Romney will never be Obama, filling a room with flowery words, singing an Al Green tune erstwhile being void of leadership and “backbone.” But in his speech Thursday night to accept his party’s nomination, Romney proved to America his the “caped crusader” to lead the country out of its economic malaise to a “better future.” With a vigor and determination we haven’t seen before, Romney stood up against Obama’s failure of the past three and half years and told the American people, he will not back down from this fight to save our country.
One of the most illustrative moments of Romney’s speech, which defined the choice voters face in the two candidates, was when Romney asked if Americans were better off than they were four years ago.
“Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him!”
Throughout his speech, the Tampa Bay Forum erupted in thunderous applause and standing ovations. Romney not only laid out how bad the country has fared under Obama but also painted a portrait of ego driven President with no plan for America but saving his job. In response to media criticism Romney needs to “fill in the blanks” on his plan to get America working again, Romney announced if elected president he would create 12 million jobs. He said the jobs would be created through a five step plan: making America energy independent by 2020, strengthening education through school choice, forging new trade agreements, cutting our deficit and reducing taxes on businesses by repealing Obamacare.
While “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” said Romney. “MY promise...is to help you and your family. I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour.”
Neutering Obama’s attacks on his success as a businessman, Romney boldly heralded his work accomplishments at Bain Capital such as starting companies like Staples, Bright Horizons and The Sports Authority. Again Romney made Obama look like a president ill-prepared to lead, with virtually “no experience working in business, whose policies are bringing the country down rather than lifting them up.
“These are American success stories. And yet the centerpiece of the President’s entire re-election campaign is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led to the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression?”
Building upon Condoleezza Rice’s masterful Wednesday night speech condemning Obama’s foreign policy feebleness, Romney made the case to the American people President Obama hasn’t stood up for freedom abroad. From allowing Iran to become a nuclear threat to “throwing Israel under the bus” and giving Russia’s President Putin all the flexibility he desires, Romney declared Obama hasn’t made America a safer place by abdicating leadership in the world and talking with dictators.
What America saw from the Republican presidential nominee Thursday night was Romney ready to take on Obama’s failed record. A candidate eager to do something about America’s problems, finally take the fight to Obama and beat back his campaign of dishonesty!
In putting an empty chair on the Tampa stage to represent Obama during his remarks, actor Clint Eastwood reduced Obama the reality of his record, there’s nothing there. “When somebody does not do the job, you gotta let em go,” said Clint. This election is about a choice in stark contrasts: leadership versus promises, responsibility versus blame. Romney stood in Tampa as a man with the answers, willing to lead, making Obama look like an empty suit, ready for his close up.