PHOENIX, September 7, 2012- President Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president last night, but instead of laying out his plan for the next four years, he only offered a vision for the future.
A vision that wasn’t new to the American people.
In 2004, Barack Obama hit the nation stage with an amazing and refreshed speech that ignited the electorate.
It was at that time that he became well liked and appreciated by the Democratic Party.
However, last night he gave one of the emptiest speeches in his entire career as a politician.
Most of his convention pledges were recycled claims from his old State of the Union address.
At the convention he said, “Help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood education.”
In his 2011 State of the Union address he offered the same vision.
“Over the next 10 years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math,” Obama said in January 2011.
Not once in his convention speech did he specifically say how he would achieve those 100,000 new teachers.
Is his plan to create a new education stimulus that would be aimed at hiring new teachers? Or will he direct states to create a tax incentive to hire more teachers?
We simply do not know.
Obama also claimed that if we invest in natural gas, the United States could create 600,000 jobs.
“We’re offering a better path – a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone,” Obama said at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Obama made this same jobs claim at his 2012 State of the Union address, where he said, “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I’m requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.”
Where does the president get this figure? Obama didn’t specify - in either speech- how he would get from A to B and will create 600,000 energy jobs.
Any American can generate a vision where the United States has a surplus and every American is a millionaire.
Yet, a vision does not show how the nation will get there.
President Obama wasted a good opportunity to provide those unsure American voters a plan to move this country forward, but instead chose to say nothing.
The president needed to lie out a plan to give the American electorate faith in his candidacy that he can bring America back to the playing field and create long lasting economic prosperity.
This convention speech did not deliver on that affirmation and did not offer any new solutions.
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