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July 28, 2004
Johnny E. In The House
John Edwards is at the podium.... Will take some notes on this entry and then repost it....
Nice. Tribute to his parents first thing. Already making me cry.
(By the way, it looks like they axed the John Mellencamp performance because of time. Too bad. Did like the veterans and senior military tribute...)
"Decisive. Strong. Is this not what we need in a commander-in-chief."
"Real American values."
You know.... he seems to be starting out slow and a bit pedestrian, but probably that's deliberate...
"Aren't you sick of it?" (The negative attacks..)
Reject the hate... Yes indeedy.
"Big HMOs, Big Insurance Companies ... against the Washington lobbyists."
Now he begins the two Americas theme. "We can build one American ... no longer have two health care systems."
"It doesn't have to be that way."
"paycheck to paycheck."
Hmm. A bit of policy meat here and there. But not keeping my entire attention.
"Reward work, not just wealth."
First generation college students' parents get a tax break for tuition. Interesting.
Roll back taxcuts for top 2%. Close corporate loopholes. Ok..
"Not in Our America." That's a good meme.
Talking about civil rights and race. Talk about it "everywhere." "It's about who we are, what our values are, and what kind of country we live in."
I don't like his buy-in to the "war on terrorism" being equivalent to "being at war." Too close to equating Bush's war in Iraq with counterterrorism. T'ain't so.
Military stretched thin.. goooo defense spending!
"bring the world together" to deal with loose nukes.
"beacon of freedom, democracy, and human rights ... is always lit."
storytelling now.. woman behind on bills whose husband was called up in the guard...
"Hope is on the way."
"When your brother calls ... When your parents call... "
Call and response. Always effective.
He's closing with "We choose to be inspired" which is how he closed his book. Good stuff.
"Tomorrow will always be better than today."
Hmm. B+, I think. But I'm a hard grader...
Posted by J at July 28, 2004 10:26 PM
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