Obama Speech Wins Over New York Delegation With Ease
President Obama's address at the Democratic National Convention had New Yorkers in the audience up on their feet and ready to help secure him four more years. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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During President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night, Senator Charles Schumer had his jacket off and Governor Andrew Cuomo smiled at some of the president's wittier lines, flanked by his companion Sandra Lee.
New Yorkers sat rapt. When the president got fired up so did his New York faithful.
"He said after all he's been through and all he's seen that faith is stronger and he asked us to have the same faith and I believe we should," Schumer said.
"He did it all in a half hour, that was probably the biggest surprise. But it just flowed right through, hit the themes that we've been talking about for a long time," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn found it historic. Finally, from the podium unmistakable support for same-sex marriage.
"I used to sit in these arenas and you'd just hope that the word gay might get said, or that there would be some reference that you could piece together and know that was what the person running for president meant," Quinn said. "And you'd sit there and you'd wait for that moment and it would usually be at the end and there would be a moment where you thought it's not going to happen, but those days are over."
New York is of course a deeply democratic state, meaning a lot of chairs filled with delegates -- none of them in spots reserved for swing states. But their enthusiasm didn't seem dimmed by it.
"He needs us to continue to work for the better of the country," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York City.
For Democrats now comes the hard part, maintaining a convention level of enthusiasm through November 6.