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  • Our Endorsements: Mayor Julian Castro Has Fun with Jobs Creation

    * Mayor Julian Castro made his own Siri commercial for the 2012 Gridiron show.

    * Vee Pee Herman is seconds away from having to do the "Tequilla" dance.

    * We always thought we'd see Jimmy Fallon again.

    * Funny or Die on how the DNC could have been better.

    * Yours truly and others, truly, talk political news on Air Quotes.

    * McSweeney's The Long Walk on who really owns this country.

    * President Obama is looking a little unholy lately, from The Onion.

    * If you think four more years of Obama is scary, you don't know about Andrew Jackson.

    * One, two, three and to the four, Snoop Doggie Dogg makes the case for President Obama.

    Tags: BuzzFeed, Daily Links, Democratic National Convention, Funny or Die, Jimmy Fallon, Joe Biden, Julian Castro, Steve Jobs, The Onion
  • DNC Day One: A Marathon of Trolling

    It's unfathomable why Paul Ryan would say he ran a sub-3 hour marathon when there's clearly only one Kenyan in this presidential campaign, but at least he provided plenty of fodder for Democratic trolling. Some was anything but subtle, with Kathleen Sebelius telling an Ohio delegation, "Anyone who starts with the notion that you have to make up your marathon time tells you all you need to know about Paul Ryan."

    But the primetime addresses were more indirect. First came Julian Castro…

    "In the end, the American dream — the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation, but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor."

    You know, it might not be the best strategy to compare the American dream to Olympic events that most people have no chance of qualifying for. Just a thought.

    Michelle Obama was subtler still…

    And I've seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families — in wounded warriors who tell me they're not just going to walk again, they're going to run, and they're going to run marathons.

    As James Fallows noted, "the only thing more impressive than working 'marathon' into a number of speeches was the absolutely straight face all speakers kept when using that word."

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Democratic National Convention, Julian Castro, Kathleen Sebelius, Michelle Obama, Paul Ryan, Sports
  • Meet Mayor Julian Castro, DNC Keynote Speaker and Future President

    Mayor Julián Castro will be the keynote speaker on opening night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, getting the futbol rolling on Democratic efforts to dominate the Hispanic vote in November.

    Marking a first for Hispanic-Americans, the mayor of San Antonio will speak on September 4th, following first lady Michelle Obama, according to an announcement from the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Convention Committee.

    As keynote speaker, the little known Castro will step into the same role that propelled Barack Obama into national prominence when he delivered the keynote address in 2004. Since we may be looking at a 2016 presidential nominee, what else do we know about this young man?

    * At 37, he's the youngest mayor of a major American city. Home to the Alamo, San Antonio is most famous for being the site of the most hopeless battle in Texas history (until the Perry campaign came along), but also happens to be the 7th most populous city in America.

    * He's a graduate of Stanford, and like Obama, Harvard Law School. So probably has a video of him giving a terrorist hug to a liberal professor.

    * He was the first San Antonio mayor to be grand marshal of the city's annual gay rights parade, which is a thing that's allowed to happen in parts of Texas, apparently.

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    Tags: Democratic National Convention, Hispanic, Julian Castro, Latino, Texas