Live blogging Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Denver’s Invesco Field.
The crowd of 80,000+ is chanting “Yes We Can!” Barack Obama officially accepts the party’s nomination for presidency.
He thanks Hillary Clinton for her work on her campaign and his. He also thanks Bill Clinton for his wonderful endorsement speech last night, and Ted Kennedy for his resilience. Also, Joe Biden for his speech, and his work. He also thanks his wife, Michelle Obama, and his daughters.
He talks about the American dream. He says all that is wrong with America, in regards to the economy and other major problems are a direct result of the Bush Administration.
“Enough! This moment, this election is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.” He references the Republican convention next week, and says we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight. “Eight is enough!”
“Senator McCain likes to talk about his judgment, but what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right 90% of the time?” He talks about what McCain has said about the economy and the American people, “a nation of whiners” when it comes to their complains about the economy’s downfall. He is getting in touch with middle-class America. He’s showing there is no disconnect, like McCain tries to make it seem, and like many are afraid of. Obama himself, rose from nothing to everything, he is the epitome of a lower-middle class man, he chose social service over a high-paying post in a law firm.
He talks about the difference between each party’s view on progress. “We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president.” Many economical issues that effect middle-class families today, that didn’t effect them when the last democrat was president. Issues that effect them now under George Bush, who all democrats liken to John McCain.
Reminds the public about his civil service in Chicago 20 years ago. Talks about all his grandmother has done for him, the sacrifices she made for him to have a better life. He puts down the comparison to celebrity that McCain has tried to enforce upon him, saying his life has not been that of a celebrity, but of a hard-working American.
A government should do “that which we cannot do.” “Our government should help us, not hurt us, it should ensure opportunity…for every American who’s willing to work.” “We rise or fall as one nation”
His Change: A tax cut for companies that create jobs in America, not ship them overseas. Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups. Cut taxes for 95% of all working families. “In 10 years we will finally end our dependence on oil from the middle-east.” “We will do this.”
Off-shore drilling is a short term measure not a long-term solution. “Not even close.” He says he will tap our natural gas reserves and fund clean coal companies. He wants fuel-efficient cars to be built in America. $150 billion over the next 10 years in renewable energy, creating five million new jobs that can’t be outsourced.
World-class education for children, so all children have the chances he has had. Higher salaries for teachers. Affordable college educations for social servants or those in the military. Affordable, encompassing health-care for all Americans. References his sick grandmother, who had cancer, arguing with health insurance companies.
Equal pay for equal work. “We cannot meet 21st century challenges with a 20th century bureaucracy.” He says he’s ready to lead, and is ready to debate McCain, who says Obama isn’t experience enough to be Commander-in-chief.
References all that is wrong with McCain’s view on the war, and all that he, Obama, has stood up for. He is showing everyone that he knows a lot about foreign policy, and with Biden by his side, no one need worry. “We are the party of Roosevelt, we are the party of Kennedy, so don’t tell me this party won’t keep us safe.” “We are here to restore that legacy.”
Obama says he will end the war responsibly. He, eloquently, tells everyone he will once again make America a symbol of hope and prosperity.
“I’ve got news for you John McCain. We all put our country first.”
Acknowledges the differences of opinions between republicans and democrats, on gun control, same-sex marriage and abortion. Highlights what everyone can agree on, keeping AK-47’s out of the hands of criminals, keeping gays and lesbians free of discrimination and reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.
“This election has never been about me, it’s about you” Acknowledges that he isn’t the typical presidential candidate, but he has a dream to help the people of this country. He’s a new player, with new ideas and a new brand of politics. He will bring change “to Washington.” Because, he says, change doesn’t come “from Washington.”
Talks about where he’s seen change around the country, and how he will make life easier in America. He talks about the promise that defines America. He talks about Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech 45 years ago, a speech that started a revolution that has allowed him to be where he is now.
He ends with a God Bless the United States of America.
This has been a wonderful speech. He’s saying everything that needs to be said, he is putting McCain’s accusations to rest and being as eloquent as ever. He gave every American, I think, proof that his inexperience isn’t a bad thing. He used his inexperience as a tool, saying that “change doesn’t come from Washington, it comes to Washington.” What I really liked was the organization of the speech, how he started off addressing the middle-class, the one’s the republicans have said he is disconnected from, and really hit home with them. He addressed all the issues that concern each and every one of them, and probably surprised a few viewers. Eloquence and clarity is something that you can always expect from Obama, but tonight’s speech was especially well-delivered, it had a different feel, an urgent feel, and was impeccable.
That’s it from me and the DNC.