Day 4 at the DNC: Obama’s acceptance speech

It’s day 4 of the Democratic National Convention and everything has led up to this final night when Barack Obama will take the stage at Invesco Field in Denver for his formal acceptance speech.

A look at the preparations in this video from the Associated Press:

Report from Breitbart:

DENVER (AP) – Barack Obama aims to weave the personal with the political Thursday as he explains to 75,000 supporters in a football stadium—and millions more at home—how as president he would make a difference in their lives.

Obama stood ready to accept the Democratic presidential nomination, the first black person to claim such a prize, on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Rival John McCain, meanwhile, told a Pittsburgh radio station he hasn’t decided on a running mate just yet.

McCain told KDKA NewsRadio he wouldn’t even talk about which way he was leaning. He called former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, one of those believed to have been under consideration, a great American and a dear friend whom he has relied upon for years.

Democrats officially made Obama their presidential nominee and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., their vice presidential nominee on Wednesday.

Obama’s unique personal story was sure to be included in his acceptance address Thursday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. Still, he also planned to talk about problems facing Americans today, from health care and education to international threats, campaign manager David Plouffe said.

“I think what Sen. Obama wants to do is make sure everyone watching at home is going to have a clear sense of where he wants to take the country, that we’re on the wrong path and Barack Obama is going to put us back on the right track both here at home and overseas,” Plouffe told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

McCain, Obama’s Republican rival, offered mild criticism ahead of Obama’s speech, saying Thursday that he admires and respects Obama but “I don’t think he’s right for America.”

Here’s another preview video from ABC News:

We’ll have full coverage later this evening with all the important video and Obama’s entire speech.


DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks earlier in the day:

Rep. John Lewis introduces a tribute to MLK Jr.:

The tribute to MLK Jr.:

Current Virgina Governor Tim Kaine:

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin addresses the crowd:

Here is Al Gore speaking before Obama:

Tribute video to Barack Obama before he spoke:

Finally, here is video of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech of the Democratic nomination for President:

A report on Obama’s speech from Fox News:

Barack Obama, standing against the backdrop of history, accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday by calling on voters to invigorate the “American promise,” and pointed to his own remarkable ascent as proof that promise is still alive.

The Illinois senator, who became the first black presidential nominee of a major party Wednesday, addressed more than 85,000 cheering supporters at Invesco Field in Denver, on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

He pointedly accused rival John McCain of representing a stagnant and tired political philosophy that would mirror the Bush administration’s. But in an at-times policy oriented address, he also acknowledged the historic heft of the moment.

“With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States,” he said at the top of the speech.

The high-stakes address came just four years after he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention that launched him on his insurgent campaign for the White House.

“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story — of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to,” he said.

“It is that promise that’s always set this country apart — that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well. That’s why I stand here tonight,” he said.

Obama, who has been cast as aloof and elitist by McCain, used his address to cast his rival as the candidate who is out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans.

Saying “now is not the time for small plans,” he declared voters are converging on a “defining” moment, when the “American promise has been threatened once more.”

“This moment, this election, is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third,” he said.

“Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change,” he said.

“Now, I don’t believe that Senator McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. … It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it,” he said. “For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy — give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.”

Often accused of being too vague and lofty in his rhetoric, Obama spelled out specifics in his speech for how he would improve the lives of American working-class families.


John McCain released an ad congratulating Obama’s achievement, it aired nationally several times before and after his speech:

I guess that’s one way to try and steal the attention..

More video and analysis to come shortly…