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First lady says Obama ‘a man we can trust’

September 4, 2012

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First lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

First lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

— First lady Michelle Obama lovingly praised her husband Tuesday night in a prime-time Democratic Convention speech as a devoted spouse and caring father at home and a “man we can trust” to revive the nation’s weak economy as president, beckoning the country to return him to the White House despite agonizingly slow recovery from recession.

“He reminds me that we are playing a long game here ... and that change is hard, and change is slow and it never happens all at once,” she told a nation impatient with slow economic progress and persistently high unemployment of 8.3 percent. “But eventually, we get there, we always do,” she said in a speech that roused Democrats packed into their convention arena and blended scenes from almost 20 years of marriage with the Obamas’ time in the White House.

Mrs. Obama, given a huge ovation and emotionally describing herself as the “mom in chief,” made no mention of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But those who preceded her to the podium on the first night of the president’s convention were scathing.

“If Mitt was Santa Claus, he’d fire the reindeer and outsource the elves,” declared former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in one biting speech.

Tapped to deliver the keynote address, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said Romney was a millionaire politician who “quite simply, doesn’t get it” when it comes to the needs of the middle class. Referring to the Republican’s support for mandatory health insurance when he was governor of Massachusetts, he added, “Gov. Romney has undergone an extreme makeover, and it ain’t pretty.”

Polls made the race for the White House a tight one, almost certain to be decided in a string of eight or 10 battleground states where neither the president nor Romney holds a clear advantage. There was ample evidence during the day of an underperforming economy, including a report that said manufacturing activity declined for a third straight month and an announcement from the Treasury that the government’s debt exceeded $16 trillion at the close of the business day.

Delegates cheered as a parade of speakers extolled Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay marriage, for consumer protections enacted under his signature health care law and for the auto industry bailout he won from Congress in his first year in office.

“He said he’d take out bin Laden, and with our great SEAL team, he did,” declared former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine in one of several references to the military raid that ended the life of the terrorist mastermind behind the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

There was no end to the appeals for donations to Obama’s re-election campaign, falling further behind Romney in cash on hand with each passing month. “If you think Barack’s the right man for the job, please show your support with a donation of $5 or more today,” the first lady emailed supporters a little more than 90 minutes before her speech.

She walked out to the crowd’s cheers as the band played Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” the song he sang onstage at Obama’s Denver convention four years ago.

The president was back home in the White House after a campaign appearance in Virginia as delegates cheered every mention of his name from the convention podium. He and their daughters watched on television as Mrs. Obama spoke.

“Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” she told the convention. “We were so young, so in love and so in debt.”

She confided that at family dinners in the White House with her and their daughters, the president joins in “strategizing about middle school friendships.”

Mrs. Obama’s poll numbers are better than her husband’s, and her speech was aimed at building support for him, much as Ann Romney’s remarks at last week’s Republican National Convention were in service to her husband’s presidential ambitions.

“When it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad — who worked at a municipal water plant — and his own grandmother, a bank secretary,” the first lady said.

Referring to her own children as well as those of others, she said, “If we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility, that belief that here in America there is always something better out there if you are willing to work for it, then we must ... stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward, my husband, our president, President Barack Obama.”

The weak economy hung over the convention as it dominates the election.

Obama “knows better than anyone there’s more hard work to do” to fix it said Castro. He said that after the deep recession, the nation is making progress “despite incredible odds and united Republican opposition.”

He declared that 4.5 million jobs have been created since the president took office — though that number refers only to private sector employment gains over the past 29 months and leaves out state and local government jobs that continue to disappear each month.

Castro, the first Hispanic chosen to deliver a keynote address, was introduced — to the delight of the crowd — by his identical twin brother, Joaquin, a candidate for Congress. The mayor was unsparing in criticizing Romney, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor might not even be the driving force on the Republican ticket this fall.

“First they called it ‘trickle down, the supply side,” he said of the economic proposals backed by Republicans. “Now it’s Romney/Ryan. Or is it Ryan/Romney?”

“Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. ...Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it,” Castro said. Romney’s running mate is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

The divide over taxes goes to the core of the campaign.

Romney and the Republicans favor extension of all of the existing Bush-era tax cuts due to expire on Dec. 31, and also want to cut tax rates 20 percent across the board.

Obama, too, wants to keep the existing tax cuts in place — except for people with earnings of $250,000 a year or more.

Democrats criticized Romney last week for failing to offer a detailed plan to fix the economy. But nowhere in their own convention’s first evening of speechmaking did anyone present proposals for reining in deficits that now exceed $1 trillion annually.

