the 45-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ I have a Dream speech, Mr. Obama said. He referred to several lines from Dr. King’s speech and told the crowd that, “we must pledge once more to walk into the future.” Mr. Obama ended his speech with fireworks blasting around him and his family joining him on stage.


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