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By Yukio Strachan     Sep 8, 2012 in Politics
Charlotte - Twitter reports that President Obama’s speech Thursday night set a new Twitter record for a political event right on par with Usain Bolt's final race in the 2012 Olympic relay. What did the president say to get this type of response?
“You know, I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention,” said President Obama Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term as president of the United States as transcribed by the New York Times. “Times have changed, and so have I. I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the president.”
This is just a small taste of Obama's 38-minute inspiring convention speech that the Twitter government and politics team said racked up 52,756 tweets per minute at its peak Thursday night — it was an amount higher than any speech at the Democratic National Convention or last week’s Republican National Convention In Tampa.
The team added that the line, "I'm no longer just the candidate, I'm the President," spurred the second biggest TPM spike for Obama with 43,646 tweets per minute, NY mag said.
Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, racked up 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.
screenshot via Twitter
Obama’s speech had the same impact that Usain Bolt had in his final race in the 2012 Olympic relay, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico.
All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the Democratic National Convention, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the Republican National Convention. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone, Entertainment Weekly reported.
5 Highlights from President Obama's Speech
A week after Mitt Romney tried to create a permission structure for ’08 Obama voters to give up on him, the president has a simple rebuttal: Permission denied.- Jeff Zeleny, New York Times reporter
1. Mindful of his failings
Obama acknowledged that all hasn't been peaches and roses during his time in the Oval Office, but from those times he's learned lessons that makes him a better leader . "And while I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings," he said. Quoting Lincoln, Obama confessed he knew exactly what Lincoln meant when he said: “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.”
2. Tested and proven leadership
Just as he acknowledged his failings, he defended his record of successes while in office in the area of foreign Policy. "You know, in a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven," he explained. "Four years ago I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have. We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan and in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al- Qaida is on the path to defeat -- and Osama bin Laden is dead."
Sign from the Democratic National Convention 2012.
Sign from the Democratic National Convention 2012.
screenshot via YouTube
3. The Obama difference
Obama drew sharp lines between the choices voters face on how he and the Republican nominee Mitt Romney see important issues in our world.
On Global warming: "Climate change is not a hoax," he said. "More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future." He added: “My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet,”
On Medicare vouchers: He vowed, “I will never turn Medicare into a voucher,” he said. "No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned." He promised “responsible steps to strengthen” Social Security.
4. Government isn't the source of all our problems
Obama and Romney also have different visions of government’s role in life of its citizens. "We don’t think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think the government is the source of all of our problems," the president said to much applause, "any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles."
5. Citizenship: "We pull each other up."
The touchstone of the Obama's speech was the idea of “citizenship.” As soon as the word left his mouth, many in the jumped to their feet with applause. It was a theme weaved in speeches all week long.
"And he believes that when you've worked hard and done well and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you," first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday night. "No, you reach back -- and you give other folks the same chances that helped your succeed."
"You see, we believe that we’re all in this together is a far better philosophy than you’re on your own. It is," said former president Clinton on Wednesday night.
Audience member reacting to President Barack Obama s 2012 DNC speech.
Audience member reacting to President Barack Obama's 2012 DNC speech.
Screenshot via YouTube
And on Thursday Obama pulled them together under the word citizenship. He defined citizenship, as a word at the very heart of our founding — "the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations."
"We leave no one behind," he said. "We pull each other up."
I ask you tonight for your vote.
Finally, he asked Americans for their vote on Nov. 6, in order to finish what we started together in 2008. The choice is ours, Obama said.
"If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void, the lobbyists and special interests," he said. "Only you can make sure that doesn’t happen."
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