Live Blog: Obama and Biden address the Democratic National Convention
Haaretz brings you a minute-by-minute update from the last day of the DNC in Charlotte, featuring keynote speakers President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
10:59 P.M.: If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election. If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election.
10:56 P.M.: Obama: I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn’t return.
10:50 P.M.: Obama: I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.
10:45 P.M.: Obama: The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions. The historic change sweeping across the Arab World must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or the hate of extremists, but by the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate today.
10:45 P.M.: Obama: Our commitment to Israel's security must not waver.
10:43 P.M.: Obama: A new tower rises above the New York skyline, Al Qaida is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
10:42 P.M.: Obama: Help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood education.
10:37 P.M.: Obama: We can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.
10:31 P.M.: Obama: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.
10:28 P.M.: Obama: When you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation.
10:27 P.M.: Obama: Our hope has been tested – by the cost of war; by one of the worst economic crises in history; and by political gridlock that’s left us wondering whether it’s still possible to tackle the challenges of our time.
10:23 P.M.: Michelle Obama introduces her husband. After stepping onstage, the president accepts his party's nomination.
10:07 P.M.: Biden: The journey of hope is not fully finished, but we are on our way.
10:04 P.M.: Biden: We see a future where we promote the private sector, not the privileged sector.
10:01 P.M.: Biden: The American people deserve a president who will never quit on them.
10:00 P.M.: Biden: Men and women are looking to hold their head up high and lead their lives with dignity.
9:59 P.M.: Biden: Governor Romney looks at the notion of equal pay in terms of the company's bottom line.
9:52 P.M.: Biden: Not a day has gone by in the last four years that I regret that Barack Obama is our president.
9:48 P.M.: Biden on Osama bin Laden: If you attack innocent civilians, we will follow you to the end of the earth.
9:46 P.M.: Biden: Conviction, resolve, Barack Obama - that is what saved the automobile industry.
9:36 P.M.: Biden: I never watch Barack Obama in soundbites - I watch him in action.
9:32 P.M.: Joe Biden enters the stage and accepts the party nomination for vice president
9:30 P.M.: The delegates hold signs: "Fired up" and ready for Joe", chanting: "Fired up, ready to go!"
U.S. President Barack Obama will tell voters Thursday they face a choice between two different visions for the United States and ask them to commit to working with him to solve the nation's challenges.
Obama is to acknowledge the path forward is difficult given the economic challenges facing the nation, but stress that the problems can be solved with time.
"The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades," he is to say. "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.