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Obama is a poem: lyrical and inspirational; Hillary is an essay: reasoned & informed
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I attended my first democratic caucus today.
I was quiet like a mouse at first -- just listening and observing.
It was very exciting. Listening to people share their reasons for
voting for their candidates. Finally, one Obama supporter blurts out,
"I'm voting for Obama because I don't want 8 more years of Clinton."

That prompted me to open my mouth. I said, "Uh, excuse me, sir.
May I ask what was wrong with the 8 years we had with the Clinton?
I have to honestly say that the 8 years with Clinton were the best years of my life."

He just shrugged and said, "well, that's true, but I need a change."
That started the ball rolling. Several people got the courage to stand
up and agree. Then, I got on my bandwagon. I said, "Hey! If your
house is burning down to the ground, you don't stop to show some new guy
how to fight fires. You grab someone who's been doing it their whole life
and can put the fire out. America has no time for "on the job training."

Just about that time, the caucus organizers tallied the votes and
there were 9 delegates for Obama and 3 for Clinton. Then the
caucus organizer said, "OK. Now we have a chance for everybody to
reconsider their vote. We are going to ask for 2 speakers. One
for Hillary and one for Obama. This is your opportunity to convince
each other to possibly come to your side of the aisle. I would like
each group to select a speaker to speak for your candidate."

Well, guess what? The majority of Hillary people pointed at me and
said, WE WANT YOU!

Man, I was shaking in my boots. I'd never spoken to a crowd
that large. Add to that, they had no microphones there and
I was going to have use my best speaking voice to project
outward to the throngs of people.

So, I mustered what little courage I could gather, grabbed both
of my canes and balanced myself between the two. The
caucus leader asked for everyone to be quiet so I could speak.
An nice lady sitting next to me squeezed my arm and said,
"Just say it the way you did at our table. You were effective."

So I began my speech:


"Hello my wonderful, fellow democrats. I'm so proud to witness such a
great turnout. The enthusiasm here is very contagious. Now to the
matter at hand. Everyone here loves Obama. Even me. Who wouldn't?
But remember this: even the public media says there's not that much
difference between Hillary's and Barack's policies.

"So let me ask you this: If your house is on fire -- burning down --
you don't stop to show the new guy how to fight fires. You grab the one
who has been doing it for years. Simply put, our country is facing the
worst recession since the depression of the '30's. We are falling
apart at the seams. We need an experienced PRO. This is not a
contest for school president. It's an election for President of the
most powerful nation on earth. A President who decisions will affect the
lives of billions of people across our planet.

"Hillary has had 8 years in the Governor's mansion and 8 years in
the White House. She knows the process -- she's been there through the
best and worst of it. She borne the brunt of attacks on her and her
husband. She's weathered the worst and yet, she still stands up proudly
and wants to fight for the little guy. How many here could endure the
pressures that she has endured and still remain standing? This is the
kind of President we need RIGHT NOW -- one who has never stopped fighting
for the American people.

"President Carter was a good president. People say he had
great plans for what he was going to do for America. Problem
is, he didn't know how to accomplish his goals. Hillary does.
She knows how to get things done in Washington. She's an
inveterate pro.

Personally, I would be more comfortable with Obama as vice president for
the next 4 years. After that, I would be most willing to vote for him.
But right now, we need Hillary. I can't put it any simpler than that.

Obama is like a poem: 'lyrical and inspirational.'
Hillary is like an essay: 'reasoned and informed'

Thank you all for listening to me. Please vote for Hillary.
Our country and the world is depending upon you."


I got a round of applause from the audience. The local newspaper
reporter walked up to me and asked me my name. She said she really
loved my speech and she wanted to quote parts of it in the paper.

They recounted votes, but only 4 or 5 people switched their votes to Hillary.
(Hey, it wasn't much of a change -- but I made the effort to do my part.)

Then each side had to vote for people to be delegates. I was asked to be a
delegate and I accepted. So, today was a day I will never forget. It was
exhilarating to be able to play some small part in the process of democracy.
Quite an experience for me, I must say.

