What Obama's Victory Speech Says About the Next Four Years
Posted at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2012
President Obama gave a rallying victory speech in the early hours of November 7 — what many pundits said should have been his speech at the Democratic National Convention — but perhaps what was most important were some of the themes that the president touched on in the speech that may provide hints at a second-term agenda.
Voting reform: “I want to thank every American who participated in this election whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that.”
Climate change: “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”
Immigration reform: “We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag.”