5 Significant Speeches From The First Night Of The Democratic National Convention

Did you watch the televised coverage of the first night of the Democratic National Convention? I did! Now, full disclosure, though I’m sure you guys already know this — I am far-left-leaning lady, and while I’m no fan of the two-party system, I’m obviously more inclined to agree with the Democratic Party’s platform. I’m a progressive — pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-immigration, etc. — and my opinions on what’s said at the RNC and DNC reflect those beliefs. But politics aside…

Damnnnnnnn, the DNC got off to kick ass start. I say this, yes, as a progressive, but mostly as a viewer with ADD who finds that these two events generally don’t translate very well through the TV and rarely capture my focused attention. Like, even during Clint Eastwood’s can’t-tear-my-eyes-away speech at the RNC, I was also ironing and checking email. (I am very good at multi-tasking.) But honestly? Nearly every speech delivered during the first night of the DNC grabbed me and made me want to keep watching. The energy was palpable. And, okay, I totally cried.

I’m sure healthy — I hope! — debate will ensue in the comments of this post about what was said — and I’m especially very interested to hear what undecided voters/readers thought. So in the interest of kickstarting that discussion, above are my five favorite speeches made by the most prominent speakers (and their best quotes below).

1. First Lady Michelle Obama: “Being President doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.”

2. Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA): “Time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe.”

3. Mayor Julian Castro (San Antonio, TX): “My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story possible. Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.”

4. Lilly Ledbetter: “The first bill that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I think it says something about his priorities that the first bill he put his name on has my name on it too.”

5. Kal Penn: “I’ve worked on a lot of fun movies, but my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out [Osama] bin Laden and is cool with us getting gay married. So thank you, invisible man in the chair, for that.”