(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in a speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night that “our country is stronger and more prosperous that it was when we started.”
“I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your president, to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before,” Obama said in his speech. “How could I not be--after all that we’ve achieved together?”
Here is an excerpt from the president’s speech as posted on the White House website:
A lot has happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war, and it's been tested by recession and all manner of challenges--I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.
How could I not be--after all that we’ve achieved together? After the worst recession in 80 years, we fought our way back. We’ve seen deficits come down, 401(k)s recover, an auto industry set new records, unemployment reach eight-year lows, and our businesses create 15 million new jobs.
After a century of trying, we declared that health care in America is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody. After decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil. We doubled our production of clean energy. We brought more of our troops home to their families, and we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program. We opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our children.
We put policies in place to help students with loans; protect consumers from fraud; cut veteran homelessness almost in half. And through countless acts of quiet courage, America learned that love has no limits, and marriage equality is now a reality across the land.
By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.