Harris County Democrats ready for victory.
More than 1,100 excited, enthusiastic, fired-up-and-ready-to-go Democrats attended the Johnson-Rayburn-Richards dinner Saturday night. Keynote speaker General Wesley Clark gave a rousing address describing the multiple crises of the Bush years and how they were the result of a fundamentally flawed and decidedly wrong-headed political philosophy. He emotionally urged all Democrats to work tirelessly from now through election day to impress upon their friends and neighbors the urgent and imperative need for change.
Texas senate candidate Chris Bell served as master of ceremonies for the event – the largest ever held by the Harris County Democratic Party — and the crowd was energized by recorded greetings from President Bill Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. President Clinton commended Harris County Democrats for our efforts to Turn Harris County Blue, and Senator Obama implored us to achieve that victory this November – up and down the ballot. “This is our time, Harris County,” Senator Obama exhorted. Both President Clinton and Senator Obama paid special tribute to Ambassador Arthur Schechter for his long and dedicated service to Democrats and the Democratic Party, and in whose honor a portion of the program was devoted.
Remarks from Mayor Bill White, U. S. Senate Candidate Rick Noreiga, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, and others all underscored the importance of this election, the grave shortcomings of the Bush Administration and years, the disaster of the epublican governance of Harris County, and the excellence of the Democratic ticket in the upcoming election.
JRR Dinner chair Herman Litt and his committee put together an event which was tremendously entertaining, extraordinarily inspiring and truly unforgettable. They set the bar very high, and they are to be commended for those efforts, that result, and the exceptional success of the 2008 Johnson-Rayburn-Richards dinner.