After the couple Clinton to raise curtain Monday, it was the day the unpredictable family Tuesday, with the entry into stage highly anticipated Teresa Kerry, wife of the Democratic candidate. Its mission: awareness of America's great unknown of husband. A real challenge. A poll published that morning in the "Washington Post" revealed that 54 of Americans still unfamiliar positions of Senator of Massachusetts, while only one voter in four admits the same ignorance to the outgoing President. Even among Democrats, nearly one out of two States have difficulty in locating their candidate politically.
Teresa offered simple answers, forcing the silence of the 5,000 delegates busy, both intrigued and fascinated by this small woman to fate out of the ordinary, the Mozambique-born, naturalized American, her first husband billionaire heir, John Heinz, the King of ketchup, died in an air crash in 1991. "In America, the real patriots are those who tell the truth", she attacked. She speaks slowly, very close to the microphone, intimate tone that contrasts with the heard speeches throughout the day. His rejection of George w. Bush, which it does not pronounce the name, is not less clear. "The Americans that John and I met during the campaign do not want a moralistic America but a moral nation." (...) With John as President, we can ensure the security of our nation without sacrificing our freedoms.
The Kennedy to the full
In the corridors of the convention, another Member of the family with a "special guest" badge (special guest) is more discreet. Brice Lalonde, the cousin of the Democratic candidate, described a John Kerry "both soldier and rebel". "". This is a man very patriotic, very thoughtful, very respectful of the rules, responsible, but which is capable of rebelling for good when the Cup is full. This is what he did after the war of the Viet Nam by throwing his medals. A huge discontent. Today, it is clear that his campaign is very disciplined. What I do not know, is to what extent the provocations of his opponents can begin his restraint. "The ecologist leader would not come into contact with his cousin before the great speech from Thursday evening, where Kerry must be officially inducted into the Democratic Party candidate. "After, perhaps, when the pressure will be settled...".
Close to Kerry, the family Kennedy came to full, 90 members, according to the count of the local press. They are at home to Boston and naturally occupy an entire section of the Fleet Center, the huge show room where there is the convention. Maria Shriver, the wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) Governor of California, came only. A single Kennedy, Ted, the other Senator from Massachusetts, is entitled to the rostrum. Old glory of the party he represents the left wing, he expressed shortly before Barack Obama, the rising star.
The latter he steals the show. Obama, young black elected from Illinois, ignites the Fleet Center with a well centrist speech in "the party line" by Kerry. "There is not a democratic America and a Republican America, there are States..." "United... America", repeat emphatically. A big happy family: it is the image that want to project the Democrats (the party platform was adopted Tuesday unanimously) and, for the moment, the choreography is perfect, almost too. On the outskirts of the Fleet Center, behind huge concrete and barbed, barriers dissenting demonstrators are only a few dozen, far fewer than police officers dressed in riot.