DNC Dispatch: Local Delegates Talk Michelle

Local delegates share thoughts, experiences about the 2012 Democratic Nation Convention

This week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC began with a tribute to party stalwarts past and speeches by party icons present.

(For Patch's coverage of the Republican National Convention, click here.)

A tribute to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy initiated the event, with speeches by former White House chief-of staff Rahm Emmanuel and Illinois governor Pat Quinn following.

The inaugural night housed familiar rhetoric on the importance of health care, and a woman's right to choose, but some surprising twists, too—like the absence of the word "God" in the party's platform. The campaign's literature is also less pro-Israel than it was four years ago. 

The night's apex was a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke of her husband's personal traits and character much like .

Michelle Obama was keen to delve into the President's humble origins—his rusted car, his shoes that didn't fit—and declare the presidency hasn't changed him personally.

"Watching [Michelle Obama] speak gave me hope, and I felt inspired to continue to work hard for the campaign," said , co-president of the Rockland County Young Democrats and a delegate at this year's convention.

"She showed us the First Family is like any family in Rockland; they have the same hopes and dreams for our children that we do," he added.

Coe said one of the night's high points was the sentiment of inclusion; he was heartened by the diversity of speakers, Coe said.

And when the convention comes to a close Thursday, Coe and the other Young Democrats in Rockland plan to galvanize the youth at home to support Obama and overcome Romney and Ryan's "antiquated" ticket, Coe said.

"What we see is that young people, the millennial generation, really have the power to impact the election," he added.

Coe is joined this week by fellow Rocklander Stephanie Hausner, a Clarkstown councilmember and secretary of the DNC Youth Council. She is slated to speak to colleagues at a caucus meeting at noon on Wendesday.

Hausner also said she read the party platform before hearing the criticism, and did not take any issues.

"It still shows strong support for Israel's security, and takes a harsh stance on Iran's proliferation of nuclear weapons," she said.

Readers can also check in with New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson, a Dem. delegate .

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and and former president Bill Clinton are slated to speak Wednesday night.

