From Deval Patrick to Cory Booker there was a parade of potentially rising stars to consider on the first day of the Democratic Convention.
Last night San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro delivered a keynote reminiscent of the on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered last week in Tampa. Castro’s address told a story of how his family, only two generations old in the U.S., traveled a successful road of the American Dream. There were seven passages in particular that Castro touched on that made his speech individual yet universal while at the same time pointing out perceived differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney. The seven passages were:
1. “My grandmother was an orphan. As a young girl, she had to leave her home in Mexico and move to San Antonio, where some relatives had agreed to take her in. She never made it past the fourth grade. She had to drop out and start working to help her family,” San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro began his keynote speech last night.
2. “My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story possible. Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.”
3. “Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. “Start a business,” he said. But how? “Borrow money if you have to from your parents,” he told them. Gee, why didn’t I think of that?” the audience roared at that line.”
4. “Four years ago, America stood on the brink of a depression. Despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition, our president took action, and now we’ve seen 4.5 million new jobs. He knows better than anyone that there’s more hard work to do, but we’re making progress. And now we need to make a choice,” Castro said.
5. “It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share, so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell grants—or a nation that invests more in education.”
6. “This is the choice before us. And to me, to my generation and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who’s always chosen us. A man who already is our president: Barack Obama.”
7. “In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college.”