- Posted September 7, 2012 by
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Sights and sounds of the DNC
The President: 'We are not going back. We are going forward, America!'
President Barack Obama tonight accepted the nomination for a 2nd run for the presidency from the Democratic Naional Convention. In accepting the nomination said that his rivals in the Republican Party last week talked a good talk, but offered no specifics on how to get there. The President said the GOP would take us back while he would take the nation forward.
As usual the President often used the phrase "fair" over and over. But as is always the case with those on the left side of the aisle, the term was never defined. The way it seems to be defined by the President tonight is what is "fair" is only when "the most wealthiest among us pay more". Sorry, to me this is a call to division.
The President then went on to offer some new promises for a 2nd term. He did not, however, provide specifics on how to obtain these promises except to keep saying he has a plan.
What the President promised tonight:
1. 1 million new manufacturing jobs
2. Double exports by 2014
3. Double fuel efficiency of vehicles
4. Cut oil imports in half by 2020
5. Support 600,000 new natural gas jobs
6. Cut carbon emissions in half
7. Cut growth of college tuition in half over the next 10 years
8. Recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next 10 years
9. Give 2 million workers training at community colleges that lead to jobs
10. Reduce the national debt by over $4 trillion over the next 10 years
"We will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known," the President proclaimed before a party not known for defense being its strong suit.
While the President gave an excellent political speech, when putting it up against his iconic 2008 acceptance speech, it paled in comparison. He was strong in laying out the Democratic ideology, but without the same rhetorical flair that had the nation enthralled 4 years ago.
The conventioneers were constantly on their feet and yelling, "Four more years!" Yet when addressing the party faithful that was expected.
For me, I am still wondering the same thing I wondered last week after listening to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, how do you plan to get us to the destination you want to take us?
For me, as I listened, I kept waiting for the specifics. I kept waiting for details. I kept waiting to have a plan broke down with the guideposts, the road signs clearly visible to know how the journey will be traversed.
The President did resurrected somewhat the 2008 message of hope. Except this time around he talked of people he saw and met over the last 4 years, their experiences and how they strived over adversity and succeeded, gave him hope. The message changed from then candidate Obama offering hope to America to one where Americans gave the now President hope.
In closing the President appealed to the delegates to vote in November. Then he turned to the television audience saying he knows the path isn't easy, but that "Providence is with us."
From the Cornfield, while I laud the President for a great political speech, but was less stirring than that of former President Bill Clinton last night, I know no more now, except for the 10 new promises, than I knew when the convention began on Tuesday.