Stewart Acuff

Sep 7

Democratic National Convention Wrap

They closed any enthusiasm gap there may have been with a fantastic choice of speakers and well-crafted speeches that reflected their hearts and thoughts.

Some commentators said this Democratic Convention was the best either party choreographed since the Reagan convention in 1980.

We don’t yet know whether Obama will get a convention polling bounce or not, but it certainly energized the Democratic base.

UAW President Bob King was great in the discussion of the auto bailout-loan.

The Democratic speechwriters were very disciplined listening to the speakers talk about what they felt or thought, then crafting the speech so that every speech sounded authentic.

One of the surprises of Thursday night was the focus and honor heaped on veterans.

Obama talked to us as adults who have citizens’ responsibility for the future of America.

As I wrote earlier Obama’s speech was an organizer’s speech – referring to the responsibility of us all, using us and we instead of I. Obama definitely didn’t say “I got this. Leave it to me. “He spoke about our common journey, the course of change
continues.

Neither the President nor the Vice President had to really attack Romney-Paul. That was handled by other speakers all week – none better nor stronger than Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm who denounced Romney’s abandonment of the auto industry.

Its on now, Brothers and Sisters. Now its up to us. Get a copy of Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing to make sure you do all you can over the next two months.

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Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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