President Barack Obama gave his much-anticipated speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, asking America to give him four more years to fulfill the 2008 vision that brought him into office.
He defended his record, highlighting the auto bailout, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, an increase in manufacturing jobs, among others. But he also acknowledged the difficulties he's faced as president, invoking a President Abraham Lincoln quote: 'I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.'
Obama insisted U.S. problems 'can be solved' and that the country leaves no one behind. He also attacked the Romney campaign's economic plan, saying the GOP candidate wants to employ the same tactics of tax cuts that haven't worked during the past 30 years. He also called the audience to action, noting "you were the change," four years ago. "I'm hopeful because of you," he added.
Other items from the final night's speeches:
- Vice President Joe Biden went on the attack against the GOP candidates, including Romney's opposition to the auto bailout and Ryan's health care plan.
- He also incorrectly used the word "literally" several times, prompting a lot of mockery on Twitter; the Obama campaign responded, Washington Post notices, by taking out an ad that popped up when people search for "Biden" and "literally" on the social media outlet.
- Fact checkers noted some inconsistencies in Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden's speeches, including Obama's discussion of his mother's battle with an insurance company and Biden's claim that Mitt Romney would raise taxes on the middle class.
- Zack Wahls, the Iowa man who has advocated for marriage equality after giving his "My Two Moms" speech in the Iowa House earlier this year, told the audience he's backing Obama because he believes the president understands his family is "like any other family."
WAMU's coverage of the DNC's final day included:
Elsewhere around the convention:
- The weather looked great going into the night, prompting Kojo Show staffer Mike Martinez to wonder if cancelling the outdoor venue for Obama's speech was premature.
- Lots of delegates, including some local ones, were shut out of the convention during Obama's speech.
- So were journalists, including the Kojo team; the overcrowding prompted watch parties throughout the city.
- One of the activists in Charlotte was accused of being a terrorist, CNN reports.
- The priest that provided the benediction at both the RNC and DNC went a little further to reference both abortion and gay marriage during his remarks at the DNC, Huffington Post says.
- The live stream of the convention was wrongly taken down off by automated copyright enforcers, TechDirt reports.
- And the Washington Post video team put this very cool side-by-side video of the two conventions together to cap off the week.