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Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

And yet it still managed to be more engaging than Mitt's...

Salt Lake City, Utah

A real leader has the ability to obtain a consensus from both from both sides of the aisle, and they don't tell the opposition they "are welcome to ride but have to sit in back".

What part of "It's the economy, stupid" doesn't Obama understand?

Salt Lake City, UT

As if Republicans are looking for consensus building...

O-town, UT

Wow, the Romney Reader a.k.a Deseret News (known for it's pseudo-journalism) is sure getting desperate. This title is comparable to criticizing a pitcher for throwing a one-hitter instead of a no-hitter or perfect game.

Meanwhile, they are all excited because Mitt got a get-me-over fastball over the plate for the first time this campaign--and it was marginal in most everyone's view--not thanking the soldiers while wanting to send them to six more battle fronts.

This article isn't even fit to put on the bottom of the bird cage, but keep trying, you're bound to hit something soon.

Provo, UT

One and Done!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

It was a rousing speech for Dems hungry for that old time religion but the substance I was hoping for was not there. Both Romney and Obama have passed on golden opportunities to be the sole candidate of substance. Apparently, both have decided that their best hope for victory is in assailing each other.

Trench warfare from now through November 6.

Cedar Hills, UT

hey but look at the upside ....he did say.... well he said... I guess he pretty much performed as expected when he has no record to run on. It is really hard to pitch your great business plan to the board of directors ... when you don't have one. You can only fool people for so long. Think of it this way - IF Obama did have a record to run on he would have been bragging up a storm and rightly so!!!! If he did have a clear and confident plan for 2013 he would have certainly laid it out there ..... but we got the "underwhelmed" blues instead. Remind you of anyone?? How about 1980 and Jimmy Carter. Actually Paul Ryan got it right when he said that "Obama makes the Jimmy Carter years look like the good ole days". But hey guys - I just need a little more time ya know! Never mind things have gotten worse with unemployment and our debt and poverty and foodstamps ... yes pay no attention to that man behind the curtain because the great and powerful BO has spoken...along with alot of smoke and mirrors!!!

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The only people that were overwhelmed by obama are the ones that drink his kool aid and will follow him into any hole that he leads them into.

After the tingling in the leg disappeared and people are waking up from the hangover and realizing that voting based on race alone, instead of the real abilities of the person, and havng to stand in an unemployment line and watching pay drop and hours drop and good jobs disappear while we invest billions and trillions overseas of borrowed money.

How in the world can that ever be good and having us head in the right direction?

So much for having the republicans sit in the back while the demos drive us out of the ditch. Instead they drove through the ditch into the muck, set the car on fire, throwing gas on it to put it out, blaming everyone else for the problem and at the same time telling us it's getting better.

I couldn't force myself to watch our idiot in chief spew his lies through his chain smoking nicotine whitewashed teeth. He is disgusting.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

why does this not surprise me? all talk.....and nothing but debt and unemployment to show for it. Time to get a professional in the oval office, Romney and not the amateur, obama.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The whole line up leading up to this was disgusting. We were graced by bill clinton who cheated on his wife over and over and over again, then lied to the American people about it. Then he told us that only barack out of everyone in the world could make the gutsy call to kill osama. I'm pretty sure I could find at least 3+ billion people who would have made that call. I know bill clinton wouldn't make that call because he was too busy defending his adultery and impeachment process to kill osama when we had him years ago.

Next kerry that threw away his purple hearts, that he had to submit the request to get them. Awards for self inflicted and superficial wounds. Luckily he married into someone elses wealth otherwise he would be a nobody...

Next michelle telling us how grounded they are as a family. Really? with all of her trips, shopping trips, taking her kids around the world, golfing....really grounded just like all of us. Another lie.

I did feel bad for Gifford. But the shooter was a registered democrat that murdered and shot her. Yet the tea party was blamed.

spring street

I think it is great that the DN is allowing their staff to write editorials but why does the DN continue to publish them in the "world news." this piece is very clearly an editorial piece not a news piece. please keep the editorial pieces on he editorial pages

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

the democrats claim to be the big tent party. Except you can't allow God, Jerusalem, gun owners, and anyone who won't be molded 100% into their ideologue. They talk about their hate of wealthy people, yet have no problem being sponsored by the wealthy, powerful and elite and making deals with them.

They claim to care, but, have not created a net job. They had control of every branch of government and even have the supreme court on their side. They still couldn't create a net job.

