The speakers on Monday night were better than any night of the RNC. The speakers on Tuesday night were better than any night of the RNC. The speakers tonight … they may have been better than any night of the RNC or the DNC.
Sure. Michelle Obama’s speech on Monday was luminous. And Bernie was both electrifying and unifying. Having the Mothers of the Movement on stage was enough to grip any heart. And then there was Bill on Tuesday, giving a long, loving tribute filled with such clear affection and admiration.
It’s hard to pick a favorite. In fact, it’s impossible.
But tonight, Tim Kaine’s introduction was bracketed by the “graduation speeches” of two men who, well… Men we’ve come to know. Admire. Love.
Joe Biden conducted a master class in how to deliver a speech. He touched us with his great personal loss. He raised us up on his optimism and passion. He lowered his voice until the whole massive stadium could have heard a whisper, then powered his way to a conclusion that left the room thundering.
“We lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."
And President Obama. Well, the introduction said it: the presidency didn’t change him. It only made him more of what he was. He still has that calmness, that sense of unfathomed depth. But it’s woven through now with the warmth of experience. It’s strengthened by greater confidence. It’s seasoned by both victory and defeat. He still has the same dreams; the same vision of the nation. If anything, that vision is clearer now. We still believe in him, because it is so blindingly clear that he believes in us.
“We don’t look to be ruled.”
No. I’m not going to say anyone’s speech was better than Michelle’s. Because, really, how is that possible? But this was a damn fine evening. One that left me proud of my party. Proud of our leaders. Proud of our nominee.
I can’t wait for tomorrow night … but I’m going to be sorry when this is over. Can’t we make them all come back and talk again? Just one more time?
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