Republicans spent three evenings at their convention hammering home their message: After four years of leadership failures, Mitt Romney will restore America to a position of strength, confidence and unity – at home and abroad.
In his Thursday night speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Romney suggested that President Obama had shattered Americans’ sense of security.
He said that the “Obama economy has crushed the middle class.”
On foreign affairs, Romney warned that the president’s approach to the Iranian nuclear issue had left Americans “less secure.” He accused Obama of having “thrown allies like Israel under the bus.”
Romney repeatedly invoked imagery of Americans and their children sleeping peacefully. But none of Romney’s invocations of peaceful slumbers were in the present tense.
Romney waxed elegiac about Americans who went to bed after Neil Armstrong’s 1968 moon landing “knowing we lived in the greatest country in the history of the world.” He recalled memories of waking up to his young sons scattered asleep throughout the parental bedroom. And he expressed a conditional hope: “If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love — this world would be a far more gentle and better place.”
After telegraphing those images, Romney pivoted to issues that could lead to nightmares.
“Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden,” he said. “But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat. In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning.”
Romney warned that Obama had let down American allies and been timid in dealing with foreign adversaries.
“President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba,” he said.