Cuomo's high point may well be his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. The speech was meant as a response to Ronald Reagan's description of America as a shining city on a hill, the key to the Republican's political success.
"This nation is more a tale of two cities than it is just a shining city on a hill," Cuomo said. "There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces you don't see, in the places you don't visit in your shining city."
Longtime Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted this Thursday night.
Here's the speech. It's well worth the eight minutes.