President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for a second term as president Thursday, with a speech that focused on the progress he has made in the past four years, and where he hopes to take the country in the next four.
"When all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation," he told the delegates and guests assembled at the Time Warner Cable Center in Charlotte, N.C. "Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs, the economy; taxes and deficits; energy, education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come."
President Obama balanced his optimism for the future with an acknowledgement that the country is facing tough times. “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," he said.
He recalled the first time he spoke at a Democratic Convention, saying about that speech was full of hope and change and that "eight years later, that hope has been tested."
The final day of the Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled to take place at the outdoor Bank of America stadium in front of up to 74,000 people, including delegates and volunteers for the campaign. The convention made the decision Wednesday to move the proceedings into the Time Warner Cable Center where Tuesday's and Wednesday's events were held due to the risk of inclement weather.