Forward for Florida: President Obama's Grassroots Campaign

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Ladies and gentlemen, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance please welcome Frank metanzo
I pledge allegiance to the flag If the United states of America
And to the republic For which it stands,
One nation, under God, Indivisible, with liberty and justice for
Ladies and gentlemen, to sing the national anthem, please welcome Danielle McMullen
Oh say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's
last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro'
the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly
streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting
in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was
still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet
wave O'er the land of the free and the home of
the brave?
Ladies and gentlemen, to deliver the invocation, please welcome Pastor David Brian.
Let the church say amen. Let the church say amen. Let the church say amen!
Let us pray Almighty God, to whom all praises and glory
and honor is due, we ask your continued blessing today
For all those who are present, and for all the families that are represented.
Father God, we ask that you continue to bless President Barack Obama and his wonderful family
I pray that you will continue to bless our great president
With the gifts of discernment, the gift of understanding, the gift of wisdom,
And the gift of strength To accomplish the difficult tasks before him,
and our great nation. Lord, continue to bless our government,
In which he is the head. May the blessings of the spirit of the Lord
now come into the consciousness Of all who dwell within the confines of this
mighty, Great nation that we call America.
God bless America! Stand beside her, and guide her, through the
night, with the light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, from
sea to shining sea! God bless America!
So Lord, as we give thanks, on this glorious day, as we give thanks,
For this August gathering of divine fellowship of Americans
Lord we just thank you. We thank you, we thank you, as we proudly
proclaim That we are one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all. So Father I offer this humble prayer, up to
you, In the only way that I know how.
In the same spirit that all blessings come down from on high,
In the name of the Father, and in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit,
In Jesus' name we pray, and let all the saints of God say,
Amen, amen and amen!
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Marilyn meyure.
Hello Melbourne! Melbourne are you fired up?
I can't hear you! Once more, are you fired up?
My name is Marilyn meyure, And I am a neighborhood team leader
With organizing for America here in Melbourne. I'm fired up and I'm ready to go.
I shirt president Barack Obama, and I became a neighborhood team leader
Because this election is too important. What?
Can't hear? I'm on my tip toys now guys. What you see
is what you get. This election is to important to participate
from the sidelines. We have the right president for these times.
And I'm more fired up than ever even than a couple years ago I'm more fired up now
And I'm in this because president Obama means a better world for our families
That's why I'm knocking on doors, making phone calls and registering more voters.
And it's something each of you can do too. We're all here for different reasons, it might
be because you know That president Obama is standing up for seniors,
and defending Medicare. It might be because the president, his vision
for our space coast in bringing new jobs and new life into our region.
It might be because you're a teacher, or a firefighter, or a firefighter, or a police
officer, Our a veteran.
And all of you know that president Barack Obama has your back.
No matter why you're here we all share a common vision.
And it's the president's vision for moving our country forward, not backwards.
Forward, where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded and everyone gets a fair shot
at the American dream. Now, all those priorities hang in the balance
is this election, do there's a lot at stake. Melbourne, I'm ready to make sure Barack Obama
remains our president for four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more
years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
Alright, there gonna want other people to speak. So Melbourne,
We wanna make sure that he's here for four more years, but we need more from u you, too.
He need all of our work, all of our help, to ensure that we keep moving our space coast
And this great nation forward. Now, let me ask you,
Are you fired up? Are you going to volunteer, and give president
Obama, everything we've got? Sign up and snow up.
Let's go win this election Melbourne! Thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Ernie Anderson.
Brevard county, how y'all doing? I gotta tell us man, y'all look good y'all
look good. I should introduce myself before start complimenting
you. My name is Ernie Anderson, I'm the field organizer for the city of Palm
Bay. We have any Palm Bay people in here?
Listen people, I'm here to tell you that we need your help.
We need your help. If you--we needed your help.
Not only do we need your help, alotta I can hear you, you can speak very dull you speak
very loud. We need you to help us make persuasion calls.
We need you to help knock on doors. You just heard from my neighbor,
And fellow team leader Marilyn meyure, and I'll tell you, she's shirt but she packs a
powerful punch. And she told me, she says, Ernie, we need
more, we need more. I'll tell you as as field organizer, I work for them.
My volunteers, they are the core is this campaign. They are the reason that we have been successful,
they are the reason we won in 2008 and will win again in 2012.
And we need more of you. We need more of you.
I know we have some volunteers around here now that have been carrying volunteer i-man
cards, sign up. Our office was packed this week, the president is here. He is happy to
see y'all. But we want to see you again next week.
