North Dallas Does Denver: Live Blog From a Couch

Since Eric won’t cover the convention, I will. Here’s a summary of Obama’s speech: “Change, change, changey, changerson-change, ch-ch-change. PF Change! And Eight Is Enough.”

Seriously. He made a reference to the sitcom.



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52 responses to “North Dallas Does Denver: Live Blog From a Couch”

  1. amandacobra says:

    Other than the very unfortunate Eight is Enough slogan (seriously?), he’s doing a GREAT job of hitting every bullet point of weaknesses they are gonna drill him on next week. He’s fleshing out the deets on the whole nebulous “change” slogan.

    I personally will be live blogging Cindy McCain’s speech. I can’t wait to hear her recipe tips and luxury condo buying advice.

  2. Kirk says:

    They killed FrontBurner for this?

  3. Bethany says:

    Don’t forget the tranny eyeshadow application instructions, amanda!

  4. Zac Crain says:

    Oh, come on. The “eight is enough” thing was at the beginning. He took on McCain on every point, and expanded well beyond the platitudes that he’s been slagged for sticking to. It was a great speech.

    But your PF Change line did make me laugh. So point Rogers.

  5. JB says:

    All he did was rehash every democrat talking point… yawn.

    I did like the fireworks.

  6. CDD says:

    I approve of any speeches that begin with U2, so right off the bat, A+. But seriously, he nailed it. Just pitch perfect and exactly what I think a lot of the undecideds or wary Democrats needed to hear. He kept it respectable, he was much more explicit in his plans, he was passionate and heartfelt. He appealed to both sides of almost every major divisive issue by reminding us that we don’t have to agree, but we can make things better. I think you’d have to be completely close-minded to have not found something to love about what he has to offer this country. I just feel like this is a once in a lifetime experience. So excited to be a part of it. O’Biden rules!

  7. Brandon says:

    I was hoping Dick Van Patten was going to jump out from behind during that chant.

  8. Wolverine says:

    The community organizer.

  9. Dave In Texas says:

    Well, this report certainly lives up to Frontburner political coverage standards.

    Hooray for citizen journalism, I say!

  10. bo says:

    Did he just say he would get Congress-level healthcare for every uninsured person AND see to it that every young adult who serves their community or country gets free college? Yes, I’m sure he did. He’s Superman, I guess!

  11. Nancy Nichols says:

    U-2, predictable. Should have brought out Bowie. Turn and face the strain. WHAT was the closing song–sorry don’t know my shit-kicker music. Zac, help me here.

  12. J.Paul says:

    bo, he didn’t promise “free” college even though you are sure he did.

    “…if you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.”

    Affordable does not equal free.

  13. Joseph says:

    What happened to the Focus on the Family’s prayers for rain? Seemed awfully beautiful and clear. Does this mean God *is* a Democrat?

  14. CDD says:

    the last song was by Brooks & Dunn…
    *hangs head in shame for knowing this*

  15. Really? says:

    That was it…that was the drama of 80,000 people and the voice of The One? Honestly, he sounded like every other democrat. I’ll give you boots, I’ll give you shelter, I’ll give you universal healthcare, I’ll give, I’ll give, I’ll give and make The Man pay for it.

    If his family was as poor and out of reach of middle class as he says and he made it to Harvard, the Senate, and now the nomination….why on earth must he give anyone anything? Isn’t that very struggle what made him a community organizer, activist and prompted him to forgo the big business salary out of Harvard?

    Sure, we should have the tools and we should have good government. But deciding that you must give give give on behalf of the govt to the people doesn’t seem to portray what he did growing up at all or what shaped him as a human being.

    Seems like what made him so interesting and captured peoples spirits was his above the fray vision. That vision has now become one of ‘every day life’ by inviting Biden, who has been in the senate as long as McCain. That vision has turned into partisan bickering and rhetoric.

    If he hasn’t broken out based on the less than stellar campaign that McCain is running, I’m not sure he can, especially now that he is just another politician wanting to spend our money.

    Oh .. yes I was raised republican…but I was willing to give this guy a shot. But I’m pretty sure he is just a new wrapper on an old gift. By his own admission he doesn’t look the same on the outside, but he is just another democrat.

  16. Dallasite says:

    Yawn… the Obama supporters think he nailed it. The McCain supporters think it was the same tired liberal crap.

    Either you’re for more government or you aren’t. It’s pretty simple. Well, not that simple. From the last eight years it looks like the GOP is for more government too.

  17. Saakashvili says:

    republicans and democrats, they are socialists. Vote Bob Barr!

  18. Eric Celeste says:

    was the speech TONIGHT?

