If the first night of the Democratic National Convention left me feeling underwhelmed, given the decades of convention coverage our nation has long known, the second night of the virtual programming punched the right emotional chords and struck the perfect notes. With the human side of Joe Biden being presented and the creative roll call of states being shown the night was a lift for the nation. Our next First Lady Jill Biden, connected with those yearning for normalcy in our country. And for politicos keeping score of the messaging the nation’s suburban women were sent a powerful spokesperson directly into their living rooms.
I was also pleased that restoring the country’s traditionally assertive role in foreign policy was a theme tonight—and it meshed with a post I wrote earlier today about Belarus and the need for American leadership to be restored on the world stage.
And for this decades-long admirer and supporter of Biden, it was finally the night that his dream of being nominated as the standard-bearer of our party came true. It was an emotional moment! There will be more as this week continues and then a massive sea of emotion that we all will partake in on Election Night as he is elected.
The real people from all walks of life who took part in the roll call was pitch-perfect as these were Biden’s people….the average-type men and women who make the nation productive and care about our future. Jobs, health care, education, and the environment were all underscored from coast to coast by folks who like you and me–the ones who mirror the nation. Next week at the Republican Convention it will be white and sterile.
I found myself applauding and doing fist-bumps in the air as the roll call took place and as Colin Powell spoke. I adore Jimmy Carter and only wish it had been possible to see both him and Rosalyn share their words via video. His character is so solid and this will likely be his final presidential season. There was somber appreciation at our home for the video featuring John McCain. And when it comes to delivering the words of practical politics, even when time is constrained, none does it better than Bill Clinton. He proved that once again this evening.
The emotional video leading up to the words from Jill was so expertly crafted and toned that is was impossible not to cry. But as I watched with one political ‘eye’ looking at the production I also knew the story, in and of itself, was so personal and gripping that nothing more than truth was needed for the film to succeed.
Though I still have some issues with the way the overall production of the convention ‘looks’ I am very pleased how the second night of the convention felt. It was average Americans speaking about our future.
And nominating one of our own to lead to the way.