Seventeen minutes that changed the world

Like many Americans, I stayed up late last night to listen to Governor Chris Christie deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention. I wanted to hear how Mitt Romney will transform the stagnant economy, how he will inspire us all to get up each morning and work; not because we have to, but because we are eager to build something our children and their children’s children can be proud of.

I was disappointed. What I heard was a tirade about how we need to quit whining, walk it off and get back into the coal mine. You haven’t yet lost all the fingers on your hands and your back is not yet broken.

When he finished speaking, I lifted my broken body from the coach, silently turned off the television and shuffled off to bed, feeling not only uninspired but a little more depressed. I prayed silently that I not wake up in the morning. Not in Chris Christie’s America.

But I did wake up. And on a whim — for the sake of comparison — I Googled Barack Obama’s 2004 keynote speech. I was reminded that life is lived in the moments, that seventeen minutes in a life can make a difference. Whether or not you voted — or will vote — for Barack Obama, would you not really want to live in an inspired America than a downtrodden and drepressing one?


I want to live there. I think many, many more do as well.

2 Replies to “Seventeen minutes that changed the world”

  1. Rufus – I too watched and wished he would stay in NJ and leave the rest of America alone. He was quite clearly priming America for his run next time around. Oy vey..

  2. This is a perfect example of one’s beliefs directly influencing their opinion, because I thought it was a fabulous speech. Think back to 4 years ago, those 17 minutes that “changed your life,”
    exactly what has Obama done to deliver on his promises? Furthermore, what did Christie say that you so strongly disagreed with? It certainly can’t be that our federal government is FAR to big, with their hands in too many things to list, that they have no business in. Our founding fathers would have cheered Christie’s speech. Deny it if you like, but it’s the truth.

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