Mike September 06, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I guess if her husband loses she will go back to being ashamed of her country again. .
Mike September 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
What an national embarrassment. The Dem leaders lie in front of their own delegates on national TV. The "no" vote clearly beat the "yes" but they passed it because of political expediency. Again, clearly exhibits Obamas lack of leadership which also came out today in Bob Woodwards book on the debt negotiations. He, at best is neutral, but more Dem leaning blames Obama for blowing the debt/tax deal. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80801.html
Bjorn Olsson September 06, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Walt, it's really comical how I always end up getting the "you couldn't possibly understand real americans" defense from so many conservatives. But this argument implies that your opinions are held by all "real" americans, and that is simply not the case, it's a cop out. My support for Obama comes from being born elsewhere? The man won the election in a landslide, were all those voter not "real americans?" "People" are not fed up. Maybe a lot of people are, but you really don't speak for everyone, or even a majority.
NorthCountyHound September 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I urge everyone to read Obama's books, both of which were probably ghost written by th terrorist Bill Ayers. His views on America and its place in the world are frightening. I cannot imagine a less suitable and qualified person in the position of POTUS. If you want to destroy this country once and for all by all means reelect this marixist, muslim loving, white hating diletante and watch the country burn. Your choice.
JJ September 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
There are "die hard's" on BOTH sides of the aisle; the simple question you need ask yourself is ARE WE BETTER 4 YEARS LATER UNDER THIS PRESIDENT & HIS ADMINISTRATION OR NOT? The gas prices continue to rise, the unemployment rate for minorities is higher than ever, the wars continue, we have abandoned our overseas allies, the military is weakened, we owe billions to China, Iran & North Korea are more of a threat than ever before, the Fast & Furious debacle, scandals prevail with government "give away's" to the politically connected, the lack of ethics and transparency....etc. etc. etc. Meanwhile President Nero plays the fiddle....................are we better now; VERY DOUBTFUL.
NorthCountyHound September 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The audience at the DNC looks like a refugee camp in Gaza or Dafur while the RNC looks like a country club social. I know who I'd rather mingle with.
Walden Macnair September 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
North, Why is it that the far right, which I believe you are, cannot disagree with the Democrats without hating them? Why not just admit that both Romney and Obama want the best for the country, aren't the spawn of Satan, communists, nazis or whatever and that the differences we should be debating is vision, politics & policies? Wouldn't that make more sense?
Issy September 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
So let us see, elitists people with cocktails and designer clothing who complain about not having enough or people with hard stories of survival,struggle, community and humanity grateful for life and the hand of friendship. Hard choice.
Aidan September 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Francis T McVetty September 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
How about that Bill Clinton speech. Did you believe all that he was saying, or did you believe it when he said <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0JD2UAhmM4>? Will the real Bill Clinton please stand up.
Walden Macnair September 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Francis, the Bill Clinton speech was dead on and he nailed it. Yeah, he and Obama were not friends when Hillary was running but he put his feelings aside and stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. The Republicans could learn a lot from that speech and I hope you were watching. Why did he do it? Well for the good of the party, for the good of the Democrats and in 2016 when Hillary runs for President, for the good of her campaign.
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Here's Patch's latest DNC story, with Dems. and Repubs. weighing in on Clinton: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/dnc-dispatch-local-dems-gop-leaders-on-clinton
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Here is today's dispatch, with two local GOP folks weighing in: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/dnc-dispatch-local-dems-gop-leaders-on-clinton
Watchdog September 06, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Issy, is that why you are moving to the South Bronx? Good boy Issy. Actually I would like to go back myself but my wife won't let me...not safe she says. But lucky you Issy.
Watchdog September 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Newt Gingrich made Clinton's presidency....everyone knows that.
Watchdog September 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I knew Bill Clinton.....Bill Clinton was a friend of mine.....Barack Obama...you are no Bill Clinton.
Blaue Vogel September 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
DNC = freak show
Lisa Graham September 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The Dems gush over Bill Clinton and the spirit of Teddy Kennedy.... Two men who really have done it TO..... (o did i mean to say for...? Haha)) a lot of women. Why didn't NOW ever protest those two disturbing men? All the democrats on this blog - would you leave your daughters alone with either of them? They make my skin crawl. Talk about a War on Women!
Lisa Graham September 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Have you ever read the huffpo blogs? Talk about hate! The 'tolerant loving' liberals gush with happiness every time a Republican/conservative is ill or dies... They don't think Ann Romney suffered through breast cancer or continues to suffer with MS because she is wealthy. It's really pathetic.
Francis T McVetty September 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Walden, Did Bill fail to mention that he did these things with the Republicans breathing down his neck? He did not. Bil Clinton and the republicans worked together much like Reagan worked with Tip O'Neil. You have a narcissists in the white house that won't work or listen to anyone else but Valerie Jarrett. By the way can you explain this, she is NOT a member of the cabinet but gets secret service protection.
Francis T McVetty September 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I wonder what would have happened if it came to a vote on the floor?
Francis T McVetty September 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Issy, are you talking about the "fairy tale" story Michelle told? Do you know anything about her upbringing and where she went to school ? How about Barack?
Bjorn Olsson September 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Francis, which parts were fairy tales? I looked her up on Wikipedia, she went to public school in Chicago, then Whitney High School, Princeton, Harvard. Is this different form what she mentioned, or do you have other information?
Aintthatascam September 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Bjorn, he won by a landslide because his commercials ran on VH1 and MTV 24/7. The people who voted for him are the ones he supports, people on welfare, section 8, food stamps, low income housing while wearing size 6 pants with a size 12 body. How do yo like this one Bjorn, I say, if you don't work for more than 3 years, you don't vote.
Bjorn Olsson September 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Dear Mr. Scam, that sounds like a great idea. Why not take it even further and limit to only property owners, the way it originally was? We could have literacy and civic tests, too. Or just do away with the whole "letting the people decide/democracy" thing altogether. We should leave these things to people who know better, like the rich.
Mike September 07, 2012 at 12:54 AM
This is absolutely hilarious and scary at the same time http://www.humanevents.com/2012/09/06/hey-lets-ban-corporate-profits/
Mike September 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Notice how not one of te dems that post a million commenst on these pages as yet to condem this outrage. Feckless.
Teleman September 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Clinton should have talked about his own personal war on women, he is a great speaker, but was impeached for being a lowlife liar- and this is who they look up too for advice?
Mike September 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Lol. Clinton left out the part where he actually created the mess we are in by doubling down on the CRA and letting Freddie and Fannie make riskier and riskier loans. But hey when you smoking cigars and having fun with interns who cares about things like that.
Francis T McVetty September 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Mike, A very smart man. I just loved that !!!Thanks for the post.


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