Mitt Romney's acceptance speech

Words from Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Transcript: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/30/160357612/transcript-mitt-romneys-acceptance-speech
definitions & notes only words
  1. congregant
    a member of a congregation
    We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregants from all walks of life and many who were new to America.
  2. Neil Armstrong
    United States astronaut
    The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on OUR souls and in our national psyche.
  3. gas pump
    a pump in a service station that draws gasoline from underground storage tanks
    But driving home late from that second job, or standing there watching the gas pump hit 50 dollars and still going, when the realtor told you that to sell your house you'd have to take a big loss, in those moments you knew that this just wasn't rig
  4. insurance premium
    payment for insurance
    Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled.
  5. freedom of religion
    a civil right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution
    Freedom of religion.
  6. baby boomer
    a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s
    I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic baby boomer.
  7. choke up
    obstruct
    It's when our son or daughter calls from college to talk about which job offer they should take....and you try not to choke up when you hear that the one they like is not far from home.
  8. mom
    informal terms for a mother
    I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he's not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
  9. get off the ground
    get started or set in motion, used figuratively
    We were young and had never done this before and we almost didn't get off the ground.
  10. take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
    He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task.
  11. vibrancy
    having the character of a loud deep sound
    In our best days, we can feel the vibrancy of America's communities, large and small.
  12. codify
    organize into a system, such as a body of law
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  13. lath and plaster
    a building material consisting of thin strips of wood that provide a foundation for a coat of plaster
    My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.
  14. corn field
    a field planted with corn
    At a time when nobody thought we'd ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana.
  15. redistribute
    disperse anew
    It's the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's prosperity rather than trying to redistribute tod
  16. centrifuge
    an apparatus that separates particles from a suspension
    We're still talking, and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning.
  17. paying back
    a reciprocal group action
    Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
  18. steel mill
    a factory where steel is made
    At a time when nobody thought we'd ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana.
  19. pension fund
    a fund reserved to pay workers' pensions when they retire from service
    I had thought about asking my church's pension fund to invest, but I didn't.
  20. playlist
    a list of musical selections for performance or for broadcast by radio
    But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours.
  21. codified
    enacted by a legislative body
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  22. grandchild
    a child of your son or daughter
    We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
  23. unite
    join or combine
    I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
  24. someplace
    in or at or to some place
    I wanted to go someplace new and prove myself.
  25. America
    North America and South America and Central America
    I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
  26. skyrocket
    shoot up abruptly, like a rocket
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  27. little league
    a commercially sponsored baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age
    Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
  28. lade
    fill or place a load on
    Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden.
  29. walk of life
    careers in general
    We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregants from all walks of life and many who were new to America.
  30. psyche
    that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings
    The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on OUR souls and in our national psyche.
  31. kid
    young goat
    I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he's not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
  32. job
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty
    Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
  33. Great Depression
    the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
    Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression?
  34. depress
    press down
    His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them.
  35. boomer
    a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s
    I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic baby boomer.
  36. sol
    a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in a liquid
    The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on OUR souls and in our national psyche.
  37. balanced budget
    a budget is balanced when current expenditures are equal to receipts
    Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
  38. Statue of Liberty
    a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay
    When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions.
  39. unleash
    turn loose or free from restraint
    That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's f
  40. dad
    an informal term for a father
    My dad had been born in Mexico and his family had to leave during the Mexican revolution.
  41. recrimination
    mutual accusations
    To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.
  42. Depression
    a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
    Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression?
  43. bedrock
    solid unweathered rock beneath surface deposits of soil
    That is the bedrock of what makes America, America.
  44. free enterprise
    an economy relying on market forces to allocate resources
    It's the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's prosperity rather than trying to redistribute tod
  45. unconditional
    not qualified by reservations
    My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love.
  46. US Government
    the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
    I grew up with stories of his family being fed by the US Government as war refugees.
  47. new wave
    any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
    When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions.
  48. modernize
    make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
    It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most.
  49. uniting
    the act of making or becoming a single unit
    The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
  50. lath
    a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
    My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.
  51. Putin
    Russian statesman chosen as president of the Russian Federation in 2000; formerly director of the Federal Security Bureau (born in 1952)
    He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
  52. wake up
    stop sleeping
    We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
  53. Osama bin Laden
    Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)
    Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden.
  54. uniquely
    so as to be unique
    That very optimism is uniquely American.
  55. centerpiece
    a decoration placed in the middle of a table
    And yet the centerpiece of the President's entire re-election campaign is attacking success.
  56. president
    the chief executive of a republic
    Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president.
  57. deserve
    be worthy
    It's what Americans deserved.
