Barack Obama, The Future of the Democratic Party

Bill Clinton was the star of the first night of the convention. On Monday night he did what Clinton always does. Electrify the crowd with his charisma, en point commentary, and down-to-earth anecdotes. In his inspiring and articulate speech he criticized the Bush Administration’s actions and did not go into personal attacks on George W. Bush. If you didn’t see it, you should read a transcript of his speech–it was excellent.

On Tuesday night, the night belonged to Barack Obama. Obama is a State Senator from Illinois who will soon become a U.S. Senator. He was running against Jack Ryan for the Senate, but Ryan dropped out of the race last month. His speech was awesome! He drew from his personal experience to explain that he is the son of a Kenyan immigrant who came to “a magical place” called America to study. Here he met his mother, a young lady from Kansas. He drew upon his diverse heritage to explain that his story, the story of “a skinny kid with a funny name,” is just a part of the larger American Story and that, in no other country on earth, is his story even possible.

As an immigrant from Puerto Rico, his speech struck a chord with me. He was charismatic, articulate, intelligent, and delivered a flawless speech. I found myself thinking that this man had the charisma to become the first Black President. Please take the time to read a transcript and see a video of his speech, you won’t be dissapointed. Barack Obama is the man to watch in the Democratic party in the next two decades. I wish him the best of luck.

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