Politicians aren’t exactly known for having musical taste, but you would expect the people who throw big events like, I dunno, the Democratic National Convention, would do a better job of picking cool music to introduce some of their most important speakers. That’s why it struck me as an odd choice to have Hillary Clinton walk onto the stage two nights ago to the blaring accompaniment of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”, “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks, and “American Girl” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Now, I have nothing against the latter two songs (I could take or leave Lenny), but the message of the songs themselves are predictable and a bit on the wimpy side considering the strength of Hillary’s campaign. That’s why we put together our own list of dream songs that should have played background to Hillary’s big moment. That list, plus what we hope Barack Obama will walk out to tonight, after the jump! Keep reading »
During last night’s surprise appearance by Barack Obama at the third night of the Democratic National Convention, we totally did a double-take when we saw the dashing Senator from Illinois plant a big one on Jill Biden, the wife of his running mate, Joe Biden. Was it on purpose and platonic mouth kisses are suddenly the new show of affection in Washington, or was it an accident? Who knows, but certainly the accidental mouth kiss is something we’ve all endured… Keep reading »
Full-disclosure: I did not vote for Hillary Clinton, for a variety of reasons, none of which I’ll get into here. But as a female, I was happy to see how close a woman got to winning the nomination, even though I didn’t personally want her to win it. After watching her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, which I found to be profoundly moving, funny, and strong, I was struck by how important her role in this election truly was — love her or hate her, Clinton had an immense impact on history, as the first woman who almost captured the nomination for President of the United States. “My mother was born before women could vote,” Clinton said. “But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for president.” Keep reading »
The city of Denver’s official website says there are about 50,000 people attending the 2008 Democratic National Convention, including delegates, visitors, politicians and media. That’s a whole lot of people. And what do these people do, besides wave signs that read, “Unity” and shout “Yes, we can!”? They consume food and beverages and, therefore, have to relieve themselves a lot. The New York Post reports that despite efforts for equal restroom rights at the Pepsi Center, men have fewer toilets and urinals than women, but they take half as much time to go, so women will still have longer to wait. My recommendation for delegates sandwiched in the convention hall who don’t want to miss any of Bill Clinton’s speech tonight? Depends.
Click here for a giant image of the toilets and urinals at the DNC. Keep reading »
Last night Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention and gave what I found to be an extremely inspiring speech — I especially appreciated that she didn’t seem to be overly rehearsed and even occasionally stumbled over her words. I’m not down with my politicians or my politicians spouses seeming like robotic newscasters. Anyway, the bulk of Michelle’s speech was about being a wife and mother and her hopes for the country — at the end she brought out daughters Malia and Sascha, who behaved as adorably as you would expect. Politics aside, Michelle’s speech got me thinking about what it means to be a successful professional, partner, and parent, especially when she referenced “Hillary Clinton’s 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling.” it was clear she did appreciate what her husband’s rival did for women, especially given what her hopes must be for her own daughters. With that in mind — and that today marks the 88th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote — what are your hopes for your children, specifically your daughters? A few of mine after the jump and I really hope you’ll chime in with your own in the comments. Keep reading »
Cities benefit big time when they host major events like the Olympics. The upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions are two such happenings that will bring in money to more than just the restaurant and hotel businesses. A rather disturbing ABC News article says that prostitution in Denver and Minneapolis will spike during the political conventions in the coming weeks. Apparently, there are ads on the Minneapolis-area Craigslist looking for “hostesses” to help entertain “high-end clients” during the Republican National Convention, which starts September 1. And, over on the Denver section of Craigslist, women are using the convention to push their services under titles like “DNC Delight” and “Help me celebrate democracy.” Has no one learned their lesson from former N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer? Seriously. [ABC News] Keep reading »