  58. drive home
    carry out or perform
    But driving home late from that second job, or standing there watching the gas pump hit 50 dollars and still going, when the realtor told you that to sell your house you'd have to take a big loss, in those moments you knew that this just wasn't rig
  59. kinship
    relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
    We Americans have always felt a special kinship with the future.
  60. florist
    someone who grows and deals in flowers
    And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table.
  61. take a chance
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    At a time when nobody thought we'd ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana.
  62. pay back
    act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
    Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
  63. early childhood
    the early stage of growth or development
    We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.
  64. affiliation
    the act of becoming formally connected or joined
    There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living.
  65. disappoint
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
    The President hasn't disappointed you because he wanted to.
  66. stuck with
    burdened with
    Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
  67. help out
    be of help, as in a particular situation of need
    It's that good feeling when you have more time to volunteer to coach your kid's soccer team, or help out on school trips.
  68. flexibility
    the property of being easily bent or shaped
    He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
  69. apprenticed
    bound by contract
    My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.
  70. complicate
    make less simple
    What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound.
  71. put aside
    turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily
    Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
  72. get ahead
    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
  73. rein in
    control and direct with or as if by reins
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  74. simplify
    make easier or reduce in complexity or extent
    It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most.
  75. American
    of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture
    Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president.
  76. homework
    preparatory school work done outside school
    But every mom knows that doesn't help get the homework done or the kids out the door to school.
  77. grow up
    become an adult
    I grew up with stories of his family being fed by the US Government as war refugees.
  78. President Kennedy
    35th President of the United States
    When President Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon, the question wasn't whether we'd get there, it was only when we'd get there.
  79. trillion
    the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
    And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them; His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; His trillion
  80. immigrant
    a person who comes to a country in order to settle there
    We are a nation of immigrants.
  81. middle class
    the social class between the lower and upper classes
    In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class.
  82. cut to
    move to another scene when filming
    And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them; His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; His trillion do
  83. endow
    give qualities or abilities to
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  84. American flag
    the national flag of the United States of America
    Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon.
  85. helping hand
    physical assistance
    That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.
  86. invest
    lay out money or capital in an enterprise
    So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies.
  87. President
    the person who holds the office of head of state of the United States government
    I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
  88. better off
    in a more fortunate or prosperous condition
    That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: "you are better off today than you were four years ago."
  89. bet on
    place a bet on
    We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.
  90. iPod
    (trademark) a pocket-sized device used to play music files
    But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours.
  91. national debt
    the debt of the national government
    This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.
  92. election day
    the day appointed for an election
    Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago.
  93. today
    on this day as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow
    But today, four years from the excitement of the last election, for the first time, the majority of Americans now doubt that our children will have a better future.
  94. be born
    come into existence through birth
    I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic baby boomer.
  95. real world
    the practical world as opposed to the academic world
    But no one ever is in the real world of business.
  96. Armstrong
    United States pioneering jazz trumpeter and bandleader
    The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on OUR souls and in our national psyche.
  97. lagging
    used to wrap around pipes or boilers or laid in attics to prevent loss of heat
    No. Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world?
  98. walk away
    go away from
    He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
  99. dynamics
    mechanics concerned with forces that cause motions of bodies
    Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.
  100. eliminate
    end, take out, or do away with
    And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them; His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; His tril
  101. lag
    hang or fall in movement, progress, development, etc.
    No. Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world?
  102. optimistic
    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
    When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and c
  103. tonight
    during the night of the present day
    Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future.
  104. forging
    shaping metal by heating and hammering
    Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements.
  105. optimism
    the hopeful feeling that all is going to turn out well
    That very optimism is uniquely American.
  106. succumb
    consent reluctantly
    No. And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division?
  107. creativity
    the ability to bring something into existence
    It's the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's prosperity rather than trying to redistribute tod
  108. Castro
    Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927)
    When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions.
  109. Jimmy Carter
    39th President of the United States (1924-)
    Except Jimmy Carter.
  110. embarrass
    cause to feel self-conscious
    I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he's not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
  111. hard times
    a time of difficulty
    Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
  112. Mormons
    church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah
    We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way.
  113. light up
    ignite
    I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he's not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
  114. enact
    order by virtue of superior authority; decree
    Those weren't the easiest of days – too many long hours and weekends working, five young sons who seemed to have this need to re- enact a different world war every night.
  115. dedicate
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    It's the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's prosperity rather than trying to redistribute tod
  116. bin Laden
    Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)
    Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden.
  117. first lady
    the wife of a chief executive
    We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.
  118. Episcopal Church
    United States church that is in communication with the see of Canterbury
    Another of my partners got the Episcopal Church pension fund to invest.
  119. bipartisan
    supported by both sides
    This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan.
  120. vibrant
    vigorous and animated
    We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregants from all walks of life and many who were new to America.
