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Obama DNC Speech Deemed 'Slow,' But Tweets Set Political Event Record

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2012 at 5:41PM

Even the Canadians were watching the closing night of the Democratic Convention and Barack Obama's speech. Many folks attending the Toronto International Film Festival stayed inside watching television rather than get started on Thursday screenings and parties.
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Even the Canadians were watching the closing night of the Democratic Convention and Barack Obama's speech. "Your politicians are more fun than ours," one Toronto taxi driver told me. Many folks attending the Toronto International Film Festival stayed inside watching television rather than get started on Thursday screenings and parties. Obama's numbers aren't in yet, although he did break the tweets per minute record for a political event. Twitter reported 52,756 tweets the minute after Obama gave his speech. It's not surprising that the DNC's penultimate night easily outstripped the Republicans', as well as the football game.

While the pundits deemed Obama's speech "dull," eclipsed by both his wife Michelle and Bill Clinton, apparently the Democrats wanted it that way. They vetted the speech with focus groups and didn't want Obama to go all out with fiery rhetoric.

Documentarian/activist Michael Moore has written one of his better political essays. He could have a second career as a speechwriter.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.