Newark Mayor Cory Booker's speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, in which he gave a fiery endorsement of his party's platform, had some praising his passion and others asking for earplugs.
Booker's most rousing lines:
"Being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare. It's patriotism."
"It is our fundamental national aspiration that no matter who you are, no matter what color or creed, how you choose to pray, or who you choose to love, that if you are a citizen of the United States of America, if you are an American, first generation or 15th, one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents, than you should be able to find a job that pays the bills."
"We must choose forward. We must choose inclusion. We must choose growing together. We choose American might and American muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal, a strong and empowered and ever expanding and ever growing middle class."
"For our president, 'home of the brave' are not just the last words of our national anthem but also a call to action."
The crowd broke out in "U-S-A" chants during the speech and, after it ended, "Co-ry." On Twitter, where Booker was trending nationally, journalists and other pundits weighed in:
Most impassioned platform speech ever? Cory Booker trying to out-Jersey the Christie opening fire-- Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) Sept. 4, 2012
Corey Booker is too loud to be president.-- Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) Sept. 4, 2012
Cory Booker seems angry in this DNC speech. His normal demeanor is much more affable.-- Matt K. Lewis (@mattklewis) Sept. 4, 2012
Cory Booker screaming every sentence. Maybe he's mad he's speaking at 6PM on Tuesday?-- Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) Sept. 4, 2012
Is it just me, or is Cory Booker almost cracking up?-- Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) Sept. 4, 2012
Never has a platform speech seemed so urgent. Sounds like Mayor Booker wanted the keynote.-- Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) Sept. 4, 2012
Cory Booker needs to dial it back just a bit. A bit too much like when Dwight had to give that big speech on The Office-- James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) Sept. 4, 2012
Cory Booker out Jerseyed Chris Christie-- Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) Sept. 4, 2012