United States President Barack Obama on Thursday night accepted the Democratic National Convention’s nomination as its candidate for the November 2012 presidential election.
Speaking on the last day of the DNC’s convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Obama promised Americans that better days were ahead of them.
He began by saying, “Madam Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for president of the United States.”
He saluted the determination of the American people to turn the economy around and pledged to take every necessary step to make life better for them.
In an inspiring speech that got the convention arena roaring intermittently with shouts of ‘USA, USA, USA’ and ‘Four More Years’ ‘Four More Years,’ Obama said, “Over the next few years big decisions will be made in Washington on jobs, the economy, taxes and deficits, energy, education, war and peace — decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and on our children’s lives for decades to come.
And on every issue, the choice you face won’t just be 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 paid tribute to his wife, Michelle; daughters, Sasha and Malia; Vice-President Joe Biden; as well as his grandparents.
Obama recalled that his grandparents gave their best to America during the Second World War and laid down inspiring values for upcoming generations.
He said it was the kind of values that drove his grandfather to serve in the army while his grandmother went to work on a bomber assembly line.
“They knew they were part of something larger — a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression, a nation where the most innovative businesses turn out the world’s best products, and everyone shared in that pride and success from the corner office to the factory floor,” he said.
Obama took a swipe at the GOP’s call for tax cuts as a solution to high unemployment in the US, saying that they lacked a plan to make America better.
“Now, our friends down in Tampa at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America. But they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right.
“They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because 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 some regulations, and call us in the morning.
“Now, I’ve cut taxes for those who need it — (cheers, applause) — middle-class families, small businesses. But I don’t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit.
“I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy — (cheers, applause) — or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China. After all we’ve been through, I don’t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small-businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keep his home.
“We have been there, we’ve tried that, and we’re not going back. We are moving forward, America,” he said.