Wednesday night’s two key speakers – Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren:
And of course the masterful President Bill “I Got This” Clinton:
I don’t want to shortchange Ms. Warren because she did a wonderful job but Bill…well he SMOKED IT! Okay okay, very quickly, a few key lines from Warren:
“Americans are fighters. We are tough, resourceful and creative. If we have the chance to fight on a level playing field–where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot–then no one can stop us.
The Republican vision is clear: “I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.”
President Obama believes in a country where billionaires pay their taxes just like their secretaries do, and–I can’t believe I have to say this in 2012–a country where women get equal pay for equal work.
Are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? Are you ready to work for a level playing field? Are you ready to prove to another generation of Americans that we can build a better country and a newer world?
Joe Biden is ready. Barack Obama is ready. I’m ready. You’re ready. America’s ready.”
And now for the man of who brought down the house last night – HEEEEEERE’S BILL!
Alright I got a little happy with the excerpts but I couldn’t help myself. Hey, at least I didn’t reprint his ENTIRE speech… #HeDidTheDamnThing
On nominating Obama:
I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.
You see, we believe that “We’re all in this together” is a far better philosophy than “You’re on your own.”
On Jobs Created under Democratic Leadership:
…[S]ince 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the job score? Republicans: twenty-four million. Democrats: forty-two.
On Republican “Hateration”:
Now, there’s something I’ve noticed lately. You probably have, too. And it’s this. Maybe just because I grew up in a different time, but though I often disagree with Republicans, I actually never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate our president and a lot of other Democrats.
What works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities.
Why does cooperation work better than constant conflict? Because nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. And every one of us — every one of us and every one of them, we’re compelled to spend our fleeting lives between those two extremes, knowing we’re never going to be right all the time, and hopefully we’re right more than twice a day.
He also tried to work with Congressional Republicans on Health Care, debt reduction, and jobs, but that didn’t work out so well. Probably because, as the Senate Republican leader, in a remarkable moment of candor, said two years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work, but to put President Obama out of work. Senator, I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President Obama on the job!
In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re- election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. It went something like this: “We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.”
On Republican Policies:
In order to look like an acceptable alternative to President Obama, they couldn’t say much about the ideas they have offered over the last two years.
You see they want to go back to the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place: to cut taxes for high income Americans even more than President Bush did; to get rid of those pesky financial regulations designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts; to increase defense spending two trillion dollars more than the Pentagon has requested without saying what they’ll spend the money on; to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget, especially programs that help the middle class and poor kids. As another President once said – there they go again.
No president, no president — not me, not any of my predecessors — no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. Now — but he has — he has laid the foundations for a new, modern, successful economy of shared prosperity. And if you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.
President Obama’s approach embodies the values, the ideas, and the direction America has to take to build a 21st-century version of the American dream, a nation of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, shared prosperity, a shared sense of community.
On people who lie about Obama “raiding” Medicare:
When Congressman Ryan looked into the TV camera and attacked President Obama’s “biggest coldest power play” in raiding Medicare, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. You see, that 716 billion dollars is exactly the same amount of Medicare savings Congressman Ryan had in his own budget. You’ve got to give [him] one thing, it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.
On Welfare’s Back to Work Requirement:
When some Republican governors asked if they could have waivers to try new ways to put people on welfare back to work, the Obama administration listened, because we all know it’s hard for even people with good work histories to get jobs today, so moving folks from welfare to work is a real challenge. And the administration agreed to give waivers to those governors and others only if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20 percent and they could keep the waivers only if they did increase employment.
Now, did — did I make myself clear? The requirement was for more work, not less.
On doing math:
Now, people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.
It’s arithmetic. We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double-down on trickle-down.
On who you should vote for in November:
My fellow Americans, all of us in this grand hall and everybody watching at home, when we vote in this election, we’ll be deciding what kind of country we want to live in. If you want a winner-take- all, you’re-on-your-own society, you should support the Republican ticket. But if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we’re-all-in-this-together society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
And then, and then – OBAMA WALKED OUT AND CLINTON BOWED! Seriously, I swooned!
And then, and then – THEY HUGGED IT OUT!! No really, I SWOONED AGAIN!!
I’m a total sucker for a good speech and a good visual. #Awesome #DNC2012 #Dems2012
Can Barack, Michelle, Bill and Hillary all be the President? Like at the same time? Just thought I would throw it out there… Hey, you got your dreams, I got mine.