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Asking 2nd term, Obama says nation will recover

Friday, September 7, 2012

President Barack Obama waves after his speech Thursday to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Charlie Neibergall
Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

"Yes, our path is harder -- but it leads to a better place," he declared in a prime-time speech to convention delegates and the nation, blending resolve about rescuing the nation from near economic catastrophe with criticism of Republican rival Mitt Romney's proposals.

Widely viewed as reserved, even aloof, Obama acknowledged "my own failings" as he asked for a second term, four years after taking office as the nation's first black president.

Vice President Joe Biden preceded Obama at the convention podium and proclaimed, "America has turned the corner" after experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Obama didn't go that far in his own remarks, but he said firmly, "We are not going back, we are moving forward, America."

Citing progress toward recovery, he said, "After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we're getting back to basics and doing what America has always done best: We're making things again."

"Four more years," delegates chanted over and over as the 51-year-old Obama stepped to the podium, noticeably grayer than he was in 2008.

Obama's speech was the final act of two highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks, and the opening of a two-month drive toward Election Day that pits Obama against Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. The contest is ever tighter for the White House in a season of economic struggle for millions.

With unemployment at 8.3 percent, the president said the task of recovering from the economic disaster of 2008 is exceeded in American history only by the challenge Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced when he took office in 1933.

"It will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation" that FDR employed, Obama said.

In an appeal to independent voters who might be considering a vote for Romney, he added that those who carry on Roosevelt's legacy "should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington."

He said, "The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over the decades."

In the run-up to Obama's speech, delegates erupted in cheers when former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords, wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, walked onstage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The hall grew louder when she blew kisses to the crowd.

And louder still when huge video screens inside the hall showed the face of Osama bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind killed in a raid on his Pakistani hideout by U.S. special operations forces on a mission approved by the current commander in chief.

The hall was filled to capacity long before Obama stepped to the podium, and officials shut off the entrances because of a fear of overcrowding for a speech that the campaign had originally slated for the 74,000-seat football stadium nearby. Aides said weather concerns prompted the move to the convention arena, capacity 15,000 or so.

Obama's campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a "real achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last."

In convention parlance, both Obama and Biden were delivering acceptance speeches before delegates who nominated them for new terms in office.

But the political significance went far beyond that -- the moment when the general election campaign begins in earnest even though Obama and Romney have been pointing toward a Nov. 6 showdown for months.

To the cheers of delegates, Obama retraced his steps to halt the economic slide, including the auto bailout that Romney opposed.

"After a decade of decline, this country created over a half-million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years," he said.

Turning to national security, he said he had promised to end the war in Iraq and had done so.

"We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014 our longest war will be over," he said.

"A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead," he declared, one of the night's repeated references to the special operations forces raid that resulted in the terrorist mastermind's demise more than a year ago.

He lampooned Romney's own economic proposals.

"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," he said.

Mocking Romney for his overseas trip earlier this summer, Obama said, "You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally." That was a reference to a verbal gaffe Romney committed while visiting London.

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Recover? Sure it will if your definition is further socialization of our society and economic system.

-- Posted by semorider on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 9:02 AM

I thought President Obama's snipe at Romney over foreign policy was quite humorous. Though I also recognize when Obama took office he also lacked foreign policy experience. Yet, Romney did manage to offend quite a few people when he took his little tour over seas.

-- Posted by non-believer on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 9:41 AM

Another four years of borrowing $.40 on every dollar and increasing the debt by another $5 TRILLION will almost assure our collapse.

The dependent class is draining us.

-- Posted by semorider on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 10:13 AM

As the buttons at the DNC Convention say, "once you vote black, you'll never go back".

Racism at it's finest.

-- Posted by semorider on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 10:19 AM

At least the DNC mentioned Veterans ....RNC just plain forgot us.

-- Posted by CB1 on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 11:03 AM

Yes, Democrats have a wonderful record when it comes to defense spending (NOT). I have personally experienced what those cuts do to our readiness.

Shaking my head.

-- Posted by semorider on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 11:53 AM

Get real Republicans, our country is way better off then it was when you dingalings gave it to Obama! We were losing 700,000 jobs a month when you con artist Republicans gave the country to Obama! Our banks were on the brink of closing their doors and telling us depositors that they didn't have our money which would of meant that us taxpayers would of been forced to give out more money to FICA because YOU DIMWITTED RepubliCONS let Wall Street rob our banks. Wall Street is MUCH better off than it was when you do nothing to stop thievery RepubliCONS ran our government four years ago. The housing industry is recovering and is much better off than it was when you RepubYUKcans ranour country. And now you RepubliCONS want to give us Americans one of the biggest con artist ever, non other than Willard 'Rip Off' Romney, to run our country. If you want to see the truth about what a money con artist Romney is read this article on your computer by doing a Google search for "Greed and Debt, The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital'. Do another Google search for 'Romney, Bain and El Salvador' which shows how Romney in one way or another help finance terrorist who killed 75,000 peasants in El Salvador. Also do a Google search for 'My better America Plan' which shows how Romney is bad for America in many ways. Get EVERYBODY and others at work, school, on the street to read this article. Put bumper stickers on cars and everywhere telling people to read this article. Pass out flyers to the public telling people to read this article. Our country will be a lot worse off if Romney and the Republicans win the election because of the following reasons. Voodoonomics will be the economic plan again. Romney and the Republicans will permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich as well as other tax cuts for the rich. The military budget will unnecessarily increase under Romney. Under Romney abortions will become illegal which means that every time you make love you will have to worry that if it results in the fertilization of the egg than you are stuck becoming a parent. Under Romney Planned Parenthood will be gone which means that a lot of you women will have to go elsewhere to get needed health care and who knows where that will be. Romney and the Republicans will make sure that semi-automatic guns never become illegal and anyone can buy guns at flea markets which means people can buy all the guns they want and sell them to criminals which is the way criminals get their guns right now. Under Romney and the Republicans regulations and environmental laws will be gutted or cut or ignored which means the rich and the polluters will be able to rip us off more and pollute our environment more. Our voting rights will be threatened if Romney and the Republicans run our governments. Our tax laws will be geared to the rich's desires if Romney and the Republicans run our government. We will be in a war with Iran and who knows who else if Romney is president. Israel will become engaged with war with the Palestinians and Arabs if Romney becomes president. Many other bad things will happen if Romney becomes president.

-- Posted by rebel999 on Sat, Sep 8, 2012, at 9:09 PM

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