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SOUND OFF: President Obama and the Democratic Convention

What did you think of Obama's speech and the convention? Will you vote for him in November?

President Barack Obama capped off the Democratic National Convention with a speech that highlighted foreign policy wins, health care reform and immigration reform on Thursday.

Over three nights, Democratic leaders took aim at Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan. A number of Massachusetts Democrats spoke at the convention, including Gov. Deval Patrick, Congressional candidate Elizabeth Warren and Senator John Kerry. 

After last week's Republican National Conventon,to tell us what they thought of the convention and Romney. 

Now, we want to hear from you about the Democratic convention. What did you think of the president's speech? What did you think of the convention? Were you swayed in either direction after watching the proceedings from Charlotte? Who are you supporting in November?

Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Fred deNapoli September 08, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Gas prices hit their highest levels in history under pro-oil Bush (W), August 08. Endless saber rattling about bombing Iran is the greatest cause of world spikes in crude oil these days. Nor has Obama added $5 trillion to the debt. Budgets work on a fiscal year, not a presidential year. The federal deficit on 10/1/09, the day Obama's first budget took effect, was $12 trillion. Today it's close to $16 trillion. You're off by a trillion....a thousand billions. More importantly, what is the annual amount added to the debt? Bush increased the annual deficit from $133 billion to $1,885 billion (1.9 trillion), an increase of over 14 times (1,400%!). Obama started with Bush's $1.9 trillion, reduced it in his first fiscal year to $1.7 trillion, then again down to $1.2 trillion last year and is on track to do the same this year. How did he do it? Laying off tens of thousands of public employees, either directly or indirectly, was a large part of it....which, ironically, made the unemployment numbers worse, by a lot. And by ending Bush's boondoggle in Iraq. Here's the data, http://home.adelphi.edu/sbloch/deficits.html
john September 08, 2012 at 12:33 PM
How are those Fox ratings doing?
john September 08, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Obama's first and only budget. There has been no budget passed in over three years. His last three budgets have got zero votes in congress. He can't even get his own party to vote for it. Obama did not end the war in Iraq. He was only following the SOFA agreement made under the Bush administration. The UE numbers are bad because obama is a complete failure. If the employment participation rate was the same as it was when he took office UE would be over 11.1%. You guys were probably defending Carter at this point as well. How well did that work out?
Fred deNapoli September 08, 2012 at 01:10 PM
John....ok, let's see if I have this correct. "Obama has added $5 trillion to the deficit" (which we disproved). But, "he has only had one budget" since he's been in office. Ok, I see, the deficit is all his fault, but when we see that he's been reducing the amount we're adding to it, Obama has nothing to do with it. Sure, that's fair. (!) Unemployment? All Obama's fault. But wait, "government can not create jobs" is screamed over and over by the GOP, only the private sector can do that, they chant. Yet, when unemployment figures stay static, it's Obama's fault, you know, the ONE guy who can NOT effect those numbers, by the GOP's own rhetoric. Logical, somehow, in doublespeak land. Then there's this.... http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011104219/tea-party-businesses-stop-hiring And I'm still dying to read the full text of the GOP latest Jobs Bill. Because, as they swore when they took the House in '10, "We're going to focus like a laser on unemployment and the deficit." Whereupon they did absolutely zero about either. Rather, in the words of the (GOP) Senate Minority Leader, "Our number one priority is to make sure Obama is a one term president." And, including state initiatives, sponsored nearly 300 anti-choice, war on women bills, vs. zero jobs bills. This election is about a few billionaires protecting their own personal interests with an orgy of campaign spending to toss that up-ity "colored fella" out of office. Just so we're clear.
Dawn Cerbone September 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Don't like either candidate. Don't trust Romney and I don't think anything will change if Obama is reelected. I believe that the congress has no respect for Obama and thats why nothing gets done. Didn't like Bush either but I believe he got the respect a President should recieve from Congress. The government as a whole is broken those in Washington are out only for themselves and the newly elected who went in saying how they were for the people quickly became for themselves and the status quo of DC. The USA needs a miracle, I hope we get one.
Camille September 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
SPR, I could not agree more.
