‘Mindful of failings’,Obama asks for time

“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy; I never have,” Obama told a packed arena of 20,000 party leaders and activists.

Written by New York Times | Published: September 8, 2012 1:55:43 am

President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term on Thursday night,making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship.

Describing himself as “mindful of my own failings,” Obama conceded the country’s continuing difficulties while defending his record and pleading for more time to carry out his agenda. He laid out a long-term blueprint for revival in an era obsessed with short-term expectations.

“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy; I never have,” Obama told a packed arena of 20,000 party leaders and activists. “You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is,it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”

He added: “But know this,America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder,but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future.”

The president’s appearance at the Time Warner Cable Arena underscored the tumultuous journey he and the country have been on since his first nomination in Denver. Four years after fireworks consecrated his storybook campaign to become the nation’s first black president,Obama took the stage on Thursday as a politician who had come down to earth and was locked in the fight of his life against the Republican nominee,Mitt Romney.

The stirring outsider’s message had become a policy-laden appeal for continuity; the mantra of reform was now a vigorous defence of his current course. The “Change” signs waved in the audience in 2008 had been replaced with placards saying “Forward.” The word “promise,” which he used 32 times in his acceptance speech in 2008,came up just 7 times on Thursday night.

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