Monday, July 26, 2010

Obama in 2008: "Hope and Change." Obama in 2010: "Things could be worse."

We all remember the bleeding heart mantra of 2008 then-presidential candidate Barack Obama - Hope and Change. People clung to that phrase with every inch of their life. Some, a little too much.

Who could forgot those Hopey-Changey assurances he made us. Unemployment under 8%? Nope. Imported prescription drugs? Still, no. Greater transparency in government? No, no, and definitely, no.

In light of these failures (of which I've only named a small fraction), you'd think he'd show a little humility. But not this guy.

Take a load off, buddy. It must be hard work deflecting all that blame.
So Obama tells voters every chance he gets that things would be a lot worse if not for the stimulus bill and other steps he took. At least the recession never became a depression, the president says.

Proving a negative is a hard argument to make, but Obama keeps at it. He has little choice.
Sometimes, the president sounds confident the message will get through.

"Americans don't have selective memory," Obama told NBC News recently. They'll remember "the policies that got us into this mess as well."

Other times, he doesn't sound so sure.

"I know that sometimes people don't remember how bad it was, and how bad it could have been," Obama said in Racine, Wis.

So this election year, instead of beckoning voters to change the future, Obama is just hoping they'll remember the past
It's true. What choice does he have at this point? With government borrowing 41 cents of every $1 it spends, one of his biggest voting segments turning away from him (not to mention Obama Girl),and his disapproval ratings higher than his approval numbers, what else can he do?

The GOP will have plenty of epic failures of his administration to hit him with come November. If the only thing Obama has is a big finger pointing at someone else, accompanied by diatribe that largely consists of, "Hey what do you want from me," then he may as well just pack it in now.
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