President Obama asked the country to stick with him for another four years, during a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention, Thursday (Sept.6). The POTUS outlined the path to get the country back on track in the midst of economic turmoil and laid out why, he is the best choice to carry out the plan.
While some have concluded that the speech was more somber than his appearances at the DNC in 2008 and 2004, he still received roaring ovations from the audience. “The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope – not blind optimism or wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty,” he said. “That dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long.
“Eight years later, that hope has been tested – by the cost of war; by one of the worst economic crises in history; and by political gridlock that’s left us wondering whether it’s still possible to tackle the challenges of our time.”
With no shortage of thinly veiled shots at Mitt Romney, Obama pegged the republican hopeful (and his running mate, Paul Ryan) as having no understanding of foreign policy. Throughout his campaign both Romney and Ryan have used the economy and healthcare as a tool to persuade voters to move in their direction, but have been less vocal on how to deal with other countries—and the president wasted no time pointing out the blunders. “You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally,” he said referencing Romney’s trip overseas which kicked off with distasteful statements about London’s preparedness for the 17-day sporting event. “My opponent said it was ‘tragic’ to end the war in Iraq, and he won’t tell us how he’ll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will. And while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware that our Joint Chiefs don’t even want, I’ll use the money we’re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work – rebuilding roads and bridges; schools and runways.”
Referencing his proposed $1 billion STEM plan to aid 100,000 teachers in math and science over a 10-year period, he made it a point to ensure that education is among his among his main priorities.
There was also talk of Osama Bin Laden, health care, and making sure veterans are not forgotten. “No one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, a roof over their heads, or the care that they need when they come home.”
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