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As Democrats begin heading to Charlotte for our national convention, President Barack Obama and his campaign are pointing out in so many words that Romney wants to take us back to a time when people watched black-and-white TVs:
President Obama: Now, last week, the other party gave you their pitch at the convention down in Florida.This evening, First Amendment posted Obama on GOP convention and ideas: "You might as well have watched it on a black and white TV"
Audience: Booo --
President Obama: Don't boo -- vote! (Laughter)
It was something to behold. Despite all the challenges that we face in this new century, what they offered over those three days was more often than not an agenda that was better suited for the last century. It was a rerun. We’d seen it before. You might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV. (Laughter)
If you didn’t DVR it, let me recap it for you. (Laughter) Everything's bad, it’s Obama’s fault -- (laughter) -- and Governor Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. That was the pitch. There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody ever actually bothered to tell you what they were. (Laughter)
And when Governor Romney had his chance to let you in on his secret, he did not offer a single new idea, just retreads of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years. They talked a lot about me. They talked a lot about him. But they didn’t say much about you. (Applause)
President Obama on the Road to Charlotte
The "It was a rerun..." video above is excerpted from this Obama for America video of President Obama's full speech in Des Moines, Iowa:
Now, this Thursday night, I will offer you what I believe is a better path forward -- a path that grows this economy, creates more good jobs, strengthens the middle class. And the good news is you get to choose which path we take. We can take their path or we can take the path that I'm going to present. (Applause.)Full transcript of speech here.
We can choose whether we give massive new tax cuts to folks who've already made it, or whether we keep the tax cuts for every American who’s still trying to make it. (Applause.) I have cut taxes by a total of about $3,600 for the typical family. (Applause.) And I’m now running to make sure that taxes aren’t raised a dime on your family’s first $250,000 of income. (Applause.)
That's the path forward. But you're going to have to choose it. It will be up to you. You can choose whether we cede new jobs and new industries to countries like China and India or Germany, or whether we fight for those jobs in states like Iowa. (Applause.)
My opponent’s experience -- he likes to talk about it -- has been investing in companies that often were called "pioneers" in the business of outsourcing jobs. And when his advice was to "let Detroit go bankrupt," I said a million jobs were at stake, an iconic American industry is at stake -- I'm going to bet on American workers and American manufacturing. (Applause.) And today, the American auto industry has come roaring back. (Applause.) That's the choice.
Unlike my opponent, I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. I want to start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in Urbandale and Des Moines, right here in Iowa, right here in the United States of America. (Applause.) That's what we're fighting for.
Giving Thanks to Our Troops
In today's Weekly Address: Honoring Our Nation’s Service Members and Military Families, President Obama thanks the men and women who have served in our military two years after our combat mission in Iraq ended:
President Obama: But as long as we have a single American in harm’s way, we will continue to do everything in our power to keep them safe and help them succeed. That means giving them a clear mission and the equipment they need on the front lines. But it also means taking care of our veterans and their families. Because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.This morning, Susan Gardner posted Time for a little nation-building at home, Obama declares in weekly address.
I also told our soldiers at Bliss that part of honoring their service means strengthening the nation they fought so hard to protect. As we turn the page on a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home.
My grandfather’s generation came back from World War II and helped form the backbone of the greatest middle-class in history. They helped this country come back stronger than before. Today’s veterans have the skills, the discipline, and the leadership skills to do the exact same thing—and it’s our job to give them that chance.
It’s time to build a nation that lives up to the ideals that so many Americans have fought for—a nation where they can realize the dream they sacrificed to protect. We need to rebuild our roads and runways and ports. We need to lay broadband lines across this country and put our veterans back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them. And we need to come together to make America a place where hard work is rewarded and anyone willing to put in the effort can make it if they try.
That’s how we can honor our troops. That’s the welcome home they’ve earned.
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