Monday, October 25, 2004

I saw OUR President Today

Al Gore, victor of the 2000 Presidential election, came to speak in Riviera Beach today. The crowd was significantly less than the crowds for Kerry, Edwards, and both Clintons. I felt sad watching Gore up there speaking in front of a relatively sparse crowd. This is the man that should be running for re-election. No offense to Kerry, but this man is the one who should be speaking to thousands of people at rally halls all across this country. When you listen to him, you remember why we so fervently supported his candidacy four years ago. He is everything that a President should be. Fortunately, we have an equally capable candidate this year in Sen. John Kerry. These men provide such contrast to the likes of Reagan and Bush.

There was a heavy African American crowd in attendance today. I got to see Rep. Alcee Hastings (District 23- Miramar). We had this crazy black guy who got up there and started yelling about how we’d defeat Bush. I have to love these passionate African Americans. He was a more vociferous version of U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Even when he was offered a bullhorn, he choose to just yell at the top of his lungs. The crowd was fired up by his rousing display. Scott Maddox, Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, gave an inspiring speech as well. The issues on display related heavily to poverty in the African American community.

Gore was more subdued than he has been in the past. The delivery was similar to most Democrats these days. I swear, there’s not much difference between any of Kerry’s public supporters. They must get a list of talking points before they hit the stump. Gore talked about his life out of the public eye. He told a story about eating at a local Shoney’s in Tennessee. It seems like he’s content with what happened and will be even happier when John Kerry takes office as the 44th U.S. President.

I got to sit in the second row. When he came on stage, I was able to go up and shake his hand. The crowd was riveted by Gore’s appearance. While many were apathetic at the time, the 36-Day recount brought a lot of people close to Al Gore. No matter what anybody says about him, he is the legitimately elected President and would have made a superb Commander-in-Chief. The African American community was very loyal to Gore and we can only hope that they’ll be equally loyal to Kerry on Election Day.

Bill Clinton’s speaking at a temple tomorrow in Boca Raton. Because of class, I probably won’t be able to go. Clinton spoke in Miami this evening.

1 Comments:

Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

Al Gore was a "moran." I mean personally the man is fine and good but he ran an awful campaign in 2000. He failed to capitalize on the success of the Clinton years. He let a man with an IQ of under 100 actually get close enough to him in the polls to steal the election in the first place.

I remember his performances against Bush in the debates of 2000. Ouch! Gore managed to look worse than the chimp. His comment about "inventing the internet" is infamous. And all of that lock-box mumbo jumbo.

Kerry is far better than Gore. How can you even make the comparison? Argh! Look, Gore might be the better person but Kerry is the more electable candidate.

October 26, 2004 at 1:38 AM  

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