President Obama will argue he’s led the country through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression when he accepts his party’s nomination Thursday night and asks voters for a second term.
Obama will invoke Franklin Roosevelt — the last sitting president to win reelection with employment over 8 percent — as he argues his path is not “quick or easy” but is the right one for the country.
He also will portray himself as a president who — like Roosevelt — has led the country through tough times and not shied away from hard choices and decisions.
“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy,” he plans to say, according to excerpts of the convention-closing speech released by his campaign. “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.”