There was an air of quiet exultation at the Alabama Delegates' breakfast this morning. Even the unexpected cancellation of the morning's speaker couldn't dim the excitement of a group who came to Charlotte already excited about the ticket and who are leaving so fired up it's probably possible to see them from space.
I talked with a couple of delegates before the program started & asked them for their reactions to President Clinton's speech and the night in general.
Robert Avery from Gadsden channeled Harry Truman:
President Clinton pretty much hit the ball out of the park. He told the story, put everything where it should be, and made sure that people know this: It's not the President, stupid. It's the Congress!
And that's what I've been telling folks. It's not the President; it's the Congress. Those guys decided that their only job was to make this a one-term president. They talk about his “failed policies” but they've tried to block all his policies.
It's the Congress. When people understand that this hasn't been a bad president, but a bad Congress. We need to get rid of the Congress, not the President.
Charles McDonald mentioned numerous speakers and had special praise for some:
I thought it was just an awesome night. It was a wonderful night for labor with speakers like Trumka explaining to the nation what the Labor movement is and how it affects all the working people in this country.
President Clinton has a gift for telling a story and breaking it down so that anyone listening can tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats. There is a clear difference and he couldn't have done a better job.
Tonight, President Obama will be making his own case and the excitement level of the delegates undoubtedly will ratchet up even higher.
I can't wait!