Denver – In a stadium packed to the brim with more than 80,000 Americans waving red, white, and blue flags, Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, becoming the first African-American candidate for that office from a major party.
“With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” he said as the crowd roared, stamped their feet, and flashed their cameras throughout Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.
Senator Obama then made an emphatic appeal to the working and middle classes, blaming their economic struggles on eight years of the “failed policies of George W. Bush.” While he pledged not use the “same partisan playbook” to attack GOP rival John McCain, Obama made the strongest case yet against the Arizona senator, assailing him for holding onto the “old, discredited Republican philosophy” and “standing alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.”
He also challenged Senator McCain on his own turf, saying he was more than ready to “have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next commander-in-chief.”
Like most of the media (hey look, I’m honest enough to admit that I’m part of it) I’ve been focusing the vast majority of my attention over the last few days on Sarah Palin and the circus surrounding her (HA!!! Actually no one was talking about her on Monday, despite all the juice. They’ve been blowing Gustav all weekend. He barely came at all). I’ve actually got another, more serious, post on that coming up. There’s some b.s. in the WSJ (News Corpse Cadillac) that I was to tear asunder. It’s here if you want the preview.
But now I wanted to cover Obama real quick. He’s been lost in the shuffle since giving the performance of his life. This is what it looked like.
It’s a heckuva speech. For anyone who wants to know what he is, wants to do and why, watch the speech.
I’ve got a version of it with live commentary I’ll try and post later. It’s too large for normal Youtube Upload, so I’ll probably have to split it up. Might even give it some “Pop-up Video” treatment. If you want that, say so.
Regardless, this election isn’t just about making fun of McCain and his VPilf choice, it’s also about supporting one of the most exciting and with it politicians I’ve seen in my short time on this rock.
UPDATE: Here’s the fact-checking.