  19. MushMouth says:

    Gosh darn I know what you mean. Change, change,change… that’s all he talks about. I mean things are so fine and ducky these days why does he want to change things?

    And what’s with this “my brother’s keeper” thing? Like I’m so sure it’s a “Christian” thing… whatever! Does he really believe that stuff? How come the most Christianist president ever, The Most Supreme George W. Bush, never talk about that if it’s some kind of Bible thing? Huh?

    And what’s with him being able to construct a proper sentence and not use a bunch of “ahhs” and “uhhs” every other word? Heck he didn’t have that deer-in-the-headlights look either.

    Change, change, change… that’s all he has.

  20. Harvey Lacey says:

    I loved it.

    Of course you have to keep in mind I was for Obama as soon as he committed to run.

    He can give a speech. And he can really give a speech when he is talking about something he is believing in.

    Yeah, I’m a democrat.

    Proud of it too.

  21. JB says:

    I think I just read he was “explicit in his plans”… you have to be kidding me! We still don’t know how he plans on financing all of these programs he is talking about. Just the other day he said he could not balance the budget by 2013 because America had to make some investments. So I can take some guests.

    I hope McCain picks a woman VP and comes out swinging at last nights speech today.

  22. Matt says:

    I was disappointed that Obama brought up McCain’s supposed definition of “rich” as 5 million. He was joking when he said that to Rick Warren — and Obama knows it. Exerpt:
    WARREN: Everybody talks about, you know, taxing the rich, but not the poor, the middle class. At what point, give me a number, give me a specific number. Where do you move from middle class to rich?

    MCCAIN: How about $5 million? [laughter] No, but seriously, I don’t think you can, I don’t think seriously that the point is I’m trying to make, seriously, and I’m sure that comment will be distorted but the point is…that we want to keep people’s taxes low, and increase revenues. … So, it doesn’t matter really what my definition of rich is because I don’t want to raise anybody’s taxes. I really don’t.

  23. JS says:

    Was anything plagiarized?

  24. Spamboy says:

    What about the Cunninghams? Won’t somebody please think about the Cunninghams?!

  25. The Dude says:

    Wow….sounds like a lot of bitter and jealous Republicans! I have never voted Democrat. However, Obama has me reconsidering. And with all the defensiveness and close-mindedness I’m reading, I’m thinking there might be more to this!

  26. CDD says:

    JB, I said “much more explicit”. as in, much more explicit than he’s previously been on spelling out his plans. I like how anyone who isn’t an Obama supporter is desperate to tell us just how non-plussed they are. I guess a 72 year old corpse (happy birthday senator!) who is about as exciting as toast really does it for you? I don’t know. I’m ready for something new, and I don’t think anyone believes Barack is going to fix this country overnight, but he’s the first person in ages who has shown us that he’s geniunely invested in giving it a try, and gotten a sh*tload of Americans to get up off their asses and to join him. why is that a bad thing?

  27. Nate says:

    Wake me when he says something tangibly possible. Financing any of his program ideas is a challenge alone in this economy. If he can fix the problems that Bush has faced in these last 7+ years AND fund his programs, great…that means he hired good people, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he is a great leader. He has a lot to prove and overcome regardless of this election.

  28. J.B. C. says:

    Upon reading my post here at work its “guess” not “guest”..

    sometimes I hate that iphone spell check.

    To The Dude.

    First I really liked the movie Big Lebowski.

    Second if you are swayed to a Obama not based on any argumentative facts except reading Frontburner’s comment section after supposedly never voting democratic go ahead.

    If you actually read the comments a majority are for Obama or quick witted returns of humor that had nothing to do with the actual post.

    I call B.S.- just admit your a lib.

    Obama said last night that the government should help get people on their feet and talked about taxing the rich more. That sounds to me like “income distribution”. Do you really think the government has all the answers? More is done to help low income families in education and in healthcare by the private sector and not-for-profits than the government could ever do.

    Both parties complain about the education system in America.

    Well that is government controlled.

    They both complain about lack of Troop Healthcare after the Walter Reed problems and inadequate VA hospitals.

    Well that is government controlled healthcare. What do you think will happen when you add a couple million people. If you get upset about waiting in line at a grocery store… wait til you have to wait in line for kidney surgery.

  29. Story Lover says:

    Pow! Right out of the park!

