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Obama At The 2004 DNC: Do you Remember?

In light of the past few months, I thought I’d take a few minutes to once again, watch Barack Obama’s transformational speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention and I am struck by three things: 1) At the time of the speech (July 28, 2004) there were “only” 900 dead American service men and women in Iraq while today, 1/23/2009, there are 4,229, according to icasualties.org. 2) My god, can you imagine what the past four years would have been like had the Kerry/Edwards ticket actually won? and 3) I suppose it’s possible that then state senator Barack Obama didn’t have his eyes on the prize, but David Axelrod and other certainly did. This was the mother of all coming out speeches.
I remember watching it back then and being blown away. I was not following politics as closely as I am now and admit to not really knowing him as a rising star in the Democratic Party before the speech, but after? There was no doubt that there was a bright future for Sen. Obama.
I will also admit that until late summer, 2008, I had relatively little hope for the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. My experience as a political junkie and the political and racial history of the United States made his election, to me, an incredibly unlikely thing. Up until the Democratic National Convention in Denver, I had a hard time allowing myself to believe that he could be the nation’s first black president but, turning the phrase on its head, the “perfect storm” made it possible and maybe, just maybe, I under-estimated the open mindedness of the American people.
I say “maybe” because let’s face it, the combination of George W. Bush’s “achievements” and Senator McCain’s choice of Palin to crown an awful campaign cleared the way, at least a little, for the victory that so many of us celebrated with gusto on November 4th and again on January 20th. I say “maybe” because I am not yet convinced we are in a true “post-racial America” (whatever that really means) but I am genuinely ecstatic about the result.
And as for the rest? It’s up to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama to show us what he’s made of and it’s up to us to do our part.

Some Pix From Denver: Rides, Fireworks, Construction And A Drunk Duck

Saturday night was the DNC media party at Elitch Gardens Amusement park and the rides, games, food and drink were gratis, so of course I jumped on the wooden roller coaster (one of the top 5 in the country, apparently), played the games of chance (I lied and won a duck made in China that feels like fiberglass insulation) and spilled wine on myself. If you expected me to ride one of those new fangled, upside-down coasters or half pipe, you’re shit out of luck!
The City’s spruced up, banners, banners, every where:
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Weeeee!
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We Like The Fireworks, The Fireworks That Go Boom!
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The Late Night Lounge 24 Hours Before Opening (stay tuned to see how it turned out!):
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“So a duck walks into a bar….”:
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Let’s All Go To The Democratic National Convention!

So Monday sees the kickoff off one of the three biggest quadrennial parties on a political junkies calendar and one of the biggest parties anywhere, full stop. That’s right, the Democratic National Convention is in town, so get ready, Denver. The other two big political wing dings are The Republican bash being held next week (we’ll ignore that one, although my GOP sources says their chicks put out) and of course, inauguration! With any luck (and our country coming to its senses) I’ll be at the latter, as well. I’ve always wanted to go to an inauguration! This is my 3rd DNC and I can’t wait for it to start. It’s a historic moment and I am lucky to be here.
I landed a few hours ago and am settling in to the Mile High City. A word to the wise: Drink ass loads of water. You’re high up and it’s D.R.Y. Trust me, altitude sickness bites. After my 5 G&T’s on the planes in, I am guessing I should probably be sucking down the H2O.
One of the things I am most excited about revisiting here in Denver is Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs cart. Some of the best reindeer, elk, buffalo, boar and brats you’ll ever taste (yes, he has regular hot dogs, too). Biker Jim knows his shit, so if he tells you that your Alaskan reindeer dog need onions and cream cheese (yes, I said cream cheese) trust him. He’s the chef, man! At any rate, he’s a DNC preferred vendor and he’ll be in his regular spot during the days and word has it that he’s going to be visiting the Late Night Lounge a couple of nights, too!
Biker Jim:
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The Menu:
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