After months of campaigning, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney addressed the Democratic and Republic conventions, respectively, and accepted their parties’ nominations for president.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney confirmed the Republican ticket on Thursday, August 30, and President Obama’s nomination became official Thursday, September 6.
Romney’s speech centered on founding American ideals: “Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak [one’s] mind. Freedom to build a life.” He suggested that the American people had faith in Obama to help them reach those ideals, but had been disappointed by the empty promises of “hope and change.” Romney acknowledged the buzz around Obama four years ago, and noted that most of it had seemingly worn off: “If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?”
Despite expressing disappointment in the current president, Romney asserted himself as a businessman, a job creator, and even discussed his Mormon faith.
President Obama’s speech, given a week later, focused on America’s less individualistic ideals. He referenced Franklin Roosevelt’s “bold, persistent” influence on our government, and discussed what he’s done to improve education, increase domestic jobs, and bring healthcare to the United States. The president was sure to mention his role in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Obama outlined some of the goals of a possible second term: for example, creating 1 million jobs in manufacturing by December of 2016.
Other highlights of the last week in politics include Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he talked to an “Invisible Obama,” and Former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic convention, during which he spoke for double the amount of time planned.
Sources: politico.com, huffingtonpost.org, chicagotribune.com