Obama Asks For 2nd Term In Speech
- Category: Atlanta
- Published on Friday, 14 September 2012 15:57
- Written by The Atlanta Daily World
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“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 tumultuous cheers when former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously 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 daring 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 added, “The truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade.”
In convention parlance, both Obama and Biden were delivering acceptance speeches before delegates who nominated them for new terms in office.
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.
“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 the former Massachusetts governor committed while visiting London.
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