Looking to recapture the excitement that propelled him to victory in 2008, President Obama took to the national spotlight on the final night of the Democratic National Convention to sell voters in the Time Warner Cable Arena and at home that he’s the man to continue to lead the United States for the next four years.
FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson and Jessica Rosenthal report from the DNC in Charlotte:
From America’s Election Headquarters, I’m Rich Johnson at the Democratic National Convention.
(Obama) “I accept your nomination for President of the United States.”
President Obama making it official and kicking off a 40-minute acceptance speech that centered on the idea of choice the one voters have in just eight weeks.
(Obama) “It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”
He urged voters to stay patient and hang in there even though his economic policies haven’t delivered all that he promised four years ago.
Delegates praised the President’s speech with words like ‘direct’ and ‘honest’. David Wilhelm is a delegate from Ohio and former DNC Chair:
(Wilhelm) “This was a nearly flawless convention. We come out of this completely united. If we don’t come out of this with a bump there are no more bumps in American politics.”
He and delegates in the swing state of Florida agreed the President and party leaders focused on the right things like the auto bailout and his foreign policy successes.
At the DNC in Charlotte, Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.
LISTEN to some of the highlights of President Obama’s address HERE:
Leading up to President Obama’s speech, the #2 man on the ticket, Vice President Joe Biden, worked the crowd.
Vice President Biden took on the War on Terror, laid out the differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney, and said that America’s best days are ahead and that we, as a country, are “on our way”:
Primetime coverage kicked off with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,who was shot in the head during a Congressional event in Tucson, Arizona in January of 2011, leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
WATCH Gabrielle Giffords lead the DNC in the Pledge of Allegiance HERE:
In addition to the star-studded Hollywood lineup, some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party took to the stage before the President.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry focused on foreign policy, taking cracks at Mitt Romney’s gaffes this summer in Europe and played off the “Are you better off?” campaign themes:
Vice President Joe Biden was formally nominated by his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.
WATCH as Beau Biden speaks at the DNC HERE: