Obama, in West Palm, channels Clinton, says ‘we’ve come too far to turn back now’by Andrew Abramson | September 9th, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH – Fresh off the Democratic National Convention, President Obama spoke in front of 6,000 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center today and channeled the biggest star from Charlotte: former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, whose 48-minute speech at the convention wowed Democrats, was referenced several times by Obama, including one of his opening lines when he quoted a post-debate Tweet about Clinton that said, “He needs to be made secretary of explaining stuff.”
Later, Obama said, “I’m willing to do more with Republicans. I want to reform our tax code so it’s simple and fair, but I also think it makes sense for folks like me to pay higher taxes on our income over $250,000 the same way Bill Clinton had when he was president. The same way he created 23 million new jobs and the biggest budget surplus in history.”
Obama spoke for more than a half hour in front of about cheering fans. His overriding message of the afternoon was, “We’ve come too far to turn back now.”
He received his biggest applause when he championed issues that Democrats believe can win the election: support of immigration, gay marriage and women’s rights.
“You’re that reason that a young immigrant who grew up here, went to school and pledge allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported,” Obama said to huge applause. “You’re the reason we ended don’t ask don’t tell. You’re the reason families are able to say to love ones who served so bravely, ‘Welcome home.’
“Politicians in Washington are trying to decide who can get married and control the choices women should be making about their own health care.”
Just two days before the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Obama referenced the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“I said I’d end the war in Iraq and I did,” Obama said. “I said I’d begin bringing troops from Afghanistan, and we are. And while a new tower rises about the New York skyline, as we pause to remember those that were lost this coming Tuesday on September 11, we know that Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.”
Obama criticized challenger Mitt Romney for not mentioning Afghanistan in his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, saying that Romney has no plan for Afghanistan.
Obama credited the affordable health care as helping lower prescription drug costs for seniors. And now Democrats, and Obama himself, are warmly using the term ‘Obamacare’ that was invented by Republicans as an attack Obama.
Before the speech, Congresswoman and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “Obamacare. We embrace the term because Obama cares.”
Later, Obama said, “You’re the reason seniors here in Florida pay about $600 less in prescription drugs, because of Obamacare.”
With polls showing Obama up in Ohio and Pennsylvania, he could win the election without winning Florida. But a win in Florida could clinch the election for Obama, and he knows it.
“If we win Palm Beach County, we will win Florida,” Obama said. “And if we win Florida, we will this election.”