  121. entrepreneur
    someone who organizes a business venture
    Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
  122. heal
    recover
    All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers.
  123. health insurance
    insurance against loss due to ill health
    Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled.
  124. run for
    extend or continue for a certain period of time
    When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way.
  125. hard time
    a difficulty that can be overcome with effort
    Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.
  126. open up
    cause to open or to become open
    It's when we see that new business opening up downtown.
  127. wake
    stop sleeping
    We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
  128. mentor
    a wise and trusted guide and advisor
    Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.
  129. nation
    a politically organized body of people under a government
    We are a nation of immigrants.
  130. small town
    a community of people smaller than a town
    By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town.
  131. deficit
    the property of being less than expected or required
    This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.
  132. elect
    choose by a vote for an office or membership
    To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re- elected, you will be right.
  133. deserved
    properly deserved
    It's what Americans deserved.
  134. constellation
    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  135. come before
    be the predecessor of
    That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: "you are better off today than you were four years ago."
  136. welcoming
    very cordial
    When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church.
  137. come together
    come together, as if in an embrace
    That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections.
  138. backbone
    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.
  139. good day
    a farewell remark
    But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by.
  140. Michigan
    a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
    He moved to Detroit, led a great automobile company and became Governor of the Great State of Michigan.
  141. future
    the time yet to come
    Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future.
  142. productivity
    the quality of yielding positive results
    That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's f
  143. United States of America
    North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
    I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
  144. refugee
    an exile who flees for safety
    I grew up with stories of his family being fed by the US Government as war refugees.
  145. creator
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
    Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
  146. innovation
    the act of starting something for the first time
    And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them; His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; His trillion do
  147. freedom
    the condition of being free
    Freedom.
  148. buck
    mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)
    Or when you lost that job that paid $22.50 an hour with benefits, you took two jobs at 9 bucks an hour and fewer benefits.
  149. hug
    squeeze tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    Hug your kids a little longer; maybe spend a little more time praying that tomorrow would be a better day.
  150. graduate
    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
    Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
  151. Creator
    terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  152. look around
    look about oneself
    Look around you.
  153. tomorrow
    the day after today
    Hug your kids a little longer; maybe spend a little more time praying that tomorrow would be a better day.
  154. uphold
    stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
    That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
  155. qualification
    the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
    He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task.
  156. succeed
    attain success or reach a desired goal
    I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed.
  157. humility
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me.
  158. parent
    a father or mother
    Ann and I watched those steps together on her parent's sofa.
  159. Episcopal
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Episcopal church
    Another of my partners got the Episcopal Church pension fund to invest.
  160. presidency
    the office and function of president
    I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour.
  161. restore
    bring back into original existence, function, or position
    Now is the time to restore the Promise of America.
  162. guarantee
    an unconditional commitment that something will happen
    To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.
  163. choke
    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    It's when our son or daughter calls from college to talk about which job offer they should take....and you try not to choke up when you hear that the one they like is not far from home.
  164. chief of staff
    the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
    Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.
  165. election
    vote to select the winner of a position or political office
    That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections.
  166. staple
    material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
    An office supply company called Staples – where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons.
  167. dollar
    the basic monetary unit in many countries
    But driving home late from that second job, or standing there watching the gas pump hit 50 dollars and still going, when the realtor told you that to sell your house you'd have to take a big loss, in those moments you knew that this just wasn't rig
  168. Iran
    a theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
    But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat.
  169. healthcare
    the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  170. dynamic
    characterized by action or forcefulness of personality
    Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.
  171. fill up
    become full
    You deserved it because when it cost more to fill up your car, you cut out movie nights and put in longer hours.
  172. pension
    regular payment to allow a person to subsist without working
    I had thought about asking my church's pension fund to invest, but I didn't.
  173. apologize
    acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing
    In America, we celebrate success, we don't apologize for it.
  174. come off
    come to be detached
    When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and c
  175. create
    bring into existence
    It's the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow's prosperity rather than trying to redistribute tod
  176. build
    make by combining materials and parts
    Freedom to build a life.
  177. dictate
    a guiding principle
    America, he said, had dictated to other nations.
  178. business
    the principal activity in one's life to earn money
    And yes, freedom to build a business.
  179. Medicare
    health care for the aged
    And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won't add jobs, it will eliminate them; His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; His trillion do
  180. President of the United States
    the person who holds the office of head of state of the United States government
    I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
  181. blend
    mix together different elements
    And I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.
  182. take out
    cause to leave
    Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden.
  183. relax
    make less taut
    President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro's Cuba.
  184. out of place
    of an inappropriate or misapplied nature
    We were Mormons and growing up in Michigan; that might have seemed unusual or out of place but I really don't remember it that way.
  185. come by
    obtain, especially accidentally
    But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by.
