Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Obama Accepts Democratic Nomination for Re-Election with Appeal for More Time to Bring Change


    President Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night with an appeal for another four years to continue with the platform of "change" he was elected on in 2008. "If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election," Obama said. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Effective Evil" or Progressives’ Best Hope? Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson on Obama Presidency


    As President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to seek four more years in the White House, we host a debate on his presidency with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University and author of numerous books. Ford calls Obama the "more effective evil" for embracing right-wing policies and neutralizing effective opposition, while Dyson argues Obama provides the best and obvious choice for progressive change within the confines of the U.S. political system. [includes rush transcript]

  • Accepting Democratic Nomination, Obama Pledges to Revive U.S. Economy While Protecting the Environment


    Accepting his party’s nomination, President Obama brought the Democratic National Convention to a close Thursday with a vow to fix the nation’s economic problems while protecting the environment. Calling the 2012 election a pivotal moment in the battle against climate change, Obama criticized Republicans who say global warming is a hoax, but also gave support for natural gas drilling and "clean coal." [includes rush transcript]

  • South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool on Obama, Miners and Confronting Islamophobia in the U.S.


    As President Obama seeks four more years in the White House, we turn to a voice from Africa: South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, who was once imprisoned with Nelson Mandela. Rasool discusses the Obama presidency, the militarization of Africa, Islamophobia, the recent police killing of 34 striking South African miners and his 2006 meeting with then-Senator Obama in South Africa. [includes rush transcript]

  • Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, on Re-Electing Obama and Fighting to Protect the Vote


    Among the speakers on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday was the legendary civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis. During the 1960s, Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and beaten almost to death as he served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped organize the Freedom Rides, campaigned for Robert Kennedy’s presidential bid and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ex-Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm: "In Romney’s World, Cars Get the Elevator, Workers Get the Shaft"


    Among the more attention-grabbing speeches on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention Thursday was a rousing address by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. "How did [Romney] make that fortune? And at whose expense?" Granholm told the crowd. "You know, too often, he made it at the expense of middle-class Americans. Year after year, it was profit before people." [includes rush transcript]

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