We not asking for a while lot, just a few hours a week, knock on some doors, make some
calls, talk register people to vote. Today marks 30 days that we have to register
people to vote. You needed to go there is you are not registered
today. If you have not registered, today we have
people who are registering voters. We need you.
We need you. My name is Ernie, I'm glad to be here with
you, and I thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen, to introduce the president of the United states, please welcome, Mary
good morning Melbourne! Welcome. My name is Maryanne French, and I am a republican for
president Obama. I voted for the president in 2008 and I will
vote for him again in November. And I hope that you'll join me.
I signed up in May to volunteer for the Obama campaign in Melbourne, Florida.
I was called from a phonebank by Judith Lorenzo. She stalled me and asked me if I would step
up and help, as I hope that you all will do. That phone call--she's not here today because
she's outside registering people to vote. She gave her ticket to someone else.
And she, she already met the president. And she is, she doesn't remember the phone call
but I remember it vividly. It changed my life. And this is what I'd like you all to do. Volunteer.
Call people. Canvas. Register phone to vote. Because we can win Florida again. Lemme just
tell you why I support the president as a republican.
Our president Bates about you. Each and every one of you. He cares about the middle class.
He cares about the economy and jobs and Obamacare our the healthcare plan which has helped women
go the the hospital and the doctor for the first time. Teachers, he cares about our teachers
and our education system. And he's striving for fairness and equality for all. I also
care about these issues, and I also care very deeply about national security. You see, I
know a little bit about national security, as I tried from the FBI, as an intelligence
analyst. And I worked on Osama bin Laden, I worked on al Qaida. And I worked on national
security. And I was a very very proud American when our president made that books decision
to go into Pakistan and ordered that raid, to kill Osama bin Laden! Now on November 6,
I encourage each and every one of you to come out and vote. You can vote from 7 to 7. You
can do early voting starting October 27 in the state of Florida. Our president needs
your vote. And our president needs four more years! Four more years! To finish the job!
Four more years. To finish the job! To finish the job and move which way? Forward!
So now, now, the moment you've all been waiting for,
I stand here in front of you very humbled, And very very proud to introduce you today
to my president, your president, our president, the president of the United States, president
Barack Obama.
THE PRESIDENT: Howís it going, Florida? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you.
(Applause.) Well, look, I am so thrilled to be here! (Applause.) It is good to be back
in Florida. And I am so grateful to Mary, not only for her introduction, but for sharing
her story, for fighting on behalf of America, for reminding that the values we care about
arenít Democratic or Republican values, but are American values. So give Mary a big round
of applause. (Applause.)
Now, before I start I have a very important announcement that Iíve got to make ñ
Q I love you, President Obama!
THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too. (Applause.)
Actually, there are three things Iíve got to say before I get started. First of all,
if youíve got a seat feel free to take a seat, because Iím going to talk for a while.
(Applause.) Point number two, if you donít have a seat, bend your knees because sometimes
people faint a little bit ó all right ó and youíve been standing here a while.
The third thing I want to say, the most important thing I have to say is football starts today.
(Applause.) So we intend to be finished to get home in time for kickoff. (Applause.)
I donít know ó I know youíve got a lot of teams here in Florida, but in Illinois
thereís just one team ó the Chicago Bears.
AUDIENCE: Booo ó (laughter.}
THE PRESIDENT: All right, well, let me move on to another topic then. (Laughter.)
It is so great to be here. We just had our convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Applause.)
Folks there could not have been more welcoming. Michelle was ó Michelle. (Applause.) She
was amazing. So for the young men out there who are thinking about their futures ó the
goal is to marry up and improve your gene pool. (Laughter.) And thatís what I have
done by marrying Michelle.
Then you have President Clinton who made the case the only way that he can. (Applause.)
Somebody sent out a tweet after he spoke ó he said, somebody needs to make him secretary
of explaining stuff ó (laughter) ó which I like. I liked that.
And then on Thursday night, I spoke about the stakes in this election. Now, youíve
now heard both sides make their argument, and I hope you know at this point thereís
a big choice to make. And it is the clearest choice of any time in a generation. (Applause.)
It is not just a choice between two candidates; itís not just a choice between two parties.
It is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for America, two very different visions
for our future.
