- Posted September 2, 2012 by
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Obama in Boulder, CO, says, "VOTE!"
FORWARD was the theme of a rousing speech President Obama gave today on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado. The audience of enthusiastic but somewhat parched supporters stood in line for hours under the burning Rockies sun to pass security checkpoints. Water stations along the line were a life-saver. The campus was closed; many commuted by bicycle. Cloud cover increased to relieve the heat as Colorado politicians and CU students introduced the President. The most effective introductory remarks were delivered by a CU Boulder student who told us about losing both his parents through lack of appropriate care as they could not afford health insurance.
Mr. Obama began his speech by reminiscing about his last visit to Boulder and by acknowledging the loss of CU Buffs to local rivals, Colorado State Rams, the day before. He proposed a rematch—this time, to see who could register more voters. He followed up on the get-out-the-vote theme during his speech by telling the audience, following a remark about the RNC, “Don’t Boo…Vote!”
The President’s speech covered a wide rang of topics from universal healthcare, student loans and solar power to Afghanistan. The focus was more on social issues and healthcare than on economy. This was a college crowd, he was invited by the students, and his remarks were directed at the students for the most part. He was in a fighting mode offering up his criticism of the RNC, “They talked about me, they talked about themselves, but they did not talk about you.” He said American must “invest in you because when you succeed, America succeeds.” And he wants us to succeed regardless of “who we are and whom we love”, in reference to his support of same-sex marriage. In America, “we are greater together than we are apart”, in line with his all-inclusive stance. He told us that, in contrast to his own, the agenda adopted by the RNC would take us backward to the last century. Appealing to the Coloradans, the President said “no one understands better than the folks in the West about going forward. He stressed the importance of Colorado in going forward and told us he is counting on us. President did a great job energizing the base, reminding us of the issues at hand like reproductive rights and cost of education, and a warning about what is at stake in November.