Monday was the start of the U.S. Open 2008 (Grand Slam Tennis).
It was also the start of the Democratic National Convention.
In U.S. Open tennis news, Rafa Nadal won his first round match. (woo hoo)
I was tremendously impressed by Michelle Obama's speech. (She was introduced by her brother, Craig Robinson, who is the coach of the Oregon State men's basketball team -- which he mentioned in his speech.) I must admit I had tears in my eyes more than once as I listened to her. She really gives me HOPE for the future of this nation.
Here's a portion of what she said:
The people gathered together that day were ordinary folks, doing the best they could to build a good life. They were parents living paycheck to paycheck, grandparents trying to get by on a fixed income, men frustrated that they couldn’t support their families after their jobs disappeared. Those folks weren’t asking for a handout or a shortcut. They were ready to work. They wanted to contribute. They believed, like you and I believe, that America should be a place where you can make it if you try. Barack stood up that day and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about the world as it is and the world as it should be. And he said that all too often we accept the distance between the two and settle for the world as it is, even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations.
But he reminded us that we know what our world should look like. We know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves, to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be.
It is because of their will and determination that this week we celebrate two anniversaries: the 88th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and the 45th anniversary of that hot summer day when Dr. King lifted our sights and our hearts with his dream for our nation.
Those interested can read her full speech HERE. It's really worth your time.
We missed hearing Ted Kennedy speak, but I read his speech, which was very impressive.
Here's a portion of what he said:
We are told that Barack Obama believes too much in an America of high purpose and bold endeavor.
But when John Kennedy thought of going to the moon, he didn't say, it's too far, we can't get there, we shouldn't even try.
Our people answered his call and rose to the challenge -- and today an American flag still marks the surface of the moon.
Yes, we are Americans. This is what we do. We reach the moon. We scale the heights. I know it. I've seen it. I've lived it. And we can do it again.
There is a new wave of change all around us- and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination-not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation.
And this November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans.
I'm trying to be hopeful, even though I'm not convinced Obama can be elected in this country. If he's not, then I can only shake my head and repeat what I've been saying for ages -- people get what they deserve, considering the way they vote. (sigh)
Anyway, we'll be watching a lot of tennis during the next two weeks -- and loving every minute of it!
Vaca is wonderful!
(Of course, we have to go to WORK tomorrow -- but that's okay. I really don't mind working during vacation...)