"We can't let a little thunder and lightning get us down. We're going to have to roll with it," Obama said in a phone call earlier Thursday to supporters who lost their chance to attend because of the site switch.
In a nation in which more than 23 million people are unemployed or underemployed, Obama focused on the millions who have found work, and how many more can, too. He talked of education and energy and innovation and job training.
He had help making his case this week.
As former President Bill Clinton put it on Wednesday: "No president — not me, not any of my predecessors — no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. But he has laid the foundations for a new, modern, successful economy of shared prosperity. And if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it."
Obama walked off stage after 11 p.m. with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha by his side.
The next time he steps on the convention stage will be as an outgoing president or as an ex-president.
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