Monday, September 10, 2012

Game ,Set, Match

Do I need to say more? You saw the Democratic National Convention....It made the Republican National Convention of the week before look like it didn't even happen. Just my non-objective and biased opinion.

On the real though... President Obama’s acceptance speech last Thursday night served several purposes -- One,it attempted to rally his core base,(African Americans, Latinos, Gays, Women, Workers and their families and the elderly) Two, It tried to take advantage of the opening his opponent, Mitt Romney left for him, and three, it looked to define the election as a choice.

Motivating his supporters two months before Election Day, President Obama said, “If you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen. If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void.”

He seized on Mitt Romney and the Republicans surprisingly not mentioning the war in Afghanistan at all last week, and he devoted a larger-than-expected share of the night to national security.

In one of his more than humorous remarks on Thursday he said-“My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly.”

And after Mitt Romney’s very nostalgic speech that focused on the past, President Obama’s address concentrated mostly on the future. “Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future.”

The President did a few more things in his speech. He attempted to make the case that this is a choice election, using the words “choice” or “choose” more than 20 or more  times.

“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.”

He tried to turn  Candidate Romney into a punch line. “You don't call Russia our number one enemy -- and not al Qaeda -- unless you're still stuck in a Cold War time warp,” he said. “You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.”

President Obama argued passionately that now isn’t the time to change horses.

 “The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility.”

While not showing his full hand, which I wouldn't expect him to do...He chartered a vision of the future without making a lot of promises and without telling people what they might want to hear which is that everything is going to be alright...He instead asked people to be hopeful and faithful....Which is the more courageous message.

And the Republicans?? What did they tell you? They told you everything  that is wrong, but what I was waiting for was their plan...I didn't hear it, the two and a half nights I did bother to watch their convention...I heard a lot of snide personal attacks, but no plan....Except the one they always roll out...Tax Cuts...Trickle down economics...Job Creators...The language is a little new, but it's the same show we've seen since the great communicator, Ronald Reagon was in office.

You saw both conventions...Do you think there is an enthusiasm gap as some of the pundits are saying?

You saw the crowd....You Heard Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack himself...

GAME-SET -MATCH........See you in November!

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