Speak Out: How Do You Rate the President's Speech?

Who had the best speech of the Democratic National Convention? Do you rate the president's speech as the best, or not? Take our poll or comment.

President Barack Obama may have had to change his location -- shutting out thousands of people from seeing him live -- but inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., he still captured the devotion of many.

He accepted the Democratic Party's nomination, and then went on to tell the American people that he's done much to get the country back on track, leading with the federal assistance to automakers.

And, there's a key difference with before and now, he added: "I'm no longer just a candidate; I'm the president."

-- Did you like the president's speech? Did it make a connection with you? Let us know in the comment section. --

Since he's been in office, the president said jobs have been created, trade agreements signed that benefit America, and the war in Iraq ended, along with other accomplishments.

He also said that he would double exports by the end of 2014, create one million jobs in manufacturing, and cut the deficit by $4 trillion, among other promises.

And, despite the challenges of the past four years, Obama said the next four years will be about building on the progress that has been made.

The key to that change will be the American people, he added.

"If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election," he said.

In closing he told citizens: "America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder— but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer— but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up."

In our poll below, let us know who you rate as having the best speech, or let us know in the comment section your thoughts on what the president said Sept. 6.

Larry Reid September 07, 2012 at 10:25 PM
George, please forgive my ad hominen fallacy but trying to read what you wrote makes me feel like I need a drink too. Slow down buddy. It's not even 7:00 yet.
tsfelt September 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
George Wilson, you're going to be sorely disappointed. Americans are tired of the Obama rhetoric and empty promises. He is the worst president since Jimmy Carter, bar none, and offers no new ideas. His failure to lead this country has made the USA a laughing stock around the world. I have daily contact with people all over the world in my profession, and you would not believe the comments I hear regarding Obama. Many just ask....when will America be America again? He is a failure as a leader in domestic policies, and he has made America a joke to people all over the world with his (lack of) foreign policy. I have to admit to being confused as to Democrats resistance to having a policy of Voter I.D. What is the problem? Why would we allow people to vote without having a legal document that identifies them as being a legal citizen of the U.S. ? Should just anyone be able to walk into a voters booth and vote, without having any proof they are a legal resident of this country? But then again, since our "President" has NEVER proven he was born in America, is guess that's a moot point with Democrats.
Brian Crawford September 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Right Dot, which is why the Democrats leave God out of our platform. The one reference, which all the fuss was over, is to God-give talents. Faith however is an important part of our platform. We choose not to use the word God in order to be inclusive as possible. "Faith. Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith-based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country."
Larry Reid September 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
tsfelt, Please don't ask George to explain the voter discrimination thing again. Trust me.. it's really long and it has to do with old people and tokens and.. just let it slide. Now you know the birther thing is crazy. Obama ma not have been raised in America and may know very little about how it is growing up in America but he was born in Hawaii. Please let George enjoy his cocktails and think he's going to win his bets in November. He's probably had a hard day.
Larry Reid September 07, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Bravo! Nicely said Brian. I think we should all work harder on being inclusive and considering the beliefs of each others faith. Everything but that Global Warming reference... Ugh!
tsfelt September 07, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Uh-huh. I guess that's why, before he fooled the American people, his bio read "born in Kenya, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia". Interesting how it changed when it became convenient for him. Sorry folks, Barack Obama is a con man that has managed to make the American public look like fools in the eyes of the world. Clint hit the nail on the head......
Larry Reid September 07, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Okay. Suit yourself but it's my opinion that the birther people look silly.
Tammy Osier September 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
OK. Her's the big deal on invoking God...when I was young, the biggest fear was communism. We knew a lot about that-how the government even controlled from birth what olympic sport someone would compete in when they grew up. In the fifties, we included One nation, UNDER GOD, to our pledge... to differentiate us from them. Our RIGHTS are given to us at birth (Gid given, if you will). Communism's claim is that our rights are given by the government. It's especially scary because just this past week the words were uttered that "we belong to the government"- by the Democrats,of course. Now, if I'd heard this information for the first time, I think I'd put two and two together and make sure that as a nation, it was our job to let the world know that we are born free and will never be controlled by government, which makes us exceptional.
Tammy Osier September 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I will give it to those who say he sounded great. He does. He talks such a good game, I almost believe him until I put the facts in front of me. He's idealistic, and enthusiastic; he just doesn't have the slightest idea how to pull off all he promises.
