COMMENTARY: Obama Hits the Road

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  • Fresh from his rousing fire-up-the-troops address at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will crisscross the country this weekend, traveling to New Hampshire and Iowa before boarding a campaign bus to roll through Florida as the nation’s most recognizable salesman.

    Make no mistake: As America’s first black president running for re-election to the White House, Obama must make the most compelling sales pitch of his remarkable political career to convince skeptical voters that he can realistically create jobs, get the economy back on track, and put money in the pockets of struggling middle-class Americans.

    It will take plenty of plainspoken conversations from Obama given the ferocious Republican assault on his leadership, an unemployment rate that’s holding steady at 8.3 percent, and a race that’s neck-and-neck, but I believe Obama is committed to his old-school, community-organizer-style crusade to uplift Americans and help improve the quality of life for those in need.

    In the next 60 days, however, Obama will need to lose the suit coat, roll up his sleeves, and leave the professorial rhetoric and spreadsheet analysis to his policy advisors.

    Voters just want straight talk.

    “I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy,” Obama told a cheering crowd Thursday during his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. “I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

    On Saturday, Obama will kick-off his two-day Florida bus tour with grassroots events in Seminole—near St. Petersburg, —and Kissimmee, Florida. Obama will make stops in Melbourne and West Palm Beach on Sunday. And next week, Obama will campaign in Colorado and Nevada.

    With the latest polls showing the race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is virtually tied, Obama, starting Friday, plans to hit the road to tell voters that he will create one million manufacturing jobs by 2016, recruit 100,000 math and science teachers over the next 10 years and train two million workers for substantial jobs at community colleges.

    But today, while 12 million Americans are out of work, Obama is asking the nation’s voters to do something difficult that goes against the grain: be patient. His message to Americans in Florida: Give him another four years to fix an economic problem that he promised to address in 2008.

    “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,” Obama said inside the Time Warner Cable Arena. “Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.”

    “On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties,” the president added. “It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.”

    On the campaign trail , Obama must create a sense of urgency and enthusiasm among voters of all races and backgrounds. He must rally seniors, shore-up his African-American base and solidify the Hispanic vote. He must also persuade independents to align themselves with his campaign while also convincing Jews that he remains a strong supporter of Israel.

    The president will also try to connect with young Americans, a crucial voting bloc. There were 644 young delegates at the Democratic National Convention, and 285 of them are college students. In 2008, Obama won among voters age 18-29 by a 34-point margin, 66 percent to 32 percent, and the Obama campaign wants to continue that momentum.

    Obama campaign strategists say the November election could be the closest presidential contest in history and the cliché that “every vote counts” cannot be overstated in this election, which is why the black vote – and black turnout in particular – could be the key to Obama’s re-election.

    “It’s going to be a tight race,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN. “It’s going to come down to a few voters in a few states. The public is not very excited about Mitt Romney.”

    What concerns many black Democrats is this: Can Obama create the same level of unbridled enthusiasm among black voters as he did in the historic 2008 election? Maybe not. But the president needs to remind black voters that he’s looking out for their interests and encourage them, in personal terms, to pack the polls in November.

    Civil rights groups are leaving nothing to chance. The NAACP announced an historic partnership With the major African-American Baptist Conventions to promote voter registration through the NAACP’s This Is My Vote! campaign.

    In the last year, more than 30 states introduced voter suppression laws that disproportionately impact African-American voters. This partnership, NAACP officials said, will combat these attacks and ensure high voter participation through coordinated registration, education, and Get Out the Vote efforts that will reach millions.

    “But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place,” Obama said. “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’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”

    Spoken like a true salesman.
     

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    13 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Obama Hits the Road

    1. Cindy,I don’t believe your still thinking Romney is gonna help your vision of your economic mess.Those red necks will have everybody thinking the sky is falling when in fact,the planet is moving through space at 66,000 mph.Those red necks want to put gators in the Rio Grande river.to stop Mexicans from coming here. Cindy,tell all your cousins not to vote for those red necks.They’re nuts..

