Patch Readers Weigh In On DNC's First Night

The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, NC Tuesday night.

Following on the heels of last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, for the first evening of the Democratic National Convention.

Among the speakers was Minnesota's own R.T. Rybak, the mayor of Minneapolis, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Richfield Patch asked its Facebook page fans what they specifically thought of Lady Obama's speech, where she made the case for her husband's re-election.

Jason Gabbert said: "I thought it was nice. She's a beautiful woman, well spoken and very intelligent. Barry definitely married up."

While Gabbert seemed impressed, long-time Richfield resident Mike McLean said: "From what I heard, I was trying to figure out who she was talking about."

"Admirable job of copying Ann Romney......more delivery experience...but lacked veracity," Jack D. Wood wrote.

From there, another reader said he felt Republicans and Democrats alike were attempting to out-do each other in terms of the hardships they've encountered in life rather than making meaningful speeches on how to move forward.

"I think all the candidates in both the RNC and the DNC were trying to out do each other on how bad they had it when they were younger," Dustin Juell wrote. "I wanted to hear how the DNC was going to bring down the deficit and all they talked about was adding more programs, which to me (meant) raising the deficit. I want a leaner more efficient government, not one to tell me how much sugar I can have. I want them to fix what we have before they talk about adding more."

See the full Facebook conversation.

Did you watch the opening night of the DNC? Did you watch any of last week's RNC? What do you think of the productions? Do the conventions give good information about candidates and issues to voters? Or are they just infomercials? Tell us how you feel in the comments section below.

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Mike McLean September 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I had heard that both Barrack and Michelle attended prep schools for well off families.
Mike McLean September 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Her fairy tale--however well-delivered--was one great, big, colorful lie. Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School. “[B]elieve it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” Michelle said. That sounds like a raw deal--but in fact reflects their fortunate circumstances. They had both just graduated from a very expensive law school, and their combined income from cushy law firm jobs dwarfed the repayments. Barack also soon enjoyed a second salary from the University of Chicago. They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993--a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park--with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined--once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.
Mike McLean September 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital--and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals. As First Lady, Michelle Obama has lived high on the hog while the rest of the country has suffered through an extraordinary recession. In 2010, she and her entourage decamped to Spain for a lavish vacation. That summer, the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the Gulf coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened tourism in the region. They promptly jetted off to Maine for their own summer holiday. This summer, the Obamas skipped their usual summer trip to the wealthy playground of Martha’s Vineyard--months after Michelle and her daughters had enjoyed an expensive winter skiing trip in Aspen. And, of course, there are the frequent pilgrimages to Hawaii, Some of their family’s comfort, of course, comes from private income, principally Barack Obama’s book sales--yet even that wealth is a spin-off of Obama’s political career.
Mike McLean September 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
If, as the Democrats eagerly pointing out, Mitt Romney enjoyed the privilege of private wealth, the Obamas have enjoyed privilege funded by public money and public life. And until entering the national spotlight, they gave little to charity, contributing instead to a church that preached racial grievance. “[T]ruth matters,” Michelle Obama told the nation last night. That, too, is a lie--because so far, she has evaded it without consequence.
Amy in Albertville September 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
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Mike McLean September 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
http://conservativebyte.com/2012/09/fact-check-first-ladys-false-fairy-tale-of-struggle/ http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/05/MSM-Fail-to-Fact-Check-Michelle-Speech http://www.theconservativereview.com/2012/09/05/fact-checking-michelle-obamas-dnc-speech-nearly-entire-speech-false-except-her-name/
Lynne September 07, 2012 at 03:28 PM
And I assume you listened to Ann Romney's and shared similar comments. Her rags to riches story, right? The horses, garage elevator and boat(s) in the Caymans?
Susan A September 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Seriously dude, you need to get your facts completely straight. Michelle grew up on the South side, and it was her intelligence that got her into that magnet school, not money. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Obama Undistinguished credentials? Really? " She was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer.[4] Michelle graduated in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class.[20]" http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=45
Hal Pickett September 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Does anyone worry about Ann Romney's MS? I have worked with clients with MS for years. Stress tends to exacerbate the disorder. I will not effect how I vote, but Mitt seems to be using her MS to get votes when I think he sould be worried about what the campaign and White House would do to his wife??
Amy in Albertville September 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
No offense, Mike, but using Breitbart as a source? Ya gotta be kiddin' me. :)


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