On this third day of the democratic national convention, we heard from Vice President Joe Biden & President Barack Obama.
V.P. Biden got things started off by reminding us of why we voted for Obama in the first place. As a nation, we were tired of being bruised and battered by our own government policies. Policies, that failed our economy and more importantly, failed to protect the American people. We needed change and we allowed Barack Obama to be our leader to moves us forward out of this crisis.
“I want to take you inside the White House to see the President, as I see him every day. Because I don’t see him in sound bites. I walk down the hall, 30 steps to the Oval Office, and I see him in action.”
Biden let us see President Obama in a different light. He showed us the man of action. The man who has to make the tough, gutsy decisions. The man who is under constant pressure. The man who has a profound concern for the American people.
“Barack and I have been through a lot together. And we’ve learned a lot about each other. I learned of the enormity of his heart. And he learned of the depth of my loyalty.”
The V.P. continued on speaking of the auto Industry and why it was so important to save it. He said it was about families, a paycheck, most importantly, it was about dignity and respect. Saving the industry meant saving families. Barack understood this and took the responsibility and action necessary to get things done.
Biden then spoke on Governor Romney. “When I look back now on the President’s decision, I also think of another son of an automobile man—Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney grew up in Detroit. His father ran American Motors. Yet he was willing to let Detroit go bankrupt. “
He said he felt Romney not to be a bad man, but a man who only sees things in numbers, charts, write-offs, that sort of thing. He does not understand that it’s not about numbers, there are peoples livelihoods at stake.
V.P. Biden also spoke about RNC (Republican National Convention). He criticized Romney & Ryan, for their plan that would cut benefits to more than 30 millions seniors on Medicare. He was also critical of their “act now” attitude when it came to the national debt stating “what they didn’t tell you is that they have rejected every plan put forward by us”. He stressed the fact that Romney does not have the best interest of the American people in mind. He wants to maximize profits and is highly in favor of outsourcing. He wants to raise taxes for the middle class, to pay for trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy.
“I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, it has never, never, ever, been a good bet to bet against the American people.”
Lastly, Vice President Biden once again reminded us of the courage and strength President Obama shown over these past four years . He made one last bid, allow himself and the President to finish what they have started and re-elect President Barack Obama.
After three days of anticipation, we would finally hear what our President had to say in his bid for re-election. He started off speaking of hope. He spoke of the hope in the face of adversity and uncertainty. A hope that has been tested by war and a weakened economy.
“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.”
He spoke of our fight to bring back the values that have made this nation so great. The generations before us, who fought and worked hard to make this nation strong. We, the people who work hard everyday to make a better life for ourselves and for our children. Obama is focused and determined to bring these values back to America . He wants the type of America where everyone shares in the success, from the big wig at the top, all the way down to the clerk in the mail room. An America that provides opportunity for all of its citizens, not just the ones who can afford it.
“My grandparents were given the chance to go to college, buy their first home, and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of America’s story: the promise that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; that everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.”
He spoke on his continued commitment to the American people and reminded us that he has cut taxes for the middle class, implemented plans such as Obama care, and has created thousands of new jobs that will move us forward into the future. He realizes the economic state of America, but also stated “you didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear, you elected me because I told you the truth”. There is no quick fix for the economy, but by being ahead of the curve and creating jobs in new fields (for example green energy) we are paving a way for future generations to build on and make our nation strong again.
The President went on to speak of the election four years ago and how the election was not about him, but about us, the American people. It was about hope and change and we made that happen.
“I’m hopeful because of you.”
He didn’t promise us an easy way out, but he did provide the plan that will allow us to rise up and become
A strong and healthy nation once again.
“We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.”
Day three of the DNC proved to be just as exciting and passion driven as the previous days. Both Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama delivered powerful and passionate speeches, that once again electrified the crowd and got me fired up as well!
FULL SPEECH of Pres. Barack Obama’s address at DNC 2012 DAY 3. Peep below!
Heidi Figueroa got her start writing sports columns for her high school newspaper. Shortly after, she became a member of the Journalism honor society and has also had some of her works published in local poetry magazines. She is a Songwriter, artist and Beat maker currently residing in Los Angeles, Ca.