Cory Booker wows Florida Democrats, jabs Eastwood and birthersby George Bennett | September 4th, 2012
But Newark Mayor Cory Booker, seen as one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars, offered a rousing defense of President Obama‘s economic record that brought Florida’s Democratic National Convention delegates to their feet at a breakfast today.
“Four years ago we were hemorrhaging jobs at the level of 750,000 jobs a month. Four years ago our financial industry was in free-fall….Four years ago we had a foreclosure rate that was off the charts. Now here we are four years later and we have now 29 months straight of job creation, we stabilized the financial industry, we saved 1.4 million jobs in the auto industry and we have our country back on a road to recovery from a Bush economy that drove us into the ditch in the first place,” Booker shouted.
“Don’t you dare tell me some lie that America’s worse off than it used to be. I know the truth. And the truth will set you free.”
Booker hobbled to the stage at the Marriott City Center, explaining he had just sprained his ankle. He used the occasion to make a joke about Clint Eastwood‘s Republican convention speech last week in which he addressed an imaginary Obama in an empty chair.
“I actually told my staff I need to bring a chair onstage to sit in,” Booker said. “They said don’t bring a chair. No chairs! Don’t bring a chair, Cory!”
Booker also joked about comparisons between himself and Obama.
“The difference between me and Barack Obama is he was born in the United States of America. I was born in Washington, D.C. No disrespect, but back in those days I don’t know if they’d ever find my birth certificate.”