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Observations on the Democratic National Convention. . . .Day 1

August 26, 2008 - Joselyn King
* Michelle Obama -- They say women have to do things twice as good to be considered half as great at them. Mrs. Obama had the dubious burden of having to be three times fantastic. Her speech hit the mark, though I'm sure there will still be some who won't be impressed.

* U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. -- Love him or hate him, he showed much courage with his speech Monday night.

* Fashion alert -- Were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Teresa Heinz wearing the same white pantsuit Monday night? They were really nice suits. Rosalynn Carter also wore a pant suit -- an impressive yellow one.

Were the pantsuits the women's way of paying homage to the achievements of vanquished presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.?

* Sen. Obama spoke of how he had had to ask out wife Michelle many times before she ever agreed to a date with him. She relented when he offered to buy her something she said "showed he knew how to treat women" -- ice cream. It's the key to a woman's heart. Men take note.

* Obama's two young daughters -- ages 10 and 7 -- effortlessly upstaged their parents Monday night by just being naturally cute. Wonder if these girls realize what their teenage lives might be like if Daddy is elected president, and they move to the White House?

* Pelosi -- typical it seems of many Democratic speakers -- seemed so serious, and her attempts at levity fell short and didn't resonate with those present.

Why do I have a feeling that at the Republican National Convention next week the speakers might show just a little bit more of a sense of humor.

Caught presumed Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Leno after the Dems finished. He told Jay that his social security number was "8."


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