And our fight is for that basic bargain that built the middle class in this country and
the strongest economy the world has ever known. And it was basically a simple idea ó the
idea that here in America hard work will pay off. (Applause.) That here in America, responsibility
will be rewarded, that everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share,
and everybody plays by the same rules ó (applause) ó from Wall Street to Main Street to Washington,
D.C. (Applause.)
And that basic bargain is why I ran for President, because I saw too many jobs disappearing overseas,
too many families struggling with the costs that keep on going up even though paychecks
arenít going up,; too many people racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage,
or pay tuition, or put gas in the car, or food on the table. And when this house of
cards collapsed in this Great Recession we saw millions of innocent Americans lose their
jobs, lose their homes, lose their savings. And weíre still trying to recover from that
Now, our friends at the Republican Convention, they were more than happy to talk about everything
that they think is wrong with America, but they didnít have much to say about how to
make it right. (Applause.) They want your vote, but they donít have a plan. Or at least
they donít want to tell you their plan.
And thatís because theyíve got the same plan theyíve had for 30 years: Tax cuts,
tax cuts, gut a few regulations, and then give some more tax cuts. Tax cuts when times
are good. Tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds ó
(laughter) ó tax cuts to improve your love life. (Laughter.)
I said that at the last event yesterday and somebody yelled out, I tried it and it didnít
work. (Laughter.)
Now, listen, Iíve given tax cuts to folks who need it. (Applause.) Four years ago I
promised I would cut taxes for middle-class families ñ
AUDIENCE: And you did!
THE PRESIDENT: And I did. The typical family is paying $3,600 less in federal taxes since
Iíve been President. Weíve cut taxes for small businesses 18 times. But I donít believe
that another round of tax breaks for millionaires are going to bring good jobs to our shores,
or pay down the deficit ó just like I donít think that firing teachers or kicking students
off of financial aid is going to help our economy. (Applause.) Thatís not going to
help us compete with China and other countries that are coming up.
After all weíve been through, I sure donít believe rolling back regulations we put in
place to make sure Wall Street doesnít act recklessly, that rolling those regulations
back somehow will help small business women here in Florida, or laid-off construction
workers get back to work.
Let me tell you, Florida, what they are selling we are not buying. (Applause.) Weíve been
there, weíve tried it. Itís not working. Weíre not going back. Weíre moving forward.
Thatís why Iím running for a second term for President of the United
States. (Applause.)
Now, I will not pretend that the path Iím offering is quick or easy. Itís going to
take more than a few years to deal with problems that have been building up for decades. But
let me tell you something ó when our opponent goes around saying that the nation is in decline,
he doesnít know what heís talking about. (Applause.) This is America. Weíve got the
best workers in the world, the best entrepreneurs in the world. Weíve got the best scientists
and researchers in the world. (Applause.) Weíve got the best colleges and universities
in the world. (Applause.)
We are a young nation. Weíve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity. People
want to come here from every corner of the globe. (Applause.) So no matter what the naysayers
tell us, no matter how dark they try to make things look for election time, thereís not
another country on Earth that wouldnít trade places with the United States. (Applause.)
So I promise you our problems can be solved, and our challenges can be met. The path we
offer may be harder, but it will lead to a better place. And Iím asking you to choose
that future. Iím asking you to rally around some goals ó concrete, achievable goals in
manufacturing and energy, and education, in reducing our deficit that will lead to new
jobs and more opportunity, and it will rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation.
Thatís what the next four years are about. Thatís why Iím running for President. (Applause.)
Thatís why I need your support. (Applause.)
Now, just in case some of you missed me on Thursday, I want to lay out once again what
Iím talking about with this plan. First, Iíve got a plan to export more products and
send fewer jobs overseas. (Applause.) After a decade of decline, this country has actually
created more than half a million new manufacturing jobs over the last two and a half years. (Applause.)
We reinvented a dying auto industry thatís back on top of the world. (Applause.)
Here on the Space Coast, we started a new era of American exploration that is creating
good jobs right here in this county. (Applause.) Weíve begun an ambitious new direction for
NASA by laying the groundwork for 21st century space flight and innovation. And just last
month, we witnessed an incredible achievement that speaks to the nationís sense of wonder
and our can-do spirit ó the United States of America landing Curiosity on Mars. (Applause.)
So this is an example of what we do when we combine our science, our research, our ability
to commercialize new products, making them here in America.
So this is where weíve got a choice. We could, as the House Republican budget proposes, cut
back on research and technology.
