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(10,252 posts)
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 06:29 AM Nov 2020

So what did you think about the speeches Sat night?

I was truly inspired. Harris is a damn good speech maker. There's just something about her style of being that exudes joy and happiness. I noticed this about her during the campaign also. Joy and happiness comes to those who do not cultivate anger and hatred. Her speech emphasized that together, we are a great people. All of us -- together. I'm left with the feeling that she truly cares about me and is serious about effecting change.

Biden's speech left me feeling inspired also. I especially appreciated his challenge to us to open our minds to the possibility of working together. His call for us to return to civility and to stop demonizing one another was music to my ears. I like that he has laid out his agenda: getting Covid under control, improving the economy, supporting the middle class, addressing systemic racism and injustice, and climate. Let's all be clear, that's where we're going.

I do however have a teensy nit to pick. He needs to speak, not shout, into the microphone. It's a microphone.

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So what did you think about the speeches Sat night? (Original Post) vlyons Nov 2020 OP
I think he felt he needed to exude power Rorey Nov 2020 #1
+1 DeminPennswoods Nov 2020 #10
It was great to hear them both! calimary Nov 2020 #2
Both of them were great, but it's a tough job ahead. TreasonousBastard Nov 2020 #3
I think of it this way Rorey Nov 2020 #4
I was very impressed at the whole show! ananda Nov 2020 #5
Why oh why DU I can't rec ananda's post? TexasProgresive Nov 2020 #6
I'm so glad to hear that! ananda Nov 2020 #8
That'll be rec enough won't it, ananda! TexasProgresive Nov 2020 #12
You got it. ananda Nov 2020 #14
Yes this is exactly how I feel! redstatebluegirl Nov 2020 #7
To Republicans, "working together" has a different meaning from Democrats Chainfire Nov 2020 #9
That was the best speech I've heard from Harris DeminPennswoods Nov 2020 #11
Several notes Maeve Nov 2020 #13
As a practicing Catholic BarackTheVote Nov 2020 #15


(8,455 posts)
4. I think of it this way
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 06:40 AM
Nov 2020

We've had four years of having that last guy reading boring, uninspiring speeches. I feel that President Biden made it clear that we're now on a different course. I loved it.


(29,045 posts)
5. I was very impressed at the whole show!
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 06:50 AM
Nov 2020

First, Kamala made the perfect introduction,
highlighting the critical fact that the USA is
a citizen-led country with our elected reps
as servants for the public good. We need to
hear that more often.

Joe then jogged in and showed that he is The
Boss, the alpha man. Did you notice the strong
voice and the slight sneer after some of the
phrases. This is a message designed to show
all Reeps that his admin is not to be messed with.
He’s in charge, and he will get the job done!

Last, the aerial displays were fantastic, the young
people dancing on stage, and the show of family
love and solidarity rounded everything off

Very fine indeed.


(12,181 posts)
6. Why oh why DU I can't rec ananda's post?
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 07:39 AM
Nov 2020

You wrote exactly what I got from last night. I am amazed at the spontaneous expressions of joy in cities around the US. I hear that it happened over seas as well. My we survive the next 2 and a half months.



(17,757 posts)
9. To Republicans, "working together" has a different meaning from Democrats
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 08:56 AM
Nov 2020

Republican working together means, "our way or the highway." I see no short-term probability that that will change. We may have to ignore that attitude and just power thorough or around them. Even if we do not regain a majority in the Senate the Republicans have to know that, if they don't cooperate to some degree, that they will get nothing for the next four years.


(15,354 posts)
11. That was the best speech I've heard from Harris
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 09:04 AM
Nov 2020

Even though she's VP-elect, it was very presidential sounding.


(42,404 posts)
13. Several notes
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 09:15 AM
Nov 2020

Kamala wore suffragette white--100 years ago, women wore white because it shows well in B&W photos and both rich and poor could show their support for the vote that way. She spoke of Joe's "audacity" in choosing a woman VP--an echo of Obama's "audacity of hope". She is gracious and warm in speaking.

Joe jogged onto the stage--wonderful! He called out to all the groups that came together to elect him and spoke of healing; what a change from the last 4 years!!! And the battles ahead--he's a happy warrior in the old sense. And straight into the transition team; he's fighting the next battle, not the last (ahem, lesson for the Orange Beast, altho he won't learn it). He's going to try to work with others (but won't make the same mistake Obama made of trusting too long, I think). He is also a better speaker than he's been given credit for.
And "On Eagles' Wings" is one of my favorites, too, despite the fact I left church a decade ago. It was inspiring---"lifting me higher".

And I wrote this while listening to the speeches.


(938 posts)
15. As a practicing Catholic
Sun Nov 8, 2020, 09:24 AM
Nov 2020

It hit me hard to hear him quote “On Eagle’s Wings.” We sang it at my grandpa’s funeral, and it always moves me to hear it; it’s like a big warm hug in the coldest hours. It’s been a rough slog here the last few decades for a US Catholic; I’ve found a few Parishes where I feel welcomed as a Progressive, but I’ve had to move away from my favorites and pretty much my sole consolidation has been Papa Francis.

I know religion’s a sore spot for a lot here, and I am not here to in any way invalidate your experience; I know how religion can hurt someone to the core. For me, to hear sentiments in Joe’s speech that strike me as the brand of loving, embracing Catholicism that I remember from my youth really felt amazing, like coming home after a long time.

I’m thrilled that we got our second Catholic president, a good Democrat, because it has always been obvious to me that it’s the Democratic Party that actually walks the walk of taking on the evils of social injustice head on, rather than just paying lip service to Jesus to control people, get all self-righteous about everything, and try to maintain power.

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