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President Obama Accepts Nomination

September 7th, 2012

President Obama accepting the nomination. Photo credit: Jared Soares/PBS NewsHour via Flickr/CC

President Barack Obama gave his speech last night to officially accept the nomination as the Democratic Party’s candidate to run for president.

His opponent from the Republican party,  Mitt Romney , accepted his nomination at the Republican National Convention last week.

Though we’ve all known for months who the candidates were going to be, it all needed to be made official at the conventions. And though the campaigning has been intense so far, now it really kicks into high gear!

Election Day is November 6th.

President Obama spoke about what he has accomplished as President throughout the past four years. He also spoke about how it’s different running the second time around saying, “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.”

He then went on to give much of the credit for what he considers to be his successes to the everyday Americans who voted for him the first time around. He said, “You see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me.  It was about you.  My fellow citizens, you were the change. You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix who will get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can’t limit her coverage.  You did that … you made that possible.”

While he spoke for 40 minutes about about some of the more complicated issues facing our country, he also talked about the important role of education as well: “No child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school.  No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money … That’s not our future … And government has a role in this.  But teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents must instill a thirst for learning.  And, students, you’ve got to do the work!”

He then appealed for the chance to fund 100,000 more Math and Science teachers in the next ten years.

The President also reminded his daughters, Sasha and Malia, that though they got to stay up late to watch their dad give his speech … they still had to go to school in the morning!

Did you stay up late to watch the speech? If not, you can watch it below from ABC News’s site. And we’re happy to try to answer any questions you may have.

 

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