“We will always have your back!” That was the beginning of Michelle Obama’s awe inspiring speech last night during the first night of the DNC. Here is her actual speech.
Here is the transcript of the powerful words she shared with the country.
While there were many powerful messages conveyed during the speech, the most important message was “Trust’ . As we reflect over this election season, “trust,’ or the lack thereof, separates these candidates. If civil rights for women, minorities, and the GLBT rights are primary issues for any particular voter, the choice of Obama is clear. If foreign policy, the environment, or the threat of another war are the critical issues, the choice of Obama is equally clear. However for many voters the economy is the critical issue. The question then becomes whether Romney would do a better job than Obama. While we wish the economic recovery had been better over the past four years, the critical questions are whether it would have been worse if McCain had been elected (or God forbid, that he’d been elected and died, and Palin was at the helm); and whether Romney would do a better job going forward.
While Obama and Romney have different plans to fix the economy it is unclear what would actually solve the financial crisis. If that was known, it would have already been done. Romney’s plan is to follow the lead of George W. Bush, and many predict that would only result in greater economic turmoil and irreversible disaster. President Obama has shown his leadership with each of the economic problems with which he has been confronted. Even in the face of many outspoken opponents he approved the automobile bailout, which has proved to be not only successful, but essential to job growth. His decision in that case was typical of the thoughtful and pensive President that he has become.
With Mitt Romney the critical question is not what he says he would do to fix the economy. We have learned from his repeated waffling that what he says today may be different tomorrow. He might lie, and think that he was “Lying for the Lord.”We know he has been motivated in the past to help the upper class at the expense of the middle and lower class.
His solution to the deficit is to tax the middle class at a higher rate and give tax cuts to the wealthy. While he promises not to raise taxes on the middle class, he has also promised to raise enough revenue to maintain the current revenue levels in America. That means he promises not to raise taxes on anyone but maintain the current level of the deficit. Romney’s plan will “either add to the deficit or raise middle-class taxes.” Romney makes promises he can’t, and knows he can’t, keep. His comfort with lying to the American people can best be illustrated by his choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The critical question in the 2012 election is “Who can we trust?” Who’s got our backs? Romney has proved that he is not to be trusted. Obama has proved that he can. Perhaps Obama is not a miracle worker, but the miracle of President Obama is that we can trust him to make the best decisions for the majority of people in the country. He has earned our trust. In the end the most we can actually vote for is a President who shares our point of view and is trustworthy and motivated to make the best decisions for the majority of the people in the country. Obama can’t walk on water, but he won’t tell us he can. Obama can be trusted to row the life boat toward us as we flail in the water. Romney can be trusted to row away from us as we drown, for fear that we might tip over his life boat. Michelle Obama has traversed the dangerous oceans with Barack Obama for 20 years. She trusts him. We trust him. We know he’s “got our back.”