Delegates in the convention hall cheered whenever Obama’s image showed on the huge screen behind the speaker’s podium, and roared when the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was shown mocking Romney in their 1994 Senate race.

“On the issue of choice, I am pro-choice, my opponent is multiple choice,” the late senator said as cheers grew louder.

Romney supported abortion rights while serving as governor; he opposes them now.

Democrats unspooled insult after insult as they took their turn the week after the Republicans had their convention in Tampa, Fla.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said that Republicans had omitted mention of Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor at their gathering.

“We already knew this extremely conservative man takes some pretty liberal deductions. Evidently that includes writing off all four years he served as governor,” Quinn declared.

Said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, speaking of Romney: “Never in modern American history has a presidential candidate tried so hard to hide himself from the people he hopes to serve.”

“When you look at the one tax return he has released, it’s obvious why there’s been only one. We learned that he pays a lower tax rate than middle-class families. We learned he chose Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island tax shelters over American institutions.”

Obama, by contrast, was lauded for helping win approval of health care legislation and for supporting abortion rights and gay marriage.

In his campaign trip to Virginia earlier in the day, Obama told an audience at Norfolk State University that the economy will get worse if Romney wins the White House this fall and that Election Day apathy was his enemy — and theirs.

Republicans are “counting on you, maybe not to vote for Romney, but they’re counting on you to feel discouraged,” he said. “And they figure if you don’t vote, then big oil will write our energy future, and insurance companies will write our health care plans, and politicians will dictate what a woman can or can’t do when it comes to her own health.”

On the final stop of a pre-convention campaign circuit of several battleground states, the president also dropped off a case of White House-brewed beer at a local fire station.

The Republican challenger was in Vermont as the Democratic convention began, preparing for three fall debates with Obama almost certain to be critical to the outcome of the election.

There was no shortage of political calculation behind the program of the convention’s first night — or for any other.

Democratic delegates bestow their nomination on Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the same night former President Bill Clinton delivers a prime-time speech aimed at voters disappointed with the results of the past four years yet undecided how to cast their ballots.

White men favor Romney over Obama in public and private polls, but a Gallup survey taken in July showed that 12 years after leaving office, Clinton was viewed favorably by 63 percent of the same group and unfavorably by only 32 percent.

Obama’s acceptance speech caps the convention on Thursday night at the 74,000-seat Bank of America football stadium. Aides kept a wary eye on the weather in a city that has been hit in recent days with strong afternoon rains.

Republicans did their best to rain on Obama’s convention, whatever the weather.

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke in Westlake, Ohio, standing behind a lectern bearing a sign that read “Are you better off?”

Republicans released a web video that interspersed images of Obama and the economy’s weak performance with slightly out-of-focus video clips of former President Jimmy Carter discussing the nation’s economic woes when sat in the Oval Office more than 30 years ago.

Comments

KSWingman 1 year, 7 months ago

"Mrs. Obama, given a huge ovation and emotionally describing herself as the 'mom in chief,' "

Ah, the hubris. Just like a queen, or perhaps an empress.

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

I had missed Michelle, the other night. Competing issues. But Bill Clinton was absolutely stellar, tonight. In light, you'd think lame-oid 'conservatives' might experience something akin to envy... if not shame.

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Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

I did like Castro's speech. " Pull yourself up by your bootstraps" A republican and he doesnt even know it. Also liked the rugged individualism comment.

FYI yourworstnightmare is still worried about Romney's tax returns

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Jean Robart 1 year, 7 months ago

a man we can trust to do what--besides screwing the American people.

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

"Republicans did their best to rain on Obama’s convention, whatever the weather."

/ whoa... forum foreshadowing

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Lateralis 1 year, 7 months ago

Inconvenient facts on the 4.5 million phantom jobs.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/05/politics/fact-check-obama-jobs/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Republicans aren't the only ones that outright lie. If you think for one second that there are substantial differences between Obama and Mitt you're sadly mistaken.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

The current regime's policy seems to be to take money from people who didn't vote for them and give it to people who did. (from a source)

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

I think the average number of tax returns by a candidate is around years 10 worth but there have been a few that released far more.

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Gotland 1 year, 7 months ago

The people asked “Where did our six trillion dollars go? Unemployment is still through roof” The president replies, “Just trust me.” Democrats respond “Der……….OK”

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sierraclub 1 year, 7 months ago

$6,000,000,000,000 later, sure, why not trust him?

