The numbers are coming in for President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last night. Earlier, President Obama praised the first lady’s speech at the DNC on Tuesday as a home run. On Thursday, it appears the president wrapped up the 2012 DNC with a grand slam. In the TV ratings, more than 35.7 million viewers tuned in to hear the president accept the nomination of his party to run for a second term. That’s the biggest convention audience all year and ranked as the top political event ever on Twitter, according to Reuters.
As the president headed out on the campaign trail on Friday, he hit a rough spot — the August job figures. Last month, unemployment dipped to 8.1 % from 8.3% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. About 96,000 new jobs were created in August — less than the Obama administration had hoped. Not a disaster, but an indication the economy is still growing at a slow pace. These so-so stats provided fodder for Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and made the president’s job of selling himself for a second term a little bit tougher.
Meanwhile, the president did get some good solid news from the latest Gallup tracking poll today, which showed that over the past three days, during the DNC, his approval rating climbed to 52% — up from 45% several days before. More on those poll results here.
I got a chance to view the Barack Obama and Joe Biden DNC speeches with a gathering of Democrats at a convention watch party in the Glendale hills(disclosure: I’m a registered Democrat). These parties were held throughout the Southland, the state, and the country. The one in the Glendale hills filled up quickly with RSVPs — prompting host, Donald Zachary, to try to get a head count on the folks serious about attending. I was told the average is about 30 — as the night wore on — and the time for the president’s speech got closer — more and more people showed up at the backyard pool patio pot luck affair. I would estimate the final number at 45-50.
The next major TV campaign event will be the first 2012 presidential debate next month, October 3. The subject: domestic policy.