THE PRESIDENT: Or we can continue to be at the cutting-edge ó because thatís what weíve
always been about. We can spark new discoveries, launch new careers, inspire the next generation
to reach for something better. Youíve got that choice. We can make sure that not only
are we investing in great research, but the products that come out of that research are
made here in the United States. (Applause.)
We can change our tax code so we stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping
jobs overseas. Letís reward them for investing in new plants and equipment here in the U.S.,
and training new workers here in the U.S., and keeping the research and development here
in the U.S., and creating jobs right here in the U.S., making products that we sell
around the world stamped with three proud words: Made in the USA. Thatís what weíre
fighting for. Thatís the future we want. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports. And
that creates jobs. And we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.
And by the way, here in Florida, you are a gateway for this huge Latin American market
thatís growing. (Applause.) Which is why, during the Recovery Act, we helped local communities
revamp their ports and their roads, so that we can move more products onto those container
ships that are sending goods down to Brazil and Mexico and other parts ó Argentina, and
all across our hemisphere.
And thatís also why, by the way, weíre attracting more tourists from this region. We made it
easier for folks to come visit Florida ó (applause) ó because that creates jobs right
here in Florida. So this is all part of the notion that we donít want to just borrow
and spend ó we also want to make stuff and sell. (Applause.) Thatís part one of the
Part two: Iíve got a plan to control more of our own energy. After 30 years of inaction,
we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, your cars or trucks will
go twice as far on a gallon of gas. (Applause.) That will save you money, and it will help
the environment. (Applause.)
Weíve doubled our use of renewable energy. Thousands of Americans have jobs today building
wind turbines and long-lasting batteries and solar panels that are being used right here
in Florida to generate energy. (Applause.)
I want you guys to know this. Today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign
oil than at any time in nearly two decades. (Applause.)
So now youíve got a choice between a plan that reverses this progress, or one that builds
on it. Unlike my opponent, Iím not going to let oil companies write this countryís
energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare
from our taxpayers. (Applause.)
Weíve got a better path, where we keep investing in wind and solar, and clean coal technology,
and farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and our trucks, and where
we put construction workers back to work building factories that waste less energy, retrofitting
schools and hospitals and buildings so that theyíre using less energy. (Applause.) Where
we developed a hundred yearsí supply of natural gas thatís right beneath our feet. And if
we choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020, and that alone will support
600,000 new jobs in natural gas. (Applause.)
We can move forward, but we canít go backwards. (Applause.) Thatís what the next four years
are about. (Applause.)
Part three ó part three: Iíve got a plan to give more Americans the chance to gain
the skills they need to compete. Education was the key to opportunity for me, for Michelle,
for many of you. And so we focused on this the minute I came into office. And for the
first time in a generation, nearly every state has answered our call to raise their standards
for teaching and learning. And some of the worst schools in the country have made real
progress and real gains in math and reading. (Applause.)
Millions of students, including some students at this institution, are paying less today
for college because we took on a system that was wasting billions of taxpayer dollars sending
it to banks; we said letís send it directly to students. (Applause.) And students are
paying less for their college education because of it. (Applause.)
So now youíve got a choice.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Youíre our choice!
THE PRESIDENT: Thatís a good choice. (Applause.)
We can gut our investment in education, as the budget being proposed by the other side
would do. Or we can decide in the United States of America, no child should have their dream
deferred because of an overcrowded classroom or outdated textbooks. No family should have
to set aside an acceptance letter for college because they realize, you know what, honey,
we just canít afford it. No company should have to look for workers in some other country
because they couldnít find the workers with the right skills right here in the United
States. (Applause.)
So weíve got to focus on this. Help me recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers, and
improve early childhood education, and give 2 million workers the chance to learn skills
at their local community college that will lead directly to a job. (Applause.) And help
me work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over
the next 10 years. (Applause.)
We can meet that goal together. We can help the next generation. (Applause.) We can choose
that future for America. But I can only do it with you. (Applause.)
And you know what, letís make sure that weíre reducing our deficit without sticking it to
the middle class. (Applause.) Now, independent analysis says that my plan for reducing our
deficits would lower them by $4 trillion. Thatís with a ìTî ó $4 trillion. And Iíve
worked with Republicans in Congress already to cut a trillion dollars in spending, and
Iím willing to do more. I want to work with them.
I want a tax code thatís fair and simpler. But I also want to ask folks like me and Mr.
Romney, the wealthiest households in America, the top 2 percent, to just pay a little bit
more ó higher taxes on incomes over the first $250,000 of their income to help reduce our
deficit. (Applause.) Thatís the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President, and
we created 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires
to boot. (Applause.) We can do that.
