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September 7th, 2012
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Rating President Obama's DNC speech

Editor's note: CNN contributors offer their analysis of President Obama's delivery at the DNC. Read reaction from LZ Granderson, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Donna Brazile, Robert Dallek, Alonzo Hamby, Timothy Stanley and others.

LZ Granderson: Obama showed what he knows about fighting for the little guy

President Obama did not promise heaven and earth, as he did four years ago. And it's a good thing because I doubt many would have believed him. Instead tonight's speech at the Democratic National Convention served as a reminder that beyond the soaring rhetoric and heartwarming smile is a man whose entire adult life has been about fighting for the little guy. Not to win elections mind you, but because he was once a little guy himself and he comes from a hardworking, middle class - and diverse - family.

In that context he talked about the importance of establishing policies that are designed not to carry people but to lend a helping hand when needed. He emphasized education and the impetus behind health care reform.

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  1. Kevin Lynch

    It is time for the DNC to come out swinging. We need to have comercials depicting the Pro-American jobs bills that all Republican obstructionists voted down.
    We also need a comercial that will depict the two Bush documentaries that have the former president admitting to a total economic collaspse in America during his last year in office. President Obama has kept bread lines non-existing in America. He has accomplished a lot amoung the obstructionist Republicans which we must vote out of office also.
    We could also have a comercial depicting Romneys' hirering of illegal workers to paint and landscape his house over the hirering of hard working Americans who would spend their earnings within the US economy as oppossed to the massive sending of American earnings via western union to these illegals country of allegiance.

    September 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  2. Jerry15644

    It is simply ridiculous that Mitt Romney is going to create Twelve million jobs if he is elected, he hasn't said how he will create thoe jobs and until he say how he will do this I won't vote for him. I think I will stick with Obama who has had an increase of 96,000 in August. The major corporations are holding about 2 trillion dollars in cash on their books not investing in expansion. Is this cash going to be used if Romney is elected to expand industrial expansion? As your associate Ali Velchi so pointed on your show that there has to be a demand for goods and services and Europe our biggest customer has to straighten out their economies to buy stuff from us in order for us to recoover our manufacturing prowess in order to grow our jobs. Romney also may want to go to war against Iran, like the wars that Bush 2 did to try and expand or industrial growth in a war time economy. It was Cheny "the bogie man" who pushed Bush 2 into going to war\y in Iraq and Afghanistan so he could personally engorge Halburton's bottom line by supply both wars goods and services from his former Corporate employers.

    September 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Griff.

    "Yes, Coop. Now the kids are back to school, it won't be long before they start talking schristmas, but there won'e be no Jobs until the end of November. If sales are slow, then jobs are slow!"

    September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  4. Griff.

    "Where's all these 'Government Grant's that help get kids into training school at this time of year? When those kids finish those courses won't be until next spring, and in the meantime you have to pay them social funds!!"

    September 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  5. Griff.

    "Jobs??? You lose jobs when the kids go back to school, you do no suddenly find jobs!"

    September 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm |