DNC 2012: The FORWARD Speech







On the last night of the Democratic convention, speaker after speaker reminded the American people why they need to re-elect President Barack Obama.

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm raised the audience to their feet reminding voters President Barack Obama’s decisions saved the auto industry from the brink, brought it back to global success and by doing so, created jobs.

Senator John Kerry hammered home the Romney/Ryan ticket’s lack of foreign policy experience. Many were left asking where was this fiery man eight years ago?  Then Kerry lost to Bush after vicious GOP attacks on his military service and was accused of waffling on issues. Ironically he was sent by the Dem’s to lay out how the Romney record is riddled with inconsistency. “Before Mitt Romney debates President Obama, he should debate himself.”

Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage opening with trademark humble humor recalling how he had to ask his wife five times to marry him. And he ended a strong speech with strong words: “America is coming back!”

Obama took to the stage with a stadium thundering with applause, cheers and unmistakable enthusiasm. He said, “The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope…now I am President”

He launched into a speech light on specifics, but heavy on staying the course. He laid the case for four more years and threw some jabs at the opposition.

“Our friends down in Tampa…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 had 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.”

Obama stayed on course with his message of hope and change. He spoke convincingly of shared opportunity, shared responsibility being the best way to create shared prosperity. He ended the convention with a page from the Kennedy playbook, he asked the American people to share in the journey, he asked the American people to work with him to return to prosperity and he asked America for their vote to take us forward-not back.


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