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Saturday, September 8, 2012

DNC2012: The Speeches You'll Remember

From Bill to Lilly Ledbetter, from Michelle to Deval Patrick inspiring DNC speeches you'll remember, in support of President Obama's re-election.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton wants a president who's "cool on the outside, but burning for America on the inside."

"I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for President to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before the election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression. A man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs were created and saved, there were still millions more waiting, trying to feed their children and keep their hopes alive."

Clinton told the crowd that what works in the real world is 'cooperation'.  Will we see more cooperation between the parties if Obama is re-elected, or more of the same stalled politics?

First Lady Michelle Obama
The lovely First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage in support of her husband to tell America "we will always have your back".

"I've seen the very best of the American spirit."   It's that 'spirit' the first lady will hope get her husband re-elected.

Lilly Ledbetter
President Obama invited Lilly Ledbetter to show America what he's accomplished over his reign in the Oval Office.   "Equal pay for equal work is an American value", said Ledbetter.   (This is really 500 years late, but President Obama got it done).

Ledbetter was left a 'tip' from an unknown person on her job informing her that she was making less than her male counterparts. Today, her goal is advocating for all workers to make sure they understand where they are when it comes to their pay and benefits.

Listen to Ledbetter talk about how the Supreme Court casted her down, and how President Obama lifted her, and all women, to greater heights.  "He put me in the history books".

She also talked with Democracy Now!'s reporter Amy Goodman.  "Paycheck fairness is critical. It's a human right, and that's a no brainer."

Deval Patrick
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick recounts the days of former governor Mitt Romney

"We know Mitt Romney", said Patrick.

Calling Romney "a good salesman", Patrick said, "By the time he left office Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation—during better economic times—and household income in our state was declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America."

"Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them", Patrick said in his speech during the DNC.

See all of the speeches from both the DNC and the RNC.

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