July 30th, 2004


(1) Barack Obama's speech was excellent. Most other speeches I heard/saw weren't.

(2) I watched Kerry's speech last night on CNN. A few minutes after the speech was over, the convention producer's mike somehow got turned on, so you could hear him saying "Go balloons! Go balloons!" The balloons started trickling down, but apparently there was some problem, because the producer started getting more and more strident: "Where are the goddamn balloons?" Finally, he yelled, "What the fuck are you guys doing up there? Go balloons!" Thank goodness for TiVo, which let me hit the Record button after the fact to capture that priceless moment.

(3) I didn't think Kerry's speech was very well-written, but at least he sounded a lot more engaging and passionate than usual when delivering it.