FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Norfolk, Va. ( AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Norfolk, Va. ( AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  

Speech excerpts: Obama promises leadership similar to FDR

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama promised leadership similar to that of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his convention speech Thursday night.

Speaking of the challenges facing the country, Obama said: “It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

With the much of the debate heading into the convention about whether Americans are better off four years since Obama was elected, Obama argued he needs more time.

“You elected me to tell you the truth,” he said. “And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”

The president also attempted to portray himself as a big government liberal after invoking Roosevelt.

“And by the way — those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington,” Obama said.

Here are the excerpts, provided by the Obama campaign:

“But 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. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace — decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.

“On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.

“It will be a choice between two different paths for America.

“A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.

“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way — those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.

“But 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. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country — goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”

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