The theme of the Democratic National Convention opened and closed on the idea of moving the United States forward. Julian Castro moved the convention in his role as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Mayor Castro emphasized the great importance of opportunity as a condition precedent to prosperity. He spoke of decent jobs, building infrastructure and the idea that education is actually pro-business.
Mayor Castro explained how President Obama saved the auto industry, expanded Pell Grants and created Obamacare. It is to be noted that former
President Bush signed into law a $700 billion dollar bailout in early October '08. The bailout was signed in order to prevent the Wall Street crisis from igniting across communities in America.
Later, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the convention. Her speech
emphasized the personal side of President Obama as a family man who reads moving letters from ordinary people well into the night. His conclusion from reading these letters is that the problems described to him have to be fixed.
Mrs. Obama related how some teachers in this country work without pay in a bankrupt school district The speech extolled the idea of pay equity in addition to creating new jobs. The First Lady indicated that health care is not an easy issue to address but it is the right thing to do. Another important theme is to give everyone an equal chance at achieving the ideal of the American dream.
Her speech contained numerous references to hardships in her life, as well as President Obama's. Mrs. Obama is a graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Clearly, historians will view her as one of the most highly educated first ladies to serve in the White House.
Minority leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi reignited the idea of the American dream for all. She spoke of the need to strengthen the middle class, promote equality, make college more affordable and establish health care as a basic right and not a privilege.
Ms. Pelosi explained how the Obama administration brought the country back from the brink of a financial depression while still preserving the social safety net. Ms. Pelosi reminded the audience that rebuilding the middle class starts with the middle class and not the upper class. Former President Carter made a similar statement to the convention when he said that President Obama would always place the middle class first in the process of making hard decisions.
Sister Simone Campbell addressed the convention to explain how Rep. Ryan's proposed budget would harm the poor. She asked that Medicare be expanded to help the poor while providing heart rendering examples of people hurt by not having the requisite health care coverage. Sister Simone spoke of faith, family and fairness.