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  • Aug 21, 2020 04:27 PM
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    Joe Biden's speech was the shortest DNC speech since 1984, but it was quite strong and straight to the point. It's probably the most important speech he's ever had to make. I don't think there was a single thing he didn't address. I'd say though that it didn't have the feels that Michelle Obama's did, but it was still good and professional. Thanking Barack Obama in the speech was a nice touch, in my opinion, but the strongest statement hands down has to be when he said "no miracle is coming." I must say it's a relief to hear a speech delivered in such a way.

    Who thinks this is one of the strongest speech at the DNC? Was it better than Michelle's?

  • Aug 08, 2020 07:01 PM
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    That's such a cheap move, figuratively and literally. It's a slap in the face to Americans in need. History has shown many times what happens when a people cannot rely on or trust their government to keep them safe. All I'm saying.
  • Aug 11, 2020 12:59 PM
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    Michelle Obama's speech definitely set the tone for the convention. It was wonderful, honest, and inspiring.
  • Aug 17, 2020 05:33 PM
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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    There's a good chance the polls will change after the conventions, for both sides. I imagine some favor-ability/likability poll results will go up for a short while for each candidate, after each convention. And maybe we'll even see the candidates come closer in the national polls overall, as each side digs in.

    But I agree, the fact that these are virtual conventions takes a lot of steam out of them. The Republicans don't have a lot of draw for theirs outside of Trump himself, but he gets so much coverage already I'm not sure how much that will change things. No doubt he does or says something, or 10 somethings, that make headlines for a while. But again, that always happens anyways.

    Agreed. But still, I can see it reaching more people since so many folks are still in their homes. It definitely could be argued that it may reach more people than previous live conventions.
  • Aug 14, 2020 06:09 PM
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    @J.K.Logic

    Sorry about that, I cut out the last part(the most important part) of that paragraph. This should explain it. :)

    According to the New York Times, Garry was superintendent of sewers in Chicago and in charge of setting up the Chicago Stadium for the DNC when, at a key point in the convention, he used a separate sound system in the catacombs under the stadium and began booming “We want Roosevelt!” into a microphone.

  • Aug 18, 2020 04:08 PM
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    Well, since I did one on the Democratic National Convention, I thought I might as well do one for the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention has just as many, if not more, memorable, and perhaps crazy moments that have happened in its history. So, here we are, the most memorable moments in the history of the Republican National Convention.

    The empty chair: Clint Eastwood at the 2012 RNC

    After being revealed as the 2012 RNC’s much-anticipated “mystery guest,” actor and director Clint Eastwood appeared onstage and had a conversation with an empty chair, which he said was meant to represent President Barack Obama. Eastwood received applause and laughter from the convention floor, but elsewhere reactions were less enthusiastic, with Rachel Maddow calling the appearance “the weirdest thing I’ve seen at a political convention” and Wolf Blitzer calling it “confusing,” “rambling” and “a big mistake.”

    The pit bull: Sarah Palin at the 2008 RNC

    The world was introduced to then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at the 2008 RNC, where she made her acceptance speech as Republican nominee John McCain’s running mate. Prior to the convention, more than seven out of 10 Americans had never heard of Palin, according to a Gallup poll at the time.

    That all changed after her RNC speech, which “brought the Republican National Convention to its feet” as delegates chanted her name, according to ABC News. During the speech, Palin also delivered one of her famous one-liners — “You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

    The familiar speech: Melania Trump at the 2016 RNC

    During the 2016 RNC, many accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing a speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 DNC. One section in particular was nearly identical.

    “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values. That you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, and you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them,” Michelle Obama said in 2008.

    “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect,” Melania Trump said eight years later.

    Meredith McIver, a staff writer for the Trump Organization, later took the fall.

    I either forgot about Melania's speech, or it went right under my radar. Luckily for her it was a staff writer's fault, but still, that one was pretty bad. Does anyone else have a memorable moment to add?

  • Aug 18, 2020 01:14 PM
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    JaredS Wrote:

    To be honest, I think this was exactly the speech that Democrats and left-of-center independents needed to hear. I wouldn't even be surprised if some moderate Republicans took it as a breath of fresh air. She tugged at our heartstrings by lamenting how divided (and exhausted) we have become as a country and how she believes that Joe Biden is the only person who can begin to heal the deep emotional divide this country is going through.

    I totally agree. It was probably one of the best speeches I've seen come out of the Democratic Party. Very heartfelt, sincere and honest. I also agree that this could really tug the left-of-center independents as well as some left-of-center Republicans towards the cause. I wouldn't be surprised.
  • Aug 14, 2020 06:09 PM
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    The Democratic National Convention has been going on for ages, and it, like its party has changed a lot over the decades. It's hard to believe that it would later have entertainers like Billie Eilish and John Legend gracing the stage. So I thought I'd list some of the most memorable moments in DNC history.

    The kiss: Al Gore at the 2000 DNC

    On the final night of the 2000 DNC, Democratic nominee Al Gore joined his then wife, Tipper, onstage and gave her a kiss that lasted an “exceptionally long time.” Commentators speculated that the smooch was an effort “to change his robotic image,” according to the New York Times.

    The third term: Franklin D. Roosevelt at the 1940 DNC

    The DNC nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in 1940 after a “voice from the sewer,” Thomas Garry, suddenly emerged to rally delegates and stampede the convention into choosing Roosevelt.

    The snub: Ted Kennedy at the 1980 DNC

    President Jimmy Carter’s reelection bid took an embarrassing blow when Democratic challenger Ted Kennedy snubbed him at the 1980 DNC, avoiding a unity pose with the president and offering only a formal handshake before leaving the stage.

    The never-ending speech: Bill Clinton at the 1988 DNC

    While introducing 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton received boos and jeers from restless delegates during a speech that ran nearly 20 minutes over the 15 minutes he had been allotted.

    “He droned on and on, and droned on,” Tom Brokaw recalled. “When he finally said, ‘In conclusion,’ people began to cheer.”

    I know the RNC has some pretty memorable moments as well. See - Clint Eastwood's chair speech.

  • Jun 24, 2020 05:45 PM
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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    One example and question I have - why do children under 10 not have to wear them in certain states? Is there a medical logic to this or is this just accepting that young children won't comply? That's just one example among many of discrepancies states and cities seemingly arbitrarily set.

    The logic behind it is that it could cause breathing problems for young children, especially infants. Also, people with pulmonary problems or illnesses are told not to wear them either.
  • Jul 24, 2020 01:02 AM
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    PentagonWall Wrote:

    This honestly feels more like a PR stunt than anything at this point. It's beyond not helpful. This should have been passed as a recurring check months ago. Could have saved a ton of evictions and all the other issues that came along with them. Other countries were able to figure this out months ago.

    I can't agree more. If they were truly concerned, they wouldn't have drug their heels on helping U.S. citizens get through this, especially those who are unemployed and evicted. It's just a political move to quell the outcry from the people who put them in office. I have a feeling this is the last stimulus check folks will get.