Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama Draws First Blood On McCain

Officially accepting the mantle as standard bearer of the Democratic party, Senator Barack Obama made history on the final night of the 2008 Democratic Convention. As the first man-of-color to ever lead a major party in this country, Obama took great pains to lay out his definition of "change" before a crowd estimated at 75,000.

Throughout that audience at Invesco Stadium in Denver, grown men were seen with tears welling in their eyes and women openly demonstrated unashamed emotion as he spoke to them. And Obama... in classic Obama style, delivered the speech of his life on the anniversary of the famous "I Have A Dream" speech, which was given 45 years to the day, by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Setting aside the lofty rhetoric of his days running against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, the 47-year old junior senator from Illinois outlined his plan for this country. He struck all the right chords and hit all the key points: education, health care, national security, the economy. Obama's acceptance speech not only served to answer his critics that he has a vision for America, but he drew first blood on his GOP opponent, John McCain, with this sure to be remembered in-your-face statement:

"The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America, they have served the United States of America.

So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first".

Indeed, Obama's carefully framed speech has taken the fight for the White House to a new level... saying to Senator McCain that he is ready to get down and dirty during this final leg of what is sure to be a major slug-fest for the highest office in the land... and where the last man standing gets the spoils!

First round goes to Obama.

[Note: will also post a daily blog of key events of the Republican National Convention throughout next week]

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