Immediately upon entering the Pepsi Center for the first night of the Democratic National Convention, you could feel the electricity.
And there sure was enough actual electricity flowing, too. With a combination of red white and blue lights and large monitors, the DNC set could easily be used for the next American Idol season finale. There was music blaring, delegates dancing, and various speakers rallying the troops.
Then, a surprise. (Or at least a half-surprise, as rumors had been flying around on text messages all day.) Senator Ted Kennedy, currently battling cancer, made his way onto the stage to a huge ovation. He delivered a moving speech, "passing the torch" to Barack Obama and the next generation of Americans.
However, it is Michelle Obama's speech that will be the subject of conversation for at least the next few days (or maybe just until the Clinton's speak).
Inside the Pepsi Center, Obama's speech brought many of the Dems to tears. (I was also in attendance, though I was brought to tears by my amazing seat location.) The speech played very well inside the hall, and the live via satellite conversation between Senator Obama and his two girls went just about as well as any convention planner could have hoped for.
But how did the speech play on television? CNN's (and formerly the Clintons') James Carville gave this review of the night:
"If this party has a message," he said on CNN, "it's done a hell of a job hiding it tonight, I promise you that."
Do you think the Democrats played it too soft on the first night of their convention? Or did they do a good job of introducing the Obama's to the American people?
And more specifically...I'd like to hear where you watched Michelle's speech, and what you thought of it.