by Stanley Azuakola
So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens – you were the change.
United States’ President Barack Obama, finally delivered his much anticipated Democratic National Convention speech in the early hours of this morning. Everyone knows that the man knows how to deliver a good speech, and Obama did not disappoint.
Truth be told, Obama had a tough act to follow in the person of former President Bill Clinton, who gave an amazing speech yesterday, but the crowd at Charlotte cheered their leader on. Here are the top 10 lines from his speech that got them on their feet.
1. Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud, but don’t get any ideas, you’re still going to class tomorrow.
2. Now, our friends 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. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years:
3. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
4. And so long as I’m commander-in-chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you’ve served us – because 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.
5. 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.
6. So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens – you were the change.
7. If you turn away now – if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible… well, change will not happen.
8. I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention. The times have changed – and so have I. I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President.
9. But as I stand here tonight, I have never been more hopeful about America. Not because I think I have all the answers. Not because I’m naïve about the magnitude of our challenges. I’m hopeful because of you.
10. I don’t know what party these men and women belong to. I don’t know if they’ll vote for me. But I know that their spirit defines us. They remind me, in the words of Scripture, that ours is a “future filled with hope.” And if you share that faith with me – if you share that hope with me – I ask you tonight for your vote.
And one extra.
11. America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer – but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.