The party he saw tonight is a group of people who have been discouraged by how things have been going lately, who are sick about the setbacks, but who want to dig in harder not only to get through the tough times but also to get back to pushing toward the goals set in 2008. There were rousing cries in Charlotte from Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and from San Antonio mayor Julián Castro. But it was all surpassed by a very personal and emotional speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, who was radiant and lovely and upbeat, and in my opinion (and probably the opinion of the little social-studies-nerd kid too) one of the coolest human beings on the planet.
Imagine some precocious kid out there who’s a social-studies nerd at age 7 or 8 — a kid who could recite the names of the U.S. presidents, in order, back when he was 5 or 6. Tonight he wanted to tune in to the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte so he could really figure out firsthand what Democrats are.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd weighed the passion of the crowd elicited by the First Lady against the passion in Tampa last week at the Republicans’ convention: “In Tampa, the passion on the floor, when you saw it, was not for Mitt Romney. It was all against the president.”
I’m not sure that positive energy always outshines negative energy, but I’m confident that a lot of people out there are ready to go to work to try to ensure that it does this time.
Look for Barack Obama‘s own speech at the convention to rock big time.
It must be hard to be a left-leaning country-music fan in Texas. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, Hank Williams Jr. doubled down on his anti-Barack Obama, anti-Muslim, and anti-gay comments during a performance at the Stockyard Music Festival on Sunday.
“We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!” Williams told the crowd, who cheered but–according to the report–did not not do so unanimously.
What a charmer. And what a smart performer to alienate members of his audience by spewing hate in their direction. “Y’all come back now, ya hear? (As long as you’re Christian and heterosexual.)”
For a macho good-old-boy, Mr. Hankey seems awfully insecure about his religion and his sexuality. He’s a pitiable man. Would be nice if he got some help, but I doubt he considers he has a problem.
Mr. Williams, no gay man I know has ever commented on what a tantalizing body you have. I doubt anyone is going to come on to you at this stage in your life. If they did so when you were young and better looking, I’m sorry it was something you were too sensitive to handle well. A simple “No, thanks, not my thing” would probably have sufficed. I also sincerely doubt any Muslims are going to try to pull your tour bus over and force you to read the Koran. Word is you have a medicine cabinet. Please go there and search for a chill pill.
James Lipton of Inside The Actors Studio gives his analysis of Clint Eastwood‘s “empty chair bit,” which contains insights into the art of improvisation.
How many lies can we catch Willard “Mitt” Romney in? Didn’t he just say the other day he’d “wished” President Obama would have “succeeded”?
Well there’s video to prove otherwise.
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Mitt Romney himself said — eight days after Obama was inaugurated — that he “partially agree[d]” with Rush Limbaugh who said he hoped Obama would fail.
“The first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, freed the slaves, and the Republican party — to this very day — has never stopped fighting for the black man…Romney and Ryan are polling at zero percent among blacks…they couldn’t get a black guy to vote for them if they gave him a Lincoln…” –Bill Maher, August 31, 2012
Clint Eastwood was having a rambling, bizarre conversation with an empty chair and now there’s a Twitter account entitled Invisible Obama.
— Simply-Showbiz.com (@simplyshowbiz) August 31, 2012
“[Clint Eastwood] fake interviewed an empty chair as if it was Barack Obama, the president of the United States, swearing at him. That was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at a political convention in my entire life. And it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100.”
The only thing that came close to topping Eastwood was when some random RNC attendee shouted “No, no, no!! Don’t touch me!!” to Romney as he was making his way onto the stage. Who was that guy?
Oh, and then Romney made fun of climate change and tried to incite a new cold war with Russia.
Way to set the bar high.