Big Opening Night for Democratic National Convention
Democrats opened its convention with an inspiring show Tuesday with a program filled with powerful political oratory. It is capped with the speech of first lady Michelle Obama. The speakers of the opening night delivered a consistent message and the arena was full of delegates who were eager to support President Obama.
Democrats knew that Charlotte can’t be a reenactment of Denver in 2008. They also need a good convention in order to thwart Romney’s win in the general election. At present, the presidential race is still even. Romney didn’t get any significant boost in the polls after the Republican National Convention.
If President Obama manages to do better in the DNC, then he can improve his standing in the polls. It is still too early to determine how the convention will impact his image. But compared to the opening night of the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention is full of energy.
People filled all the space available. Obama’s team distributed placards and signs to enhance the messages from the speakers. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described opening night as having more energy than the entire Republican National Convention had in four nights.
The opening night program included a video tribute to the late senator Edward M. Kennedy that was edited to be an anti-Romney ad. It featured footage from a Kennedy-Romney debate in 1994 when Kennedy demolished his opponent and resulted into a victory for his reelection bid.
Most of the speakers in Tampa were hesitant to criticize President Obama. In Charlotte, speakers were clear with their attacks on Romney. Some of the speakers who assaulted the Republican candidate were former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Mayor Emanuel, Obama’s first White House chief of staff, defended the administration’s early record. Michelle Obama spoke as a first lady, mother, and wife. She gave a personal speech about her husband and family.