I know, I know…some folks will be all Watching the convention? That’s hardcore, Laura. I’m more of a vote-on-election-day kind of person. We need those people too, but I’ve gone all in and I have some feelings.
Let’s get this out of the way: yes, the format is weird. Well, probably not any weirder for people who’ve never watched a convention, but it’s definitely different. I don’t mind different, though, plus corona days have scrambled everything else so why should this escape its wrath.
Michelle Obama spoke on Monday night and let me tell you, she was ON FIRE. This woman has some powerful public speaking skills, and you know that’s true when I’ll stay up past eleven on a school night to watch her. She has a way of reaching right through the screen so you feel like she’s sitting on the couch next to you. Michelle Obama’s point that the presidency requires, among other things, “an abiding belief that each of the 330,000,000 lives in this country has meaning and worth” struck me hard. The fact that we have someone sitting in the White House who explicitly expresses the opposite turns my stomach.
Then there’s this quote right here: “So let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.” Preach.
Tuesday boasts the roll call, potentially the most boring procedural part of the convention, but here’s where corona days upped the ante. Instead of a rowdy convention floor filled with people shouting into a mic we got a stream of live shots from the states themselves. There was something about seeing people standing everywhere from cities to beaches to wide open plains casting votes for the candidates that screamed We Are America.
Jill Biden also spoke Tuesday. She did well but the thing that blew me out of the water was a video telling Joe and Jill Biden’s story. It was compelling, loving, and respect filled. It was a testament to powerful relationship between two generous adults and a beautiful introduction to who would be the first couple. It also probably gave Trump’s campaign manager heart palpitations as he realized he’d have to find a way to frame Trump against it.
We’re watching Wednesday night’s coverage as I write this and it’s 100% heavy hitters. Hillary Clinton spoke on what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would bring to the White House. Elizabeth Warren spoke up, Nancy Pelosi spoke up – it’s been a parade of testimony for going to work on this election. President Obama moved me to tears, making a powerful case that to save our democracy we must refuse to let them take away our votes. Then there’s Kamala Harris – this woman brings passion and the courage of her convictions to the presidential race and all I can think is man, I want her speaking for our country.
Corona days are hard. Trump days have been even harder. But for the first time, in a long time, I’m feeling a little glimmer of that thing I used to call hope. It’s pretty darn nice.