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Friday, September 07, 2012

President Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Here are some excerpts from President Obama’s speech last night:

“"Know this, America: Our problems can be solved.  Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future…I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have.  You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade.

“All they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last thirty years: Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!

“My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly.  After all, you don't call Russia our number one enemy—not al Qaeda, Russia—unless you're still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.  You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.”


South Carolina Representative James Clyburn:

“As a member of the Democratic House leadership, I have witnessed President Obama light candle after candle, trying to bring our country out of the darkness of a great recession, only to see Republicans douse the flickering flames and amuse themselves cursing the darkness…When too many of our senior citizens were living their golden years in the darkness of economic insecurity, Franklin Roosevelt and Democrats created Social Security, lighting a candle while Republicans cursed the darkness.  When too many our elderly found their lives darkened by unaffordable and inaccessible health care and assistance, Lyndon Johnson and a Democratic Congress lit the twin candles of Medicare and Medicaid while Republicans stood on the sidelines and cursed the darkness.  President Obama did not stand on the sidelines and curse the darkness.  He rolled up his sleeves and went to work lighting candles.”

Excellent analogy.

Perhaps the most rousing speech of the evening was from former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm:

“Romney loves our cars so much, they have their own elevator.  But the people who design, build and sell those cars? Well, in Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator; the workers get the shaft…The entire auto industry, and the lives of over 1 million hard-working Americans, teetered on the edge of collapse and with it, the whole manufacturing sector.  We looked everywhere for help. Almost nobody had the guts to help us, not the banks, not the private investors and not Bain Capital. Then, in 2009, the cavalry arrived: our new president, Barack Obama!  America, let’s rev our engines!  In your car and on your ballot, the ‘D’ is for drive forward, and the ‘R’ is for reverse — and in this election, we’re driving forward, not back! Let’s re-elect our great president, Barack Obama!”



Blogger Lisa said...

Wow Stockholm Syndrome is very prevalent.

September 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

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September 7, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Those speeches are excellent. Granholm blew me away. If more Dems had her fight and spirit, Romney might as well outsource himself.

There was something strangely missing from Obama's speech, and the others too. Dems usually fail to do a good job on this, and the tradition continues.

"I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have. . ."

Obama should've added:

. . . I will tell you that getting things done, like increasing demand, creating jobs, bolstering business and thereby growing an economy stuck in a deep jobs recession requires cooperation in Congress. We know what needs doing and how to do it. But Congress is all about numbers -- having the votes to get the job done. Unfortunately, two years ago some voters decided to sit the midterm election out, and others decided to vote for so-called tea party extremists whose slash-and-burn, cut-spending, shrink-government ways compounded Republicans' policy of no cooperation and no compromise. The result is a slower and weaker recovery than 20 million jobless Americans need and that all Americans deserve.

As I said, getting things done in Congress is a matter of who has the votes. I need a team in Congress willing to work with me to kick recovery into high gear and put all those jobless Americans back to work. Republicans and their tea-party component have made it clear they will only work against rapid, effective measures to recover our economy, for selfish political reasons.

So, America, if you will vote the obstructionists out of Congress this November and replace them with progressive Democrats who will work with my administration to get the job done, you'll see a faster, stronger, more-complete recovery. You will see the additional stimulus needed to boost demand, create jobs and shore up revenues at all levels of government. You will see an economy moving and growing again, with the added benefits of teachers back in classrooms and badly needed infrastructure improvements being made that will serve us all for decades to come. You'll also see, at long last, the wealthiest Americans paying a fairer share of the tax burden to help make these things happen.

Register, if you haven't already, and vote, and get your family, friends and neighbors to vote also. Vote to send me a team in Congress to get this job done, and we will get this job done, sooner and better, and to everyone's ultimate advantage.

September 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Anderson is spot on. Great post Tom.

September 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the tax cut part to be the best sound bite in the whole speech because basically that's all the Republicans have to offer is more tax cuts.

They scream about wanting to fix medicare without any offers to deal with the Bush Medicare plan that made Medicare the mess it is in the first place.

SW I love your addition, It avoids the malaise lesson that Jimmy Carter taught us never to use, no matter how truthful it may be.


September 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I loved Granholm's take on cars get elevators workers get the shaft. Big Dog was on fire also too. Po talking about he is the president could be taken a number of ways but I am choosing to take it as this seat is taken people, look elsewhere for a job. I am certain Robme and his minions will be looking for some of that wingnut welfare come Nov 7th. Went out registering voters today and I got a bunch of them. This was in Okalnad CA so my guess is they will vote for that black guy with the funny name :) I will leave you all with this little nugget courtesy of Jimmy Fallon.


September 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: We definitely need more Democrats with Granholm's fight and spirit. Obama could take a cue.

Excellent addition to Obama's speech.

Mr. C: Thanks.

Erik: Yup, he zinged them good with his tax cut line.

Jess: LOL. Thanks for the link.

September 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM  

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