Out of tragedy comes rebuilding and unity: that was the inspirational thought Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was hoping to instill to a packed crowd Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
The governor painted a picture of a hands-on President Obama ins his dealings with Colorado after a devastating summer of wildfires and the tragedy in Aurora.
During his speech, he praised the country for coming together during challenging times for his state.
"As many of you know, we had a challenging summer in Colorado-- wildfires that devastated homes and businesses, took livelihoods and lives. Then a few weeks later terrible shootings in a darkened theater. So, on behalf of everyone in Colorado, let me start tonight by saying, thank you," said Hickenlooper.
He said devastating events can either bring us closer or draw us apart, and that legislators need to reach across the aisle to do what’s best for the country.
"These tragedies remind us to not waste time bickering. We have the power to come together and we need to do this as a nation. It will take a spirit of generosity and collaboration to meet the difficult challenges that we face. We recognize this in Colorado where we've been able to pass vital legislation with strong bi-partisan majorities," said Hickenlooper.
On a lighter note, the governor pointed out that he's the first governor since Sam Adams to start brewing beer and announced that craft beer production is up 35 percent, gaining cheers from people in the crowd holding signs that read "Craftbrewers 4 Obama."