Al Sharpton at the Democratic National Convention; Photo: Reuters

It may have been John Edwards' night, but Gothamist was heartened by Al Sharpton's fabulous speech. Sharpton apparently departef from his prepared text, which had been "scrubbed by John Kerry," (Sharpton said Kerry's people knew he'd veer off speech, though not how much) and Gothamist thinks all the better - it was totally rousing and full of great imagery, like "As I ran for president, I hoped that one child would come out of the ghetto like I did, could look at me walk across the stage with governors and senators and know they didn't have to be a drug dealer, they didn't have to be a hoodlum, they didn't have to be a gangster...They could stand up from a broken home, on welfare, and they could run for president of the United States."Newsday notes how delegates loved Sharpton's speech and how Sharpton did in his bid for the Democratic nomination (not that well, but he was one of the few Democratic candidates who was sharp during debates).

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