Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC, Live Blogging, Coach Potato Style

Reacting to Obama's Speech...Or Just My Stream of Consciousness

I wish folks had a chance to watch commercial-free events like this one more often. I feel like the conversation Obama is having with his constituents is so important. He's bringing the issues into a larger public dialogue - and people are listening and engaging. Unlike some of those Sunday radio addresses...I guess I wish politics kept people interested at this level of engagement all the time - and not just when there is a glitzy event every four years or so. But am I being negative in the midst of this exciting event? Oops! Back to the enthusiasm...

What happens to a raisin in the sun?

"America - we cannot turn back!"

"We must pledge once more to march into the future."

VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA IN '08!


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Live Blogging the DNC...Or, At Least Cable Coverage of the DNC

Conversation From Your Favorite Coach Potato

On Foreign Policy: In terms of improving the standing of the United States in the rest of the world, I strongly believe that Obama is the best possible choice for president. I think his sense of global politics and how the US should behave is right on...You?

"so that American is again our last best hope"

Debatery: Are you looking forward to the presidental debates? I don't know if I am...Debates usually make me want to grind my teeth. As Barack said, "the stakes are too high." And this election has been too drawn out? But I don't diss the democratic process - heck no! I just can't take suspense...

"we all put our country first"

"what has also been lost is our sense of common purpose...and that is what we have to restore"

"I know that there are those who dismiss such ideas as happy talk"

"If you don't have any fresh ideas, you use scare tactics...You make a big election about small things...It feeds into the cynicism that we all have about government"

"I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office...This election has never been about me - it's about YOU"


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Live Blogging the DNC...

Coach Potato Convos...Your Turn to Weigh In

What do folks thing of the priorities Obama outlined and his plan to accomplish these goals? I'm psyched about many of his ideas to make change - universal health care, equal pay for equal work, better energy policy...Your thoughts?


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Live Blogging the DNC...Part 3

Coach Potato Conversations Continued

Bring It On, Barack! I'm loving this speech...I hope it's just a preview of what's to come in future State of the Union addresses...

More Great Points:
  • "I don't think Sen. McCain doesn't care about what's going on in the lives of Americans - I just think he doesn't know."
  • The ownership society = you are on your own
  • "It's time for us to change America - and that's why I'm running for president of the United States."
  • Progress (for Dems) = paying the mortage, saving for college funds, 23 million new jobs under Pres. Clinton, average income up for families
  • Strength of economy (for Dems) = new, small business-honors, economy that honors dignity of work, waitress able to take days off on tips
  • Veterans need to be respected when they return home
  • "What is the American promise?" = Freedom + obligation to treat others with dignity, respect + Fiscally responsible and nationally responsible companies + Government should do what we cannot do for ourselves + Gov't should work for us, not against us - and for all + I am my brother's/sister's keeper
  • Obama Change = Better tax code rewarding smaller businesses, individuals + Cut taxes for 95% of all working families + End dependency on oil from Middle East in 10 years + Create energy policy that is good for environment and easy for Americans to adapt to + Better education for all Americans to compete in global economy + College education for all + Affordable, accessible health care for every American + Paid sick days and better family leave + Change bankruptcy laws to protect pensions + Save social security + Equal pay for equal work so sons and daughters have same opportunities + Close corporate loop holes + Review of federal budget to eliminate bad spending...

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Live Blogging the DNC...In My PJs

Coach Potato Conversations...Continued

Great Points Raised by Obama:
  • We need to think of future generations
  • "America, we are better than the last 8 years...We are a better country than this!"
  • "Enough! This moment...this election is our chance to keep - in the 21st century - the American promise alive."
  • "We love this country too much to let the next 4 years look like the last 8."
  • "Eight is ENOUGH!"
  • Sen. John McCain has voted with Pres. Geo. W. Bush 90% of the time [eek, I say]
  • "I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change."
  • "Sen. McCain has been anything but independent."



Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Live Blogging the DNC (From Afar)

Couch Potato Conversations

So, for all of you sitting at home watching the DNC on the teevees right now - what are you thinking? Share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions in the comments section! I'm live-blogging, so I'll pull them to the top, too...

Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.

Maybe the Cutest Thing I've Seen at the DNC


Babies for Obama!


Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.