They failed to respond to Isaac, failed to plug the bp oil spill and refused help from nations with the expertise, killed dictators in oil rich countries, while allowing citizens to be slaughtered in non-oil countries. Allowed N Korea and Iran to get the bomb.

Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Are we better off? Will 4 more years be all that he needs to fix the problems? I don't think so. What happens after he removes our nuclear weapons? Will he need 4 more years after that to protect us?

I can't believe he still has a following.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Barack has learned a few things.

Four years ago he said if he couldn't get it done in 3 1/2 years he shouldn't be re-elected.

Last night he said it will take several years to fix the problems everyone else has created over the past decades. Barack is lowering the bar for a second term since the first term hasn't brought too much positive hope or positive change.

GONE 1-20-13

Salt Lake City, UT

"Think of it this way - IF Obama did have a record to run on he would have been bragging up a storm and rightly so!!!!"

There were plenty of convention speeches that did that. Not my fault you listened to only... actually I can't say for surety that you listened to any. Besides, Obama noted accomplishments in his own speech while acknowledging that we still have a ways to go. That's just giving an accurate assessment of the situation.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Liberal Ted
"Allowed N Korea and Iran to get the bomb. "

Iran doesn't have the bomb, at least not yet. N. Korea got the bomb while Bush was president.

"Except you can't allow God, Jerusalem, gun owners, and anyone who won't be molded 100% into their ideologue."

I'm sorry, which party is the one that purges anyone who is very conservative but willing to actually work with Democrats on bipartisan legislation? Besides, most convention-goers are Christian, even at the Democratic convention. It's not an anti-Christian thing, it's a pro-treating-all-religions-equally thing.

"failed to plug the bp oil spill"

That's BPs fault, and the fault of loose regulations that let deep drilling like that occur without companies showing they can contain their mistakes. That's conservative policy that led to that mess.

"Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?"

August 2008 -274k jobs
August 2012 +96k jobs.

Sure there's work to be done, but I prefer my economy heading slowly in the right direction rather than returning to the policies that drove it into the ditch.

Murray, utah

Style over substance and really not very much style.

San Diego, CA

Funny to hear the liberals posting comments assailing this article as biased and a pure editorial hit piece, when it largely quoted from respected Democrats who were themselves disappointed upon realizing that the high cadence and smooth delivery of Obama's speech were the only highlights and that there was no substance to it.

Saratoga Springs, UT

"Besides, Obama noted accomplishments in his own speech while acknowledging that we still have a ways to go."

He noted his creation of 4.5 Million jobs. He forgot to mention the 5 Million lost. Negative 500k for jobs for Obama. What accomplishment?

He noted his save GM with the bailout, creation of better vehicles that can travel twice as far on a gallon of gas. He forgot to mention the bailout was started by Bush, he just followed it through. Gasoline is now twice what it was when he took office. If a car goes twice as far on a gallon of gas and gas is twice as expensive, you did nothing. What accomplishment?

He took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden. Thanks to intel that came from GITMO and the Bush administration that began this hunt. What accomplishment?

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when Clinton appeared on the video saying he hopes we would have made the same decision. Mr. Clinton you had Bin Laden in the cross hairs twice during your presidency and failed to give the order.

His accomplishment adding $5 Trillion to our National Debt.

You want this guy again?

Southwest Utah, UT

The terrible economy he inherited will look like a walk in the park compared to the economy he will inherit if he is re-elected.

Saratoga Springs, UT

"Sure there's work to be done, but I prefer my economy heading slowly in the right direction rather than returning to the policies that drove it into the ditch."

What left wingers fail to recognize is the crisis under Clintons presidency, yet you blame Bush. Clinton is the one who brought in Sub Prime Lending, allowing everyone to own a home with adjustable rate mortgages. This all started in Clinton's last term when it was all enacted and the beginning of Bush's first. The housing market fell through the floor, thanks to Clinton and his 8 years of allowances on the mortgage community. People lost house's, banks struggle, banks struggle, economy struggles, economy struggles, jobs are lost, jobs lost means Americans struggle. You want to point fingers, lets start there. We were not struggling under Reagan, We were not struggling under Bush Sr., and who followed Bush Sr. Oh yeah wait, it was Clinton. And who was the last president we struggled under, Carter, before Reagan. Looks like 16 years of Repub. Pres served well and 16 years of Dem pres was not so good. And this is the direction you prefer?

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