Since then, of course, Obama has gained much experience during four years as president. Now, he says, experience is important.
— Sally Buzbee
It's only a slight exaggeration to say there are almost as many T-shirt designs promoting President Barack Obama as there are delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
There are the one that had to be printed quickly, like the one of the picture sent out by the president on Twitter as a response to actor Clint Eastwood's monologue at the Republican convention. Obama is sitting in his leather chair, with "This seat is taken" written across the top.
Several T-shirt peddlers combined pictures of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama. One said "Keep dreaming," while another read "The audacity of a dream."
There are serious shirts, like the one detailing 11 accomplishments of the president's first term including bailing out the auto industry, repealing the ban on gay soldiers in the military and passing major changes to health case.
Then there are the funny ones. First Lady Michelle Obama is shown on one in a sleeveless dress and the slogan "I believe in the right to bare arms." Another shows a smiling Obama leaning out a White House window and a forlorn Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney standing outside the fence with "No Ad-Mitt-Ance" written across the bottom.
— Jeffrey Collins — Twitter http://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP
'THIS DEMOCRACY IS OURS'
Pushing back against Republican criticism of him as a big-government liberal, President Barack Obama said he realizes government can't solve all of the nation's problems.
Churches and charities can often make more of a difference than just a poverty program, he said, and people who refuse to help themselves shouldn't get handouts.
"But we don't think that government is the source of all our problems - any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles," Obama told the cheering crowd of delegates.
"Because we understand that this democracy is ours," he said.
— Connie Cass — Twitter http://twitter.com/ConnieCass
HEATING THINGS UP
President Barack Obama took on climate change skeptics in his acceptance speech, saying he will continue to work to reduce carbon pollution that is warming the planet.
"Climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke," Obama told delegates. "They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something about it."
After several minutes of reasonably nonconfrontational language in his convention speech, Obama turned hard into foreign policy and went straight for the GOP jugular. To wit:
"So now we face a choice. My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all, you don't call Russia our number one enemy - and not al Qaeda - unless you're still stuck in a Cold War time warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. My opponent said it was "tragic" to end the war in Iraq, and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will."
— Ted Anthony — Twitter http://twitter.com/anthonyted
In the first part of his speech, President Obama is hitting at the Republicans for saying that things are not going well in America. But in his words he's offering few specifics of what they would do to improve that. Obama's campaign has been sounding a theme in recent days that the country's situation has improved in the last four years but that there is still much work to do.