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  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you so much.

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more

  • years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much everybody

  • Thank you

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • Michelle, I love you so much.

  • [HOOTS]

  • A few nights ago everybody was reminded just what a lucky man I am.

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha,

  • we are so proud of you.

  • [CHEERS]

  • And yes, you do have to go to school in the morning.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could have ever hoped for,

  • and being a strong and loyal friend.

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • Madam Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.

  • [EXTENDED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more

  • years! Four more years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man.

  • [LAUGHER]

  • A Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hopenot blind optimism or wishful

  • thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; that dogged

  • faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward, even when the odds are great;

  • even when the road is long.   

  • Eight years later, that hope has been testedby the cost of war; by one of the worst

  • economic crises in history; and by political gridlock that’s left us wondering whether

  • it’s still even possible to tackle the challenges of our time.   

  •   I know that campaigns can seem small, and

  • even silly sometimesTrivial things become big distractionsSerious issues become

  • sound bitesAnd the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertisingIf

  • youre sick of hearing me approve this message, believe meso am I. 

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]   

  • But when all is said and donewhen you pick up that ballot to voteyou will face

  • the clearest choice of any time in a generationOver the next few years, big decisions will

  • be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education;

  • war and peacedecisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and on our children’s

  • lives for decades to come.       

  • On every issue, the choice you face won’t just be between two candidates or two parties

  •   It will be a choice between two different

  • paths for America.   

  • A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

  •   Ours is a fight to restore the values that

  • built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known.

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSEThe values my grandfather defended as a soldier

  • in Patton’s Army; the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly

  • line while he was gone.    

  • They knew they were part of something larger – a nation that triumphed over fascism and

  • depression; a nation where the most innovative businesses turned out the world’s best products,

  • and everyone shared in the pride and successfrom the corner office to the factory

  • floorMy grandparents were given the chance to go to college, buy their own, their own

  • home, and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of America’s storythe promise

  • that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; that everyone gets a fair

  • shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rulesfrom

  • Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]   

  • I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away.  I began my career

  • helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs

  • were starting to move overseasAnd by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families

  • struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn’t; folks racking up

  • more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food

  • on the tableAnd when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions

  • of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings – a tragedy

  • from which were still fighting to recover.     

  • Now, our friends down in Tampa at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about

  • everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how

  • they’d make it right

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their planAnd that’s because

  • all they have to offer is the same prescriptions theyve had for the last thirty years:

  •   “Have a surplus? Try a tax cut.” 

  •   “Deficit too high? Try another.”

  • [LAUGHTER]  

  • Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in

  • the morning!”

  • [EXTENDED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]   

  • Now, I’ve cut taxes for those who need it --

  • [HOOTS]

  • middle-class families and small businessesBut I don’t believe that another round of

  • tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit

  • I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow

  • the economy, or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • After all that weve been through, I don’t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall

  • Street will help the small businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keep his

  • homeWe have been there, weve tried that, and were not going back.   Were

  • moving forward, America.  

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • Now I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy.  I never haveYou didn’t

  • elect me to tell you what you wanted to hearYou elected me to tell you the truth

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that

  • have built up over decadesIt will require common effort, shared responsibility, and

  • the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the

  • only crisis worse than this oneAnd by the waythose of us who carry on his party’s

  • legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program

  • or dictate from Washington.   

  • But know this, AmericaOur problems can be solved

  • [CHEERS]

  • Our challenges can be metThe path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.

  • And I’m asking you to choose that future.  I’m asking you to rally around a set of

  • goals for your countrygoals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and

  • the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and

  • rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation.   That’s what we can do in the next four years,

  • and that is why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States

  • [EXTENDED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]   

  • AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer

  • jobsAfter a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, were getting

  • back to basics, and doing what America has always done best:

  •   Were making things again

  •   I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo

  • [CHEERS]

  • who feared they’d never build another American carToday, they can’t build

  • them fast enough, because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on the top

  • of the world.  

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • AUDIENCE: U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!   

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’ve worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to America

  • not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products

  • [CHEERS]

  • Because we work harder and smarter than anyone else.   

  •   I’ve signed trade agreements that are helping

  • our companies sell more goods to millions of new customersgoods that are stamped

  • with three proud wordsMade in America

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE

  • AUDIENCE: U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!   

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: After a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing

  • jobs in the last two and a half yearsAnd now you have a choicewe can give more

  • tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies

  • that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States

  • of America

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this

  • path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four yearsYou can make

  • that happenYou can choose that future.   

  • You can choose the path where we control more of our own energyAfter thirty years of

  • inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and

  • trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • Weve doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today

  • building wind turbines and long-lasting batteriesIn the last year alone, we cut oil imports

  • by one million barrels a daymore than any administration in recent history

  • [CHEERS]

  • And today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any

  • time in nearly two decades.

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]  

  • So now you have a choicebetween a strategy that reverses this progress, or one that builds

  • on itWeve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three

  • years, and well open moreBut unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies

  • write this country’s energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion

  • in corporate welfare from our taxpayers

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]   

  • Were offering a better pathwhere we, a future where we keep investing in wind and

  • solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and

  • trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where

  • we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feetIf

  • you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000

  • new jobs in natural gas alone.   

  • And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet

  • because climate change is not a hoaxMore droughts and floods and wildfires are

  • not a jokeTheyre a threat to our children’s futureAnd in this election, you can do

  • something about it

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]  

  • You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need

  • to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they haveEducation was

  • the gateway to opportunity for meIt was the gateway for MichelleIt was the gateway

  • for most of you. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life

  •   For the first time in a generation, nearly

  • every state has answered our call to raise their standards for teaching and learning

  • Some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and readingMillions

  • of students are paying less for college today because we finally took on a system that wasted

  • billions of taxpayer dollars on banks and lenders.

  •   And now you have a choicewe can gut education,

  • or we can decide that in the United States of America, no child should have her dreams

  • deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling schoolNo family should have

  • to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the moneyNo company

  • should have to look for workers overseas because they couldn’t find any with the right skills

  • here at homeThat’s not our future. That is not our future.

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]  

  • Government has a role in thisBut teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents

  • must instill a thirst for learning, and students, youve got to do the workAnd together,

  • I promise youwe can out-educate and out-compete any nation on EarthSo help me, help me

  • recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood

  • education

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • Help give two million workers the chance to learn skills at their community college that

  • will lead directly to a jobHelp us work with colleges and universities to cut in half

  • the growth of tuition costs over the next ten yearsWe can meet that goal together

  • You can choose that future for America

  • [EXTENDED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  •   That’s our future. You know, in a world

  • of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and

  • provenFour years ago, I promised to end the war in IraqWe did

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11.  And we have

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • Weve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war

  • will be over

  • [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama

  • bin Laden is dead.

  • [EXTENDED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

  • AUDIENCE: U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!  U.S.A!

  •  

  • PRESIDENT OBAMA: Tonight, we pay tribute to the Americans who still serve in harm’s

  • wayWe are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer

  • and more respectedWe will never forget youAnd so long as I’m Commander-in-Chief,

  • we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever knownWhen you take off

  • the uniform, we will serve you as well as youve served usbecause no one who

  • fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the

  • care that they need when they come home.   

  • Around the world, weve strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop

  • the spread of nuclear weaponsWeve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up

  • to China on behalf of our workersFrom Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced

  • the rights and dignity of all human beingsmen and women; Christians and Muslims

  • and Jews.        

  • But for all the progress that weve made, challenges remainTerrorist plots must

  • be disruptedEurope’s crisis must be containedOur commitment to Israel’s

  • security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace

  • [CHEERS]

  • The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions