Best of the DNC: President Obama
“If you’re sick of hearing me approve of this message, believe me, so am I.”
The best speech of the 2012 Democratic National Convention was President Obama acceptance speech. Throughout his speech he stressed the importance of working together because no democracy works without compromise.
His speech focused on the different party platforms, which he called the two paths for America. In other words the fundamental different visions for the future on issues like energy, education, climate change, jobs, war and peace.
1. He energized his democratic base with statements like this:
- That everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules—from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC.
- From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings—men and women; Christians and Muslims and Jews.
2. He redefined his position on education and highlighted the importance of education for the middle-class:
- We can gut education, or we can decide that in the United States of America, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school.
3. He talked about his promise to end the war in Iraq:
- A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
4. He highlighted his economic plan and the need to reform Social Security, Medicare and the tax code:
- I want to reform the tax code so that it’s simple, fair, and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000.
- And I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care—not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more.
5. Powerful ending:
- America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder—but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer—but we travel it together. 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.