Westporters Mark McCall, Marianna McCall and Al Puchala are in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. They sent this report:
Last night we watched Bill Clinton give an electrifying speech to a fired up audience. The crowd was enthusiastic, emotional and full of energy. This morning we realize that the speech played even better on TV than it did in the arena. Clinton is a master, and an incredible asset to the Obama campaign. And the night before, the First Lady was a star.
The speakers are strong, the messages are cohesive, and each speech seems to be better than the last. Our own Dan Malloy spoke yesterday, and also delivered Connecticut’s votes for the president. We are proud of him.
Hope you are all watching. In Charlotte the mood is upbeat and people are thrilled with how well everything is going. The only hitch so far has been the change of venue for the President’s speech tonight. We were expecting to be at the stadium with 70,000 spectators. Instead we will remain in the arena that seats only 19,000.
There will be viewing parties in other locations, including many smaller house parties in Charlotte and around the entire state. This is a battleground state, and the energy radiating out of Charlotte will give campaign volunteers here a big boost in the 8 weeks leading up to the election.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO “06880” READERS WHO WILL ACCUSE ME OF HAVING AN “AGENDA”: I asked several people to send reports from the Republican convention last week in Tampa. I wanted to convey what was going on there, too. Unfortunately I did not get any exclusive-to-“06880” info.