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Obama asks America for patience

2012-09-07 07:27

Charlotte - President Barack Obama asked Americans on Thursday for patience in rebuilding the weak economy as he appealed for a new term in office and defiantly rejected Republican Mitt Romney's proposals for growth as heartless.

Accepting the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Obama gave a more down-to-earth follow-up to his 2008 "hope and change" message.

Weighed down by wars, high unemployment and political gridlock, Obama projected a tone that was more subdued, less exuberant.

Obama told Americans they face starkly different paths in choosing between him and Romney in the 6 November election.

He said his way may be hard but will bring economic renewal, and warned it will take more than the few years he has already had in office to solve challenges that have built up for decades.

"America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now," he said. "Yes our path is harder - but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together."

Priorities

Locked in the political fight of his life with two months to go until the election, Obama faces the challenge of recapturing the magic of his historic campaign of four years ago and generating enthusiasm among voters who are weary of economic hardship.

His nationally televised address was his best opportunity yet in this campaign to connect with millions of Americans.

It was more of a steady-as-you-go message that outlined priorities like creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs but offered few details on how to achieve them.

Obama argued that the actions he has taken, like the bailout of the auto industry, are working and asked Americans to rally around a set of goals: Expanding manufacturing and energy jobs and US exports, improving education and trimming $4 trillion from America's $16 trillion debt.

"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," he said at an arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Repeatedly contrasting his own priorities with those he said were Romney's, Obama cast the Republican as uncaring of middle-class Americans, pushing a theme that the wealthy Republican is elitist and only interested in helping those like him.

Tax cuts

All Romney wants to do, said Obama, is reward the wealthy with tax cuts, deregulate banks and let energy companies write a policy for more oil drilling.

"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've been there, we've tried that, and we're not going back," he said.

Romney has vowed to cut taxes for Americans by 20%, including the wealthy, and eliminate some popular income tax deductions to help make up the loss in tax revenues. He would sharply ramp up oil production and trade with the aim of creating 12 million jobs over four years.

Obama tried to pick Romney's proposals apart.

"I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire's tax cut," said Obama.

And he took a shot at Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul the Medicare health insurance plan by giving seniors a limited amount of money through vouchers.

Accountability


"I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies," said the president.

The Romney campaign dismissed Obama's speech as making the case for more of the same policies that have not worked for the past four years.

"Americans will hold President Obama accountable for his record - they know they're not better off and that it's time to change direction," said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

Obama dismissed Romney and Ryan as "new to foreign policy" and criticised a comment that Romney made that Russia is America's biggest geopolitical foe. And he mocked Romney for criticising London's handling of the Olympic Games when the Republican visited them in July.

"You don't call Russia our No 1 enemy - not al-Qaeda, Russia! - unless you're still stuck in a Cold War mind warp," Obama said.

He likened his struggle to that of Depression-era President Franklin D Roosevelt in calling for "shared responsibility" and bold experimentation in bringing the US economy further out of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

In an attempt to rebut Romney's charge that Obama is too partial to big government, Obama urged Democrats to "remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government programme or dictate from Washington".

Comments
  • bob.houston.3939 - 2012-09-07 07:45

    We've given these Democrats four years of patience. It's time for change. Real change Obama. Cause No you Can't!

      sagren.narain - 2012-09-07 08:34

      Hey Bob you must be from Texas - Idiot.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-07 09:24

      Bob is a poe

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 09:43

      ...s

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-07 10:26

      The Repulicans messed it up, then they want to fire Obama for not fixing it quick enough and then they actually have the cheek to want it back?? LOL!

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-07 11:16

      He asks America for patience - hopefully America will ask CommuBama (Communist Obama) to go. alicia.myburgh.65 - people 'blame Bush' - what about the mess he inherited..? Ie from Bill 'Zipper' Clinton. Clinton was the architect (so to speak) of the housing bubble. His socialist policies created the mediocrity the stock of university graduates that swept through Wall Street and in the end could not understand the consequences of their actions (then conveniently blamed on 'greed' alone - utter hogwash). Reminder: the left never takes responsibility (that is the domain of adults) - the left is always right (makes you think). http://www.businessinsider.com/how-bill-clintons-balanced-budget-destroyed-the-economy-2012-9

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-07 12:02

      But Claudia, we all know you were "Once optimistic, now deeply disenchanted – it is difficult to believe that so much could be destroyed by so few in so little time. Africa’s most successful economy ever will in time become its greatest failure." How can we take you seriously?

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-07 12:21

      PointBlank Absolutely, do not take me seriously, the alternative is then to take you seriously...

  • dane.herbst.5 - 2012-09-07 07:49

    look at the delay at the background photo and his actions hahahahaha

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-07 11:44

      Indeed dane.herbst.5 - SLOWBAMA is not known for 'quick thinking on his feet'. http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/just-in-from-mainstream-baracks-as-thick-as-a-brick/

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-07 12:03

      I smell right-wing.. *looks sideways at Caudia*

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-07 12:19

      I smell left-wing.. *from behind Bend-over-PointBlank will take it like a man*

  • fmahlangu1 - 2012-09-07 07:56

    He is late 2 ask patience nw bcoz he hd enough tym. Instead he came here 4 expensive house wth americans tax!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 09:44

      Huh?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-07 10:26

      Huh?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-07 08:10

    It's time for the Kenyan chottara to depart !!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-07 09:26

      Oh dear, another unthinking, ignorant, racist bigot.

  • mofstok - 2012-09-07 09:17

    Lots of ANGRY Obama supporters frequent News24 it would seem. My question to you is: why do you care? Instead of thumb-downing me, have the balls to actually reply. Thank you. PS. Do you seriously believe that it will make even one iota of difference to the world at large if either Obama or Romney won? If you do believe that, you need a serious reality check.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-07 09:46

      Mofstok, like it or not, what happens in the USA affects the whole world. The Wall Street Meltdown is a case in point, it started a world wide recession.

      mofstok - 2012-09-07 09:55

      I do not deny that Stirrer, but do you think that either Obama or Romney can solve the US deficit problem? Never in a million years. The Yanks get to choose the P**** that screws them, that is all. zaatheist, you are missing the point: Neither Obama nor Romney will do this world any good. If I were an American I would have voted for Ron Paul.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-07 10:32

      mofstok, it matters immensely who leads America. World relations, world economies. Obama has delivered on MOST of his promises, the Republicans gave him a mess and now after 4 years they want him fired for not fixing it quick enough. Then have the cheek to actually expect Americans to give it back to them!! Romney is a right-wing Chrisitan fundamentalist who his own party members have said that a woem who is "legitimately" rape will naturally reject the rapists seed and thus will not fall pregnant. This is the calibre of the Republican mindset. Woefully ignorant, woefully arrogant, woefully pro-life, woefully pro elite. I would take a Democrat over a Republican any day and I think the whole world would agree..

      mofstok - 2012-09-07 13:08

      Why choose only between Democrat or Republican? Both are opposite sides of the same coin, both are equally useless. Obama is a flashy, "cool" president who didn't close Guantanamo, who didn't fix the economy, and who still has troops in Afghanistan. Sorry, but the major issues are still unresolved.

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