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Confetti fills the hall after President Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama on stage after speaking at the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama and family wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.

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The Obama family gathers onstage near the end of the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, family members and others gather near the end of the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Democrats cheer Vice President Joe Biden's address at the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates cheer President Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

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President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates cheer at the Democratic National Convention.

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Vice President Joe Biden is joined onstage by his wife, Jill, after his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, enters to speak to delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

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Sen. John F. Kerry speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, waves with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Democratic National Convention.

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Marc Anthony sings the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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James Taylor performs at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Ronny Crawford of San Francisco wears a new tie he just bought at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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North Carolina delegates cheer at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton dances with his wife at the Democratic National Convention.

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Joe Morgan and Jim Young of Colorado Springs dance at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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North Carolina delegate Judith Porter sports a 1960 hat at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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A Maryland delegate wears a festive hat at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama embrace on stage after Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Former President Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Former President Clinton stirred the crowd with his address at the Democratic National Convention.

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Former President Clinton makes a point during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates wave signs at the Democratic National Convention in Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Former President Clinton arrives for his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her brother Craig Robinson watch the proceedings at the Democratic National Convention.

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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates waves signs at the Democratic National Convention.

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Costco cofounder Jim Sinegal speaks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Attendees show their enthusiasm at the Democratic National Convention.

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Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday night.

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Branford Marsalis plays the national anthem at the convention.

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Members of the North Carolina delegation join hands during the invocation at the convention.

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North Carolina delegate Ingrid Nurse, left, dances and sings of a second term for President Obama.

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Charles Johnson joins hands with other members of the North Carolina delegation.

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Virginia delegate Victoria Cochran adorned herself with her license plate.

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Female members of the U.S. Senate gather onstage.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) addresses the convention delegates.

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California Sens. Barbara Boxer, left, and Dianne Feinstein onstage at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was among the speakers.

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland introduces amendments reinstating references to God and Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform.

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Workers dismantle the stage which was set for the final night of the Democratic National Convention 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Weather forecast for the area forced a move to the Time Warner Cable Arena.

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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro waves before addressing the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, is introduced by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz kicks off the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Third-graders from W.R. O'Dell Elementary School in Concord, N.C, lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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"Glee" actress Amber Riley, left, sings the national anthem at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The Disabled American Veterans Honor Guard, right, presents the colors.

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Delegate Priscilla Chavez of Las Cruces, N.M., cheers during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii addresses delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Congressional candidate Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts waves to delegates after a speech during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Delegates, volunteers and guests make their way at the Democratic National Convention venue.

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A pocket image of President Obama is among the campaign paraphernalia making appearances at the Democratic convention.

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Washington state delegate Chris Porter of Seattle has his picture taken in a booth at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addresses the delegates during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

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Seats begin to fill during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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Louisiana delegate Rodney McFarland leads a cheer during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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Virgin Islands delegate Robert Rios waves a flag during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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California delegate TJ Dhami cheers during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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Louisiana delegate Jennifer Vidrine, mayor of Ville Platte, sings the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena Sept. 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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A member of a pro-choice advocate group walks through a phalanx of police officers separating their group from anti-abortion demonstrators near the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

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Pro-choice demonstrators shout back at anti-abortion protesters during a rally near the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

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White House photographer Lawrence Jackson arrives to photograph Michelle Obama's arrival on the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

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First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for a sound check.

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A campaign worker stands in on the main stage near a circle of stars.

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First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a television interview.

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Members of the media scramble after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after his remarks at the opening press conference at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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California delegate Rae Schindler sports patriotic shoes at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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A mug with a photo of President Obama on one side with "Made in the USA" and a copy of his birth certificate on the other inside the Charlotte Convention Center.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at the opening press conference.

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Police line the street as protesters representing many groups and causes march near the Charlotte Convention Center.

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Protesters Roxana Bendezu, left, and Zaina Alsous shout slogans supporting immigration reform as they march near the Charlotte Convention Center.

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Bob Kunst of Miami is the last protester in a group numbering in the hundreds marching near the Charlotte Convention Center.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four years after riding a wave of optimism into the White House, President Obama offered a sobering message as he asked Americans for another term to help complete the country’s recovery from the worst economic crisis since the Depression.

Accepting the 2012 Democratic nomination Thursday night, Obama offered an updated version of the message of hope and change that brought him to office. He said that he’d been humbled by the burdens of office and told millions watching on TV that he feels the sorrows of ordinary Americans who have lost loved ones in war or their homes or jobs to the recession.

“While I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go,’” the president said near the end of his 38-minute speech.

Pledging “promise and prosperity” in the next four years, Vice President Joe Biden served as a warm-up act  on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. Caroline Kennedy and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona were among the speakers.

Obama’s address was moved indoors due to threats of thunderstorms, disappointing tens of thousands of ticket holders. “We can’t let a little thunder and lightning get us down. We have to roll with it,” said the president in a conference call. “All I can tell you is how much I appreciate everything you’ve done.”

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