Barack Obama has delivered four of the ten greatest political convention speeches of either party. The first of the great speeches occurred during the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which propelled him onto the national scene.
Speeches two and three, DNC acceptance speeches in 2008 and 2012, assured him victories for a first and second term. On Wednesday night, Barack Obama diminished and humiliated Donald Trump with his fourth great speech, from which Trump may never recover.
Barack Obama picked up where Michelle Obama left off. Michelle Obama did not use Trump's name in her skillful and effective take down. Her husband used the Trump name; skillfully. Barack Obama said that Donald Trump has left behind "a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated."
Obama questions Trump's patriotism and motives
Some may say that the speech was for a third Obama term, but in truth it was more to preserve the Obama legacy and accomplishments. And as an act of patriotism, slamming Donald Trump and continually pummeling him into oblivion and political obscurity. Obama questioned Trump's patriotism again and again.
"America is already great," President Obama told a cheering, partisan crowd. "America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."
Ronald Reagan got it right calling America a 'Shining City on a Hill'
Obama used former Republican presidents to continually pummel Trump. He said Ronald Reagan called America a "shining city on a hill" and Donald Trump called it “a divided crime scene” that only he and only he can fix.
Obama cited the words of progressive Republican champion, Teddy Roosevelt, and his criticism of those timid souls criticizing from the sidelines. Teddy Roosevelt said, "Someone who is actually in the arena … who strives valiantly; who errs…[but] who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement.”
Trump a 'home-grown demagogue'
Obama went as fas as questioning and casting into doubt the patriotism of Trump and labeled the Republican nominee a "home-grown demagogue."
“The American dream is something no wall will ever contain,” Obama told a packed convention hall in Philadelphia. “We do not look to be ruled,” he said, rejecting the assertion that he and he alone can "save" America. Not true, said Obama: “He is offering slogans and fear. He is betting that if he scares enough people, he might win just enough votes to win this election, and that’s another bet that Donald Trump will lose.”