Last night President Barack Obama made an impassioned case for another four years in office with his formal acceptance speech at the DNC. After powerful opening acts from celebrities, the Bidens, and an introduction from wife Michelle Obama, the president commanded the stage in Charlotte with a speech about moving America forward. He shifted the focus from himself to everyday Americans, saying his supporters were responsible for the positive change that has occurred these past four years.
TrèsSugar editor Annie Scudder took it all in firsthand, watching from inside the Time Warner Cable Arena. She reports: "Holding signs and American flags volunteers handed out right before Obama took the stage, convention goers were on the edge of their seats ready to yell 'USA, USA' or 'four more years' at any moment!" And she adds, "The president covered a wide range of accomplishments and plans, and got standing ovations throughout."
Obama's address started off lighthearted, paying tribute to Michelle's Tuesday night speech. He said the country was reminded what a lucky man he is and joked about campaign craziness with the quip, "If you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am I." But it really shifted into a more somber, reflective territory when he talked of how his experience as president has made him more aware of his faults, and Obama said he's learned from his mistakes. "As I stand here tonight, I have never been more hopeful about America," he assured Americans. "Not because I think I have all the answers. Not because I'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. I'm hopeful because of you."
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