As he did in Las Vegas the previous evening, Obama opened his remarks with a reference to the violence in Libya this week that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Balancing the need for sobriety with the red-meat demands of an exuberant crowd that repeatedly broke into cheers of “four more years,” Obama paid tribute to the lives lost, but also promised to avenge their deaths by finding their killers.
“I want people around the world to hear me,” Obama said. “To all those who would do us harm: No act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values we proudly present to the world.”