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Forty Million People.

I still can’t get my head around it.

Forty. Million. People.

Political conventions are often ratings downers. The 2008 Democratic National Convention was a ratings bonanza. Not only that, it’s actually caused fence-sitters to start breaking Obama’s way.

In this age of the fractured audience, of literally hundreds of TV channels spread over our broadcast, cable and satellite networks, it’s amazing to get that many people to watch one single thing. Yet it happened.

It wasn’t just big on TV. Invesco Field was crammed to the gills and beyond. Over eighty thousand people saw Obama in person, saw the first black man ever to win a major-party nomination as a presidential candidate — saw, in fact, the man who will in a few months’ time be our first black president. And they did so on the forty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s appearance in front of the Lincoln Memorial, whose classical columns were evoked on the DNC stage, for his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Pretty good for the skinny kid with the funny name.

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