EDITOR’S NOTE: From Sandnsea on DU:
So much to tell! If you get a chance to go hear this man speak, GO!
Foremost, He said: “We Can End This War Without George Bush.” He is echoing Kerry, Richardson, Dodd, etc – they are going to spin this Petraeus report and it is important to Call Your Republican Senators and Reps NOW, Keep The Pressure On. That’s exactly what John Kerry said, we are more unified than the media is reporting and the Republicans are waivering. Don’t let these media reports influence your dedication to end the war.
It was a fantastic event in Portland. He drew as many paying attendees as some other politicians drew to free events in the past. It was a nice crowd, not your typical Portland Dem crowd in my estimation. These were voters, no doubt about it. There were 20-somethings to very elderly, every race, nationality and religion. Lots of parents brought their kids. Justin Timberlake was also in town, maybe that’s why there weren’t many teens. Obama made a joke about it – warned people they were in the wrong place if they were looking for Justin Timberlake; that he doesn’t sing, and while he dances a little bit, he wasn’t going to be doing any dancing that night.
I sat next to a lady who had shook John Kennedy’s hand in Portland in 1960.
You already know he can electrify a crowd so I won’t bore you with that. My favorite parts:
As President, he will go to the world and say… America Is BACK!! We want to work with you on climate change, HIV/AIDS, ending the genocide in Darfur…Building schools in the ME that teach science and math instead of violence and hate. We will work with you world, to change the path we’re on.
He also rejected the arrogant stubborn foreign policy that refuses to talk to dictators – and said that that was NOT America, that torturing people and holding people without the ability to answer charges was NOT America, he had a whole list of things and got the crowd fired up on that note too.
George Bush has been a great advertisement for the Democratic Party, but we need to have more to say to make the changes we need. No more tinkering around the edges.
He won’t be perfect, but he will listen to everybody and he will tell the people the truth, even if they don’t want to hear what needs saying.
He ends with asking us to believe in ourselves and believe in what America can be again, and to get…
Fired Up! and Ready To Go!