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The President Brings it Home: Here’s What He Said

The President Brings it Home: Here’s What He Said
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President Obama’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but don’t get any ideas, you’re still going to class tomorrow. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for.

Madam Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.

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; 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.

I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me – so am I.

But when all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.

On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.

A choice between two paths

It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known; the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in Patton’s Army; the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly line while he was gone.

They knew they were part of something larger – a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression; a nation where the most innovative businesses turned out the world’s best products, and everyone shared in the pride and success – from the corner office to the factory floor. My grandparents were given the chance to go to college, buy their first home, and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of America’s story: the promise that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; that everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules – from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC.

I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn’t; racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food on the table. And when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings – a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover.

Feel a cold coming on?  Take two tax cuts…

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!”

Now, I’ve cut taxes for those who need it – middle-class families and small businesses. But I don’t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit. I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy, or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China. After all that we’ve been through, I don’t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keep his home. We’ve been there, we’ve tried that, and we’re not going back. We’re moving forward.

Not “quick or easy”

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. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.

But 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’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.

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8:06PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

I wish care2 would allow you to block certain people's comments. Certain opinions are a waste of space!

12:30PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Elaine-it is bad enough that you have to spew your hateful rhetoric, but do you have to YELL IT also?

11:30AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Companies of the various Romney friendly networks can't rely on simply rabid followers, but rather are constantly seeking traitors to the constitution and America who for but count of coin will express any subversive cracker those firms want to buy.

Think it just could not be true? Here is the audition link.

And of course it all traces back to Romney and Bain.

10:32AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012


7:47AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Give Obama time, he's already made such a difference and if we keep him in he can continue to build on that progress. He's doing this because he loves people and the United States of America, not because he has some ideologies that he think should be laws. If I were a citizen of the USA I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

12:51AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012


... Using Paid Actors as Callers
The subtitle states it all. It is an actual quote from a Wikipedia subtitle. Clear Channel is frustrated that, even with 114 listeners, it is still unable to get the response to the propaganda it desires. Therefore, they actually engage in full time hiring of actors to call in and be scripted. As Wikipedia denotes;

Clear Channel, through its subsidiary, Premiere Radio Networks, auditions and hires actors to call in to talk radio shows and pose as listeners in order to provide shows, carried by Clear Channel and other broadcasters, with planned content in the form of stories and opinions. The custom caller service provided by Premiere Radio assures its clients they won't hear the same actor's voice for at least two months in order to appear authentic to listeners who might otherwise catch on.[53] ...

12:50AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Speaking of Romney's Bain owning Clear Channel and mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and Glenn Beck:

Sun Sep 02, 2012

The Bain of Empty Chairs: Clear Channel is a Billion Dollar Advantage That Can't Buy Love by laserhaas

... How Bain Capital acquired Clear Channel is due to the same strategy, like LBO'ing, that has always worked before. Load up the entity with debt, take fees and fire some people. It was even reported in 2010, that, as usual, the debt was so burdensome (despite the layoff of 2400 people), that Clear Channel was considering bankruptcy (see Wikipedia source - here). But that would put a dent in the plan to have all those listeners locked in. So Clear Channel took on a new parter "equity" partner. Enter Robert Warren "Bob" Pittman. The media mogul who is considered to be the "only" entrepreneur in broadcasting.

Thus far the strategy has worked. Clear Channel Communications has avoided bankruptcy and is still controlled by Bain Capital. An entity that desperately desires that its founder becomes the President of the United States. At least there's some luv and devotion to Mitt Romney from Bain Capital. (Makes you wonder - did he ever "really" give up ownership)? ...

10:32PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Lol, guess maybe I did copy something about Cumulous some time back, they've made a lot of aquisitions and my memory sucks!

Explaining the inaccuracy of some ABC stories?

... Cumulus Media Networks is an American radio network owned and operated by Cumulus Media. As of 2011[update] it controls many of the radio assets formerly belonging to the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which was broken up in 2007; Cumulus owns the portion of the network that was purchased by Citadel Broadcasting that year. The network adopted its current name in September 2011, following Cumulus's acquisition of Citadel; prior to this, it had been known as Citadel Media Networks since April 2009, after licensing the "ABC Radio Networks" name from The Walt Disney Company for nearly two years. The company is helmed by two radio executives from Atlanta. ...

10:25PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

The more one digs , the more one finds political views being far more reflective of investment portfolios than the cause of the average US citizen.

Sniffing about their health care investments lends some light to their political views in that regard as well

10:09PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Yeah, I'd found out about the media I knew about - thanks for the Cumulous and other info! - and the Limbaugh connection through looking up Bain investments and partners.

Lots of things are only mentioned in business magazines that are never otherwise heard of...

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