Cleaver's speech kicks it, preacher-style
The Kansas City Star
If you’re a Kansas Citian, you’ve likely seen Emanuel Cleaver talk as a mayor back in the 1990s or as a congressman over the last decade.
But unless you have seen him preach at his southeast Kansas City church sometime in the past, you probably weren’t ready for this.
It’s his rousing speech Wednesday to the Democratic National Convention.
Cleaver brought the crowd to its feet with his rocking, preaching style. It was a riveting performance.
Positively, he talked about the need for civility in Congress, something he has (imperfectly) worked on during his tenure in Washington.
And he did talk about bringing all of America together to work on improving the nation’s future. That was the best part for me to see.
On a less-positive level, Cleaver didn’t give independent voters enough factual reasons to hop aboard the President Barack Obama train this fall.
But let’s face it: Cleaver wasn’t there to do that. He was there to fire up the crowd. And he did it in rousing fashion, enough to make a lot of Kansas Citians (though not all; sorry, GOPers) proud.