Des Moines Register’s Dramatic Front Page: Obama Denigrates, Romney Rises

Yesterday’s headline on the front page of The Des Moines Register from important swing-state Iowa says it all.

I see the stink-eye is still stuck on Obama…

By Glenn McCoy – Oct 24, 2012

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Video and Transcript: Mitt Romney Accepts the GOP Nomination

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans — and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” – GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan wave to the crowd at the conclusion of the GOP National Convention at the Tampa Bay Forum in Tampa, FL. Aug 30, 2012 (Photo – Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The speech we’ve all been waiting for!

It is now 3AM here in Tampa, and Luke and I have a flight in a few hours, so the commentary will be short: I loved it.

Here is the speech!

Recommended read: GOP 12 – Grading Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech

Addendum by Jayde – What they’re saying about Mitt Romney’s “defining speech” at the GOP Natl Convention:

“Reaganesque Themes” … “Enduring Sense Of Optimism” … “Chance To Recapture The American Dream”

McClatchy News: “Appealed To The Nation’s Enduring Sense Of Optimism.” “Mitt Romney presented the first crucial chapter Thursday of his bid to become the country’s 45th president, accepting the Republican nomination and urging the nation to look closely at his résumé, his vision and his remedies for the ailing economy. … He appealed to the nation’s enduring sense of optimism.” (McClatchy News Service, 8/31/12)

The New York Times: “A Direct Appeal To Americans Who Were Captivated By President Obama’s Hopeful Promises Of Change…” “Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama’s hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver what the president did not and move the country from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.” (The New York Times, 8/31/12)

The Washington Post: “Romney Spoke Emotionally About His Mormon Faith And Church Community, About His Romance With Ann And Raising Five Boys…” “In accepting the Republican nomination, Romney spoke emotionally about his Mormon faith and church community, about his romance with Ann and raising five boys, about his mother’s feminist streak and his father’s entrepreneurial spirit.” (The Washington Post, 8/30/12)

CNN: “Romney Offers Reaganesque Themes In Defining Speech” (CNN, 8/31/12)

NPR: “Spoke To Those Disillusioned With President Obama … Genuinely Moving Interludes.” “It spoke to those disillusioned with President Obama, and criticized his record on the economy and lack of business experience, while stressing his own. And it had its genuinely moving interludes…” (NPR, 8/30/12)

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum: “That Is What We Saw Out There Tonight: A Man Who Is Compassionate And Capable.” (Fox News, 8/30/12)

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “An Optimistic Picture For The Future … The Chance To Recapture The American Dream.” “Romney painted an optimistic picture for the future, describing the election as the chance to recapture the American dream. ‘Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, ‘I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!’’ That drew an ovation.” (The Washington Post, 8/30/12)

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “The Thing About Romney: He Does Deliver. This Is The Speech He Needed To Give.” (, 8/30/12)

National Journal’s Tim Alberta: “A Full-Spectrum Speech…” “This now a full-spectrum speech, and Romney hitting Obama at every possible turn. Very, very aggressive.” (, 8/30/12)

Roll Call’s David Drucker: “Mitt Romney Nailed Acceptance Speech.” “Mitt Romney nailed acceptance speech. Right amount of red meat fervor. Great swing-state tone. His best moment when it was needed.” (, 8/30/12)

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer: “This Is Why They Came To Tampa…” “These delegates loved it. Loved every minute of it. This is why they came to Tampa…” (Fox News, 8/31/12)

The New York Times’ Ross Douthat: “A Highly Effective Reintroduction To Romney The Man…” “It was a highly effective reintroduction to Romney the man, w/absolutely nothing in it to make Americans nervous about voting for him.” (, 8/30/12)

National Review’s Robert Costa: “This Is One Of His Better Speeches. … Romney Showed Heart.” COSTA: “Look, Mitt Romney had to introduce himself to the country tonight. This is one of his better speeches. Why? Romney showed heart.” (CNBC, 8/30/12)

National Journal: “A Sweeping Broadside Against Obama’s Economic Policies…” “In a sweeping broadside against Obama’s economic policies, Romney told delegates in Tampa that the president’s promises ‘gave way to disappointment and division;’ that families and businesses expected to be doing better by now; college graduates ‘thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own …’ and the nation expected by now to be ‘paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.’” (National Journal, 8/30/12)

The Hill: “The Speech Electrified An Eager Crowd…” “The speech electrified an eager crowd of delegates packed into the Tampa Forum, who rose repeatedly to their feet to cheer and applaud the GOP nominee while waving signs that exclaimed ‘Mitt!’ and ‘Believe!’” (The Hill, 8/30/12)

· The Hill: “Romney: What America Needs Is Jobs, Not Hope And Change” (The Hill, 8/30/12)

The Washington Post: “Where Obama Lacked Business Experience, Romney Has It In Spades…” “Romney’s best moment (to our mind) was when he talked wistfully (and emotionally) about missing the joys of raising kids — a genuinely human moment that almost anyone, no matter their party registration, could relate to. Romney also did well in casting himself as the anti-Obama. Where Obama lacked business experience, Romney has it in spades. Where Obama made sweeping promises, Romney made simple ones. (The most quoted line of the speech will almost certainly be this one: ‘President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family.’)” (The Washington Post, 8/30/12)

Politico: “Threw Down The Gauntlet Against President Barack Obama.” “Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president with a speech on Thursday night that not only laid out his personal history and his ticket’s policies, but threw down the gauntlet against President Barack Obama.” (Politico, 8/30/12)

Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo: “Romney Is Killing It. Strong Speech. Crowd Can’t Get Enough.” (, 8/30/12)

USA Today: “Romney Vows To Put His Soul Into Restoring America” (USA Today, 8/30/12)

NBC News: “Romney Accepts Nomination, Projects Forward-Looking Vision For Nation” (NBC News, 8/30/12)

Reuters: “Romney Makes Appeal To Americans Disillusioned With Obama” (Reuters, 8/30/12)

Fox News: “Romney Pledges To Lead, After ‘Disappointment And Division’ Under Obama” (Fox News, 8/30/12)

The Washington Times: “Romney: Election About Jobs, Obama Failures; Promises To Help Families” (The Washington Times, 8/30/12)

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Another Horrible News Cycle for Team Obama



Americans Disagree With The President’s Assertion That We’re “Doing Fine”:

Reuters: “Obama Ratings Sink On Economic Doubts, Worries” (Reuters, 6/12/12)

ABC News: “A Chilly Reception From Independents On Obama’s Plans For The Economy” (ABC News, 6/13/12)

National Journal: “In Colorado Focus Group, Obama Voters Disillusioned” (National Journal, 6/13/12)

The Washington Post: “10 Signs Obama Is Sinking” (The Washington Post, 6/13/12)

National Journal: “How Badly Has Obama Alienated The Middle Class?” (National Journal,6/13/12)

Politico: “Poll: Independents Wary Of Obama’s Economic Plans” (Politico, 6/13/12)

The Hill: “Poll: Weak Economy Hits Obama Approval Rating” (The Hill, 6/13/12)

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