I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, to eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, and elderly, or disabled, all so those with the most can pay less. I’m not going along with that. And I will—I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.
Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, Mary J Blige, Dave Grohl, of Foo Fighters, and Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt and Eva Longoria at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, this evening ahead of President Obama’s closing speech.
(J. Scott Applewhite and Charles Dharapak/AP/Getty)
A day after the platform was published without the recognition of Jerusalem, the line was reinstated. Pressure had been building over not only the dropping of that statement – which was part of the Democratic party platform in 2008 – but also the removal of any reference to God in the document. Those omissions threatened to alienate both Jewish Democratic supporters and Christian swing voters. But the reintroduction of the lines was equally controversial; its clumsy handling resulting in a confusing vote and booing on the convention floor.
Barack Obama and daughters Sasha (left) and Malia watching Michelle Obama deliver her speech at last night’s Democrat National Convention.
How did it go?
11 pm. Stunning, brilliant, moving, passionate and right. Flawless. That was a speech a presidential nominee would be proud to have given. The best speech of the conventions so far. There was an emotional arc and steel to this that was as suffused with patriotism as it was with love. Yes, I’m gushing. But gushing is what I feel. And this is live-blogging. So sue me. I’ve never heard a speech from a First Lady anywhere close to this. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Beast
Pic via White House flickr stream
The Democratic National Committee’s latest dig at Mitt Romney – a fake Facebook timeline of his gaffe-laden, Trump-espousing campaign thus far.
Countdown to the launch of the ‘@GayKenyanObama’ fake Twitter account.
Nobody messes with Biff Tannen.