Saber Walsh September 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Enough is enough. Most people made their minds up before the Conventions. If both parties took the millions they spent and put it into the homeless and hungry we'd see real results. Obama's speech was as predicted: pure political theater. The Democratic party figured out long before anyone did that social networking is a way to get to voter opinion (hence why we see so many bloggers who angrily try to shut up frustrated voters with their fluff). We put in Obama with no regard for his experience or his affiliation with anti-American people and groups. Since, groups and movements have been spawned to ignite flames along social, racial, and economic lines (a prediction: the failed "Occupy Movement" will be back before elections with their iPhones recording every encounter with the hopes of finding the right "oppressor" to hold up their "99%" claim and hopefully catch one of their own getting pushed by a cop or a soldier). And we will continue to see the White House discredit Special Forces because they DARED to accuse him of putting them and their family lives at risk by leaking secrets to the media to get a political lift in the polls, so now they have a member of the SEALS as a schoolyard example of how THEY should not be trusted. "Wag the dog." Our schools and colleges have been teaching revisionist history for over 40 years so I am not upset with "Obamapologists:" they are, on average, really smart and passionate but so easily mislead. ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
Archie Bunker September 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
ABO = Anybody But Obama! For you math challenged libs, Obama added 5 Trillion dollars in debt and the FED is indicating another round of dollar deavaluation (stimulus)! Its time to get an adult in the Oval office!
Manuel Darocha September 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Simple answer folks! Live within your means. Government should do the same.
mary p. ayer September 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Well said!! I agree. "I" have more work experience then Obama!! He NEEDS to listen to his cabinet and his Jobs Council.That IS what they were chosen for. I can't imagine what they must think of "The Annointed One" by now! What an arrogant man he is. I think Obama is afraid of them and what they will tell him---can't be good news!!
mary p. ayer September 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
WOW---SOOOO TRUE!--- YIKES---ANYONE BEFORE JOHN KERRY AND DEVAAL PATRICK! YOU LEFT OUT ELIZABETH WARREN---WHAT LITTLE THING WOULD SHE BE DOING----WRITING A WAMPUM COOKBOOK FOR THE WHITE HOUSE CHEFS?
john September 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Ah Fred, those deficit numbers include the stimulus bill which was all obama so your contention that Bush raised the deficit to 1.9T is completely bogus. But you keep using those DNC talking points, blaming Bush, the race card and class warfare and see where your at come Novmber.
Willard September 08, 2012 at 05:51 PM
im so sick of librel's taking my money and giving it to welfare queens in rocksberry. the guvmint is soshilist. nobama is not Amercian. he doesnt look like a Amercian and he's a muzlim. god bless our troop's. my father alway's said librel's are the problem. mitt romney is amercian. he was born here in this contry. he is chrsistian not muzlim. not a librel . nobama lie's. to much money spent on edjucation. period. let people pay for there own kid's. to much on welfare. nobama was born in africa. he wont show his' birth cetrificate. romney showwed his. nobama send money to buildd muzlim church's. I will vot for Romney.
Steve Marino September 08, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Nice try Willard! I just love socialists that pretend to be conservatives and make them look bad to advance socialists ideals that Americans reject.
Steve Marino September 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Hi Dawn, Just a little info for ya. Two years ago during the congressional elections, America rejected Obama's policies so badly that it sent more republicans to congress then at any time in our life time. This congress has over 40 bills before the Democratic controlled senate that would have us well on our way to recovery from this terrible economy and has not and will not even vote on these measures. This Deocratic controlled senate has not passed a budget since Obama took office which allows Obama to spend endlessly with no controls. 16,000,000,000,000.00 and rapidly climing. If we continue with this senate and this president, it is just a matter of time before we all lose every thing we own and hold dear to us. This election is the single biggest election in American history! Please vote, and tell all your friends and family to do so as well.
Buzz September 08, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Willard needs to go back to 2nd grade, IMO.
Buzz September 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I will be voting for Obama. I don't support Romney's positions on the issues. Not much else to say. I vote on the issues, end of story.
Steve Marino September 09, 2012 at 02:31 AM
John F Kennedy: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country! Obama: ask not what you can do for your country,ask what your country can do for you! My, how the Democratic party has changed.
Ron Powell September 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The annotated version of the article that I cited, which refutes jorne's article: 1. jorne's article arbitrarily switches between CBO and OMB estimates in a way that produces the most favorable outcome. If one were to consistently use CBO estimates, the outcome would be significantly different 2. The article that jorne posted blames certain spending on Bush, that more fairly ought to be attributed to Obama. For example, Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill that Bush opposed, and he did it two months after Bush had left office. jorne's article attributes this to Bush spending. 3. Perhaps most significantly, as senator from Illinois, Obama voted *for* Bush's 2009 spending bill. Therefore, it's hard to blame the 2009 budget entirely on Bush, which jorne's article does.
