July 30, 2016

Day Four of the Convention - and the Big Night

We're on to Day Four of the Convention - and Hillary Clinton's historic acceptance speech, when she becomes the first woman to accept the nomination of a major party for President of the United States.

The day began for the Democrats Abroad delegation with a breakfast with the Oregon delegation.  We met many of their delegates and told them about DA, including Senator Jeff Merkely and Governor Kate Brown.  And we were all joined by Senator Bernie Sanders as part of a "Thank You " visit, where he got to thank his many Oregon supporters including Senator Merkeley and the Oregon delegation, both Sanders and Clinton delegates, got their chance to thank him.

There were many powerful speeches through the day, but certainly one of the most powerful of the night, if not the Convention, came from Mr. Khizr Khan, the father of an American hero, Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq, defending his unit from a suicide bomber.  In case you missed it (and you would have if you were watching Fox News as they cut away to a commercial), it is well worth watching - and watching again. After the speech, Mr. Khan emphasized that he was not there to speak for Hillary Clinton but had a message for Mr. Trump  Clutching the Constitution, Mr. Khan delivered an emotional and devastating critique to Donald Trump, as he reminded him that the Constitution provides for equal protection for all. And concluded by telling Mr. Trump, "You have sacrificed nothing. Here's a clip of the story of Capt. Khan spoken by Hillary Clinton and his father's address to the Convention. (skip the ad)

And here's another video that delegates didn't get to see because of time constraints, but is now making the rounds. As the son of another Dorothy, I think it has a powerful message for women - and men - about how far we've come and who got us there, including the role that Hillary Clinton has played in the lives of women in the U.S. and around the world.  Here's the Facebook video.

More to come from our delegates on the last day of the Convention.