VIDEO: President Barack Obama ACCEPTS The Nomination, "We Are Not Moving Back, We're Moving Forward!"
President Barack Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC Thursday night where he told Americans, "We are not moving back...we're moving forward!" Watch the speech inside.....
After a rousing introduction by his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for President tonight in Charlotte, NC. In a speech that lasted 39 minutes, Obama outlined many of the problems that have plagued the nation for decades and stressed the need for a stronger economy and middle class. He also stressed that another 4 years of his Administration was needed to further rectify the severe damage from the last administration.
Obama maintained that his promises have been kept and his plans are indeed working.
Here are highlights from President Obama's speech:
"I realize that times have changed since I first addressed this convention. I'm no longer a candidate, I'm the President."
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 – from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC.
I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn’t; racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food on the table. And when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings – a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover.
I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. 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 decades.
But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.
Watch the video here:
President Obama's family joined him on stage after the speech:
First Lady rocked a pretty printed full skirted purple dress from Laura Smalls (her second black designer in 2 days!), And Malia rocked an H&M blue frock, while younger sister Sasha looked cute in her black & white Anthropologie belted dress.
And during his speech, he even reminded the gorgeous First Daughters that they still had to go to school tomorrow.
Also at the DNC last night................
"Scandal" actress Kerry Washington fabulously took the stage in support of our President. She urged people to get involved, exercise their right to vote and to really "think" about politics. A few highlights:
I'm here not just as an actress but as a woman, an African-American, a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, a person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama!
Look, I get it. Whether it's school, work, family, we've all got a lot on our minds. People say to me, "I'm just too busy to think about politics." But here's the thing: You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you.
Today there are people trying take away rights that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for: our right to vote, our right to choose, affordable quality education, equal pay, access to health care. We the people can't let that happen.
None of us can be silent. We need all of you in this network, and we will win this election, because we are the people.
Watch Kerry's speech here: