The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, September 3, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Sep 3, 2012 3:34am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA
ABC News’ Rick Klein: “‘World News’ Political Insights: It’s Obama vs. Obama as Democratic National Convention Begins” President Obama has met his own worst enemy, and his name is Barack Obama. As the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in North Carolina — a state that epitomized the Obama wave of 2008 but has slipped steadily from the Democrats’ grasp since then — memories of the hope and expectations the president embodied four years ago loom over the gathering. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee: “Obama Foresees a Warmer Inauguration Day“  President Barack Obama, rallying young voters here Sunday, tried to start a competition between this battleground state’s rival colleges to see which can register more voters and touted his support for gay marriage.  He spoke against altering the Constitution “the way the other side proposes, to prevent gay Americans from being able to marry the person they love.” He addressed a cheering crowd of students packed into an outdoor quad at the University of Colorado, Boulder. LINK

The Hills’ Alicia M. Cohn: “Gibbs: Obama doesn’t expect 2008 level of enthusiasm in 2012” President Obama’s senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday denied that voters are disappointed in Obama, but acknowledged that the enthusiasm of supporters in 2008 would be hard to copy this year. “I don’t think that there is voter disappointment,” Gibbs said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” LINK

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “Obama carries anti-war message to rallies” Campaigning in the adoring embrace of yet another college audience, President Obama blasted Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday for ignoring the war in Afghanistan at the GOP convention, and suggested that his rival will prolong the war if elected president. “This November you get to decide the future of the Afghanistan war,” Mr. Obama told about 13,000 mostly young supporters at an outdoor rally at the University of Colorado at Boulder. LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner: “Obama facing mounting questions over ‘you didn’t build that’ remark” After being pummeled for days at the Republican National Convention for his remark that business owners “didn’t build that,” President Obama heads to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this week facing mounting questions about how he will respond to charges that he is hostile to free enterprise.On Sunday, senior Obama advisers suggested that they will not address the anti-business allegations directly but will instead try to turn the tables on their GOP rivals by accusing them of being dishonest about what Obama meant. LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant: “Obama Touts Financial Law As Romney Takes Bankers’ Checks” President Barack Obama’s estrangement from Wall Street is costing him money in fewer campaign donations even as it is fueling his argument for re- election. Since the start of his campaign through Aug. 20, Obama has spent an estimated $132 million on television commercials, with $22 million — or 17 percent — on an ad defending the new law he signed tightening bank oversight and criticizing Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s opposition to it. LINK

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
ABC News’ Sarah Parnass: “Clint Eastwood Gets Cut From Romney RNC Video” A video mash-up of speakers from last week’s Republican National Convention does not include an appearance from the “mystery RNC speaker,” Clint Eastwood.

The two-and-a-half minute video posted today to the Romney campaign’s YouTube account features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, VP nominee Paul Ryan and of course, Romney himself, but it leaves out Eastwood’s controversial speech. LINK

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
The New York Times’ Michael Shear: “With ’08 on Their Minds, Democrats Gather in Charlotte” Democrats will gather here on Tuesday to nominate President Obama for a second term in the White House, setting in motion the final sprint to Election Day. Mr. Obama’s 2012 Democratic National Convention will be weighed down by four tough years in Washington — political battles won and lost; wars fought overseas; relationships frayed; promises kept and broken. LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: “Democrats look to City Hall for their future” As Democrats prepare to deliver their party’s message this week in Charlotte, convention season has already made one thing abundantly clear: If you want to find the next generation of Democratic leaders, look to city hall.The lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention is only the beginning of the story. That list includes more than half a dozen mayors, including San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will deliver the keynote address. LINK
The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Z. Barabak: “After decades of fighting, Democrats show unified front” There is something unusual about the gathering of Democrats in this steamy Southern city, something that may be more significant than just about anything said or done once the convention starts Tuesday. It’s the sense of harmony. LINK

USA Today’s “Protesters descend on Charlotte“: Hurricane Isaac washed out protest marches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week. On Sunday, protests at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte got off to a slightly better start.  Nearly 1,000 people walked through the streets of downtown Charlotte, as hundreds of police officers lined the streets and hovered overhead in a helicopter to monitor the crowd. LINK

The Boston Globes’ Byran Bender: “Democrats to play up foreign policy at convention” Polls show that when President Obama is renominated at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week he will be the first candidate from his party in decades to hold a clear advantage on national security over his GOP opponent and the party is bent on capitalizing on its edge. LINK

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