Larry Reid September 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
And let's hope he's not re-elected so he can pull off all he wants to do. I've worked too hard my whole life to be cut down to even with the lazy folk
Tammy Osier September 08, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Well Larry, that's what people don't understand about the "fair" thing. Either we'll all be equally rich or equally poor. History has proven that the royalty are rich and the peasants are all poor. That's the end product of spreading th wealth around. It's never failed to end up that way before, so why would it be different this time? Oh yeah...we have the exalted obama. Uh huh.
Beth Elam September 08, 2012 at 05:52 AM
I think I'm in love with a red eared man.
Jim S September 08, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I have been working and going to school and have not read this blog until today. I thought the convention had the energy of a rock concert. These Dems know how to party! As a former Floridian, I wanted to hear Charlie Crist. His views closely match my own, and it felt good to hear someone else say what I have been saying for months. Our middle class is shrinking. There is no way to deny this truth. I think President Reagan was one of the best presidents we have ever had, but trickle down economics will no longer work. We are giving large businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars, and this money is trickling down to foreign countries, not middle class Americans. The middle class in India is growing, for example, while ours diminishes. We need another way to stimulate our economy. Tax breaks for companies who keep their work force in America, tariffs on imports; I don't have the answer, but I know the effect. One thing I heard was that we have a choice in November. This is so true!
George Wilson September 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Tepid job growth requires simulative fiscal policy — including spending to rehire teachers and to rebuild schools, roads and other infrastructure, as well as loan modifications for underwater homeowners. President Obama has proposed all of that, while Republicans have blocked such measures and the Republican agenda rejects them. Republicans are even increasingly adamant that the Federal Reserve should do nothing to try to help the economy, with Representative Paul Ryan saying that monetary easing by the Fed would be a “bailout of bad fiscal policy.” The Fed, if it acts, would be trying to compensate for the dearth of fiscal solutions, the result of Republican obstructionism. The Fed chairman asserted correctly that the ailing housing market and contractionary fiscal policy are the biggest threats to the economy. Worse, the Republican agenda misdiagnoses the cause of slow job growth, blaming taxes and regulation, while championing more tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of the banks and other businesses as a cure. Those policies, however, are precisely the ones that were in place as the bubble economy of the Bush years inflated, and then crashed, with disastrous consequences. They are the problem, yet they are all that Mr. Romney and his party have to offer. Tax cuts and deregulation will not help JOB GROWTH Federal spending to create jobs, loan modifications to ease debt burdens and further Fed action would.
Chris September 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Well George, Obama has already wasted $5.4 trillion and we have non of what you say we need. In fact, with your proclaimed 29 months of private sector job growth, there are still less Americans working today than were when Obama took office. No Thank You!
RightLane1111 September 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Really want to know what I think. This business of God being misplaced in their platform...and that was evident THAT IT WAS NOT BY THEIR VOTE...makes me sick. So, here is the proof of what Obama has done for Americans and their right to worship whatever "God" they choose. http://justaquarrel.com
Tammy Osier September 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Jim, I think you have to ask yourself why businesses go overseas. Maybe we should stop penalizing them so much. Maybe then things will change.
Roy Campbell September 09, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Whether a business expands operations overseas or creates more jobs in America is all a matter of determining profitability. Future bottom line is what counts. The slowness of business to creat more jobs in America has to do with the market and whether it feels it can make money by doing so. Provide the demand and the jobs will come.
Jim S September 09, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Tammy, Business goes over seas because the paying workforce in an emerging country costs much less than in America. I understand this. And, our workforce wants more money for the same job. Heck, some of them want more for doing less. I understand all the arguments on both sides of the coin. As I said, I don't have the answer, but we can all see that our country is failing. Someone needs to look at this without greed, politics and bias and fix the problem. Yes, I said greed. Look at the financial issues surrounding our country....Madoff, Enron, AIG...these are all examples of greed. This is far more than a partisan political issue, and neither party has addressed it. I think we should give our Federal dollars, in the way of tax credits or incentives, to the middle class, stop all the political fighting, and give America the confidence to spend. The businesses will reap the benefits. Giving our Federal dollars to corporations is no guarantee that it will not go overseas …again. This could be done by a president of any party…I have no red or blue leanings when it comes to keeping my country strong!
Tammy Osier September 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Jim, agreed. Now, didn't Bush give tax cuts "across the board" when president? I recall that we had a good economy the first two years. It's my understanding that Romney plans to do the same thing. In my experience, tax cuts all across the board work. But it seems that people get upset that the 'rich" are included. I think we need to do a better job of teaching economics in schools. Something is missing for sure.
