Last night Democratic President Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination for president. As expected, Obama’s speech was excellent, tying together themes of humility, accomplishment, and unfinished business. I don’t think anyone doubted President Obama’s speech would be good, but I was actually a little surprised at how effectively it touted the president’s accomplishments while acknowledging the work left unfinished.
Here’s President Obama’s speech in its entirety:
As I wrote, I think President Obama’s acceptance speech was well-written and well-delivered, but a few of my pro-labor friends had a few bones to pick with President Obama’s speech.
From ironworker Randy Bryce:
Mr. President. I’ll make you a deal. You’ll get my vote.
You have convinced me that you intend to stand up for Working People through your words in another well done speech. You just stated that you will get us back to work. You mentioned “unions” once that I caught. /minor sarcasm
Casting my vote (again) for you entitles me to certain things. I get a voice. My vote comes with the condition that you listen to me/us. I will support your policies that further what you told us in your speech.
I see a vote as a purchase. I’ll “buy” it for your last term, but, you’d best believe I’m going to kick the tires. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only runnable car on the lot. (I can see the dynamite under the Rmoney-Ryan/Rolls-Royce ready to go off)
Enjoy your last term President Obama. This purchase “entitles” me to critique the purchase and give a review. I will do that.
If I don’t see DRAMATIC change, you can bet I’m not wasting any time going to a different lot next time. I’d even go so far as to scrape together whatever I can and help open up another lot – one that doesn’t sell lemons. One that takes pride in using Union mechanics.
If Democrats want to make claim to be “the house that Labor built” – you need to leave the lights on. Otherwise, I know I can count on Motel 6 to do that, and, why do we need a house that we can’t get in to? (I have some personal experience being locked out of that house)
One more thing – tell Rahm to stop being such a prick.
And here’s reaction from Paul:
[I remain] unconvinced and slightly disgruntled. One use of the word “union” in a 40 minute speech is inadequate.
As for my thoughts? President Obama gave a good speech, but it was just that – a speech. Words are meaningless unless backed by action, and on the issues that matter most to me and mine, I’ve seen precious little action. I sincerely hope that when he’s reelected President Obama will finally show that “ramrod” spine that Vice President Joe Biden talked about last night, because on some issues President Obama’s spine seemed to be made of jelly rather than steel.