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From the Chairman's Desk:
A national convention, within the tradition of American politics, is where our political parties put on their best face and show America who we are. This year we experienced the rarity of watching the conventions in back to back weeks. What a contrast!
Who can not burst with pride when thinking about our First Lady electrifying the convention with her eloquent speech outlining what America means and what it is.
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.
And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."
Or Vice President Biden doing what Joe Biden does best, making the case for Hillary Clinton with passion and raw emotion. Or President Obama, unquestionably the greatest orator of our times, referring to our nominee as the most qualified nominee in the history of our party.
Bernie Sanders stepping up to the microphone and graciously moving for acclamation.
Most important, a grieving father who lost his Marine son, holding up a copy of our Constitution and inviting the Republican nominee to read it. A Muslim with no place in Donald Trumps America, standing arm outstretched holding our Constitution.
Hillary Clinton achieving this historical moment. Personally knowing that my four beautiful granddaughters can grow up knowing that they can pursue the same lofty goals as their brothers.
I belong to a party that nominated and elected the first African-American President and then nominated a woman to succeed him.
Compare conventions? Compare visions? Compare optimism on the future of America? It can't be done. There is no comparison possible.
- Jim Testani, Broome County Democratic Committee Chair