The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, September 07, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Sep 7, 2012 3:36am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Carrie Halperin

PRESIDENT OBAMA / DNC
ABC News’ Russell Goldman: “Obama Accepts Nomination, Says His Plan Leads to a ‘Better Placeresident Obama, greeted by tumultuous cheers of Democratic Party stalwarts, promised to lead America to a “better place” tonight if voters agree to the follow the “harder” and “longer” path he has mapped to restore the country’s economy and the sense of hope and opportunity. “America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now,” he told his party’s convention. “Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together.” LINK

USA Today’s Carole E. Lee and Laura Meckler: “Obama Presses Plan for U.S. Resurgence” President Barack Obama portrayed himself as a stout defender of the middle class and a leader with a plan to create jobs across the U.S. economy in a speech Thursday accepting the Democratic nomination for re-election. The president hoped to offer voters more specifics than his Republican foe, laying out a set of goals for a second term designed to demonstrate he has started rebuilding a ravaged economy and has a strategy for going further. LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and Peter Baker: “Obama Makes Case for 2nd Term: ‘Harder’ Path to ‘Better Place’” President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term on Thursday night, making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and David Nakamura: “In Democratic convention speech, Obama vows ‘our problems can be solved’ – with more time” President Obama appealed to the nation Thursday night for another four years in office, asserting that his policies are slowly returning the country to economic prosperity while arguing that his Republican opponents would pursue a course that would set the country back and harm the well-being of middle-class families. LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Downsizing the dream” President Barack Obama accepted the nomination for a second term Thursday with a speech that summed up the downsized expectations of 2012: There was a little hope, not a lot change and heaps of mockery for Mitt Romney. The gray-templed incumbent, in a noticeably less buoyant mood than he was four years ago in Denver, invoked the transformational legacy of FDR to justify his reelection. But the reality check of George H.W. Bush lurked in crevices of his text, as he implored a wary and worried electorate to stay the course, or risk a Romney presidency. LINK

The Hills’ Amie Parnes: “Obama warns turning away now means change will not happen” President Obama asked voters to stick with him despite a sputtering economy in a Thursday night speech accepting his party’s presidential nomination that alternated hopeful calls for the future with a mocking tone for Republicans.  Obama made the case before a crowd of 22,000 and millions watching at home that he’d led the country through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, when Franklin Roosevelt was the last president to win reelection with employment over 8 percent. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Jonathan Lemire: “Obama’s DNC speech: President urges voters to elect him for a second term, charts course for brighter future” President Obama charted a course for a brighter American future during a fervid and resolute Democratic National Convention speech Thursday, exhorting voters to let him lead the way. Obama, officially accepting his party’s nomination for President, warned that difficult times lay ahead — and urged patience as he set out to finish the job he started on an historic night four years ago. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama appeals to voters for more time” Accepting his party’s nomination for re-election, President Obama on Thursday said voters face the most momentous election of a generation and told them they must choose between locking in his vision of a government that works to boost the most vulnerable, or side with Republicans in rolling back his agenda. Pleading for his return to the White House, Mr. Obama said he has tried to live up to his promises from the campaign trail four years ago and that he has made progress, even if the results haven’t shown. LINK

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN / DNC
Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and John McCormick: “Biden Says Obama Makes ‘Gutsy’ Choices Unlike Romney” Vice President Joe Biden highlighted two major tests of his boss’s first term — the killing of al- Qaeda’s founder and the bailout of the U.S. auto industry — to argue President Barack Obama made “gutsy” choices that Republican Mitt Romney would not. “He never wavers, he steps up,” Biden said in his 38- minute address last night to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, before Obama’s formal acceptance of his party’s nomination to a second term. LINK

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
The Los Angeles Times’ Robin Abcarian: “Women are front and center at Democratic convention” Where but the women’s caucus of the Democratic National Convention would someone compare Mitt Romney to an expensive but unwearable shoe? On Thursday morning, party activist Jehmu Greene told hundreds of delegates that she had packed all kinds of fancy high heels for Charlotte, but had worn only one pair of shoes: her comfortable tennies. LINK

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