Speeches From This Week’s Democratic National Convention

US President Barack Obama is joined by US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after his address to the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama is joined by US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after his address to the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people. And she keeps her cool,” Obama said of Clinton earlier. “And no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits. That is the Hillary I know.

It has been a great week to be a Democrat this week.  We were privileged to hear from our leaders and from many other strong and passionate voices.  And they gave us a very long list of solid reasons to support our party.

We have all heard many of those voices before and thus it was not at all surprising to hear eloquent, strong, moving and convincing arguments from Barack and Michelle Obama, from Hillary and Bill and Chelsea Clinton, from Joe Biden and Tim Kaine.  Bernie Sanders was powerful and passionate in his support for the ticket.  We got surprising and welcome support from Michael Bloomberg.  Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren got us all out of our seats.  Who else am I forgetting?

But I have to say that the speech my wife and I found probably the most moving and surprising (because his is an unfamiliar voice) was last night’s speech from Khizr Khan.

Khan’s son, Humayun, was a captain in the U.S. Army. When a vehicle packed with explosives approached his compound in Iraq in 2004, he instructed his men to seek cover as he ran toward it. The car exploded, killing Khan instantly. He was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously. – from a WaPo Story here.

To see and hear this patriotic American Muslim talk about his son’s sacrifice was a moving contrast to the kinds of things we hear from other quarters.  If you missed it, have a listen.  It’s so worth your attention for 7 minutes.


All of the speeches from each of the four days can be found here: