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Day 1 of DNC in Charlotte Surpasses Expectations

From meeting top DNC members to the speech by First Lady Michelle Obama that brought the convention floor to our feet and tears to our eyes, day 1 could not have been better!

Wow! Day 1 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte surpassed even my craziest of expectations. It was quite a busy day here, from meeting and greeting with top DNC members and sitting in on a training about how to relate to military families to the speech by First Lady Michelle Obama that brought the convention floor to our feet and tears to our eyes.

I started the morning at the California delegation breakfast, sitting with my fellow elected delegates from the North Bay: Paul Cohen, Blake Hooper, Jessica Jackson, Jan O'Brien, and Andy Hyman. Attorney General Kamala Harris could not have been more heartfelt, bringing talk for the rest of the day of when she'll run for...Governor? Senator? ...President? 2016 or...? In any case, everone agreed that California has a lot to be proud of in it's newest attorney general.

After breakfast, I found my way through security check points to a reception honoring Democratic National Party Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) at the Levine Museum for the New South. It was fun catching up with our own state Senator Mark Leno along with progressive Jewish leaders from throughout the country. After hearing from our party chair and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, fellow Bay Area delegate Igor Tregub and I attended a training on how and why progressive Democrats should understand and relate to military service members and their families put on by the Truman Project.

The highlight of my day came as I escaped the rain and headed into the Westin Hotel to volunteer for the main Arkansas Democratic Party event, honoring the 20 years of service since Bill Clinton was nominated for President. Given I was not yet a full year old at the time of nomination, it was amazing being able to look back and see both the struggles and the successes of the Democratic Party during his 8 years of service as President. President Clinton spoke of how all our party has to do to win is to state the facts as they stand: More than 2 million more jobs created under Obama than under Bush. When Clinton ended his speech and the crowd started rushing over in an attempt to have a handshake or a photo, I walked back out into the rain and down to the convention center.

As everyone who got a chance to catch convention speeches on the TV or online got to see, Tuesday was nothing short of an amazing line up of inspiring, compassionate leaders. Keynote Speaker Julian Castro of Texas brought us all to our feet numerous times with his call to reignite the American middle class through opportunity, education and investment.

First Lady Michelle Obama, though, was the most inspirational as she brought tears to my eyes and those around us as she told both her and Barack's story and translated those values to how he has acted since being sworn in almost four years ago.

Now it's time to log off, button the cuff of my shirt, and head back out for Day 2!

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Steven Norwin September 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
No speech is great if it's a lie. Princeton? Harvard? Michelle grew up in a two-story house on Euclid Street in Chicago's South Shore community area. She was raised in what she describes as a "conventional" home, with "the mother at home, the father works, you have dinner around the table". The family entertained together by playing games such as Monopoly and by reading.[17] They attended services at nearby South Shore Methodist Church. The Robinsons used to vacation in a rustic cabin in White Cloud, Michigan. She and her brother, Craig (who is 21 months older), skipped the second grade. By sixth grade, Michelle joined a gifted class at Bryn Mawr Elementary School (later renamed Bouchet Academy). Doe this sound like someone who grew up under privelidged? She attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago's first magnet high school, where she was a classmate of Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita. She was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. Michelle graduated in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class.
Steven Norwin September 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Cont....Michelle was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University. Craig graduated in 1983. At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." While at Princeton, Robinson majored in sociology and minored in African American studies and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. At Harvard she worked for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She is the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, after her two immediate predecessors, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush. She lied saying she was under privelidged. Both she and Barrak/Barry lived a very elite life...Nothing wrong with that.... until you lie to all of America!
Don Scioli September 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Loved Villaraigosa's "deer in the headlight" look when they voted on the platform 3 times.
Bud Wiesser September 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
That was pretty lame alright but in the end, who cares? You did...anyone else?
GeorgeSands September 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
wow Steven. It looks you are emulating the Romney campaign whose manager said,"We are not going to let the fact checkers dictate our campaign." Perhaps you have Lying Ryan on the brain, but you took Michelle out of context and distorted her meaning. She did not make on untrue statement, not one.
GeorgeSands September 06, 2012 at 10:47 PM
If that's all they got, then I guess the Dems are doing grand.

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