Pride and progress
Wednesday started with a presentation to the
Afterward I decided not to get on a bicycle but to continue tracking my walking progress on my pedometer. I headed to a lunch hosted by the Democratic Governors Association. Our own Gov. Richardson, along with Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Gov. Christine Gregoire, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Gov. Joe Manchin, Gov. David Fruedenthal and Gov. Bill Ritter were among the guests. The Western block of governors is very powerful and will be a force in turning states like
Wednesday evening the atmosphere in the hall was electric as we awaited President Clinton’s address. When he appeared on the stage, he was greeted by the longest and loudest applause to date. We still love him, but more importantly, he reminded us of what it’s like to have a president who cares about
Because I wanted everyone to experience what I get to experience, I arranged for two of my young staffers to come down to the floor to hear Sen. Biden speak. Zach and Justin had been watching from the rafters the first two nights, but I knew it was nothing like the excitement of being with the delegation. I made room for them and accepted an invitation to watch Sen. Biden with the host, Gov. Bill Ritter, upstairs.
Biden delivered. His introduction by his son Beau set the stage for him: a man of integrity, understanding and most of all, a man committed to his family. Biden not only met, but exceeded our expectations. His depth in foreign policy is unmatched and his commitment to working Americans, firefighters, cops and families was clear. By the time he finished, we knew we had a strong, wonderful, winning ticket! Then, when we thought the evening couldn’t end any better, we received the unexpected visit by our nominee, Sen. Obama, that turned the place inside out!
Delegates were charged as the busses were loaded and the anticipation for Thursday began to build. I stopped by Johnny Rockets when I heard the jukebox playing and saw Gov. John Corzine of
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