Jim S September 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Tammy, There is no sin in being rich. Didn't Tevya say that in "Fiddler on the Roof"? The bedrock of America is free enterprise. This should never be changed. The strength of America is the middle class. These are the people who keep our country going. The purpose of business is to provide services and goods wanted by the middle class. I understand all this. I have no problem paying a fair price for goods because I know the businessman has wants and needs, just as I do. I tip well at restaurants, because I know the servers depend on my tips, and usually work hard to keep my experience good. I understand supply and demand, and know the businesses will raise the price until the consumer stops buying. I was at a local gun store and found a handgun that I had purchased new the beginning of the year, listed at almost $100.00 more than I paid. I knew everyone wanted this pistol, and the price showed that it was still popular. If the country has confidence in the future, our economy will improve. It has already started. Drive past the restaurants and malls on a Friday night. You will see them jammed. People are in the malls, and buying. I think we are on the right track, right now.
Tammy Osier September 09, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I hope so. I've never understood the wealth envy crowd. It's not the governments business to say, as obama said in the beginning of his presidency, "The rich don't need all that money!" Really? I began to disrespect the president that day. How arrogant can you be? I know some folks who live in St. Ives (husband is an athlete). Rich beyond measure but are involved in and finance many homeless ministries and outreach to shut-ins. They give back. They are minorities by definition, but don't look at themselves that way. They only see what they have and what they are led to do with it. There are many like those folks out there. Our tax system is set up that you can get write offs for those type of contributions too, so encourages those with money to contribute. Seems to be working if the government would get out of the way and let it work the way it's supposd to. And just as you said, supply and demand works, especially if government would just get out of the way and allow it to run its course. I think that the mess we've gotten ourselves in will have done one good thing - and that is to have awakened people to get involved again in their government and mand hold one another accountable.
John Cook September 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
He used identical phrases from 4 years ago. He said in 2008 that the one thing he brought to the Presidency was the ability to negotiate, which he had learned as a Community Organizer. But in practice, Clinton knew how to negotiate. So it is little wonder that Obama is running on Clinton's record, rather than his own. And Clinton got things passed. Real solutions were passed. Clinton had a Republican House and a Democratic Senate--just like Obama has currently. Clinton didn't really like Newt Gingrich (Speaker of the House) and recently said Newt was an inflexible, "my way or the highway" sort of person. Newt hasn't been very complimentary of Clinton, either. Nonetheless, they managed to get a balanced budget passed, as well as welfare reform, and several other bi-partisan bills. Do you think the Republicans held a meeting and decided they were going to make Clinton look good? No, I think Clinton has the negotiating skills that Obama lacks. Clinton is a leader; Obama is a failure. Sometimes if they don't do the job, you just have to let them go.
Mary September 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Facts from the United States Census : 2012 : U.S. trade in goods with China NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars on a nominal basis, not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified. Details may not equal totals due to rounding. 2012 : U.S. trade in goods with China NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars on a nominal . The last reporting was a NEGATIVE $27.4 Million Dollars Month Balance Jan 2012 negative -$-26.02 Million Feb 2012 negativ e -$-19.3 Million March 2012 negative-$-21.68 Million April 2012 negative-$-26.04 Million May 2012 negative-$-26,04 Million June 2012 negative$--27.4 Million
Brian J September 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Absolutely!!!! Term Limits should be our NUMBER ONE priority.
Brian J September 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
An accurate description
4 MER DUMB DEM September 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Do not forget all the SPIN to play on the Emotions of women (GIRLS) this fictional war on women , over n over n over, please...nothing about foreign policy other than "We got Osama" I am just appauled.
Roy Campbell September 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Nobody seems to be talking about what happens if we wind up with a split government again in Washington. One party getting the presidency and the other party having a majority in at least one of the Houses. That's a very likely outcome. And for those critisizing the president for not accomplishing more during these four years, they need to look honestly at how Republicans in the House of Representatives have successfully blocked constructive action. It's like 'this is war, and you don't compromise with the enemy'. 'Getting that guy out of there' seems to be a higher priority than acting in the best long term interest of the people. I dread the thought of that atmosphere continuing for four more years.
Larry Reid September 19, 2012 at 12:38 AM
"blocked constructive action"? What do you call constructive? A couple more trillion dollars of wasted borrowed money that we can't pay back?
rose bare October 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Good Luck, you'll need it....


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