Jennifer Granholm at the DNC

Who would have thought that Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, could give a short six-minute speech which had the Democratic Convention on their feet cheering, clapping and euphoric? This is how you give a simple speech that everyone will remember.

Transcript of Jennifer Granholm’s speech at the DNC:

Good evening, I’m Jennifer Granholm, from the great state of Michigan, where the trees are just the right height! Let me tell you a story about the dark days in my home state. Towards the end of my time as governor, Ford closed one of its biggest factories, a factory in Wixom, Michigan. The Wixom plant had employed thousands of middle-class men and women in neighborhoods near—yet worlds away from—the place Mitt Romney was raised.

When Ford’s decision hit, I went down to the local union hall. It was almost empty; a few workers milled about in shock and grief. I talked to a 45-year-old guy who told me, “This is the only place I’ve ever worked.

I’ve been loyal. I’ve done everything they’ve ever asked. And just like that, it’s gone.” He looked around the hall and said, “So, governor, is it over for us? Is the American auto industry dead?” Honestly, at that moment, I just didn’t know. And that was just the beginning. When the financial crisis hit, things got a lot worse – and fast. (more…)