In a word: Eh…
Day one of the Democratic National Convention wasn’t exactly a day to be remembered. Oppositely, it’s not likely to have a damning effect either. It just…was.
There were a few moments crafted into the first night that appeared to be the Dems way of adding an emotional element to an otherwise hostile political season. There was Ted Kennedy’s speech; delivered a little more than three months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Then there was Michelle Obama’s passionate speech; which included a shout out to Clinton and Biden. Then there was Sen. Obama himself being the endearing father/husband to the enjoyment of the attendees. Outside of that, there wasn’t much else that stood out as particularly interesting to me.
Undoubtedly to me, the highlight of the evening was something that wasn’t even included in the event; at least not in a planned out way:
Denver’s U.S. attorney is expected to speak on Tuesday afternoon about the arrests of four people suspected in a possible plot to shoot Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.
One of those suspects spoke exclusively to CBS4 investigative reporter Brian Maass from inside the Denver City Jail late Monday night and said his friends had discussed killing Obama.
…Maass reported earlier Monday that one of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”
Law enforcement sources told Maass that one of the suspects “was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative.”
From the beginning, I’ve always been leary about Sen. Obama’s public appearances. I’m certainly not a fan of his idea to accept the nomination in a wide-open venue like Invesco Field. I hope that Obama strongly reconsiders having this somewhere else. As great as we like to think this country and its citizens are, there are still a few of people out there who are complete nutjobs. Nutjobs with guns. Even though I have confidence in the the people hired to protect Obama, I’m also aware that that it only takes a second to pull off something like what these guys had planned. Cracks can be slipped through. Agents can be caught off guard. It’s happened before.
As much as the Dems tried to use emotional pieces as an underscore the event (where, by the way, I think they failed miserably), the most moving and emotional aspect of this whole thing to me is that Sen. Obama continues to push forward even when he stands to lose everything. Getting up in the morning; often without his family; to go out into a world where people would rather see him dead than in the White House is the sign of a true patriot. Say what you want about this all being some sort of greed-driven, egotisical, power trip to the White House. And granted, these guys probably can’t count to ten, let alone pull off a successful assassination. But all it takes is that one person, with that one weapon, on that one day; and it’s all over. Facing that reality, it takes one hell of a man to do what Obama is doing. For that – even above some of the ridiculous and questionable moves he makes politically – he has my respect.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers. God knows he needs them now.