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Momentary DNC star: Barney Smith


I’m flipping channels, watching coverage of the DNC on the various networks. CNN and MSNBC seem to think their pundits are a bigger attraction than the activities in the stadium. Ugh. So I’ve checked CSPAN and a few minutes ago switched to PBS.

Some everyday Americans are taking turns speaking, and they are definitely not trained speakers. But I caught one of the day’s best lines from a man who appeared transfixed by the teleprompter. His name was Barney Smith, and his job had been shipped overseas. Like the speakers before him, he told of financial hardship in the last four years. His line:

We need a president who will put Barney Smith ahead of Smith Barney.

Great line. Great response. The crowd, all 75,000, started chanting “Barney, Barney, Barney!”

Barney may be having a hard time, but he’ll never forget what happened tonight.

Way to go, Barney!


  1. GO BARNEY!!!!!!!!
    That was cool, wasn’t it? Sheesh, how many people in the world will ever get to do something like that? It doesn’t give him his job back, but I’ll bet he and the others got a little something to take to the bank. Not to mention a paid trip to Denver, which is a great place to visit anytime.

    I just dug up a little info on Barney, here.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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