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Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Speech

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Ten years ago this week, a Democratic Senate candidate named Barack Obama burst onto the national scene when he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  On Washington Week, The Washington Post's David Broder, Time's Michael Duffy and the Boston Globe's Nina Easton discussed Obama's fiery speech.  "A star is born," Duffy said on July 30, 2004. At the DNC four years later,  Obama was nominated by his party as its presidential candidate, and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry would eventually become secretary of State under Obama.

September 7, 2012

Weekly Show

Did Obama's appeal to the nation for a second term resonate? How did Democrats rebut Republican attacks? Plus what was Bill Clinton's ultimate contribution to the convention? Also, did Friday's job numbers boost or quell Obama’s post-convention shine? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Peter Baker, The New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News.

 

 

On the Webcast Extra: How did past political conventions compare to this year? Did both parties use their prime time effectively? Did their message reach independents?

Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE -- I am typing this while sitting in a darkened arena. From my vantage point high above the convention floor, thousands of happy Democrats are cheering a video collage of Barack Obama's campaign and Presidency. In this version of pro-Obama utopia, the hits fly by -- the misses not so much. We watch Sarah Palin dismiss the President's background as a community organizer, and immediately cut to video of then-candidate Obama brushing off his shoulder Jay Z-style and singing a little Al Green. Oh, and then he orders a hit on Osama bin Laden.

Two Conventions Down, No Signs of Quick Help for the Jobless

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The voters demand action on jobs, and on Thursday night, the incumbent president running amid the worst election-year labor market in modern American history responded with the following: A bloody evisceration of his opponent’s economic philosophy. (“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”)

In Democratic convention speech, Obama vows ‘our problems can be solved’ — with more time

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President Obama appealed to the nation Thursday night for another four years in office, asserting that his policies are slowly returning the country to economic prosperity while arguing that his Republican opponents would pursue a course that would set the country back and harm the well-being of middle-class families.

Obama makes case for 2nd term: ‘harder’ path to ‘better place’

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President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term on Thursday night, making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship.

Dispatches From the Democratic National Convention

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In 2008, if Barack Obama's outdoor convention speech had been moved inside, he still would have raised the roof. When he was denied the chance to speak in the elements at Bank of America stadium this week, the closed venue seemed fitting. Obama's speech to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, like his presidency, has a lid on it. It was workmanlike from a president who had to strain with the reality of being in office. “The times have changed,” he said, “and so have I.” At his 2008 address in Denver, audience members cried at the end of his speech.

Convention Notes: Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics

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Our panelists, some of the best political reporters in the business, have covered their fair share of conventions. Between the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we asked them which was their most memorable convention. Alexis Simendinger, of Real Clear Politics, tells us why the 1992 Democratic National Convention is her favorite. From Bill Clinton to Ross Perot, she shares the highlights from the convention in New York City.

PBS NewsHour: Julian Castro on his DNC Keynote Speech, Texas 'Turning Blue'

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Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro -- the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday -- stopped by the NewsHour skybox Wednesday evening to talk with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. "If you are looking for the bigger tent party across a whole host of issues, that's the Democratic party," he said.

How Bill Clinton does it

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The crowd was roaring, TV commentators were gushing, and Barack Obama himself thanked Bill Clinton for his nominating speech with a big hug as he left the stage here Wednesday night.