Of course, the historical moments (and there were many) were not lost on this audience. Every opportunity was given to recognize Obama's achievement as the first African-American to capture a major-party nomination. And as coincidence would have it, Clinton was lauded for being the first woman to contend seriously for the Presidency in the same week as the anniversary of women's suffrage.
Here are a few of the highlights with links to the specific speeches that stood out from the week:
- The poignant speech by Edward Kennedy and the tribute to him for his years of service and his many accomplishments.
- Michelle Obama's personal look at her husband and the road they have traveled to this time in history.
- The raucous and inspiring speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton who led the charge for women into new and uncharted territory and who gave her unequivocal support to Obama.
- Former President Clinton's speech that charged the delegates and cemented to the naysayers his support for Obama.
- The endearing introduction of Sen. Joe Biden by his son Beau and the rally cry of Joe Biden.
Of course, the crescendo of the week was Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5) that was given before 84,000 people in a spectacle that was part rock concert and part political rally. His speech clearly outlined his policy difference with John McCain and then provided, in more specific detail than ever, his economic, foreign policy, energy and education plans.
Despite the media's wish for a brawl between the Clintons and the Obamas, the convention seemed to genuinely unite the Democratic party and continue to push their candidate forward.
What was your favorite moment from the DNC?