Hogan leaves Denver with ‘Yes we can’ spirit

Andy Thompson

"Yes we can.”

In line to board a flight out of the Mile High City this morning, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan was full of high spirits after Thursday night’s electric acceptance speech by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“It was one of the most fantastic experiences I ever had last night.?It was very emotional and I don’t normally get emotional about politics,” said Hogan, a delegate for U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton representing the 29th Congressional District and the Steuben County Democratic Party chairman.

Hogan said the event was unlike anything he had ever witnessed, as more than 80,000 people jammed Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium to hear Obama speak on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” address.

“There were 80,000 people. They were all into it. It was a modern day Woodstock with people just liking each other,”?Hogan said. “What an American story about Obama, his family background. His vision for America.”

A week spent at the Democratic National Convention left a distinct impression on Hogan.

“It was great. It was a tremendous experience. I’m glad I was here, glad I witnessed history,”?he said.

And while he was a delegate for Clinton, Hogan is firmly behind Obama and his vice presidential choice, Sen. Joe Biden.

“I’m really committed to this guy’s vision of America. ... We need change.”

Hogan added that while waiting for his flight out of the city, he was able to chat with a part of rock and roll history, with Mickey Dolans of the Monkees also ready to depart on the same plane headed to Atlanta.

The Evening Tribune