That’s what it was, exciting, motivating, rejuvenating and down right electric!!! The line up of speeches, again, was exceptional. Marc Anthony sang the national Anthem, they had performances by James Taylor (nice to be inside this time), Foo Fighters and speeches in between. I couldn’t believe I was in there and down on the main floor.
Joe Biden was great. I have to admit, I was more with the perception that he was not as strong a speaker, until tonight. He was warm, charming, genuine and captivating in person. I suppose, I am swayed by the editors of TV. When I got to hear him completely, I’m in. Joe Biden demonstrates such strength and conviction in his roll as husband, father, and VP to the United States and to our President, I am a fan.
Everything leading up to the POTUS entering the room was amped. Just when you don’t think you can be any more excited, in walks the President, Barack Obama, and you think the roof is going to blow off the arena. I can’t help thinking about the pressure this man is under every single day in this position, the mean spirit in which comments are directed at him, personally, in an effort to affect him professionally but then, in he walks, with warmth, strength and a command of the audience that is awe inspiring. That’s why he is President. Whether you agree with his policies or not, it is remarkable that any person is capable of such composure. Personally, I always am reminded of my youngest daughters (the twins with his same birthday), when they first heard about him running for president, they called him Orock Obama. and I agree, Barrack Obama does ROCK!! He accepted the nomination and took command of the room with authority, warmth and confidence. You will have heard the speech by the time this is being published but I can tell you, being in the room was better than any HD presentation. I was sad at that moment that we weren’t in a huge stadium for everyone who wanted to see him could. But on a personal level, I was happy because, he too, had the ability to make us feel like we were in a high school auditorium having a much smaller group meeting. How he looked at this family and how Michelle looked back at him, warmed my heart. I don’t know if I could share Randy with the entire world all the time, so I think they both are pretty remarkable people. When his speech concluded and both his and the Biden family came up on the stage, It was hard to believe that I had been in that building -stuck to my seat because I was afraid someone would figure out that I wasn’t in the alternate section – for nearly 9 hours straight. WOW. The even more remarkable point is that , I didn’t want to leave. I wondered around finding people, taking photos and just still trying to take it all in. The excitement, the enthusiasm, the spirit that I wanted to take home and convey to everyone was sinking in, I hoped, by just being in the arena for a few more minutes.
My sister Kim called so I talked to her while I was walking around in a daze. She was commenting on the people she saw on the TV and loved the delegates with the beautiful bright yellow turbans. I was excited to proclaim that they were from California and though my opportunity to take a photo with them may have passed, it was exciting to know that California had such a diverse delegation and was noticed on national TV. We hung up and I continued to walk the floor and who should I find, but our delegation and I’m telling you it was amazing, i asked the group to get together for a photo that I wanted to send it to my sister and there we were muslim, indian, hindu, jewish and white, methodist me, gathering for a photo. A bunch of cameras were picked up at that point so we’re all looking in different directions but it was a fun photo and thanks kim for inspiring me to make it happen.