Paul Ryan addressed the Republican National Convention and the American people, accepting his party's nomination to be its candidate for vice president of the United States.
Watching his speech, it felt kind of surreal.
"Oh, my God. That's Paul Ryan." Hopefully, Vice President Paul Ryan of WISCONSIN.
I'm so proud of him. I'm proud of the many great leaders from Wisconsin working to save our country.
I guess we're doing something very right here. The nation is benefiting from so many gifted individuals from Wisconsin.
Ryan's acceptance speech began with this video introduction:
And here's video of the speech:
Ryan proved himself to be a worthy nominee.
He's the polar opposite of the bumbling Joe Biden.
Ryan is the real deal. There's no pretense. He exudes natural confidence without projecting Obama-like arrogance. He simply knows his stuff. He has a reassuring presence. He's likable. He's genuine. I believe he sincerely wants to serve his country. It's a calling, not an ego trip.
Ryan's speech included many effective passages and terrific lines.
The story of Obama and Janesville's GM plant made the case for the desperately needed change in leadership.
President Barack Obama, came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those are very tough days. And any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My own state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it. Especially in Janesville where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that G.M. plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, "I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years."
That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that's how it is in so many towns where the recovery that was promised is no where in sight. Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. 23 million people unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life.
Half of them can't find the work they studied for, or any work at all. So here's the question, without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
I liked Ryan pointing out that Obama did "nothing" again and again when action was needed. His repetition, "did nothing," I think resonated very well.
This part of the speech served as the rallying cry for the millions of jobless 20-somethings and the parents supporting their adult children.
President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record.
But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy that Barack Obama inherited, not the economy as he envisions, but this economy that we are living.
College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
Obama can talk about college education for all, but what good is it when there are no jobs, no opportunity, no hope?
If you're in your 20s, or whatever age, and want to be successful and realize your dreams, you would be nuts to vote for Obama.
Of course, if your dream is to be dependent on the government and relinquish your freedom and rights, Obama's your guy.
None of us -- none of us have to settle for the best this administration offers, a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.
Exactly. That's it right there.
That's what's at stake. That's the choice we have before us.
"The best this administration offers, a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us."
I reject a government-planned life. I will not give up my freedom.
I'm voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Complete transcript here.