Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen


I had endured more than enough of Chris Mathews and his crew so I chose to watch the PBS coverage of Wednesday night at the Democratic Convention. It was a relief to have some measured reporting and interviews without overt partisan remarks and rumor flogging.  I certainly did not miss the blustering posturing of the MSNBC boys. The PBS television experience was so different from that of MSNBC that I wondered if I were viewing the same event.

The Democrats began their night with the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, secured after Senator Clinton managed the delivery of all her delegates’ votes in support of his nomination.

President Clinton delivered a beautifully crafted speech that inspired the crowd of Democrats in Denver.  He outlined the differences between the two parties approach to the lives of ordinary Americans.  He made it clear that this is an election that should not be considered “historic” but instead should be considered an opportunity for Americans to vote for jobs, to vote for health care, to vote for ending the dependence of our country on both foreign oil and foreign capital investments.

The battle lines the Democrats have drawn for this campaign were outlined well on Wednesday night.  They said that their fight is for the American Dream against the Republican Rich and Entrenched.  The Democratic campaign will focus on the role of their candidate as a Commander in Chief who is in touch with the need to protect the country but not use military force and unilateralism instead of negotiation with global partners.

There was a strong emphasis on the military throughout this evening.
Stephen Spielberg contributed a film short on our military veterans.
The film was narrated by Tom Hanks and gave voters a chance to see and
hear the young men and women who had served in Iraq. This generation of
those who serve and protect our country have perhaps the strongest
interest in who will lead us next.

Senator John Kerry spoke with the kind of passion that was missing from
his failed presidential race in 2004.  He introduced Senator Obama’s
great uncle, a World War 2 veteran who was present at the liberation of
an infamous concentration camp in 1945.  It was deeply moving to see
this frail man who stood with assistance from Michelle Obama.

The first 3 star female general, Lt. Gen. (now retired), Claudia
Kennedy, reaffirmed the concerns expressed by others in the military on
Wednesday night…  The military is strained; it is over-extended and
there is no plan for change under the current administration.

Senator Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s Vice Presidential nominee was
introduced by his son, Captain Beau Biden who leaves for his tour of
duty in Iraq soon.  Senator Biden entered our homes on Wednesday night
hoping to make the case that he is one of us: a man who had struggled
to achieve and who put family first. 

A national political convention is a messy business.  None of us will
ever know how or why or when people are chosen to be part of the public
spectacle.  But, at the end of Wednesday night, the people I spoke to
felt that the miraculous had occurred.  The historic race between
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama had been fought
ferociously.  Then, the combatants had found common ground in order to
fight for the platform that the Democratic Party feels is essential for
America of America:  to rebuild the American Dream and to restore
American leadership in the world.

On Wednesday night the media mattered less and the message was clear.

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