President Obama Presents Himself as Tested Leader, Says "Our Problems Can Be Solved" in DNC Speech

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No longer the transformative political figure of 2008 but a struggling incumbent hoping to eke out reelection, President Barack Obama nevertheless promised wary Americans that brighter days are still ahead if voters grant him four more years.

"Know this, America: Our problems can be solved," he told the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. "Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be difficult, but it leads to a better place. I'm asking you to choose that future."

His appeal aimed to build on a rousing speech by Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton's epic defense of the current White House occupant this week.

"I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy. I never have," Obama told his constituents. "You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear."

"You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade."

The President, who is currently in a dead heat with Mitt Romney, wasted little time contrasting the policies of his administration with his challenger's.

"All they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years: Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another."

"Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back regulations, and call us in the morning!" he said to laughter, then pivoted to foreign affairs.

"My opponent and his running mate (Paul Ryan) are new to foreign policy, but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly," he said.

"After all, you don't call Russia our number one enemy - not al Qaeda, Russia - unless you're still stuck in a Cold War mind warp," Obama said.

"You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. My opponent said it was "tragic" to end the war in Iraq, and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will."

Obama's goal is to convince voters to see this as a choice between competing visions, not merely an up-or-down vote on current economic conditions.

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future," he said.

With an unemployment rate at 8.3 percent, and slow growth on the horizon, it remains to be seen if voters will choose his. Obama acknowledged this is no 2008.

"I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention. Times have changed, and so have I," he said. "If you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen."

Did he make the sale? You tell us in the comments below.

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Interesting: 67 shows up after Tequila! Same person? Troll union? Sisters? Your kids? Well, anyways, we always know 67 you're about. Behind many a mask no doubt. Don't have time to list all your alias...we just know you show up and are present most of the time. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes you reincarnate. More lives than a feline. Chow!


@Daina-Well said!Matt has a lot of wisdom,more than 138 of these trolls could muster up between them.Just as I figured......take a break for a weekend......come back and this site is very boring without him on here.If he isn't here,they have nothing to put their energy into.It's just a matter of time before they start to attack and eat their own.A bunch of angry slimy cockroaches breeding and feeding off of each other's stupidity/ignorance.Looks like you're right,time toto move on.


~Told Ya-I'm not sure what is more embarrassing here........the fact that I don't even know what a flippin' "ip address"is or the fact that the pea-brain,moronic low-life little trolls on this site have infiltrated YOUR mind and undoubtedly out-smarted YOU?!!Look @ the comments on this thread..........then take a look @ the Gifford thread.Are you noticing a TREND???Someone(s) using the names "Daina,Matt,Eyeslikelightening and Really"to post BOGUS comments! I find pleasure in coming on here and stating my political opinion and ticking off a troll or two.An Alias?Are you nuts?Direct your threats @ the appropriate recipient.


Really? I haven't given the splashing Reed Matty kkk nymph eyes a thought in weeks. Romney rules Obama doesn't. Like a broken record over and over. Trolls and I'll come find you, whatever!
I hope these people hammer your sorry pompous asses. Shut up and let other adults speak, so self righteous. Now yipee bitch don't bother, I'm not debating any of you. I'm debating the right others have to speak without your verbals attacks. I'm hit and run. Later Reedy aka Matty.


Take a good look in the mirror, Tequila..see that idiot winking? That's the loser!


What a bunch of losers some of you people are..


@Really alias 67 YOU better watch YOURSELF and your band of nasty trolls. Looking up addresses are not my forte or interest for that matter. Just saying...anyone who does that would HAVE to know we aren't the same person. Thus, you better watch yourself! Btw, is your first cousin, Really????...I don't know how you keep the pace!


@one eye why cant i be like matty spend every minute on thg maybe he went and got a real job .Probably at a all white rich guy job the republican party mascot maybe.Or the grand pooba of the kkk matt is racist enough to wear a pointy dunce cap maybe they pay 50 a hour.


@eyes you better be careful you might get in trouble you just amitted you and your gang of boobs (matt) looks up ip addresses i never have bad poster.


@Strange What an apt username for yourself! You stupid little fool! If you looked up my IP address you'd know already that me 'n Matt are different people! But, then troll brains have been scientifically proven to be smaller. One or two brain cells leaves a creature like you obviously lacking! I'm still here! To torment you when I find time..after all, I do have a should get one sometime and try it out!

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