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citizen1 1 year, 7 months ago

As far as Romney's tax returns, he released 2 years. How many years of tax returns did Oblama release in 2008? If there is an issue with how much tax Romney, or anyone else for that matter paid, then change the tax code. Oblama & the democrats, did not do anything about this when they controlled all of government, so this tells me all they want is a mythical argument versus solve a problem.

Michelle's mythic story of poverty is shameful in its untruth. First, Michelle did not meet Oblama until he was working as a lawyer. Second, both Michelle & Oblama went to private schools & so called prestigious universities. So much for sad stories and the truth.

Just what would we get with another 4 years of Oblama? How about secret promises to Putin (every body's friend), the Muslim Brotherhood controlling the middle east, a nuclear Iran, war between Israel & its neighbors, more national debt, higher personal taxes, more families impoverished, no hope, a USA with diminished capacity to defend itself, a USA awash with illegal citizens (many living off of the public), a USA in crises and a total abandonment of our "Founding & Governing" documents.

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gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

Sorry, I may have mispoke. History has probaly to make the Missourian ruffins heros who where fignting for injustice against the Lawarence Republicans.

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gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

So are the Missouri Democrats comming to pilage Lawrence again. They did it once why not again? How many murders in Chicago last night?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

Romney's taxes are an issue of trust. What is he hiding by not releasing his tax returns?

We all know that he is rich and pays a lower tax rate than most Americans.

He is either hiding something, or is thumbing his nose at transparency and "proving" that he doesn't need to be transparent.

We shall see.

Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Gotland 1 year, 7 months ago

Just trust me. Isn't the the calling card of all tyrants.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

What are the plans for choosing which of the 65,000 phantom audience members from Bank of America Stadium get to attend the indoor gig? Assuming, of course, they can battle their way thru the hurricane to get there.

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BigDog 1 year, 7 months ago

Did she comment on why through his leadership, President Obama has not been able to get a budget passed during his administration?

And don't blame it on Republicans because the last budget he proposed received ZERO votes in House or Senate. Not even one Democrat supported his proposed budget.

Now that's leadership in action

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ksrover 1 year, 7 months ago

Whether you like her or not, the facts are still available - just not being presented.

4.5 million jobs created in the private sector. True. But where's the stat on the 5 million jobs lost?

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/05/politics/fact-check-obama-jobs/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

As the popular question asks : Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?
I know I'm not.

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meggers 1 year, 7 months ago

What a bunch of haters here today. The First Lady gave a tremendously inspiring speech, and all of these ugly comments only serve to demonstrate what is at stake in this election. We can either take the high road and work together to build a promising future, or we can allow the ugliest side of humanity to triumph.

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Liberal 1 year, 7 months ago

The problem with Michelle Obama's speech was not the delivery it was brilliant. The problem was the fictional content. It seems that the dems really do prefer style over substance. You can trust her husband. Hell, his own party can not trust him. How many promises did he break to the various constituencies? The left should want to boot him out themselves!

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Democrats remove 'God' from DNC platform, insert Obama's name over 100 times. Looks like little Barry Hussein got a promotion yesterday. I wonder what Jeremiah Wright thinks. http://www.examiner.com/article/democrats-remove-god-from-dnc-platform-insert-obama-s-name-over-100-times

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Are you listening Mitt?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

What is Mitt Romney hiding in his tax returns? We already know he is a rich guy who pays a tax rate lower than most Americans.

What is he hiding from the American people?

Or is he being secretive just to be secretive? To "prove" to the American people that they should not expect transparency from him?

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Lateralis 1 year, 7 months ago

Trust? Ummmm....No. When you refuse to provide proof for assassinations W/O due process and imprison whistle blowers. When you launch military acts of war W/O congressional approval. When you continue to send flesh and blood that is not your own to die for nothing in a war that will never be won. When you participate and sanction corporate welfare you are NOT trustworthy.

This "president" preaches the left's message while carrying out the right's warmonger foreign policy. Every soldier death since the day he got into office and every innocent civilian dead from his drone war is on his head. He should be prosecuted for war crimes and violations of the constitution.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 7 months ago

Now I can see clearly how Brownbackwards, Koldback, Rober and Moron got elected to office in Kansas. What a bunch of dolts are here!

Mrs Obama hit a grand slam home run last evening. An excellent peech upholding the values and ideals of her husband!

