The president faces a delicate balance. He needs to provide optimism about the future and persuade people to stick with him as president, while being cautious not to minimize the fact that many people in the United States are still suffering economically. Unemployment remains at 8.3 percent in one of the slowest recoveries from a recession in U.S. history.
— Sally Buzbee
OBAMA'S CASE FOR RE-ELECTION
How Barack Obama sums up his argument for re-election:
"Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The 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 country - goals 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."
The Obamas' two daughters joined their mother in chairs on the convention hall floor as soon as she left the stage after introducing the president. Malia is wearing a royal blue dress and Sasha a black and white checked dress with a gold belt. As their father accepted the nomination, and the crowd leapt to its feet and applauded, the two girls looked at their mother, then jumped up also and applauded.
— Sally Buzbee
Barack Obama says that all the Republicans are offering America is "the same prescription they've had for the last 30 years":
"Have a surplus? Try a tax cut."
"Deficit too high? Try another."
"Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!"
President Barack Obama took the stage in air-conditioned comfort for his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic Convention.
He might have had to roll up his sleeves if he had gone with his original plan of speaking in Charlotte's outdoor football stadium, but he wouldn't have needed a rain jacket.
It was a humid 76 degrees outside as Obama took the stage at Time Warner Arena, after his motorcade came through a mostly cloudless Charlotte night.
Obama's campaign decided to move the speech to the indoor area on Wednesday because of the threat of thunderstorms. And one storm did roll through Charlotte shortly after 3 p.m., when people may have started lining up outside the football stadium.
Obama took the stage at about 10:25 p.m. and opened his speech without mentioning the weather or the move.
— Jeffrey Collins
"I know that campaigns can seem small, even silly sometimes. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me — so am I. But when all is said and done — when you pick up that ballot to vote — you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation." — President Barack Obama, accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for a second term.
THE NOMINEE, OFFICIALLY
Obama's now officially the Democratic nominee — he has accepted the nomination from his party.
A PART OF IT
Thousands of people whose plans to attend President Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium got derailed by the weather still got energized for the fall campaign with several watch parties inside the Charlotte Convention Center.
Obama campaign volunteers and his admirers who secured tickets to the stadium said they were disappointed with missing his speech in person but still wanted to be a part of history. So at least 4,000 were content with sitting in air-conditioned comfort inside convention center meeting rooms to cheer on Vice President Joe Biden and the president while watching big screen TVs.