  186. elderly
    advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
    Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
  187. pass on
    place into the hands or custody of
    Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren.
  188. helping
    an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
    My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.
  189. sanctity
    the quality of being holy
    As president, I will protect the sanctity of life.
  190. apprentice
    someone who works for an expert to learn a trade
    My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.
  191. bring up
    raise from a lower to a higher position
    That's how I was brought up.
  192. replacing
    the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  193. richness
    abundant wealth
    They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.
  194. think about
    have on one's mind, think about actively
    I had thought about asking my church's pension fund to invest, but I didn't.
  195. break up
    break or cause to break into pieces
    But if you ask Ann and I what we'd give, to break up just one more fight between the boys, or wake up in the morning and discover a pile of kids asleep in our room.
  196. good faith
    having honest intentions
    Americans have supported this president in good faith.
  197. stall
    small area set off by walls for special use
    And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.
  198. once again
    anew
    And under my presidency we will return to it once again.
  199. start
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    Every new college graduate thought they'd have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.
  200. delegate
    a person appointed or elected to represent others
    Mr. Chairman, delegates.
  201. unspeakable
    defying expression or description
    The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
  202. give up
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
    He convinced my mom, a beautiful young actress, to give up Hollywood to marry him.
  203. partner
    a person who is a member of a cooperative relationship
    My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example.
  204. forge
    create by hammering
    Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements.
  205. kneel
    rest one's weight on one's knees
    When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions.
  206. get off
    leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
    We were young and had never done this before and we almost didn't get off the ground.
  207. volunteer
    a person who performs work done by choice
    It's that good feeling when you have more time to volunteer to coach your kid's soccer team, or help out on school trips.
  208. help
    give assistance; be of service
    With your help we will do something.
  209. giving up
    a verbal act of admitting defeat
    Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven't ever thought about giving up.
  210. investor
    someone who commits capital to gain financial returns
    I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors' money, but I didn't want to go to hell too.
  211. family
    primary social group; parents and children
    Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.
  212. Detroit
    the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port
    He moved to Detroit, led a great automobile company and became Governor of the Great State of Michigan.
  213. better
    superior to another in excellence or quality or desirability
    Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future.
  214. gasoline
    a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines
    Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled.
  215. downtown
    the central area or commercial center of a town or city
    It's when we see that new business opening up downtown.
  216. cheat
    defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
  217. moon
    the natural satellite of the Earth
    When President Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon, the question wasn't whether we'd get there, it was only when we'd get there.
  218. vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
  219. everyday
    commonplace and ordinary
    My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example.
  220. repeal
    cancel officially
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  221. good
    having desirable or positive qualities
    Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future.
  222. governor
    the head of a state authority
    He moved to Detroit, led a great automobile company and became Governor of the Great State of Michigan.
  223. need
    require or want
    To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.
  224. unmistakable
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
  225. dictator
    a ruler who is unconstrained by law
    No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators.
  226. plaster
    a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water
    My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.
  227. ninety
    the cardinal number that is the product of ten and nine
    When every new wave of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty, or knelt down and kissed the shores of freedom just ninety miles from Castro's tyranny, these new Americans surely had many questions.
  228. missile
    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a target
    He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
  229. want
    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
  230. rein
    one of a pair of long straps used to control a horse
    And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
  231. caring
    feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others
    But last night America got to see what I saw in Paul Ryan – a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands.
  232. wrap
    cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person
    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.
  233. senior
    advanced in years
    Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.
  234. destiny
    the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
    I make my destiny.
  235. foreign policy
    a policy governing international relations
    This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan.
  236. work out
    find the solution to or understand the meaning of
    Usually, it doesn't work out exactly as you might have imagined.
  237. Truman
    elected vice president in Roosevelt's 4th term
    This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan.
  238. diverse
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregants from all walks of life and many who were new to America.
  239. commitment
    the act of binding yourself to a course of action
    He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defense commitments, but is eager to give Russia's President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
  240. choice
    the act of choosing or selecting
    That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections.
  241. promise
    a verbal commitment agreeing to do something in the future
    It is not what we were promised.
  242. child
    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
  243. bedside
    space by the side of a bed
    And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table.
  244. spin
    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    We're still talking, and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning.
  245. confident
    having or marked by assurance
    But last night America got to see what I saw in Paul Ryan – a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands.
  246. soccer
    a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
    It's that good feeling when you have more time to volunteer to coach your kid's soccer team, or help out on school trips.
  247. spinning
    creating thread
    We're still talking, and Iran's centrifuges are still spinning.
  248. premium
    a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement
    Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled.
  249. look back
    look towards one's back
    That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: "you are better off today than you were four years ago."
  250. college
    an institution of higher education
    Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who's living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.