By Matthew Hoh |
The Democratic National Convention ended Thursday night with a speech by President Barack Obama in a direct appeal to the American people for his re-election. The Democrats spent the week in Charlotte, N.C., emphasizing the successes of Obama's presidency, and why he is the right candidate to continue leading the country.
Obama maintained that he had saved the economy from peril, and if he remains in office the United States will make a full recovery. He stressed the fact that creating jobs is a process that takes time, and he must be given the chance to see out the rest of his agenda. Speeches by his wife Michelle and former President Bill Clinton were also highlights, seeking to emphasize the president's character and successes like healthcare reform and the auto industry bailout.
Despite these achievements, the economy is still a black spot on Obama's record. Republicans argue that Obama has not done enough to create jobs and spur growth, and the gloomier-than-expected jobs report released Friday is proof there is still a ways to go. Last week at the Republican National Convention, the GOP attacked the president for these failings and presented its candidate, Mitt Romney, as the better alternative. Republicans maintain that his business experience qualifies Romney to step in as president, and his polices will do what Obama has not been able to achieve in reviving the economy. Was the Democratic National Convention a success for Barack Obama? Here is the Debate Club's take:
Zerlina Maxwell Democratic Strategist and Writer
Jamie Chandler Political Scientist at Hunter College