- Posted September 3, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the DNC
My Hopes from the DNC
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Tuesday the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina. This follows last week's nomination of Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
This week it's the Democrats turn to confer its blessing on the re-election effort of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The main thrust of the week will be getting voters to agree the Obama-Biden team needs another 4 years to get the nation out of its economic tragedy.
I admit that with this being a political function of patting each other on the back and trashing the other major party there will be a certain amount of what we call political exaggeration. That is par fo the course. The same held true last week at the RNC.
What I am hoping to hear and get from the DNC are less slams at Republicans and more about exactly why Americans should give the President a chance to continue the job he has begun. For me it will be a hard sell, but it is possible.
What will turn me off and push me farther away is if the majority of speeches and chatter centers on the previous Administration. That Administration is now in the annals of history. It is gone. What matters is the here and now...not what was. Each mention of President George W. Bush will be a demerit from where I sit.
What I want to know and hope to learn is how the President plans on meeting with the opposition in Congress to find common ground.
Will there be repeats of, "We won. Get over it."?
Will there be less talk of "going around Congress" and more talk of areas where minds can meet?
The President before he became President in one of his most famous speeches talked about how there wasn't a black America or a white America or Hispanic America or straight America or gay America, but we were one America. Yet in the last year and a half, we have heard over and over again about these various hyphenated Americans. Will the President return to and embrace the speech he once made and lay aside the labels of different Americans?
How strong will the call be for unity for the sake of the country be?
How strong will the partisan call to support the party over what may be right for the nation be?
From the Cornfield, this is just some of what I am hoping will come from the DNC over the next 3 days.