  30. And he was about to promise the sun to come up in the West, but he was too caught up in himself. The music selection and the house band at the convention was not good. Pink Houses? Born in the USA? I thought those were super-critical songs about the nation, not promoting the purple mountain’s majesty and waves of grain. The video chroma-key affect on the speaker’s podium at Pepsi and Barry’s wavy tie last night, not to mention HRC’s Curse of the Great Pumpkin suit were all visual faux pas. And then at the end last night when Barry, Joe, Jill and Michelle stood there looking down on “the little people” it reminded me of the coronation in Return of the King. But hey, if none of that bothered any of you, okay. In the end, the production on this convention was, wait for it, yeah, Bush league.

  31. J.B. C. says:


    Did you actually pay attention to the speech. Even today’s press is saying the exact same thing I said last night. No specifics… and there aren’t any. He needs to tell the American people how he will pay for this. Why would it be a bad thing to spell out that we will be in more debt. He’s already eluded to it numerous times but won’t say it.

    I will take- as you put it – an unexciting corpse with substance over a guy with no experience and a a great speech style.

    I applaud Obama for getting people off their a** and I think he is an amazing speaker. But I feel there is no substance there… its all I will make you feel good writing which is why it appeals so much to my generation.

    I will make a deal:

    Earlier this year Obama said “I will debate John McCain anywhere – anytime!” So McCain said “Okay 10 townhalls – no moderator – just us and people asking questions” Obama wouldn’t do it.

    Last night Obama said the same thing about debating. John McCain has been trying to debate him all summer.

    If Barack and McCain have an actual debate and I believe Obama outshines him I will be the fist to admit it. Because I believe thats where the election will be decided.

  32. Daniel says:

    A lot of Democrats have been giving as good as they get and calling McCain “The Messiah.”

    Oddly, it doesn’t seem to be sticking.

  33. Trey Garrison says:

    Perfect summation:

    Government cannot solve all our problems. Just the ones involving energy, education, work, the weather, cities, the countryside, sick children, sick mothers, joblessness, hopelessness, and frightening foreigners who do not live in Iraq. Now if you’ll all look under your seats, every one of you is going home with a new car!

  34. Fox e-lady says:

    Amanda, Bethany, Get the milk – meow. Those posts cause me to think you’re only for Obama because he’s dreamy. C’mon stick with the issues.

  35. LM says:

    Yawn is right. I fell asleep.

  36. julie says:

    JBC, if I had no health insurance coverage AT ALL, like 50 million–that’s right, 50 MILLION–people in the US right now, and I desperately needed kidney surgery–my choices will be:

    1. McCain: die

    2. Obama: wait in line, get treatment.

    Guess which one I’ll choose.

  37. CDD says:

    yes I did pay attention to the speech. we’ll have to agree to disagree. McCain offers me nothing. no hope for any change, no promise that things will get better. he’s so busy playing world police that I fear things will continue to get worse here. he’s not going to change the way this country is run because he can’t. he’s part of the old guard. I mean good God, he’s inexplicably made it this far, why screw himself now by making waves with big ideas? but with Obama, he’s just crazy (and intelligent) enough to think he CAN change the way this country is run. and that we can help him instead of sitting here waiting for sh*t to happen in DC. and I LIKE THAT. you know? he’s focused on this change issue too much to risk becoming a failure, a concept which is not acceptable to him if you’re at all familiar with his work ethic. and I don’t think he (and clearly not Biden) give a rat’s a$$ about how things have been done in the past and won’t have any problem ignoring standard ops for running this country. and again, I LIKE that. it’s so refreshing and gives me a glimmer of hope that the next 4-8 years might be pretty defining for this country. that’s all I want, and you know McCain’s not going to give us that chance. it’ll be status quo and I’m tired of it. I’m still going to be around for a few more decades and I don’t want him effing up my future any more that Bush/Cheney already has.

    plus OMG White House slumber parties with Malia and Sasha!! how nice will it be to hear the laughter of children in the Rose Garden instead of the vapid chatter of drunken coeds?

  38. Story Lover says:

    and again . . .

  39. Bree says:

    For the age of the universal machine, the computer, that can be anything, there can be but one candidate, the universal man who can be anything…

    p.s. plus he IS dreamy, a slumber party giggle for millions and millions

  40. J.B. C. says:


    Cmon you actually believe that?

    The problem with healthcare is the way we go about getting it.

    One way to reduce cost for low income families that do not have the benefit of employer healthcare is to create “Community healthcare pools” by which people get together as a community and buy healthcare as your employer would.

    This is an example of the way healthcare can be affordable we have to recreate the way we get it that is beneficial for everyone.

    Alot of your uninsured could be but aren’t signed up.. i think 14 million. How many are illegal immigrants? possible 25% of that. Plus 18 million who can afford insurance but don’t have it.

    Your and Obama’s final solution is that everyone is on the governments watch. Personally I want to make my own choices.

