Wendy Davis was the speaker at the National Press Club yesterday and gave a fantastic speech. The theme of her speech “giving voice to the voiceless”, and the metaphor of her as a child taking dictation from her Grandfather, who had lost his voice due to a stroke, and giving him voice was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
[UPDATE] Here’s an excerpt from a report on her speech, Wendy Davis Makes Her National Press Club Debut.
Davis began her speech with a personal anecdote about the importance of “having a voice.” When she was a child, she said, her grandfather suffered a massive stroke, leaving him largely paralyzed with a limited ability to speak. Her task, as a 9-year-old, Davis said, was to take dictation from him when he wanted to write a letter to a friend. “I wanted to be true to his words and write down exactly what he wanted to say,” Davis explained. But he would grow frustrated, she said, and start crying, which made her cry too.
The purpose of the story was to portray Davis as a politician who wished to be the voice of Texas families, whose needs, she said, were being ignored by those now in power, and how distressing it is to see people deprived of a means of expression.
Every Texan should watch her speech, especially anyone who still doesn’t know Davis’ story.
The big news was that she has narrowed her choices for races in 2014 to reelection to the Texas Senate or Governor. Let’s hope it’s Governor, because no candidate in this state compares to her.