Archive for Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama accepts nod

Candidate tells crowd he’ll fix Washington

84,000 people packed into Denver's Invesco Field Thursday night to witness history and hear Barack Obama say those words...

August 29, 2008


Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., applauds before giving his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., applauds before giving his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

— Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd, Barack Obama promised a clean break from the "broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush" Thursday night as he embarked on the final lap of his audacious bid to become the nation's first black president.

"America, now is not the time for small plans," the 47-year-old Democratic Illinois senator told an estimated 84,000 people packed into Invesco Field, a huge football stadium at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

He vowed to cut taxes for nearly all working-class families, end the war in Iraq and break America's dependence on Mideast oil within a decade. By contrast, he said, "John McCain has voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time," a scathing indictment of his Republican rival - on health care, education, the economy and more.

Polls indicate a close race between Obama and McCain, the Arizona senator who stands between him and a place in history. On a night 45 years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a Dream Speech," Obama made no overt mention of his own race.

"I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree" of a presidential candidate was as close as he came to the long-smoldering issue that may well determine the outcome of the election.

Fireworks lit the night sky as Obama, his speech concluded, accepted the cheers of supporters. His wife, Michelle, and their daughters Malia and Sasha joined him as the country music anthem "Only in America" filled the stadium. Vice presidential running mate Joseph Biden and his wife, Jill, joined them onstage.

Depicted by McCain as too young and inexperienced to sit in the Oval Office, Obama responded with an oblique reference to his rival's temper.

"If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next commander in chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have," he said.

Campaigning as an advocate of a new kind of politics, he suggested at least some common ground was possible on abortion, gun control, immigration and gay marriage.

Obama delivered his 44-minute nomination acceptance speech in an unrivaled convention setting, before a crowd of unrivaled size - the filled stadium, the camera flashes in the night, the made-for-television backdrop that suggested the White House, and the thousands of convention delegates seated around the podium in an enormous semicircle.

Obama and his fellow senator, Biden of Delaware, leave their convention city today for Pennsylvania, first stop on an eight-week sprint to Election Day.

McCain countered the stadium extravaganza with a bold move of his own, hoping to steal some of the political spotlight by spreading word that he had settled on a vice presidential running mate. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman were in the running.

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia spoke from the convention stage of the anniversary of King's memorable speech.

"Tonight we are gathered here in this magnificent stadium in Denver because we still have a dream," said the Georgia lawmaker, who marched with King, supported Obama's primary rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, then switched under pressure from younger black leaders in his home state and elsewhere.

Obama's aides were interested in a different historical parallel from King - Obama was the first to deliver an outdoor convention acceptance speech since John F. Kennedy did so at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960.

In his speech, Obama pledged to jettison Bush's economic policy - and replace it with his own designed to help hard-pressed families.

"I will cut taxes for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class," he said.

The speech didn't mention it, but Obama has called for raising taxes on upper-income Americans to help pay for expanded health care and other domestic programs.

The Democratic man of the hour paid a brief visit to members of his home-state Illinois delegation before the curtain went up on his show. "I came by (because) I had this speech tonight. I wanted to practice it out on you guys. See if it worked on a friendly audience," he joked.

There was no joking about the stakes in the speech, a once-in-a-campaign opportunity to speak to millions of voters who have yet to make up their minds between McCain and him. The polls show a close race nationally, with more than enough battleground states tight enough to tip the election either way.

Obama's hopes of victory rely on holding onto the large Democratic base states such as California, New York, Michigan and his own Illinois, while eating into territory that voted for George W. Bush. Ohio tops that list, and Democrats have also targeted Montana, North Dakota, Virginia and New Mexico, among others, as they try to expand their Electoral College map.

McCain was in Ohio as Obama spoke, and after a series of sharply negative convention week television commercials, his campaign aired a one-night advertisement that complimented Obama and noted the speech occurred on the anniversary of King's famous address.

"Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, 'Congratulations,'" McCain says in the ad.

"How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we'll be back at it. But tonight, Senator, job well done."


Confrontation 9 years, 8 months ago

I can imagine the Repub trolls sitting there, watching the speech with their little notebooks. Gee, what I can I say on the "interweb" tomorrow? Will this make me sound like a big boy?

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 8 months ago

Bush and company has turned this nation upside down and made us the laughing stock of the world. As a Republican I can not nor will I accept anthing remotely similar to the recklessness which has been shown this nation the last 8 years. I am casting my vote for Obama.

