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When First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage last night, she was poised, eloquent, passionate and "real." Although I don't doubt his abilities, former President Bill Clinton certainly has big shoes to fill tonight...and graceful ones at that.
Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the First Lady's speech:
"Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it...and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love."
"...he believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."
"...for Barack, success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives."
"...he reminds me that we are playing a long game here...and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once."
"If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire...if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores...if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote...if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time...if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream...and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love...then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream."
Former President Bill Clinton is the headline speaker at day two of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clinton's endorsement comes the night after First Lady Michelle Obama made the case for her husband's re-election in front of cheering supporters.
Democrats are following last week's Republican National Convention where members of the GOP painted President Obama as weak on the economy. Obama will accept his party's nomination and address the nation tomorrow night when the DNC will draw to a close.
What do you hope to hear from President Obama tomorrow night? What did you think of Michelle Obama's speech last night? What issues should Democrats focus on in the final weeks of the campaign?
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Obama had his chance and never lived up to his promises. Also his wife's speech was nothing other than dependence on government. Her personal family and his are just like the rest of us and the difference for many others are that even being poor our families went to war. I myself had family in WWI, WW2 and some were serving in piece time.
ALSO I THINK WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF THE KENNEDYS, CLINTONS, BUSHES AND CUOMO'S.
COME ON NOW ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
CLINTON IS GOING TO DO NOTHING MORE TALK ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS TIME IN OFFICE AND THIS IS ALSO A PRELUDE TO HILLARY RUNNING IN 2016.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THESE TWO MEN?
SO THAT LEAVES TO BELIEVE THAT IT'S EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF JUST LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER POLITICIANS. [PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES AND MORE PROMISES AND IN THE END THAT'S JUST WHAT WE GET IT.
I hope 2 hear President Obama clearly spell out the 2 choices we have as a nation. Backwards, with the GOP which caused the economic crisis in the country/ or Forward with the Dems. & a Congress that will work with him on behalf of the American people.. FLOTUS was beautifully magnificent!
I would urge democrats to emphasize that we are indeed better off today than
4 years ago, when the financial hit this country like a freight train and everyone lost so much, thanks to the presidents leadership that financial crisis which we are still hurting from is waning.
And I can speak for myself when I say that the tax cuts that were targeted to help the middle class has improved my financial situation, it is unfortunate that so many Americans are still unemployed, but the fact is that the republicans have not cooperated with this president when it came to supporting jobs creation, even when those job creating measures were ideas that they had initially introduced or supported before Obama became president.
Felix Bay Ridge
Michelle Obama's speech was a typical speech about the hopeless, the down and out and those of humble origin. It made me want to puke.
Oh, but the government is going to raise everyone up. Just like Lyndon Johnson did with the Great Society? In essence money was stolen, via taxation, from those who earned it and funneled through government which took it's money laundering percentage and did what? NOTHING! The people who were poor under Johnson and the Democrats would be even poorer today thanks to Obama and his pretenses.
Port Richmond, SI
Eddie from Brooklyn. What do I hope to hear from obama. An apology for ruining the economy, for high unemployment, flooding the country with illegal immigrants, not being able to find his birth certificate, an admission he's really a closet muslim. So he's getting on his flying carpet and going away.
That's All folks!
I was surprised to find myself moved by Michelle Obama's heartfelt passion and conviction during last night's speech. But raw emotions do not pay the bills. The democrats need to focus on the economy. They need to convince the voters that in four years there will be more jobs and a stronger economy for Americans than there would be with Mitt Romney in the White House.
~ Dennis, Hamilton Heights
ROMNEY IS JUST ANOTHER SNAKE
OIL SALESMAN. IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT I DON'T WHAT TO HEAR NEW YORKERS CRYING ABOUT HIGHER TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE RICH GETTING RICHER.
Michelle Obama's speech was personal, passionate and conveyed caring values while maintaining brilliant political subtlety.
She never once uttered any of the 3 "R" words - Romney, Ryan or Republican.
The late, great comedian, George Carlin, had a list of "Seven (filthy) Words You Can Never Say on Television." I think he would expand that list of 7 words to 10.
Upper West Side
I feel the candidates should talk about, the truth! I need to hear more about Education, Medicare, Unemployment, Middle Class, Homelessness, And the Poor People in this Country! I don't need to hear about the economy, cause I know why it happened and who made it that way!
People who seem to be against President Obama being re-elected for another 4 years, which I thought that New York City was mostly democratic?? Well, I say let's vote Republican and put Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House and watch all women's rights taken away, Roe v. Wade overturned, Medicare eliminated to a voucher system, lets go back to deregulation and by all means let's not forget to keep taxes low for the 1%.
When are we going to realize it doesn't matter who speaks at the convention or who wins the election? The middle and lower classes will be kept spinning on the economic hamster wheel while the rich get richer. The entire system is stacked in favor of the very few and both major parties play into the hands of those in control of our economic systems.
Regardless of the party in power, new immigrants and other Americans who mop offices, clean houses, pump gas or wait tables have been able to progress to prosperity. But those who sit at home in public housing and collect food stamps merely exist. To which group do you wish to send your tax dollars?
Will, Upper West Side
Under the Bush administration Republicans took the country from a surplus and led us to two wars and eventually led us to this recession. They supported a president whose decisions brought the economy to ruin and now expect President Obama to fix the damage that was done over eight years in just one term. This is completely unfair and unrealistic. That's not to say that Obama has done a 100% perfect job but in all honesty, would it matter if it would have been a Republican or Democrat? Would the country not have been inherited in the same condition?