Many on Twitter agree, and judging by the sheer amount of coverage it received, former Democratic Congressman-turned Republican Artur Davis’ speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention was among the top three speeches given on the official opening day of the massive GOP event.
Despite MSNBC cutting off every minority speech given at the RNC, Davis’ message was loud and clear as the African-American from Alabama hammered Obama and secured his support for Romney saying, “He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn’t confuse the presidency with celebrity, or loftiness with leadership.”
Davis called Romney, “The most experienced executive to seek the presidency in 60 years.”
Davis’ speech began on a humorous note as he remarked that he has finally settled in the right party: “Some of you may know, the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place,” he quipped. “So, Tampa, my fellow Republicans, thank you for welcoming me where I belong.”
Perhaps the appeal to so many in his speech was his ability to skillfully combine humor with business as he discussed the future of the GOP and the current failures of the Democrats and the current administration.
“The Democrats’ negative ads do convince me that Governor Romney can’t sing, but his record convinces me he knows how to lead, and I think you know which skill we need more.”
Davis didn’t hold back on using humor to attack the President either, saying nearly 6 million got it wrong back in 2008. “Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with Styrofoam Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well.”
And left no stone unturned, hitting Tinsel town and the President’s celebrity status four years ago. “Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little: you thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo.”
Obama’s lofty promises and current high gas prices was the focus of Davis’ humor later in the speech when he said, “Remember, too, when [Obama] said, ‘this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal?’ Who knew the plain English version of it was, ‘middle America, get ready to shell out 60 bucks to fill up your car’?”
But Davis did get serious and address the issues on many Americans’ minds like unemployment and job creation.
“So, this time, in the name of 23 million of our children and parents and brothers and sisters who are officially unemployed, underemployed, or who have stopped looking for work, let’s put the poetry aside, let’s suspend the hype, let’s come down to earth and start creating jobs again.”
He resonated with those who are disillusioned with Obama, and assured the crowd that there is hope in the GOP, and not the Democratic Party which gathers next week in Charlotte, NC for the DNC convention.
“There are Americans watching right now who voted for the president, but who are searching right now, because they know that their votes didn’t build the country they wanted,” he said. “To those Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument: listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor. Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you.”
He concluded his remarks with a firm stance that he is with the GOP and committed to ousting president Obama in November, stating, “So may it be said of this time in our history: 2008 to 2011: lesson learned. 2012: mistake corrected.”
You can watch his speech in full here.