August 25th, 2008
09:18 PM ET
9 years ago

Schneider: Pay attention to the early hours

DENVER (CNN) - One of the interesting things that happens at national conventions is that a lot of state and local politicians are slated to address the convention outside of prime-time hours, at hours when the audience is usually small and inattentive. Those are filmed and preserved, and used in political campaigns to show a politician addressing the convention, to try to raise his political stature.

I was at the 1984 convention when an obscure Southern politician gave a speech at an afternoon session in San Francisco that was a tribute to Harry Truman. It was an unusually interesting and articulate speech that talked about a Democratic party that Harry Truman would not recognize — it was surprisingly critical of what had become of the Democratic Party.

I wrote the speaker a note telling him what an interesting speech he had given. He replied thanking me, telling me that was the only note he got in response to his speech.

That politician was Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the note.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. TheDude

    Yet the modern Democratic party does not care about what FDR and Harry Truman stood for.

    August 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. susie

    How does Obama pretend to care about us when he lets his own brother live in a hut with $1.00 a month. Obama cares only for himself.

    August 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. kathygeek

    Your comments are interesting because CNN is not really featuring the early speakers unless the network plans on less commentary. Your coverage had me channel surfing to PBS and back because it was my feeling that Nancy Pelosi's speech was one that I wanted to hear from start to finish.

    August 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Rhett Hirko

    Fascinating comment. I will look out for some key speeches if they can keep me awake...

    August 25, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. susan croci

    Please, please, please, take all the graphics off the screen--we can hardly see what is happening nor can we get a full picture of the speakers. It's sooooo distracting take it off

    August 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Louis

    There was no option for comment in the "What you won't hear tonight"
    ticker article so I will comment here. You said that the one thing you won't hear at the convention is Obama's middle name. True. Likewise, if Mitt Romney is VP at the RNC, you won't hear his actual name–Willard Milton Romney. You can look it up.

    August 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. janet, ohio

    Yeah, too bad you didn't save it. You could have sold it on e-bay to someone who thinks it's cool for a president to drop his pants in the Oval Office and get a BJ

    August 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Nevada dude

    shame on you guys, if the media held themselves to the same standard they demand of the candidates you would actually make a difference.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. anonymous

    Why doesn't Barack Obama help his family? Good question.

    August 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Jan Illinois

    Now the Clintons are responsible for the out come of this convention and the win or lose of the election. After what has been done to Bill alone its a wonder they are even there, they called Mr. Clinton a racist. This is a lie and the people that he knew he could count on turned on him and his wife after he helped all of them. hard to blame them if they are bitter. You would be too.

    August 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Betty

    Who cares? You, Bill Schneider, are one of the OLD WHITE REPUBLICANS that doesn't believe in change that we are getting rid of.

    We mean CHANGE - not more wars for oil, not fear-mongering, not falsehoods, not padded polls.


    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Will my comment ever be posted?!?!?!!!

    susie – ARE YOU INSANE?!?!?!?!?! Seriously. Grow up. Will ya?!

    August 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    If he's elected, the only change we'll get from Obama is what's left in our pockets after he finishes going through them.


    August 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    August 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. MZ

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . Dems you lost me.
    MCCAIN '08 !!!!

    August 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. READY999


    August 25, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Proud PUMA!

    You're making me sad that there are no Clintons I can vote for this year.. 😦

    PUMAs Unite – Vote McCAIN in 2008 – So we can vote HILLARY in 2012 !!!!!

    August 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Mary

    Betty, Betty, Betty...the War for oil cry is wornout!!!!!! Whoever wins the game will still be played the same. Although I am hoping for Obama...need a new pitcher.

    August 25, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Arkansas

    Yea the left wing of the party never liked Bill Clinton, but average Joe SixPack did. That is why Bill Clinton was the only democratic president who was reelected 2 times since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    August 25, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. G McClain

    CNN had very poor coverage of the convention. Too much talking and making negitive remarks during presentations. I cant believe CNN was chasing someone down the halls with a camera. I had to change channels to C Span to hear the speechs. Too much unnecessay junk at the bottom of the page....with facts that were negitave and poor.

    August 25, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |