Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be more focused on substantive issues but fuckit, I’m a girl: I totally loved Michelle Obama’s dress, I thought she rocked it and it’s an awesome design from an African American designer who let’s hope sees her career take off. FLOTUS got raves for the dress, too. As Rachel Zoe might say, FLOTUS “shut it down.”
Wow. The opening night of the Democratic National Convention was transformative. Deval Patrick, Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama knocked it out of the ballpark. Gov. O’Malley didn’t come across as well on TV, but he got some good points across. I was thrilled to see Democrat after Democrat stand up for marriage equality and a woman’s right to control her own body — positions that in the past were deemed too “controversial.” It was a fantastic opening night.
But the most observable difference between the DNC and the RNC was evident when the cameras panned the crowd. Last night I saw black people, brown people, white people, yellow people. I saw old men in VFW hats and young women in their 20s. I saw a dude in a blue turban and a Muslim woman with her head covered. I saw America.
The RNC might have trotted out a few token browns and women to speak from the podium but when the cameras panned the crowd it was a sea of white faces. And therein lies the difference.
In case you missed it, here are last night’s speeches from Patrick, Castro and FLOTUS. Let me say, Julian Castro rang more than a few President Matt Santos bells for me. It will be really interesting to see how his career develops.