In a landmark speech, Barack Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention while accepting his party's nomination for presidential election.
Focusing on themes of strength and unity, Obama promises he can bring needed change to America's "broken politics."
President Barack Obama
President Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.
Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. During the campaign, several events brought him to national attention, such as his victory in the March 2004 Democratic primary election for the United States Senator from Illinois as well as his prime-time televised keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won election to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
Obama began his run for the presidency in February 2007. After a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Clinton, he won his party's nomination. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama is the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama describes the problems facing America, and argues that even though John McCain is viewed as a maverick in the Republican party, his decisions have only differed from President Bush's 10% of the time, and thus doesn’t represent any real change.
Obama argues for the necessity of unity in America, declaring that our soldiers don’t fight for Republicans or Democrats, but Americans. He explains how there are certain changes everyone can agree on, and extols the importance of enacting those changes.
When I vote for Obama, it will be a vote for Obama and not just another vote against a Republican. I truly like McCain, but I believe more in Obama's abilities to lead our nation than I do McCain's. (Sorry McCain!)
Even though I am a fan of short and sweet speeches, I found that this very long speech was true to Obama's heart and simply wonderful. Even though he spoke negatively about his opposition at times, it was generally very touching. Just like McCain's!
The stage was over the top, yes, but I do understand that it was a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. so people need to lighten up about that.
Some say that Obama's celebrity is a trivial thing, but may I say that it is a power. Because of his intelligence and eloquent nature - and frankly, because of his race, he is loved and respected on every continent of this turmultuous planet. If he is elected, then he will be the first truly historic figure of the twenty-first century, and no, not as the anti-christ! Think of how much power he will have with this advantage. I believe that as a man of law, he will not be too corrupted by this power. He does Not want history to remember the first black president as bad or mediocre, after all. He will be particularly on his toes, yes-yes? Obama is young, energetic, and wise and I believe he is ready for the challenge to do something groundbreaking.
Thank you, Fora, and thank you to anyone who reads what I have to say with an open mind.