President Obama’s speech was lacking in detail, full of divisive rhetoric appealing to his base, and if anyone thinks this speech was a game changer, they are sadly mistaken. It lacked vision, conviction and really only promised more of the same renewable energy projects, and a wild promise to recruit another 100,000 teachers.
Obama used his nationally televised speech closing out the Democratic National Convention to try to revive the excitement that powered his first run for the presidency.
With just two months before election day, Mr Obama needs to win over undecided voters, especially those who had been swayed by his inspiring message of hope and change in 2008, but now feel disillusioned after years of economic weakness and persistent political bickering.
“The election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you,” he said. “My fellow citizens – you were the change.”
Obama implored Americans to grant him a second term in the world’s most important job, as he cast himself as a realist and said the US recovery was bound to be hard after the worst recession in generations.
“The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades,” Obama said at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
Obama’s core message was I need more time. He compared America’s economic problems to the Great Depression of the 1930s, calling it the Great Recession. To overcome the challenges ahead will require “common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation” that Franklin D Roosevelt once made the Democrats famous for.
He said the American people were the ones responsible for accomplishments on his watch, such as overhauling healthcare, changing immigration policies and ending the ban on gays in the military. If they turned away now, he warned, “you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible”. “Change,” he said, “will not happen”.
Mr Obama built on the message Democrats delivered throughout the convention: that America is on the road to recovery while Mr Romney would revive failed policies, cutting taxes for the rich and slashing programmes that give regular Americans a chance for a more prosperous future. “If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election,” he said.
Republicans, who nominated Mr Romney last week, argue that America’s high 8.3% unemployment rate is proof that Mr Obama’s policies have failed and that the president’s spendthrift, big-government policies have hurt business and caused the federal deficit to soar.
The two candidates are locked in a tight race. Polls show that Mr Romney, a wealthy businessman and former governor of Massachusetts, is seen as the better candidate for improving the economy, while Mr Obama is viewed as more likeable and having a better understanding of everyday Americans.
Mr Obama’s speech marked the climax of the three-day convention. First lady Michelle Obama highlighted the first day, talking about her husband’s humble roots and compassion for those living through tough times. Bill Clinton, the popular former president who led the United States during years of prosperity, gave a rousing speech on Thursday, vouching for Mr Obama’s economic policies and urging Americans not to turn back to Republicans.
Preceding Mr Obama was vice president Joe Biden, who was formally re-nominated. Mr Biden proclaimed in his acceptance speech that “America has turned the corner” after experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Mitt Romney’s campaign accused President Barack Obama of glossing over broken promises in his speech Thursday, saying he offered “more of the same” instead of admitting failure.
“President Obama laid out the choice in this election, making the case for more of the same policies that haven’t worked for the past four years,” Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades said in a statement issued in the middle of Obama’s speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president.
“He offered more promises, but he hasn’t kept the promises he made four years ago,” Rhoades added.
“Americans will hold President Obama accountable for his record. They know they’re not better off and that it’s time to change direction.”
Overall, the speech while decent was far below some of the other speakers over the three days most notably First Lady Michele Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and President Clinton. While the auditorium crowd were delirious, one cannot help but to feel disillusioned if you were sitting at home.
People need to be convinced that whoever they elect has a firm and detailed plan for the next four years and will deliver with actions, not speeches. President and Obama need to rise to the challenge and whoever is successful in that task will win this election.