Friday, September 7, 2012

Why the Fuss: Michelle Obama's 2012 DNC Speech?

Michelle Obama's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The speech is given to a partisan Democrat audience.

The critical question Americans need to consider is not which presidential candidate is better dressed, speaks better, or made more money, or whose wife speaks better, but who has the vision and skills to lead America to greater prosperity in all senses.

As illustrated below, Michelle Obama focuses on the personal, defense of Barack Obama's last four years, and concludes that Obama is best person to take America forward. Interestingly, Michelle Obama refers to the often uttered "American Dream" in which she defines it as Americans who work hard should be able to achieve a decent existence. 

The FDA did not find any new idea in her speech. It is unclear whether Americans want a President simply to take them forward or a President to lead the country to greater prosperity. In 2008, Obama ran on the slogan of "change" and now in 2012 that slogan has changed to "forward". The FDA has seen no evidence that Obama offers anything different from the last four years of minimal change. In addition, the FDA notes that hard work alone does not guarantee anything. A person needs some smarts as well.

Relevant Excerpts from Michelle Obama's 2012 DNC Speech:

.... So when it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. He’s thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day’s work. That’s why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work. (Applause.)

That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses, and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet. (Applause.)

That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again — jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America. (Applause.)

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another President. (Applause.) He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically — no, that’s not how he was raised. He cared that it was the right thing to do. (Applause.)

He did it because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine, our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick, and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or an illness. (Applause.)

And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. (Applause.) That’s what my husband stands for. (Applause.)

When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that, like me and like so many of you, he never could have attended college without financial aid. And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. (Laughter.) Yeah, we were so young, so in love — and so in debt. (Laughter.)

And that’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down — (applause) — because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. (Applause.)

So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political — they’re personal. Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it. (Applause.)

And he wants everyone in this country — everyone — to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love. (Applause.)

And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. No, you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. (Applause.)

So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago. (Applause.)

He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work — because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. (Applause.)....

So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming — or even impossible — let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation. It is who we are as Americans. It is how this country was built. (Applause.)

And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us — if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, connect the world with the touch of a button — then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids, right? (Applause.)

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights, then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights. Surely we can get to the polls on Election Day and make our voices heard. (Applause.)

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire, if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores, if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote, if a generation could defeat a depression and define greatness for all time, if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream — (applause) — and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love — (applause) — then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream. (Applause.)...
And we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward — my husband, our President, Barack Obama. (Applause.)

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. (Applause.)

Question for Readers:

What does Obama offer Americans that is different from the past four years?

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