Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The day began with an early wakeup call around 5 in the morning and it was quite hard to get up. Once I got through the grogginess it was time to get some schoolwork done. We were greeted by the Georgia Delegation and staff with open arms; they even gave us our own credentials so that we would seem like much more credible students. Once we got done enjoying our delicious breakfasts we began to walk around the room in order to fulfill our work. My specific research assignment throughout this campaign is to study the delegate experience. That entails interviewing the delegates through a questionnaire to be able to understand why there are here in Charlotte. I got around to interviewing a total of 8 delegates at the breakfast. I personally tried to approach them with enthusiasm without trying to take away from their privacy or private affairs. After the breakfast and the delegation interviews we headed to the Convention Center so that we could watch more caucuses as we had the previous day. We attended the Women’s Caucus first where we heard from some very prominent women in our nation. We heard from Sandra Fluke, Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi among many others. I also had the opportunity to meet and take a photograph with renowned attorney Gloria Allred. After the caucuses we headed to grab some dinner at a local pub. Once we finished dinner we made our way back to the convention center for to attend the watch party that the DNC was hosting. We got to watch all of the speakers and performers through television in very spacious and neat room. The speeches were full of passion and enthusiasm and it honestly gave a great sign of things to come in the next couple of days. There was a message of hope and a message that acknowledged that although we are not where we need to be, we are heading in the right direction. A message that spoke to the heart of the American dream and opportunity; a message that spoke to women’s issues and how the Democratic Party will not take away a woman’s right to choose. The keynote speaker, a rising star in the Democratic Party, Julian Castro gave the keynote address. As a Hispanic American I was pleasantly surprised when I connected with the speech he was giving, this speech told the story of what it means to be a Hispanic in today’s America. I infer that this speech will help to galvanize the Hispanic base and will result in Obama winning a higher percentage of votes come November 6th. The last speaker was of course the first Lady and she gave and eloquent and moving speech. Her speech moved past the partisan divide that afflicts our nation and focused on what we must do moving forward in order to create more opportunity in our nation. All in all today was another wonderful and moving day in Charlotte, tomorrow looks to be another one of those days.

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