The Charlotte Report

Former President Bill Clinton speaking Wednesday in Charlotte.

By Madeline Knutson, Special to the Independent

The second night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with inspiring speakers on various topics of discussion. Advocates for women’s health, veterans, education, and the auto industry spoke about the accomplishments of President Obama and his plans to aid their causes in the future.

Former President Bill Clinton was clearly the standout with what some may consider one of the best speeches of his career. Preceded by a video depicting his accomplishments, he entered the arena to a passionate crowd cheering and screaming.

The key point that I, and many others, took from his speech is cooperation is key. While different political parties may exist and have different goals, everyone must work together if they desire to strengthen our nation. Among the chants of “four more years” and the individual “We love you Bill” screams, Clinton gave a speech to America that clearly reinstated why we need Obama as our president in these next four years for our nation to succeed.

LBHS senior Madeline Knutson was selected to attend the Democratic National Convention by the organization Junior Statesman of America.

And the Party Report…

Locals Michael Ray and Andrea Olds with former California Gov. Gray Davis at a post-convention party.

Aqua, the pool topping the Ritz Carlton club in Charlotte, N.C., hosted a post-convention party where local Michael Ray schmoozed. At least one woman went in voluntarily.

There he caught up with, among others, former California Gov. Gray Davis, Laguna resident January Olds, Atlantic Monthly’s editor James Bennett and his brother, Colorado Senator Michael Bennett.

Ray hosted a fundraiser that raised $50,000 for Bennett at his home in Laguna Beach. Their sister, Holly Bennett, is also a local resident.

Earlier, out on the streets of Charlotte, police were out in force on horseback and bikes for crowd control. Vendors and gadflies clogged Tryon Street, hawking and bellowing political messages.

“Can’t help it. Clinton still best Demo speaker since JFK.  Crowd ate

The scene outside the convention.

out of his hand,” Ray summed up.

Local Michael Ray is attending the convention as a guest of the National Democratic Institute.


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