Obama promises harder path to better place for 2nd term

Charlotte: US President Barack Obama today made a strong pitch for a second term, arguing that he had rescued the nation weighed down by wars and a weak economy, ushering in a recovery which would be imperiled under his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won`t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together," a feisty Obama said as he accepted the Democratic Party nomination to run for presidential polls on November 6.

In a prime time speech at Time Warner Cable Arena that was jam packed with some 20,000 people, including party delegates from across the nation, Obama touched upon a wide range of issues.

Obama, 51, not only reminded the achievements of his administration including the killing of Osama bin Laden and revival of the country`s economy, he took a dig on his rival Romney`s economic and foreign policies along with that of heath care which he termed as voucher care.

Obama gave a more realistic follow-up to his 2008 "hope and change" message. Weighed down by wars and high unemployment, he appeared more subdued and less exuberant than last time.

The first non-white President of the United States spelled out his new vision of creating one million new jobs by 2016, doubling exports by 2015, cut oil imports in half by 2020, recruit 1000,000 math and science teachers over next one decade and reduce the country`s deficit by USD 4 trillion over the next decade.

"We learn from our mistakes. But we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth," Obama said, in his speech that was marked with several rounds of applause and cheers from the audience, prominent among those included the First Lady Michele Obama, and his two daughters Malia and Sasha.

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