So glad it's Friday. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow Karim and I will be heading to the city to see Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Shout out to Travelzoo for their entertainment discount on Broadway tickets. The shows aren't typically Broadway's best sellers, but the shows are popular with good reviews and one can save from 30 to 50 percent off standard ticket prices.
I remember when the Spiderman preview week was the talk of the town and not in a good way. Julie Taymor, the show's original director was forced out of the production after actors injuries and a slew of bad audience and critic reviews. Despite the rough start, cast and crew managed to turn it around and word on the street says it's a spectacular show.
This week has had many national news highlights. Trending topics on Twitter included the passing of actor Michael Clark Duncan, the US Open, hurricane Issac, Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta's reunion special (Stevie J is still a hot mess), MTV's music video awards, and last but not least, the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
I don't know about you, but I've was glued to my television and twitter from 8 p.m. until around midnight during the three nights of the DNC convention. The hour of power was the 10 p.m. time slot with the night's most anticipated and watched speeches. Strong speeches from Michelle Obama, former President Clinton, Joe Biden, and President Obama gave the party a much needed lift that reinvigorated the base. The diversity in the audience provided a stark contrast to what I saw in last week's Republican National Convention (RNC) and not at all a surprise. Compare the DNC and the RNC's official websites and one can see the DNC's site is more engaging.
A personal highlight for me came when I heard Karl Rove give our first lady her props. His remarks were a powerful validation of a good first night, but the convention was not without its critics, rightfully so. Fox News commentators played down many of the good speeches and the impact it will have for the party. I expected this, but I also listened to David Brooks and he laid out areas that are still struggles for the president and the reality is it still remains an uphill battle due to the state of the economy.
Overall, this was a stellar week for the DNC's convention. Here's John Stewart's highlight of former President Bill Clinton's speech. I know people were worried about Clinton's remarks. I wasn't. I knew he would hit his mark and set the stage for President Obama. For the most part the commentary for the DNC has been more favorable than that of the RNC's, especially if you compare objectives and goals for both parties.
Now the fanfare is over. Reality has set in. Today's jobs report wasn't the best of news for the President and his campaign. Romney and the Republicans are going to continue to use these slow job growth numbers to hammer away at him. However, if I see the glass half-full, rather than half-empty and look back to the speeches I heard at the convention, I realize that although it's slow, job growth is happening in our country.
In my review the Democrats had a good week, they needed it. The base is re-energized, the case for four more years has been made, and I can go into this weekend feeling some optimism about the state of this election and the future of our country.