By Darla Shelden
The Neilson Company reported that the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. reached 26.2 million viewers, with First Lady Michelle Obama as the featured speaker, nearly 4 million more than the first night of Republican National Convention the preceding week.
Dr. George E. Young, senior pastor Holy Temple Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, said, ”I think Michelle Obama nailed it! Her demeanor and content was mesmerizing. She was so comfortable and she made the listener comfortable. She was believable! She has set the tone for this convention.”
“The mayor of San Antonio was also great,” said Young. “I really appreciated his thrust that said to me, ‘I am as American as any other American, and the proof is in how America has shaped me and my family and helped me to be successful.’ What a wonderful mix of speakers including Lilly Ledbetter, who did a marvelous job with her southern drawl adding to her message of thankfulness to our President. Being here has caused me to make this election ‘personal’.”
Dana Orwig, Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice Chair was part of the Roll Call on Wednesday night introducing the state as the “home of Woody Guthrie.’ She said, “It was exciting to stand up with a delegation that so accurately represents the diversity and promise of America and I was proud to be a part of it. And I was equally proud to participate in casting our delegation’s votes for Barack Obama. It was an exhilarating experience!”
Twitter reported that Michelle Obama was responsible for at least 28,000 tweets per minute shortly after she delivered her speech. That’s double the number after Romney’s acceptance speech a week earlier, which was 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.
Marguerite Leon, Oklahoma County Democratic Party Chair said, “I felt like I was sitting across from Michelle in her living room on Tuesday night. When she described how her father would lift one leg at a time to get up the stairs because he suffered from multiple sclerosis, but still had to work everyday, I felt like I need to do more for the re-election of President Obama and the first mom-in-chief. Her love for her family felt real and personal.”
Credentials Committee member Terry Thompson said, “President Clinton reminded all of us Wednesday about why our work as Democrats is so important to our fellow Americans. President Clinton looked refreshed and ready to campaign and his respect and admiration for President Obama’s accomplishments was the main theme. All of the dignitaries’ speeches and extraordinary stories of ordinary people each night made us realize that our work to elect leaders who will represent all of us, not just the privileged, is so important.”
“I thought Bill Clinton was genius for setting the stage for Obama’s acceptance speech to be non-partisan,” said Leon. “He said ‘When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better.’ After all, nobody’s right all the time. One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to cooperation.”
Leon said, “People were on their feet for hours, tears were rolling down their eyes, shout-outs saying ‘I love you, Bill’, while packed to capacity. When President Obama arrived the secret service closed the doors to the arena and didn’t allow anybody to enter. They were everywhere. Very exciting.”
“The day before I attended the Latino Leaders luncheon and met Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary Hilda Solis, the President of Latino Leaders, Mickey Ibarra and scores of Hispanic state legislators, mayors, councilmen. Today I was asked to be a surrogate for being the only Latina delegate from the state of Oklahoma,” said Leon.
“On Tuesday night NPR The Takeaway show host John Hockenberry asked me if Governor Fallin had visited the delegation,” said Leon. “I told him not to my knowledge. He interviewed Senator Jim Wilson and me. Very cool.”