19 Jul

Gov. Ann Richards speaks at the 1988 Democratic Convention

The McGlynn: A speech delivered twenty-five years ago today is as relevant today as it was then. Nothing has changed. It has gotten worse.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Ann Richards’s spectacular “silver foot speech” at the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta. Richards was then treasurer of Texas and would later become its 45th governor, losing a second term to George “Dubya” Bush. But, in the Atlanta speech, she referred to George H.W. Bush, saying:

And now that he’s after a job that he can’t get appointed to, he’s like Columbus discovering America. He’s found child care. He’s found education.

Poor George. He can’t help it —he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.


Note: This video is the first 10 minutes of Richards’s speech. The link to the whole speech (33 minutes) is here. There is a transcript here, but it loses so much when you don’t listen to that polished Texas cadence with its soft vowels:

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