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Friday, October 28, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

And a president who has been accused of being a collectivist and a socialist didn’t abandon a vision of shared burdens and purposes. He replied forcefully with a call for a renewal of citizenship, “the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations.”

“We, the people, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights,” he declared, “that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”

Rarely has an American election provided such a sharp clash of philosophies. When President Obama told a fired-up Democratic convention crowd that the contest will involve “the clearest choice of any time in a generation,” and “a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future,” he was not exaggerating. He took the Republicans’ new radical individualism head on.

Obama’s was a speech aimed less at shaking up the campaign than at building on an existing narrative. The president did not defend his economic record. He left that to Bill Clinton. He did not even promise rapid recovery. On the contrary, he told voters: “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy.”

Indeed, he seemed to reach back to John F. Kennedy’s summons that Americans first ask what they could do for the country. “As citizens,” Obama said, “we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.”

And thus his redefinition of hope and change. Faced with assertions that he can no longer inspire the elation he called forth four years ago, Obama challenged those who had supported him to stay in the fight for the longer term and do the work required to get where they originally wanted to go.

  • bcarreiro

    You are the best damn president of my time. “Serenity, Courage and Wisdom”.

  • Two distinctly different messages: Compassion, Tolerance and Hope Vs Greed, Intolerance and Hatred. I thought of including a score, but since new mathematical logarithms and supercomputers will have to be developed to do that I will let future generations of Americans do that when they read their history books a couple of centuries from now. I can just imagine what they will think of us…

    • The GOP (I prefer to call it NOP, the No Party) is on the wrong side of almost every major issue that confronts Americans, leave aside the 0.0162% of the people who are hoarding 97% of the total wealth in the country. The remaining 99.9378% of Americans have to make do with the left over 3% of nations’s wealth. It has been reported in the media that the big corporations and banks are sitting on two trillion dollars worth of cash but are not ready to invest in hiring people or set up new plants until after the election. They are basing their hopes on a republican victory.

      as I said above, the elephants are on the wrong side of every major issue. Take climate change (they don’t believe in), women’s rights, health care, and of course the economy. They killed Obama’s jod plan. Having won a large majority in november 2010 elections, they turned to be a do nothing congress with the lowest approval rating of 10% in American history. But they passed the anti Health Care bill to repeal Obam’s Affordable Health Care Act 33 times to please the tea drinkers. What a shame!

      When historians will write about this party 40, 50 years from now, they will deal a very cruel hand to this party.

      • I don’t think they are going to be too impressed with the intellectual acumen and sense of national responsibility of our generation either…

  • The DNC = Truth And Hope!!!! RNC = FAILED A Good Old Boys Lie Fest!! RNC Will Go Down In The Record And History Books As The Biggest And Largest Group Of LIARS Ever Together On One Stage And The Only Thing Was Said Is More Lying And Obama Bashing The Only Thing People Will Remember Is The Chair And Romney Cut That Out From The RNC Video!!! LOL DNC Michele Was Beautiful, She Is The 99% Woman Out Here In America No Maid And Nannies A Working Real Woman!! Each Speaker Came One Stage And Broke Down Each Of The Many Lies Told One By One And Slap The GOP/Tea Party LIARS In The Face With The Truth!! After RNC Romney Approval Point When Up One Point!! LOL After DNC Obama Approval Points Went Up 7!!! LOL I Can’t Wait For The Debates Where The People Will Asks Romney For His Tax Returns And Obama Is Going To Open A Can Of Whoopass On His Lying Ass!!!LOL The RR Wont Be Abel To Lie Cause They Will Be Face To Face!!!ROTF!!!

  • Landsende

    I was all set to vote for John McCain in 2008 but when he picked Sara Palin as his VP it made me question his judgement so I voted for Barack Obama instead. Thank God I did because he pulled us out of an economic disaster that could have destroyed our economy permanently. The auto industry is thriving, every month unemployment has gone down, manufacturing is up, the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq have doubled and housing is slowly recovering. As President Clinton said, no one, be they democrat or republican could have cleaned up the mess Bush created in just four years, especially when he had the teapublicans blocking his every efforts in order to make him a one term president. If McCain had won and didn’t follow the teapublicans dictates they would have made sure he was a one term president. As long as the tea party controls the republican party I will be voting democrat.

  • Marcu Kopan

    “HOPE AND CHANGE” ?? – another BIG lie coming out of Obozo’a mouth – the most inept, inexperienced, incompetent, arrogant, opportunistic idiot we’ve ever seen in politics.

    • You are dead wrong. Check the facts. Ryan is the biggest liar of them all. Read his convention speech. It has been scrutinized by every newspaper and online websites. And also by all channels, including Fox News. R=Money does n’t even have the guts to ask his party that he will not accept the nomination until the platform reflected his views. The party platform, Romney and Ryan are on different wavelengths on every issue. The two of them don’t agree with each other or with the party. What a bunch of jokers. They are pathological liars who lie so much, it almost means to them they are telling the truth.

      As it is said, you can only fool some people sometimes, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. God bless America!

  • 16,000,000,000,000 instead of the less than four Obama said he would do, now he says he didnt have clue. However with all the OJT he now has he wants you to trust in him again