- Posted September 4, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the DNC
The Speeches that Count at Tonight's Opening of the DNC
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
The Democratic National Convention kicked off today in Charlotte, North Carolina. A large number of speakers are slated to speak not just today, but over the next 3 days leading up to the acceptance speech of President Barack Obama on Thursday at the 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium.
The 2 most anticipated speakers on the agenda for tonight are addresses by First Lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro. Castro provides the keynote address after the First Lady re-introduces her husband to the nation and expected to portray the family-side of the man who also happens to be President.
The speeches from both the First Lady and Castro are the 2 which should be of the widest interest and insight for the Ameican people.
Of the 2, the one I most look forward to hearing from is Castro. I know already that the First Lady will provide a passionate and well-thought-out speech on her husband and why the father of her 2 daughters should be provided the opportunity to continue the programs and policies he has started over the last nearly 4 years.
Castro, however, is a face that Americans may not be familiar with, but one which Americans may get to know very well over the next few years. There is already talk that the Texas mayor may be on the fast track to a presidential bid as soon as 2016.
Born in 1974, Castro is a member of the next generation that is superceding and inheriting the mantle of leadership from the "baby boomers" in much the way the "baby boomers" took the mantle from the "greatest generation". Castro is the youngest Hispanic mayor of a major city in the US of A.
Castro won re-election in 2011 against 4 opponents. He beat back the opposition with a whopping nearly 83% of the vote.
Look for Castro to highlight growing up as a person with Mexican-American heritage. What is interesting is that Castro understands Spanish much better than he can speak the language. As he noted in an interview on CNN earlier today, Castro grew up in a household where his mother and grandmother spoke predominantly English with little Spanish spoken.
From the Cornfield, I am looking forward to seeing what San Antonio's Mayor has to say tonight and if he gives a speech that will remind people of the speech given by a younger Barack Obama in 2004 that catapulted him to the national stage.