"Today, we face essentially the same choice we faced in 2000, though it may be even more obvious now, because John McCain, a man who has earned our respect on any levels, is now openly endorsing the policies of the Bush-Cheney White House and promising to actually continue them, the same policies all over again. Hey, I believe in recycling, but that's ridiculous."
"Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and inependents across this great land -- enough! This moment -- this election -- is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough." "
Obama did everything he could have done to convince nay-sayers (are there still any left?) that he will do the right thing for the country. CNN's Anderson Cooper kept joking about "drinking the Kool Aid" but in a time when people are so desperate for change, when mortage companies are going down in flames and people can't afford their own homes, when joblessness is high and education is unaffordable, we need someone to lift us up and out. John McCain can't do that. Barack Obama can!
Obama was sure to lay out his plan, this time and I was so proud when I heard these words: "So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president."
I thought, "Finally! They can stop saying that he's not specific." Obama spoke for almost an hour and laid out his plan for his presidency. I am not so deep in the Kool-Aid that I believe that all of these things will happen. I know that on the day of his election, rainbows wont pop up and it will always be 80 degress, and starving people will miraculously learn to cultivate their own lush green gardens.
Incidentally, according to the Huffington Post, Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol" or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.