And speaking as a Democrat, that's when the Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people, when we led with conviction and principle and bold new ideas. That has to be the answer. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for. As a leader, we need to show this can-do attitude too; to believe that it is possible first before our followers believe; to see the victory before anyone else sees it. They could travel even to the other side of the world, where my mother would end up working to help poor women get a better life; trying to apply those values. And while this nation has been tested by war, and it's been tested by recession and all manner of challenges -- I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.
There were no serious solutions to pressing problems -- just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. Is it any wonder this Congress doesn't reflect your values and your priorities? And to make that work, we have to restore our faith in democracy. Now, eight years ago, Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. But ultimately she said yes -- because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. And I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. You can make it better.
It was during his campaign for the United States Senate that he first made a speech that received nationwide attention; he gave at the. Below are President Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, formally accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention Thursday night: Michelle, I love you. They knew these values were exactly what drew immigrants here, and they believed that the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own, whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yarmulke; a baseball cap or a hijab. We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, and then hold them accountable until they get the job done. But I profoundly — I profoundly disagree with the direction John wants to take this country, from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Amtrak to veterans. We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer -- applause -- our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation. After thirty years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.
It can be frustrating, this business of democracy. I've got a lot of good Republican friends here in Illinois. These values could travel to Hawaii. On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States. But here's the good news. At times we lost sight of our ideals. The America I know is decent and generous.
So that with Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, without any checks or balances whatsoever, they've provided another trillion in tax cuts to people like me who, I promise, don't need it, and don't even pretend to pay for them. Although is a alternative that attempts to be compatible with Silverlight, as of the time of the convention it did not support features found in version 2 which were required. She has been caricatured by the right and by some on the left. Just ask the twenty million more people who have health care today. She knows their dream is quintessentially American, and the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.
No citations were issued, though the group did violate two open space regulations of not applying for a special activity permit and going into a restricted and closed area that is considered sensitive to wildlife. And even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. But we've got first-time candidates, we've got veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, record numbers of women — Americans who previously maybe didn't have an interest in politics as a career, but laced up their shoes and rolled up their sleeves and grabbed a clipboard because they too believe, this time's different; this moment's too important to sit out. Meanwhile, Donald Trump calls our military a disaster. It's hard to see it with all the nonsense in Washington, it's hard to hear it with all the noise. And when the house of cards collapsed and the Great Recession.
He will make Hillary a better President -- just like my dear friend and brother, Joe Biden, has made me a better President. Bill Scher is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine , and co-host of the Bloggingheads. This signifies a can-do attitude about Obama, inspiring his followers to believe that all things are possible despite the challenges. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life. But over the past few decades, the politics of division, of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party. Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me.
If you support the MeToo movement, you're outraged by stories of sexual harassment and assault inspired by the women who shared them, you've got to do more than retweet a hashtag. I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. And I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. Democracy works, America, but we got to want it -- not just during an election year, but all the days in between. But Hillary's been in the room. Just like my dear friend and brother Joe Biden has made me a better President.
That is another bet that Donald Trump will lose. Chair sought to avoid such a circumstance. This is a more fundamental choice -- about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. Sure, we have real anxieties — about paying the bills, and protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. Humility; responsibility; helping each other out.