Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Good to Be Home

Barack Obama's Party

We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.

More Great Ideas

Madeleine Albright: Leaders need the ability to learn.

John Kerry: The United States flag does not belong to an ideology or political party.

Al Gore: Democracy is not a guaranty but rather an opportunity. Will we seize this opportunity?

Dick Durbin: America's best days are ahead.

Reflections from the Convention: Bill

People are more impressed with the power of our example than the example of our power.

Reflections from the Convention: Hillary

If you hear the dogs, keep going.

If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.

If they're shouting after you, keep going.

Don't ever stop. Keep going.

If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.

Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gotta Love CNN

The Maine delegation sat in front of various news organizations at Invesco for the Obama event on Thursday night. CBS News people were especially spunky and were dancing to Stevie Wonder and swaying to Sheryl Crow.

Fox News was noticeably dour and grim - often the object of insults and heckling.

CNN News was adored and applauded by a crowd that stayed after the Obama speech for hours watching and cheering. (I am certainly a bigger fan now that I understand I was on TV for a few seconds during Al Gore's speech.) When the crew finally finished for the evening there was a rush to get photos.

We Went Green

Some people waited as long as three hours in the hot sun to get in to Invesco Field on Thursday to see Obama, after sitting in traffic for a couple more hours. Luckily for me, Denver and a coalition called Bikes Belong started a hugely successful bike program in the city called "freewheel!n" that has tents full of bikes to use for free all over the place. Bike companies provide the equipment and health insurance and provider organizations provide the funding and manpower.

I used the bikes three different days while in Denver and was able to get around the city and get some exercise in the gorgeous weather. Most importantly, Representatives Hinck and Babbidge along with Senator Bartlett and I grabbed a bike and rode to Invesco for the big event! We then walked a short distance on a path to get in a line to enter the stadium. After about 5 minutes we were handed cold water and before we knew it, we were happily inside and on the floor of this beautiful space.