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Now It’s Time for Some Substance


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There is not much to be said about Barack Obama’s speech last night that hasn’t already been covered. It’s safe to say Sen. John McCain has his work cut out for him if he wants to match the enthusiasm and spirit of Obama’s speech in front of more than 80,000 screaming, flag-wielding fans.

McCain won’t have the ability to launch an outdoor fireworks show, either.

So what set the bar so high?

More of the same from the Democratic National Convention. Tough talk on the current administration and how McCain is so tied to George Bush. That and an extra heaping of hope.

Barack is reaching for the stars and making no apologies for being a dreamer. It was appropriate that his historic speech—if you haven’t heard, he’s the first person of color to accept a major party presidential nomination—was on th 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

He wants to end our dependency on foreign oil in 10 years, fix the economy, cut taxes, get our troops out of Iraq, find Osama bin Laden, reduce the deficit, create jobs, offer health care to every American and make sure no 10-year-old boy is without a puppy.

“America, now is not the time for small plans,” his voice bellowed.

His plans are certainly not small.They sound wonderful on paper. Who wouldn’t want all of the above for Americans?

Barack talks a great game and had everyone at Invesco Field eating out of the palm of his hands.

What will win him the election—and make him a great president—is proving he can live up to these lofty goals. We’ve all heard countless campaign promises from countless politicians.

Barack says he is different. He has until Nov. 4 to prove it.

—Jacob Harkins, Yellow Scene Magazine editor

More DNC coverage here.

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