The Grio | Following Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton on the speaking stage is no easy task. I’d dare to say that its about as tough as performing after Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson.
President Obama is one of the few people equipped to handle such a task, and he did not fail to deliver Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. President Obama laid out a vision for America that seemed to transcend the next four years and strike a chord reminiscent of John F. Kennedy’s inspirational overtures of America entering a new frontier.
The prelude to the president’s speech was a wisely crafted video of Biden, Clinton, and the first lady, all known as great emotional connectors, talking about the president on a personal level and highlighting the achievements of his first term. He led off by making clear that the election in November will be, “a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America.” Arguing that Republicans’ remedy for all of America’s economic ills is tax cuts, he quipped that if you had a cold, the Republicans’ prescription would be to, “take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning.”
He also fought back against attacks painting him as a big government liberal who desires to pass out no questions asked welfare checks by stating that we don’t want “handouts for people who don’t help themselves.” And in one of the most memorable lines of the speech he stated that although, “we don’t think that government can solve all of our problems, we also don’t think it is the source of all of our problems.” Both lines seemed to be targeted towards independent and conservative voters but also designed to firmly declare his belief in old-fashioned American values...
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