After powerful speeches by Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and a host of strong surrogates, President Obama caps the Democratic National Convention with a powerful speech making the case for his re-election.
By all accounts it was a spirited and successful Democratic National Convention. Sandra Fluke spoke to the needs of women, Emmanuel Cleaver took the pulpit and preached to the crowd, and Deval Patrick rebutted the Republican argument with fire and passion. The preliminary headliners Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Biden gave the speeches of their lives; both humanizing and lionizing Obama for the man he is and the skilled leader he has proven to be. With all that setup during the Convention Obama had a lot to live up to in making his case to the people. In true Obama form he stepped up big time.
President Obama is known for his oratory skills. His soaring speeches have won over much of the nation. This speech however was not soaring or poetic; it was rather a rather methodical attempt to whip up the base, win the independent vote and outline the clear choice between he and the Romney-Ryan team.
From his speech last night:
The 2012 presidential election in November is “the clearest choice of any time in a generation,” Obama said. Major decisions will be made in Washington — on jobs, the economy, taxes, deficits, energy, education and war — that will directly affect people’s lives, he said. “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties,” Obama said. “”It will be a choice between two different paths for America.”
Below is a replay of the speech in its entirety. For some analysis on what it all measn for you, plese see "5 Reasons Why We Must Vote in 2012".
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