EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Pelosi

Todd and I are both here... should be very cool. Watch it here:

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Update [2008-8-26 16:8:14 by Todd Beeton]:It's pretty crazy here. The room seats 2600, they've given away 2500 tickets plus media. A lot of sad reporters were left without credentials. Thanks, EMILY's List for hooking us up.

I spoke with EMILY's List Political Director Jonathan Parker yesterday, which I'll write up at greater length, but their essential mission is to elect Democratic pro-choice women. On the big screens in the room are pictures and brief profiles of some of the candidates they've endorsed this cycle including Linda Stender in NJ-07, Annette Taddeo in FL-18, Mary Jo Kilroy in OH-15, Darcy Burner in WA-08, Sam Bennett in PA-15, Road to 60 Senate candidate Kay Hagan (NC), Christine Jennings in FL-13, Jill Derby in NV-02 and the list literally goes on and on.

------------------------------- Ellen Malcolm;s remarks over the flip.

There are signs everywhere that say "When Women Vote, Democrats win." That is essential to the message today. As Malcolm said, women are key to achieving a progressive majority.

Ellen Malcolm introduced MD Senator Barbara Mikulski who is freakin awesome. She was the first Democratic woman elected in her own right to the senate and EMILY's List was instrumental in that race. As Mikulski said: "Early money is like yeast: it helps raise more dough!"

More huge applause at the mention of Michelle.

Mikulski is now introducing Hillary Clinton. "I was a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton and was a national co-chair of her campaign and I remain an admirer...Now we are ready to turn the page. I stood with Hillary on the floor of the senate in support of equal pay for equal work. I stood there with Barack Obama. John McCain didn't even bother to show up. I stood there with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shoulder to shoulder and that's how we need to stand now." Hillary's entering and the place is GOING NUTS.

And it won't stop.

Hillary's remarks over the flip.

Nancy Pelosi's remarks over the flip.

WA Gov. Christine Gregoire is introducing Michelle Obama. "Her husband calls her the rock of the campaign. Malia and Sascha simply call her 'Mom.'"

Michelle has taken the stage. This place really loves her.

Michelle Obama's remarks:

"...and finally, thank you to Senator Clinton. No one has been more gracious, more forthcoming and more helpful to me than Senator Clinton. She and her family have been gracious, they've offered me help and advice...it is because of her candidacy, she broke so many stereotypes, she got rid of the notion that a woman can not be president. Those days are over, those days are gone. She has offered my daughters and all of our daughters a different notion of what they can become."

Michelle too paid tribute to Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

Colorado granted women the right to vote a full 27 years before congress ratified it. "It was also the first state to implement it through voter initiative."

"What a shining example of how people can bring out the best in each other...Today, let's celebrate how far we've come and how deep our shared capacity is to break through any barriers that stand in the way of progress in this nation."

"Haven't we proven that something is changing in this nation?"

"What we have seen is that people are hungry for change. And in two days, we're going to make a little more history when we will nominate Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States. As you can imagine, I'm one proud spouse...I know with every fiber of my being that he is going to be an amazing president."

"I am speaking as an American and I will say this time and time again: who loves my country."

Michelle is talking about how Barack wants to close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

"That anyone who puts in a hard day's work should be able to raise a family.

An economy that works not just on Wall St. but on Main St. as well.

In the world as it should be, women are given equal pay for equal work. Employers are held accountable for pay discrimination.

In the world as it should be, every woman should be able to make her own choice about whether or when to become a parent. That is a sacred choice and the government should have no say." Huge applause.

"The truth is, he can't do it alone...He said this race can not be about him, it has to be about us. We are going to need every single one of you in this room fighting for this and standing with us and praying for us. When we leave Denver, we're going to need you to go back, talk to your friends and knock on doors...There's nothing more powerful than the conversations you have with each other."

"And if you don't think Barack needs you, I am going to need you. I am going to need you to have your back." Cheering.

"If we fight for the world as it should be...not only will we elect Barack Obama the president of the United States but we will change the history of this nation forever."

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Women Like Me--Michelle's speech and PUMAs

Crossposted from user nj mom at dailykos
Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 09:07:43 AM PDT

By superficial measures, you might mistake me for a Republican.

Having put on hold 10 years ago a very successful career, I am a dedicated full-time mother with three young children who is an active community volunteers and, yes, even occasionally bakes cookies.  As a practicing Catholic, I go to church regularly, think life is sacred and work actively to instill a sense of values in my children.  My husband works in finance, and we benefitted from the Bush tax cuts.

I could be a Republican but yet I am a true progressive Dem, bringing my children with me to political rallies, the Million Mom March, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks, and most recently the Women for Obama event in NYC.  I'm not alone--there are millions of women like me. Michelle's speech gave me hope that the Obamas get women like me.

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The name of the game is likability

This was a perfect first night of the convention.  Remember the only plan the right has is to demonize Barack and Michelle.  Not only did Michelle give an incredible speech, but the moment at the end where Barack showed up on the video screen and his kid grabbed the mic and started talking...  well the Republicans' jobs just became 100 times more difficult.  People are just starting to tune in now and that was an amazing first impression.

No, they didn't attack the Republicans tonight but that will come.  It's a build.  Night one is an introduction, nights 2-3 will be the attack, and hopefully Barack will be on on Thursday.  These are the Obamas that I was excited by a few months ago.  If this keeps up for a few more days, he will get that convention bounce.

Remember that the battle of most elections is likability.  Conservatives won't be swayed, but it'll go a long way towards firming up liberals and winning the people who are just tuning in now.  Moreover, it was such a cute and spontaneous moment that it makes great television.  There's no way that we don't see that clip over the next few days.  It's not everything, but it's a start.  

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DNCC Live Thread - Michelle Obama

The Michelle Obama bio video is up.

Michelle's Mom: "When she was younger, I remember how she looked up to us. Now, I look up to her."

Michelle's brother is introducing Michelle. "My name is Craig Robinson and Michelle Obama is my little sister."

"The only reason Michelle was willing to campaign at all was because Mom was there to stay home with the kids."

Michelle Obama is taking the stage...

Michelle Obama: Barack's secret weapon.

"They believed, like you and I believe, that America should be a place you can make it if you try."

"People like Hillary Clinton...APPLAUSE...who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters and sons can dream a little bigger and aim a little bigger and aim a little higher. People like Joe Biden, who's never forgotten where he came from and never stopped fighting for folks who work long hours and face long odds and need someone on their side again.

All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do. That we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country."

Amazing speech, delivery was even better. Was she even reading it? The speech was delivered to us in the blogger lounge but it sort of never seemed as though she was reading.

The Obama girls came out and Barack appeared on the big screen. OK, maybe his daughters are his secret weapon. That was super cute.

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Excited for Michelle Obama's speech!

Little known fact: Michelle Obama is one of the best Democratic speakers out there. It's clear that Barack Obama took some lessons from her. I think people are going to see that tonight.

I hope many people watch Michelle's speech tonight. For all of the talk of victimization by BOTH Hillary/Obama supporters over the primary season (RACISM! SEXISM!), it's African American women who face the double wammy racism/sexism. I hope she wins people over.

It was always inevitable that Michelle Obama would be vilified. That's the way the Republicans work: They vilify any strong woman. It's been a bit distressing to see people on the "Left" also attack her during the primary season, but I'm hoping that comes to an end today.

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