And, by the way, I just want to be clear ó under my plan, first of all, 98 percent of
folks who make less than $250,000, you wouldnít see your income taxes go up a single dime.
(Applause.) Because youíre the ones who need relief. And what happens when youíve got
a little more money in your pocket ó what happens?
AUDIENCE: We spend it!
THE PRESIDENT: You spend it. Maybe you buy a new computer for your son or daughter. Maybe
you buy a new car after 20 years of driving that old beater around. And what happens when
you spend, then businesses have more customers, and then they make more profit, and then they
hire more workers, who then, in turn, go buy more products. Thatís how we grow an economy
ó not from the top down; from the middle out, from the bottom up. (Applause.) Thatís
the choice in this election. (Applause.) But what we heard in Tampa ó well, they didnít
really say much about it, but what you see on their website, what youíve seen Republicans
in Congress vote on is a different kind of plan. President Clinton pointed out that the
single biggest thing missing from my opponentís plan is arithmetic. (Applause.) Math. Governor
Romney and his allies tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillion more
dollars on new tax breaks for the wealthy.
THE PRESIDENT: I mean, listen, youíve got to do the math, because when my opponents
were asked about it today, they couldnít. (Laughter.) It was like two plus one equals
five. (Laughter.) They couldnít answer questions about how theyíd pay for $5 trillion in new
tax cuts and $2 trillion in new defense spending without raising taxes on the middle class.
Thatís not bold leadership ó thatís bad math. (Applause.) That gets a failing grade.
I refuse to go along with that plan. I refuse to ask middle-class families to give up their
deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another tax cut for somebody
like me or Mr. Romney. (Applause.) I refuse to ask students to pay more for college, or
kick children out of Head Start programs just to give millionaires a tax break. (Applause.)
Iím not going to eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor or
elderly or disabled, all so those with the most can pay less. (Applause.) And I want
you to know, Florida, I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.
You know, I had a wonderful breakfast with two retired couples over at Cocoa ó Gerry
and Jan and John and Shirley ó theyíre here somewhere. There they are, theyíre over there.
And that was a good breakfast, too, wasnít it? It was outstanding. And they were wise
enough to move to Florida after they retired because they were living in very cold weather.
And they love it here. But we were talking about how, after a lifetime of work, theyíve
been able to save enough to have a comfortable retirement, but thatís only because Medicare
is there rock-solid for them; only because we have made that commitment that says if
you work hard all your life then you should have some basic security ó not to live lavishly,
but to know that itís going to be there for you.
And I have to tell you, that is going to be part of whatís at stake in this election.
Now, Iíve already strengthened Medicare. Weíve already added years to the life of
Medicare by getting rid of taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies that werenít making
people any healthier, and in fact, were making things more expensive for everybody. (Applause.)
So we used part of those savings to help lower the cost of prescription drugs and offer free
preventive care to seniors. I thought that was a good idea. (Applause.) For some reason,
my opponents think itís a bad idea. So they want to give the money back to the insurance
companies and then put them in charge of Medicare.
THE PRESIDENT: In fact, one report just said that by the end of the next decade, our opponentís
plan would mean as much as $16 billion to $26 billion in new profits for insurance companies.
So basically, your costs would rise by the thousands so that their profits could rise
by the billions.
THE PRESIDENT: So hereís the bottom line. Their voucher plan for Medicare would bankrupt
Medicare. Our plan strengthens Medicare. No American should have to spend their golden
years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the dignity and the
respect and the care that they have earned. (Applause.)
Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul ó but weíll do it by reducing
the cost of health care, not by dumping those costs on to seniors. Weíre not going to do
that. (Applause.)
And while weíre at it, weíre going to keep the promise of Social Security by taking responsible
steps to strengthen it, not by turning it over to Wall Street. And by the way, if youíre
wondering who is right on this argument about Medicare ñ
AUDIENCE: You are!
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, but in case some of your friends are wondering ó letís put it
that way. (Laughter.) I mean, keep in mind that the AARP, which knows a little bit about
this, they took a look at our plan when we passed Obamacare, and they confirmed that
it strengthens Medicare. (Applause.) And when you look at their plan, itís confirmed that
over time a voucher system will weaken Medicare as we know it.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thatís why we need a new governor! (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Iím talking about the federal election right now. (Laughter.)
