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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Kind of funny matt supposedly leaves thg then there is no eyeslikelitening really and so many other names and matt claimed he did not use lots of names the absence of many names on the political stories explains everything.

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@bob sodervick: Bob, I don't need to watch a youtube video to know what the president has done in last 3 1/2 yrs. Almost 4 yrs of unemployment at 8%+; going around congress (who denied the dream act) to give 12 million illegal ailens amensty just for $440, w/o having to prove anything; forcing the American people, Ins co, & businesses to participate in a health ins program that will bankrupt them over time; involving himself w/the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; shall I go on? The sad thing is, It is in our nature as humans to destroy ourselves, ignorance of the people and propaganda by the gov't will lead people into their own destruction-just as Austria if the whole Hitler thing worked out (please note 97% of Austrians voted for Hitler and the Nazis.

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NO WAY MY LITTLE MATTY IS GONE WHO WILL I BUG NOW WHY DID RANTING MATT GO YOUR CRAZY LUNATIC RACIST RANTS WILL NOT BE MISSED BUT HAVING A LAUGH AT YOUR EXPENCE WAS THE FUN PART OF MY DAY .YOUR ONE OF A KIND NITWIT SOLONG MY LITTLE MATTY IT WAS FUN.

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@Matt yoy did not tell the thg posters that i need you to get votes on a gosdip.site because i have no plans to fix anything .Except asking the heavenly father to endowe my undergarments with extra special powers .Matt.if i win i will autograph a used pair of undergarments for you they will be worth a fortune pal keep up the fight.

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Im back Romney called me and said he needed the five votes i can get on thg with my political wisdom could win it for him.

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After all the racist and anti gay comments i have made on thg .All the posters i have called dumb and every horrible name i could think of i expect everyone to believe that i did not say that unforgiveable comments i said about gaby giffords.

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Matt gone the happy dance is going on all over thg

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@Daina: purveyor of political wisdom?! Now that's comical! Here's an idea: why don't you pack up and go with your BFF Matt. You guys can incite hatred and bias elsewhere! Buh-bye....

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@Really??? Time to move onto a new site probably. Matt's gone. And these trolls certainly can't fill the bill! Pity such a wonderful purveyor of political wisdom was forced from the blogger threads of this humble site. (sigh)

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Mission acomplished trolls?? Are you just quivering at the mention of Matt leaving this site?Is there such a thing as stooping too low,with you people?That was a rhetorical question.....OF COURSE NOT! If one of the very FEW voices of reason on this site has indeed exited.........it just got a whole lot LESS entertaining/interesting on here.

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