mary p. ayer September 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Buzz, I feel sorry for you ignorant person. Take a look at Obama's record!! He kept NO promises as he stated in 2008, he said if he couldn't turn the ecomomy around in his first tirm---he was out---TG---, he failed in every way possible---the most inexperienced president ever and NEVER held a job, they preach to the middle class and then spend OUR money to have that so called first lady take lavish, over the top trips all over the world---sending her DOG on a separate jet! They took so many vacations the American people lost count. Yes --Obama is a socialist and his wiife is a sad example of who we need in the White House. Romney is a gentleman, honest and very experienced, has solid plans to revive this USA and is able and willing to prodduuce his birth certifcate, all of his fabulous college records, has had only a wonderful record as a father and husband---no shady "friends" from Chicago and has a sosial security card from where he came from.
Cwheels September 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Not at all.
Cwheels September 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
You couldn't have failed any worse if you tried.
Sue Killam September 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Nicely said, SPR!
Steve Marino September 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I know wheelsie, to think that Willard was fooling anyone was quite pathetic!
Chevy Chase September 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Actually, Bush policies did lead to the meltdown and the democrats are to blame as well. It started with the dismantling of Glass Steagall under Clinton and pushed by Alan Greenspan. That made way to interstate bank mergers and we all know how greedy bankers can be. Following that, the Bush Adminsistration did a fairly good job watching what was happening, but Congress got in the way. The fed under greenspan continued to lower interest rates which led to the bubble. I would argue that when it went off, both Bush and Obama continued to fill the holes to keep the economy floating.
Chevy Chase September 22, 2012 at 09:17 PM
My parents are retired. Are they deadbeats? They receive social security and Medicare. Shouldn't they receive these benefits. Remember that the baby boomers are retiring. The Democrats have not changed. The benefits to the poor are remarkably small.
Jerry October 28, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Lots of things are being said, to bad we can't see our leaders work together. We bad mouth them, we call them names and I am as guilty as any one. I think we could find something positive about both men. I would feel better about Mr Romney if he would produce at least 5 years of his income tax records. I am offended that a man with his income only pays 13 % income when I know of retiree's pay 15%. There is much more on both sides. We need to elect people that can cross the aisle and work to gether for the good of our people and our country. My God bless us and our beloved country.
mary p. ayer October 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Jerry, You are seriously wrong. Remember,-- "WE THE PEOPLE"-- not we the government? First of all Romney gives a tremendous amount of his $$$ to charity! Obama lied about their pensions in the second debate. OBAMA, not Romney, has more pension then Romney and most of it is invested in CHINA!! Fact check that if you care to. Obama has had four years to do a good job and has failed. The Benghazi,(sp.?) cover up is unbelievable and Obama, Biden, and Clinton have lied and missled the American people and the families of our dead heros. The buck stops with the COMMANDER IN CHIEF!! Obama played politics and did not want to have to admit that terrorist were still active when Obama declared they were alomost gone. Obama and his "team" lied and blamed these murders on a mob over a movie!! We "ALL" know that that was completly wrong and emails "LIVE" IN THE SITUATION ROOM WITH OBAMA "LOOKING AND LISTENING IN REAL TIME" prove this. Obama had the nerve to face the parents of these wonderful AMERICANS, and lied and blamed the attack on a video!! SHAMEFUL, DISSGRACEFUL, AND IMPEACHABLE ACTIONS. The "IN THE TANK MEDIA" doesn't oven talk about it in the news! Fox News is the only one to give the people the news that we and'-- especially the families' are entitled to hear and know the truth. I do hope the hearings will do their work! Let's hear it- you Marblehead people, who want the TRUTH to be brought out. Truth always wins. God bless us all!!
Cindy Parent October 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Need proof the media is in the tank for Obama? On Meet The Press this am Carly Fiorina brought up the debacle in Lybia. David Gregory quickly shut her down with the comment, "We'll get to that later." Big surprise--he never got to it!
mary p. ayer October 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
WOW---this is unbelievable!! Somethng has to be done!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!

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