    2. Vote for you, Vote For Your legacy, Vote for Your Familly.
      Vote For President Obama. Drag everyone you know to the voting booth .
      We can no longer run and hide , Stand Up For You Stand Up For Your Familly Stand Up For A Strong Well Educated America
      Vote Obama

    3. I FOUND IT FUNNY INDPENDENTS YOU SAT BACK FOR 8 YRS AND DID’T SAY ONE WORD WHILE THIS COUNTY WAS BEING RUN INTO THE GROUND WITH BUSH AND HIS ASS HOLD VP BUT LET OBAMA TRY AND FIX IT HE’S NOT PERFECT MAN OR PERSON HE NEVER SAY IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY TO FIX WHY YOU SPEAK NOW AND NOT BACK THEN I PRAY HE WINS I AM A INDEPDENTS VOTER AND I’M GETTING HIM A SECOND SHOT AND I WILL WORK WITH HIM TO GET THE JOB DONE SO TO YOU MS CINDY CRUZ WHAT DID YOU DO WHEN BUSH RAN THIS COUNTY IN THE GROUND MS LATIN IF THEY COULD THEY RUN ALL YOU LATIN BACK TO YOUR COUNTY OBAMA THE ONLY ONE WHO WANT YOU HERE

    4. @Cindycruz
      “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

      Independent…lol….you must have forgot your previous posts under your 7 identities are still accessible.

      Empty? Must be due to the fact you’re so full of SH*T!

    5. @wth2012
      Thats an old, boring overused qoute… try to be at least a little original
      Now … back to the speech. It offered NOTHING to change any Indpendents minds and it was very disapointing speech to the Latin community

    6. That was an empty, depressing speech….. As an Independent it makes me wonder if President Obama really wants a second term.
      It was tough to see Bubba Clinton make our President look so small

    7. This tight race says a lot about the loyalty of citizens.It looks as if some have cooled down from the excitement of 2008.But this Big Dog fight is starting to come alive.Our future is at stake.Laws could change drastically to stifle the civil rights of citizens.More wars could start.It takes time to turn any big ship around.So,on November 6.VOTE,as if our future depended on it.

    8. Also…did you see the stark difference in the attendance at the RNC compared to the DNC…the RNC looked like it was from early 20th century while the DNC embraced the current status of the country. We are no longer dominated by one race…we are a diverse melting pot and this country had better wake up to that. We have to embrace all of our brothers and sisters and love each other to further the progress of this great country!

    9. @wth2012
      Anything that President Obama does is going to be criticized and just plain wrong for the country by people who hold hatred in their hearts. He could part the red sea, turn water to wine, heal the sick, and raise the dead and…WAIT A MINUTE…someone did do that…our Lord Jesus Christ…and we know what those evil, sadistic people did to Him. So I don’t expect much from these people. cindycruz is one of these such people…he/she is “empty and depressing”…and as far as being an independent…if he/she is…you can call me the Queen of England! I haven’t heard anything about the lies that mitt threw out last week and his weak, pathetic speech…if we are judging…mitt said a whole lot more of nothing than President Obama did. But, to each his own.

    10. As an African American man I find it hard to believe how naive my people are. Let us look at the facts 15% unemployment among our people, 50% unemployment among our teenagers, highest foreclosure rate, highest incarceration rate, lowest net worth ($5,000).our college graduates cannot find jobs, $16trillion deficit, and 47 million on food stamps. Gas at $4 a gallon, inner city schools a shambles both structurally an academically and we want to vote this guy back in for another four years, please!!had this been a republican white president al sharpton and crew would be marching all around the white house demanding change, but instead they sit by subservient and dutiful and choose to ignore the facts just because obama is black, how sad. We are very much worse off than we were 4 yrs ago, it’s just baw, ebony, jet and all the other black pundits and black politicians won’t admit the obvious. they are better off because they are part of the problem, but for the other 98% of black people we are in dire sraits.every other ethicnicity in this country as a whole are doing better than us, but yet we still accept the excuses, rhetoric by politicians and radio host who are past their prime. The path that we are on will only lead us to more government dependence and encourage our people’s laziness and the obvious answer? We need a change in Washington and obama should be the first to go. at least the republicans have new ideas, new and younger people while we stand by and watch the train of progress pass us by all because we are afraid to take a chance, god help us.

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