Mkh 9 years, 8 months ago

Obama's plan is complete BS. We cannot afford it, it's mathematically impossible! We have $53 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities. The Government has to be drastically cut, not expanded. Now is John McCain going to that? No! They are both lying.Our Government is financially insolvent... please to take a moment to actually THINK.The US is not the wealthiest nation in the World as Obama lied about fact the US is the World's largest debtor nation.Get real. Get Honest.

XEPCT 9 years, 8 months ago

Let the Obama praise/bashing begin.O'bama & Biden '08: Vote Irish!

Daniel Kennamore 9 years, 8 months ago

MKH,Try actually listening to a speech and reading up on his ideas before making a fool of yourself...One of the biggest parts of his platform is drastic spending cuts.Also, to say the U.S. is not in fact the wealthiest nation on the planet just further proves your lack of knowledge about what you are talking about: fact, even if you compose a list of wealth per capita ( a stick that bloats small countries) we STILL appear high on the list:

peach_plum_pear 9 years, 8 months ago

The Obama campaign has empowered millions of voters across this country by standing for the economic protection of the American family as well a secure and sustainable future for all Americans. His candidacy validates the dreams and hard work of Americans of all age groups; no wonder he has been so successful at mobilizing people across the country. As far as I can tell, and I've read a lot on the guy, McCain is basing his campaign on fear, uncertainty and doubt. He is out of touch with the financial struggles of the middle class family, denies our ecological crisis and has made no effort to reach out to young voters who have their whole adult lives ahead of them and are just as involved in America's economy and foreign policy as voters of any other age group. When Barack Obama goes to bat for the stubborn hopes of working Americans and youth, McCain's negligence in his campaign strategy disenfranchise voters across the board.Obama/Biden '08!

Daytrader23 9 years, 8 months ago

Brilliant speech, and finally laid out his plan. I don't care if your right wing, left wing or a moderate independent, Obama's plan is for a better America and I'm all for it. With Obama we can move forward, with McCain we will move backwards. P.S I'm in the 5% that will be taxed more in order to better serve the 95% of Americans who need a better education, health care, and retirement services. But I don't care about paying more, after all it's only money. Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice for the betterment of humanity.I care not what your negative responses are. Anyone with half a brain can see who the better choice is here. Obama 08

Godot 9 years, 8 months ago

Observing the DNC convention,and, especially, the body language of the Obama and Biden families as they took the stage last night, I realized why Obama picked Biden as his VP. Biden will not be able to stand up to Michelle. She cringed when he spoke, she put her head on her hand, she had that "I can't believe this," look on her face.If they are elected, the first time Biden makes another of his racist or sexist remarks, or tries to act like he is important, Michelle is going to slap him down.Michelle is Obama's real VP, or maybe it is the other way around.

janeyb 9 years, 8 months ago

Obama is the Messiah if he is going to cut taxes and pay for all his "programs". Or maybe instead of monkeys he can make money fly out his butt.

KURocks 9 years, 8 months ago

Daytrader:Everytime I read a posting from you, your always referring to how rich you are. You must of been one of those individuals that had previously never been around money, and now you feel you need to tell everyone how rich you are. We could care less, however, I do know you're an idiot if you thought Obama's speech was brilliant and you bought into his BS about being independent of foriegn oil in 10 years.

Mkh 9 years, 8 months ago

dannylandulf,I'd be careful who you care yourself a fool.Obama is going to make cuts...great. Now get out your calculator buddy cause you going to have to count pretty high to get to $53 TRILLION, and that is just our Unfunded Liabilities programs...would you like me to throw the foreign debt on top of that too?If you seriously think that Obama just proposed he would fix this problem with his "cuts" than you are beyond a fool, you are down right delusional! This problem cannot not be fixed no matter how much taxes are raised or programs are cut. You could cut every darn program as raise the tax bracket to 90% and you'd till be short on repaying this debt. Are you really unable to compute this?Another thing, Obama is not running for the CEO of Walmart, he's running for President, the head of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Something quasi-socialists don't understand is that Private Finance does not belong to the Federal Government. In terms of how wealthy the American Government is, which is where money for programs must come from... We Are the Largest Debtor Nation on Earth. Read it slowly if you must.

Terry Jacobsen 9 years, 8 months ago

Its pretty sad when people actually think that "I'm going to cut taxes" is giving details about his plan. I listened to Obama's speech and there weren't any "details" in it. It was all a lot of rhetoric and empty promises that he can't possibly deliver on. Funny he intends to "fix" Washington by selecting a vp that has been one of the longest serving senators in congress. How do you fix what's broken with the people who broke it?

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