No matter who wins the nomination, I'm proud to be a Democrat.
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  -Obama is a poem: lyrical and inspirational; Hillary is an essay: reasoned & informed BigBearJohn  Feb-09-08 11:16 PM   #0 
  - What a great story!  NastyRiffraff   Feb-09-08 11:19 PM   #1 
  - Thanks! I appreciate your kind words.  BigBearJohn   Feb-09-08 11:21 PM   #4 
  - Hil's speech tonight was good  keep_it_real   Feb-09-08 11:34 PM   #13 
  - Bravo!!!  emilyg   Feb-09-08 11:20 PM   #2 
  - Nice  Proud2BAmurkin   Feb-09-08 11:21 PM   #3 
  - Bravo!  kineta   Feb-09-08 11:25 PM   #5 
  - I have a few issues with your speech  Levgreee   Feb-09-08 11:25 PM   #6 
  - Levgree  jkshaw   Feb-09-08 11:31 PM   #10 
  - Do You Realize That She Voted For An Insane War?  MannyGoldstein   Feb-09-08 11:29 PM   #7 
  - She voted for the IWR because Bush was going to attack Iraq anyway  pnwmom   Feb-10-08 12:17 AM   #20 
  - Obama balances intellect, reason, and solid policy proposals with inspiration, passion and vision.  Political Heretic   Feb-09-08 11:29 PM   #8 
  - Well, I hope for all our sakes that you are right. I would happily eat crow on this one.  BigBearJohn   Feb-09-08 11:40 PM   #15 
  - BRavo--thanks for the post  rodeodance   Feb-09-08 11:30 PM   #9 
  - what did the Obama person say?  Magic Rat   Feb-09-08 11:31 PM   #11 
  - She said that Obama's is not a campaign, it's a movement. Obama represents positive change.  BigBearJohn   Feb-09-08 11:37 PM   #14 
  - Nice job!  Abacus   Feb-09-08 11:33 PM   #12 
  - When you take part in the political process, you really do feel like you are making the difference.  Aussie leftie   Feb-09-08 11:46 PM   #16 
  - Wow way to empower yourself. Great job too. Public speaking is difficult.  kikiek   Feb-09-08 11:47 PM   #17 
  - After teaching contitutional law I'm pretty sure Obama is reasoned and informed  Hill_YesWeWill   Feb-10-08 12:11 AM   #18 
  - What a great experience for you -- for us -- for democracy  TheDoorbellRang   Feb-10-08 12:12 AM   #19 
  - That was a lovely story and a lovely speech BigBearJohn.  mzmolly   Feb-10-08 12:27 AM   #21 
  - Bravo, BBJ! That was truly inspirational.  Hekate   Feb-10-08 01:03 AM   #22 
  - hee, hee.. "reasoned and informed" vote for the Iraq war...  Tom Joad   Feb-10-08 01:03 AM   #23 
  - Yea? Well let's talk about Obama's vote -- see below  BigBearJohn   Feb-10-08 01:36 AM   #25 
     - I am only comparing Hillary with the standard of "reasoned and informed"  Tom Joad   Feb-10-08 11:13 AM   #29 
  - Obama is prose poetry, Big. He's got it all.  Katzenkavalier   Feb-10-08 01:04 AM   #24 
  - You made a great speech, BigBearJohn  SheWhoMustBeObeyed   Feb-10-08 01:41 AM   #26 
  - K&R!! This morning, I am even prouder to be a Democrat.  SalmonChantedEvening   Feb-10-08 05:23 AM   #27 
  - Barack " I have been drafting legislation longer at state and federal level longer than the other 2"  cooolandrew   Feb-10-08 05:39 AM   #28 
  - hilary is a calculated  zidzi   Feb-10-08 11:14 AM   #30 
  - Thank you for the inspirational story :). n/t  ProudToBeLiberal   Feb-10-08 11:23 AM   #31 
  - I disagree, but a great post and a great experience for you  Armstead   Feb-10-08 11:24 AM   #32 
  - Great job!  seasonedblue   Feb-10-08 11:27 AM   #33 
  - I'm impressed. You did a great job of thinking on your feet.  Straight Shooter   Feb-10-08 11:52 AM   #34 
  - Thanks to all of you for your encouragement. Especially when some of you didn't agree with my msg.  BigBearJohn   Feb-10-08 06:43 PM   #35 
  - I have to say, I've shared this with some friends...  Stand and Fight   Feb-10-08 10:47 PM   #36 

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