Barack Obama Reveals His Steel

Not only has John McCain been myopic in his military strategy, as he lays out his case for commander in chief. He's been completely clueless about the other serious threats we face beyond Iraq. It's as if he's never thought about them. Central Asia takes second place to Iraq, while Senator McCain misidentifies the borders of Pakistan. Meanwhile, McCain displays the same arrogant recklessness as Bush when recently saying "we are all Georgians," when it's clear our priorities are anything but aligned and certainly not connected through quantifiable actions.

Barack Obama laid John McCain out, calling him on, not only his lapse of military judgment and strategic vision, but tying that to the first priorities of all presidents: the people's welfare.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this. (APPLAUSE)

This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.

We're a better country than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment that he's worked on for 20 years and watch as it's shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty... (APPLAUSE) ... that sits... (APPLAUSE) ... that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.

The African American gentleman standing beside me said it best, when he didn't think I was listening. "Lord have mercy. After all these years..." ...then his voice trailed off.

America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices. And Democrats, as well as Republicans, will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past, for part of what has been lost these past eight years can't just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, and that's what we have to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. (APPLAUSE) The -- the reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than they are for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. (APPLAUSE)

I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. has his heir.

So I've got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first. - Barack Obama

Make no mistake about it. The Republicans are in rewrite.

Cue Brooks & Dunn.