But the item thatrally took me aback, as I had not seen it before, was the video with Ted Kennedy. He was shown debating tRomney in one of his previous failures to aquire public office, and he made the statement, much to my surprise, that he "supported the right of women to choose "!!!!!!!!! OOOOOK!!

This from the master s;inner who seems to be an advocate of the political flavor of the hour!

You really want this jerk for president???? Pullleezzzzze!

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headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

You so called right wing posters really need some help. Here is something that has been around for a while that may be useful to you. It is now available in liquid form. The original medicine was only available in suppository. They developed the liquid form since most users who really needed the medicine was having trouble getting it past their neck.

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marv36 1 year, 7 months ago

What have the republican done to help get the car out of the dicth they ran it in?

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matthew2600 1 year, 7 months ago

Michelle must have done a great job if the same handful of conservatives feel the need to keep making childish comments like this.

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Gotland 1 year, 7 months ago

The first drag queen tells us to trust Obama. Is she proud to be an American today?

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Just what I expected, Moochelle and Barry Sotero are indefensible and the loud libs are absent in their defense today. (crickets) Win Romney...

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BigDog 1 year, 7 months ago

After 4 years in office we need the First Lady to tell us that we need to trust the President. We are supposed to trust him because he is a good husband and father?

The unemployed, those struggling because gas prices have doubled and those losing homes really don't care about his personal side ..... what is he going to do differently in the next 4 years to get the economy going, create jobs and to cut the deficit in half (as he promised the first time he ran)?

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newmedia 1 year, 7 months ago

Funny how you need to show photo ID three times to enter DNC but try to get someone to produce one when they show up to vote and holy heck breaks loose. Kind of says it all doesn't it...

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Double Decker clown bus...

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Larrytown 1 year, 7 months ago

The best speeches from last night were from Deval Patrick and Michelle Obama. Lots of wonderful 1st ladies in American history...none that come within the same hemisphere as far as matching Michelle Obama's speaking ability.

Two other speeches to check in on were from Stacy Lihn and Lilly Ledbetter. They brought a real-life perspective on the Obama policies (ObamaCare and Equal Pay). Good stuff and a great opening night for the DNC!

Also, can't leave off Tammy Duckworth.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

who let all of you clowns out of the clown car? taking the conversations reliably to a simple place every day......

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gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

As one Queen said "let them eat cake". Another "rich" Democrat telling you how great another "rich" Democrat can make your life "hunky dory". And how many murders occurred in Chicago, the mecca of Democratic control, last night? And how much money did you loose when a Democratic controlled municpality went bankrupt? .

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drake 1 year, 7 months ago

A face that only a mother could love. BARF.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

People! "Ignore" button has been located!

You'll need 'your' picture I.D. to use it.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Really? Well why doesn't he give us some reasons to trust him, such as release his college transcripts and a real birth certificate and a real social security number? Why did he have to surrender his Law License in Illinois? Sorry we still have a lot of questions unanswered.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

"Al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most wanted terrorists on a U.S. target list, has been killed in Yemen, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials, marking another significant blow to the global terrorist group after the assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this year."

"Al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, was believed to be key in turning Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen into what American officials have called the most significant and immediate threat to the United States. The branch, led by a Yemeni militant named Nasser al-Wahishi, plotted several failed attacks on U.S. soil -- the botched Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up an American airliner heading to Detroit and a foiled 2010 attempt to send explosives to Chicago.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/30/us-born-terror-boss-anwar-al-awlaki-killed/#ixzz25b8TMTwf

A traitor and documented terrorist who long ago forfeited his right to be called an American.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

Pork ribs are great until they turn rancid. Then they're just stinky pieces of meat that foul the air of everyone around them.

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Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

"He reminds me that we are playing a long game here"

A game where people lose their houses and your husband has American citizens assassinated It's a game to you. It's reality to everyone else.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

I thought it was a great first night of the convention. Can't wait for tonight when the DNC releases Crazy Uncle Joe on the opposition. Must see TV.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

We have confirmation. Wearer of 'pants' in domicile has been identified.

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Pork_Ribs 1 year, 7 months ago

No rants necessary. Obama has proven he can't be trusted. I surely don't want to hear lies from the ugly wife. "It takes more time" is code for "We spent Billions in Stimulus money that didn't work to improve unemployment...now trust us to figure something else out."

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observant 1 year, 7 months ago

Here come the GOP/Teabgger rants as usual.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Michele Obama hit a grand slam home run ....... absolutely!

Michele Obama is a thinking woman with her feet on the ground!

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RoeDapple 1 year, 7 months ago

And the check is in the mail . . .

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