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The Democratic convention is over. There were many great speeches. I think that Barack Obama's speech will be studied on day much like the Gettysberg Address, as a speech aimed at defending the existence of our democracy.
But the speech that I found most powerful was Khzir Khan's. If you haven't watch it, please do so. Just the image of him holding up his copy of the Constitution makes me get all teary.
Here's Josh Marshall on President Obama's speech and the terrifying gift of living in interesting times.
Matt Yglesias on why we should elect someone who is good at governing. Best line: "Make politics boring again."
Here is Jamelle Bouie on the Democrat's new type of optimism and patriotism.
There is so much truth in this tweet:
Daveed Diggs says the most iconic moment is Chris Jackson singing "One Last Time" in front of Obama, against Washington portrait. #TCA16— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) July 28, 2016
I've seen so many people wishing that Obama could stay for another 4 or 8 years. But... it is time to pass the baton. I don't know if we have our term limits set properly, but I do think we need to change leadership periodically, even when we love the outgoing leader.
This may be the only time I'm OK with a story about what a woman leader wore.
Sticking with the clothes angle: why so many powerful women are wearing the same jacket.
More clothing news: if you've got to fight a racist dress code, I guess you might as well have fun doing it.
Speaking of racism... taking Bill O'Reilly to task on his ignorant remarks about the slaves who built the White House.
This is a great post about how racism is represented in the stories we read.
I need something funny to end on. Sorry... my feed has been full of politics this week (and last week and the week before...) so I only have political funnies. But they're pretty funny.
A perfect Hamilton reference:
MEN: Talk less— Steve Horton (@tropicalsteve) July 29, 2016
MEN: Smile more
MEN: Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for
HRC: You can't be serious
And Hillary showing some good judgment.
Clinton's refusal to actually do the Macarena looks smart here. https://t.co/IXVVSvBUoB— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 29, 2016