The President's Night

Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States

Sep 07, 2012 | By Jaime Joyce
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It was the moment delegates to the Democratic Convention had been waiting for. On Thursday, President Barack Obama took the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, to officially accept his party’s nomination for President of the United States. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are seeking a second term in office.

In his remarks, Obama highlighted his achievements as President and laid out his goals for the next four years. He also acknowledged the challenges still facing our nation, including the economic crisis.

“America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now,” the President said. “Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place.” He urged Americans to look toward the future, and to go to the polls and vote.

The Obama family is all smiles as they watch President Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech to the packed arena.
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The Obama family is all smiles as they watch President Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech to the packed arena.

Meet Obama

Barack Hussein Obama was born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was from Kenya and his mom was from Kansas. As a child, Obama lived in Indonesia for four years before returning to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. He went on to graduate from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Obama worked as a lawyer and as a law professor. In 1996, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate. In 2004, he was elected to public office again, this time to the U.S. Senate. Obama won the Presidency in 2008. He is the country’s first African-American Commander-in-Chief.

Obama and his wife Michelle have two children: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. The girls were in the audience Thursday night to hear their dad’s acceptance speech. When he told the crowd that despite the lateness of the hour, his daughters still had to go to school the next morning, young Sasha, sitting between her mom and sister, appeared to playfully question her dad’s authority. The moment was caught on camera, drawing laughs from delegates and others in the hall.

Race to the White House

Confetti falls from the ceiling as the Presidential family waves from stage, concluding the final night of the convention.
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Confetti falls from the ceiling as the Presidential family waves from stage, concluding the final night of the convention.

From now until Election Day, November 6, Americans can expect to see much more of Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. The candidates will talk to reporters, debate and appear in commercials. They will crisscross the country, meeting with voters at campaign rallies and Town Hall meetings. Their names will be on T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. Each man will do his best to convince Americans to pick him for President.

Obama has Rajbir Bainiwal's vote. The 21-year-old is a delegate from Stockton, California. She was at the arena Thursday night to support the President. "He's focusing on the kids, the future of America," she told TFK Kid Reporter Claire Duncan. "He's amazing."

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