Obama: Rescue US from "failed" Bush presidency

Other News Materials 29 August 2008 07:37 (UTC +04:00)

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is expected to lay out a plan to rescue the US from a "failed" presidency, rebuild the military and withdraw responsibly from Iraq, in his acceptance of the Democratic Party nomination Thursday in Denver.

According to speech excerpts released ahead of the address, Obama, the first African-American major-party presidential nominee, will charge that US President George Bush's "failed" presidency would be continued by Republican Party candidate Senator John McCain.

He will vow to end US dependence on Middle East oil within 10 years "for the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet."

Obama was nominated Wednesday night by the Democratic Party and was to accept the nod before a throng of 75,000 people gathered at Denver's Invesco Field.

There was little new in Obama's speech, but his remarks took on new importance as part of a speech that sets his goals as president.

Obama was to drive home a message repeated daily and sometimes hourly at the four-day nominating convention in the Colorado city - that McCain is an honourable public servant who would, however, deliver a third Bush term.

"The record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 per cent of the time," Obama said. "I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10 per cent chance on change."

Obama's energy plan would include tapping natural gas reserves, safe use of nuclear power, investments in clean coal technology and a decade-long, 150-billion-dollar programme to promote "affordable, renewable sources of energy."

Obama emphasized that more Americans are out of work or "working harder for less," and more have lost their homes and are falling behind on their credit card bills and school tuition payments.

" America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this," Obama was to say.

Obama conceded that not all of the country's problems were Bush's fault but charged that the government's "failure to respond is a direct result of broken politics in Washington" and of Bush's "failed presidency."

"We meet at one of those defining moments - a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more," Obama said.

Obama was confident that the country would restore its "promise" through the commitments of "ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors."

"On November 4, we must stand up and say: 'Eight is enough'," Obama said.

Obama lashed back at Republicans who say Democrats won't defend the country, noting that presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy were Democrats.

"Don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country," Obama said. "The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans - Democrats and Republicans - have built, and we are to restore that legacy."

He pledged to end the war in Iraq "responsibly and finish the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan." He would also "restore our moral standing so that America is once more the last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom.", the dpa reported.