A wonderful finale to three days of hope and inspiration for the future of our country. As always, Obama spoke eloquently and with a passion like no other who has stood in his place before him. Naturally, Obama spoke about his triumphs he devoted himself to see them happen, but yet, Obama did not speak about himself in a conceited manner. Throughout the speech, our President made it very clear that it was “us.”
Unlike his opponent, Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama tells it like it is:
“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 decades.”
This is so very true. However, there has been and still is a way that our nation’s recovery would be moving faster… If the Republicans would stop fighting Obama on everything and start working as a team for the recovery of our country.
On the lighter side of his speech, President Obama tucked in his joke during his critique of the Republican Party and taxes:
“Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription 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!’”
Some laughter from the entire audience ensued, then Obama became serious once again. He discussed the items that he believes are the backbone of this country.
“And now you have a choice – we can gut education, or we can decide that in the United States of America, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school. No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money.”
“And I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned. Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care – not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it – not by turning it over to Wall Street.”
“But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers….
“And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax.”
“I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, elderly, or disabled – all so those with the most can pay less.”
Plus so much more, and all is as important as the other. I have made two pdf copies of the transcript of the entire speech if you would like to download it. One copy uses a SERIF font (click here). Other copy is a SAN SERIF font (click here). For those who prefer one over the other. Now… back to Obama….
Even more powerful than his words was and is his inner strength and devotion. We all know damn well that there are some very hateful racists and bigots out there. I am sure that there have been many threats as well as threats against his family. Imagine what this man has gone through since he was elected President. Fathom what Michelle has gone through, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. It truly pains me to think about what they have endured and will continue to endure when it comes to this racist white-supremacy ignorant hatred that sadly still exists today. Hopefully they do not tell the girls anything.
Then there is the racism and pure hatred that Obama must deal with in his job, and most likely every…single…day. To know that bigots like Mitch McConnell are out to sabotage his work and Presidency. That John Boehner refuses to move the jobs packet off his desk that Obama has submitted. You want to know where are the jobs? Sitting on Boehner’s desk.
With all this hatred, bigotry and adversity, Obama’s heart and dedication to this country still shines on. When he has been through so much behind the scenes – that of which we will never know – he still loves this country and wants to see it to help it grow and prosper by leading us all down a path which benefits everyone.
Vote Barack Obama, November 6, 2012.
Obama’s entire acceptance speech in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention
Photos of Obama giving his acceptance speech, and photos of his family, in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention