Politics September 5, 2012
Democrats' Rock Star To Make The Case For Barack Obama

Well, after last night, Michelle Obama is going to be a tough act to follow. The First Lady of the United States delivered an inspiring speech to delegates at the Democratic convention.

She praised her husband's record, and said he has the values, vision and courage to lead America forward.

"Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it," Obama said.

"After so many struggles and triumphs, and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I've seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are," Obama said. "It reveals who you are."

She went on to say "At the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are."

If you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

Of course, if anyone can follow Michelle Obama, it's tonight's keynote speaker - former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who's been called the "rock star" of the Democratic party.

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Clinton is still popular with American voters at large, not just Democrats. In fact, his appearance is considered so important, Vice-President Joe Biden has been bumped from tonight's event. Instead, Biden will introduce President Obama tomorrow.

Probably not a bad idea, considering some of the gaffes Biden has made over the years. Here are some of his "finest" moments.

By the way, to kick off their convention, the Democrats released a video, featuring Obama calling on the help of America's favourite make believe stoners, Harold and Kumar (aka Kal Penn and John Cho).

Take a look.

If you don't know, Kal Penn is a big Obama supporter and he's hosting the convention's live stream on BarackObama.com.

Penn also works for the administration. He's been an outreach co-ordinator for the past few years, travelling America to help sell Obama's policies.

Obama has been open about smoking marijuana in college. But as president, he's cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries and has said he is against legalizing pot.

Morgan Fox, of the Marijuana Policy Project says "The fact Obama uses these characters to joke about this issue while on the other hand continuing to arrest people he's appealing to is really disingenuous."

The video has also raised some eyebrows, as to whether it's a good idea to win over middle America voters.

Journalist Charles Apple wrote this on the American Copy Editors Society blog: "Did no one tell the president that the Harold and Kumar series are drug movies? This strikes me as the equivalent of, say, if Jimmy Carter had enlisted the aid of Cheech and Chong."

The Christian Science Monitor has a piece about why Obama might do this. You can read that here.

Also, during the Democrat convention, an ad calling for the legalization of marijuana will air on CNN and MSNBC. It's from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

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