Some of the songs were cheerful and a few were sad. All were full of hope, promise, and affirmation. We heard from parents and relatives of children killed by gun violence as well as from law enforcement whose ranks have also suffered. Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly spoke. The military had their evening in the spotlight and Leon Panetta spoke. The big speeches came from Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, and President Barack Obama who spoke about the nominee as no outgoing president ever has.
We heard our fight song.
Broadway stars serenaded the audience, and even Cagney and Lacy reunited to celebrate.
One thing was clear. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and I know a lot of people are mad at her, organized an awesome convention. So well done! She was not there, of course, but she did leave her footprint in the sand.
“Mayor Mike” Bloomberg entered as a visitor unaligned with any party but warning about Trump.
Joe Biden touched our hearts.
Tim Kaine accepted his nomination, laid out his resumé, and, from what I can tell, charmed his party.
President Obama categorized Donald Trump’s remarks as components of a larger, poorly organized, and dangerous Trump Doctrine in which everything depends on Donald Trump alone. He asked us to do what, for years, I have been saying we would do – carry Hillary in. He put her in the context of Teddy Roosevelt’s arena. . Raise your hand if you remember me saying we would carry her into the Oval Office in Teddy Roosevelt’s chair.
Finally, with every person in the house on their feet, came the nominee and it was the best moment so far in a week of best moments.