My favorite moment of the Second Presidential Debate.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 16, 2012
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An epic speech via President Obama.

A tough, humble question. And a powerful, eloquent answer.

I’ll add the video of this moment when I find it. Here’s the full video of complete debate, this section starts at 29 minutes in.

Update: the video:

QUESTION: Mr. President, I voted for you in 2008. What have you done or accomplished to earn my vote in 2012? I’m not that optimistic as I was in 2012. Most things I need for everyday living are very expensive.

OBAMA: Well, we’ve gone through a tough four years. There’s no doubt about it. But four years ago, I told the American people and I told you I would cut taxes for middle class families. And I did. I told you I’d cut taxes for small businesses, and I have.

I said that I’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said we’d refocus attention on those who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have gone after Al Qaeda’s leadership like never before and Osama bin Laden is dead.

OBAMA: I said that we would put in place health care reform to make sure that insurance companies can’t jerk you around and if you don’t have health insurance, that you’d have a chance to get affordable insurance, and I have.

I committed that I would rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and we passed the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s. We’ve created five million jobs, and gone from 800 jobs a month being lost, and we are making progress. We saved an auto industry that was on the brink of collapse.

Now, does that mean you’re not struggling? Absolutely not. A lot of us are. And that’s why the plan that I’ve put forward for manufacturing and education, and reducing our deficit in a sensible way, using the savings from ending wars, to rebuild America and putting people back to work. Making sure that we are controlling our own energy, but not only the energy of today, but also the energy of the future. All of those things will make a difference, so the point is the commitments I’ve made, I’ve kept.

And those that I haven’t been able to keep, it’s not for lack of trying and we’re going to get it done in a second term. But, you should pay attention to this campaign, because Governor Romney has made some commitments as well. And I suspect he’ll keep those too. You know when members of the Republican Congress say, “We’re going to sign a no tax pledge, so that we don’t ask a dime for millionaires and billionaires to reduce our deficit so we can still invest in education, and helping kids go to college. He said, “Me too.”

When they said, “We’re going to cut Planned Parenthood funding.” He said, “Me too.” When he said, “We’re going to repeal Obamacare. First thing I’m going to do,” despite the fact that it’s the same health care plan that he passed in Massachusetts and is working well. He said, “Me too.” That is not the kind of leadership that you need, but you should expect that those are promises he’s going to keep.


CROWLEY: Mr. President, let me let…


OBAMA: …the choice in this election is going to be whose promises are going to be more likely to help you in your life? Make sure your kids can go to college. Make sure that you are getting a good paying job, making sure that Medicare and Social Security… (CROSSTALK)

CROWLEY: Mr. President. Thank you.


OBAMA: …will be there for you.

CROWLEY: Thank you. Governor?

For more: “Binders full of women” & 10 other Top Moments of the 2nd Debate: President Obama & would-be President Romney.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


14 Responses to “My favorite moment of the Second Presidential Debate.”

  1. Edie says:

    Wow. Did not hear much of debate. Thank you.

  2. Tracy says:

    I was shouting and cheering last night! Calling the first debate a victory for Romney was a farce – how do you name a victory when Romney walked on the stage with the intention of lying, misleading and suddenly pandering to people for whom he's shown disdain? They each have a very different ideology. Those who DO support Romney's ideology should have taken notice that he was unwilling to present his case sincerely.
    Bravo to our president!

  3. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Amen! and Bravo!

  4. yogi henry says:

    Children ask lots of questions at zoos. One recurrent query at the National Zoo is perhaps the smelliest: How much poop do elephants produce every day?

    Answer: About 100 pounds!!!!!!!!(source: Washington Post)

    Blatant, smelly partisanship is in that pile. I still like elephants though!

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Poop is fertilizer!

  6. Mark Carrier says:

    Come on Waylon ..She ends with thank you … Governor? So why not show Romney's remarks… so we can get the full answer to the question from both sides?

  7. Francesca says:

    He lost .. plain and simple and Obama came out the winner telling the truth. You could see the defeat in Romney's face as Obama was telling the truth. What a shame that Romney has to lie, steal, cheat his way into getting votes. He should be ashamed of himself. Especially his stance on womens issues. That part he can't get away from. He won't win this election & she stated this was just one of her favorite parts. The debate was on every single channel last night for everyone to see, so put on youtube, it's there. The whole thing is there and you can see for yourself how well Obama did.

  8. kate says:

    Why is there little discussion about the state of our environment? Why haven't our candidates been asked about what actions they are taking to protect its fragile status? Why isn't anyone talking about this subject?

  9. @undefined says:

    Yogi_Henry is my hero!

  10. @undefined says:

    If you have bad diet, like partisans, it can't be used as fertilizer.

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