Now, rebuilding this economy is essential, but, as Mary said, our prosperity at home
is also linked to our security and our policies abroad. So I just want to remind everybody
four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq ó I did. (Applause.) We said weíd
wind down the war in Afghanistan ó and we are doing that. (Applause.) And a few days
before 9/11, a new tower is rising above the New York skyline. (Applause.) Weíre coming
back. Meanwhile al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead. (Applause.)
So I just want you to remember when my opponent and his vice presidential nominee are running
around saying somehow weíre weakening our military ó let me tell you, as long as Iím
Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. (Applause.)
When our troops take off their uniforms we will serve them as well as they have served
us ó because nobody should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when
they come home after serving on behalf of the United States. (Applause.)
But weíve got some disagreements. My opponent says it was ìtragicî for me to end the Iraq
war the way I did. I think heís wrong. He wonít tell us how heíll end the war in Afghanistan.
I have. My opponent wants to spend more money on military programs that our Joint Chiefs
donít even want. Iíll use that money that weíre no longer spending on war to pay down
our debt ó (applause) ó and to put more people back to work rebuilding roads and schools
and bridges. (Applause.) After a decade of war, we need to do some nation-building here
at home. Thatís what weíre going to do. (Applause.)
So, Florida, thatís the choice that we now face. Thatís the choice that you face. Over
and over we have been told by our opponents that the only answer, the only way are bigger
tax cuts and fewer regulations, shrink government ó because their basic idea is that since
government canít do everything, it should do almost nothing. If you canít afford health
insurance, hope you donít get sick. If thereís some toxic pollution thatís going into the
air that our kids breathe, well, thatís the price of progress. If you canít afford to
go to college, borrow some money from your parents.
THE PRESIDENT: Thatís what he said. Itís amazing that you guys didnít think of that,
students. (Laughter.)
But you know what, thatís not who we are. As Americans, we insist on personal responsibility
and individual initiative. We know youíve got to work hard. We know youíre not entitled
to success, youíve got to earn it. And we honor the small businesspeople and the strivers
and the dreamers and the risk-takers whoíve been the driving force between our free enterprise
system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity that the world has ever known.
But we also believe that this country works only because we also accept certain obligations
to one another, because we think about future generations. (Applause.) As citizens, we understand
itís not about what can be done for us, but what can be done by us, together, as a nation.
(Applause.) Together as one people. (Applause.)
And those of you who were with me in í08 ó (applause) ó you understand this because
that election was about you. You brought about change. Youíre the reason seniors across
Florida are saving an average of $600 every year on their prescription drug because of
Obamacare. You did that. (Applause.)
Youíre the reason a woman in Doral, whoís already working full-time during the day,
can now afford to go to school at night because sheís getting the financial aid that she
needs. (Applause.) Youíre the reason thereís families in Florida who are able to save their
homes from foreclosure, and keep that piece of the American Dream. You made that possible.
Youíre the reason why young immigrants who grew up here and went to school here and pledged
allegiance to our flag are no longer going to be deported from the only home theyíve
ever known. (Applause.) Youíre the reason we ended ìdonít ask, donít tellî so anybody
who loves this country can serve this country. (Applause.) Youíre the reason why families
are welcoming back our brave soldiers, saying: ìWelcome home.î (Applause.)
So, Florida, you canít turn back now.
THE PRESIDENT: We canít give into the cynicism that the other side is peddling. Because what
happens, if you give up on the idea that your voice matters, then somebody is going to fill
that void. Oil companies will write our energy plans. The drug companies and the insurance
companies, theyíll write our health care plans. The folks who are writing the $10 million
check who are buying this election; the people who are trying to make it harder for you to
vote; the folks who want to tell you who to marry; the people who are trying to tell women
that they canít make up their own minds about their health care choices ó (applause) ó
theyíre the folks who are going to be filling that void if you donít step up. (Applause.)
But if you claim the power that you have, if you are determined to move us forward,
the American people cannot be stopped. (Applause.)
And I tell you, weíve got a lot more work to do. Weíve got more good jobs to create.
Weíve got more good schools to build, more great teachers to hire, more troops to bring
home ó (applause) ó more veterans to take care of. And if you will make some phone calls
for me, and knock on some doors with me, talk to your neighbors and your friends about whatís
at stake ó if youíll register to vote, and make sure you turn out to vote ó (applause)
ó then we will finish what we started. (Applause.) We will open the doors of opportunity to all
who are willing to work hard to walk through them. (Applause.) We will win Florida. (Applause.)
We will win this election. (Applause.) And you and I together will remind the world why
the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. (Applause.)
God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)