She felt the speech given by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in Denver on Monday night has already provided one of the convention highlights.
Free and the other delegates watched as the senator’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, introduced a special video tribute to him.
“What a champion for working class men and women, a champion for health care, an advocate for those who have no voice,” Free said afterwards.
“Then Sen. Kennedy came on stage and the love, affection, gratitude and respect for him was palpable. It was such a ‘feel good’ time. He gave a rousing speech, pledging to be in the Senate in January to help President Obama pass health care for all.”
“He is my hero,” Free said of Kennedy.
“Her special relationship with her late father resonated with me and I know with every daughter who has been blessed to have such a bond with their father. Her family shaped her values and her desire to help others. Her brother, Craig Robinson, Oregon State basketball coach, did a lovely job of introducing his little sister.”
Free said Michelle Obama’s speech had been powerful when viewed in person at the Democratic Convention.
“You had to see it,” Free said.
“Her belief in her husband, her dedication to her children and all children, her love and respect for Barack were so evident. What an absolute wonderful role model for young girls and women.”
Gipp, president of the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., said he would remind convention-goers of the sacrifices made by Native people, but would mostly inform them of the contributions ready to be made, including valuable natural resources, a rich culture and good leadership.