Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was absolutely incredible. Truly inspirational. His oratory skills are unparalleled among presidential candidates since the days of JFK and RFK (although Clinton and Reagan were pretty damn good). Also, I’ve never seen an elected look better in a pink tie (apologies to Mayor Villaraigosa). He even talked about renewable energy, climate change, water quality and lead free toys. By the end of the speech, I was ready to run through walls. I was even ready to apply for any available job in his administration, including those guys at Homeland Security running the metal detectors at LAX. Obama inspired the listeners and viewers to want to be part of history.
However, after further reflection, I thought about the guy on stage before him. No, not Michael McDonald. I was never much of a fan of the Doobies. I’m talking about Vice President, Oscar winner and Nobel laureate, Al Gore. The contrast between the two speeches was striking.