  41. Puddin'Tane says:

    Change? This is America, Sweetheart, and ain’t nuttin gonna really change.

    What we really need to concentrate on is doing our best to not slide into a severe recession.

    I’m so sick of the lack of substance from our politicians regardless of what party they are aligned with.


  42. amandacobra says:

    @ Fox e-lady

    You’re right. I’m voting for him because he has a tight tush. I should take a cue from you and be both fair and balanced in my obvious obliviousness to any facts surrounded either candidate. LOL. I vote for hottiez.

    Brooke Hogan was right. They really shouldn’t let us ladies vote. We get so easily distracted. I still can’t believe they let us drive and go out without headscarves! Wild!

  43. J.B. C. says:


    McCain is as “old guard” as Biden.

    Obama has failed numerous times including his city policies that he tried to enact with Ayers. (By his own words in his autobiography.)

    The funny thing is I don’t think you pay attention to both sides. I have read Obama’s auto biography. I have read McCains.

    Obama voted the most liberal. Biden the 3rd most liberal.

    Obama has no record of being bipartisan. McCain has worked with both sides.

    This is what I am getting from you… and I will be honest. You are sitting there saying you like the guy because he gives you hope and he makes you excited about America. I am glad he does that for you but his policies are what I am against.

    But lets face it… until we get term limits for the House of Representatives and change fundamental parts of our government things will stay the same. Promising all these benefits and if he goes through with them will change the overall makeup of what the government can and cannot do way worse than Bush ever did.

    Im out kiddies Its Labor Day Weekend!

  44. N. Hale says:

    Obama said Thursday night, “Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I’ve laid out how I’ll pay for every dime — by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don’t help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less — because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.”

  45. Matt says:

    Can we talk about Sarah Palin now?

  46. Spamboy says:

    @Matt Or do you mean can we talk about Tina Fey? Because I can’t get her image out of my mind when I see Sarah’s pic.

  47. amandacobra says:

    Well McCain has made it very clear that it’s all about experience and that’s why you cannot trust Obama and should not vote for him. So please instead vote for the oldest non-incumbent nominee ever with a VP running mate with experience ranging from those notorious cut-throat Alaska politics to absolutely ZERO foreign policy experience. Cindy gets frighteningly tight facelift and McCain’s ticker gives out and we’ve got Old Nothern Exposure calling the shots. Great.

  48. Obaden Girl says:

    No no, she looks like Britney Spears. Do a Google images comparison. It’s scary.

  49. amandacobra says:

    there was supposed to be the word “one” somewhere in that sentence about Cindy McCain getting a facelift but I leave it up to your discretion to decide where.

  50. CDD says:

    I for one can’t wait until we get to hear Cindy McCain speak. I am looking forward to learning such tips as, “how to properly tip your houseboy”, “how much eyeshadow is too much eyeshadow”, “spreadsheets to help keep track of all your houses”, and “ways to get out of nookie with your crusty old timer husband.” Pearls of wisdom. Also, I was just thinking, it would be awesome if we could have an even MORE conservative person on the ticket. MORE than Bush. And perhaps a lady? A lady with very little experience?? A lady whose constituents are made up of about 10 people and a herd of moose? Please tell me this is possible? This is America, after all.

  51. JB says:

    Wow CDD You really show you lack of political knowledge by just trying to deface people with personal attacks. What exactly did Michelle Obama bring to the podium?Her saying “You work hard for what you want in life” and then her husband promising the government can give everyone everything under the sun seems like a giant hypocrtical statement to me.

    Your whole paragraph is why I laugh at liberals… they are supposed to to be the “forward thinkers” the “intelligent” among us and above is what you get. I thought everyone was equal in the eyes of liberals… except, i guess, if you are a governor from Alaska. Then your state doesn’t matter enough.

    Just remember that “lady” with the “little experience” still has more experience in governing than your candidate Obama. Ya know – budgeting and running an actual government, stopping pork barrel spending/ear marks that your candidates try to write into law… ya know the real stuff of government.

    Both Obama and McCain and Biden have no experience governing. Which I believe is bad all around.

    Joe Biden (the 6th longest running senator – ya know the “inside the beltway” “old politics” type of guy – with his amazing state of Delaware where they get only 3 electoral votes.. wait… who else gets three electoral votes?.. oh yeah.. Alaska! I wonder which state we would miss more if it suddenly disappeared… Alaska with its energy or Delaware?

  52. CDD says:

    thanks JB! I love to laugh at you, too. as I said, we disagree. and I’m sorry you have no sense of humor. surely you see why the nomination of this woman is one giant pat on the head to women across the country. predictable, low and embarrassing. I feel sorry for her, being put in this position.