Dr. Gary Shapley
Extra Credit: National Conventions
The 2008 National Convention is not only just another convention for the two competing parties to speak their minds, and get that one last word in, but it is the first time an African American president has been nominated for the Democratic Party, and also the oldest president nominated for the Republican Party. I was one of the many U.S. citizens lucky enough to witness such a historic convention unfold right before my eyes.
The first convention was the democratic national convention, with the popular Barrack Obama. Before he took his place in the arena, an emotional video was shown which displayed some personal matters about himself, how he is half Muslim and half American, how he never knew his father until he was ten years old and it was only for 10 minutes. Also he was a child to a white single mother who always believed in him. I believe he was basically telling the United States, I am just like you, with a single mother who was 18 when she had him, he is actually reaching out to those single young mothers basically giving them hope that their child can be the next president, also letting those kids who are fatherless feel hope to achieve greatness in their life just like him. I also believe that he was letting people know a deeper side to him that not everybody knew about, like how his mother was denied my many health insurance companies while dying of cancer, he incorporates that personal experience to his public policies.
When he came out after the video, the crowd went wild holding up their ‘OBAMA O8’ signs everywhere. It actually took a while before he was able to speak because they kept cheering him on. Once he had his speech rolling he hit some public policies including gaining oil independence in 10 years, which to me seemed like a long time to even be talking about it. Also universal healthcare which wasn’t such a bad idea, until I thought about how much LONGER the...