Barack Obama knows that making sure our daughters are paid the same as our sons for the same job must be every father’s bottom line
You know, Mitt Romney, he saw the same crisis, and you know what he said. ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt.’ Now sure, sure, Mitt Romney loves our lakes and our trees. He loves our cars so much they even have their own elevator. But the people who design and build and sell those cars? Well, in Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft!
Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan
What made Clinton’s speech so exceptional? First, for all the assumptions that the public will not tolerate and has no appetite for substance, Clinton proved the cynics wrong — his remarks were incredibly policy focused, not only in heralding Obama’s underappreciated achievements, but also in taking the GOP vision apart, one issue at a time. The former president is in a league of his own when it comes to making wonky details accessible and easy to understand. Whereas Republicans treated voters like children last week, building whole days around out-of-context quotes and shallow platitudes, Clinton spoke to Americans like adults, respecting us enough to assume we’d understand. It was a triumph for facts and reason.
Former President Bill Clinton told delegates at the Democratic National Convention that he didn’t think the Republicans had a strong argument for election, and that President Obama was on the right track towards economic recovery and prosperity.
“I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better,” Clinton told the delegates assembled at the Time Warner Cable Arena. “Here it is: He inherited a deeply damaged economy, he put a floor under the crash, he began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for innovators.”
President Clinton addressed the question circulating through the press this week: “Are we where we want to be? No. Is the President satisfied? No. Are we better off than we were when he took office? Yes.” He went on to highlight the recovery in jobs and housing, but noted that many people are not feeling it yet.
Clinton, speaking at his seventh Democratic convention, sought to draw contrasts between Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s view for the future of the country, and that of President Obama.”If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. But if you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility - a we’re-all-in-this-together society - you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. “
San Antonio, Texas mayor Julian Castro’s Tuesday night speech was pretty powerful. He brought a freshness and immediacy to the American dream through the immigrant experience.
Translation: this little girl’s daddy just spit hot fire and she knows it.
People will talk about this speech for years to come and the comparison with Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC address is obvious. The part of the speech that struck me the most was a detail about his grandmother:
The Castro family lore rings true for so many Americans but I often wonder about immigrants like me. We are the first in our families to come the United States seeking a path to citizenship. We came in the post-civil rights era and we don’t necessarily identify with the activists of that time. But a polite, calm, half-black guy that’s lived overseas? He might just hold the key to our future. -Amina
“My grandmother didn’t live to see us begin our lives in public service. But she probably would have thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way—the good people of San Antonio willing—to the United States Congress.
My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story possible. Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.
Bobby Finger, how did you know this is exactly what I wanted?!
Obviously Michelle’s speech was amazing. I don’t care what your politics are but if you don’t believe that the First Lady is a knockout YOU ARE DEAD TO ME.
She spoke about her and Barack Obama’s personal story emphasizing their humble beginnings as she has in previous campaign speeches.
“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love,” she told the delegates assembled in Charlotte.
She reflected on her fears four years ago about how the office might change her husband and the life their family lives. She said she worried that the man she fell in love with might lose sight of his history.
“Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are, no, it reveals who you are.”
The first lady steered clear of hard policy prescriptions, aiming instead to speak about the President’s character.
“I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do,” she told the convention hall, “even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard. “