As I read this AP article entitled “Obama peddles modest American dream,” all the fantastic promises of unicorns, gumdrops and rainbows that Obama was putting into the heads of anybody who was open to drinking that Kool Aid in 2008 started coming back to me:

This time around, President Barack Obama’s message can sound decidedly down-to-earth.

Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He’s focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement.

What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is best equipped to safeguard the interests of middle-class Americans.

2008: “Good jobs to the jobless; the rise of the oceans will slow; change you can believe in; hope for the future and the American dream for everyone.”

2012: “Vote for me and maybe I can save your house… if you haven’t already lost it.”

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12 Responses to “From ‘Hope & Change’ to ‘Eh, Could Be Worse’: Obama Tapers Re-Election Message”

  1. backwoodsconsr on February 21st, 2012 12:29 pm

    "Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election."

    Economic reality hasn't changed, it's still the same. The political change comes from people seeing what happens when liberal economic fantasies meet reality.

  2. Doug on February 21st, 2012 12:41 pm

    Good point. Anybody truly concerned about economic reality didn't vote for Obama in the first place.

  3. clu seatoe on February 21st, 2012 2:00 pm

    So the choice is:

    “Could be worse”
    …or…
    “Will get better, will get less expensive, will be less restrictive, will start to grow again, etc., etc.”

  4. Truesoldier__ on February 21st, 2012 2:04 pm

    " and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement."

    Well let us examine the record of each of these things Obama plans on focusing:

    jobs – Unemployment is higher now than when it was when Obama took office.

    homes – Foreclosures are at a higher rate now than they were when Obama took office.

    College education – Costs more now than when Obama took office.

    Health Care – Obamacare has caused (and will continue to cause) health insurance premiums to rise. Again it costs more now than when Obama took office.

    Money for Retirement – With the higher cost of everything else listed people now have less disposable income to save for retirement.

    This is what needs to be pointed out by all the candidates who want to be the nominee.

  5. SignPainterGuy on February 21st, 2012 2:24 pm

    "Obama tapers … message" … turds is tapered ! This whole administration and so much of congress is just one big turd. Let`s flush it in November !

  6. backwoodsconsr on February 21st, 2012 2:27 pm

    His reelection chances are tapering off too, and the only thing he can hope for is the level of ignorance and inattentiveness in the electorate that put him in office to begin with.

  7. Truesoldier__ on February 21st, 2012 2:42 pm

    This is why he, with the help of the media, is pushing the contraceptive issue (even though it is a religious freedom issue it will not be covered that way by the media). He knows he cannot run on his record and really does not want to debate the economy, so he changed the subject in an attempt to demonize Republicans as those who want to take away BC from women and the media is all to happy to oblige.

  8. Misscheryl on February 21st, 2012 3:07 pm
  9. SignPainterGuy on February 21st, 2012 3:10 pm

    Distract, distract and distract some more ! That`s all Obozo has ! The truth will sink him !

  10. SignPainterGuy on February 21st, 2012 3:26 pm

    David Cross; such "high" aspirations ! It`s already been done, and by "higher-ups" than you may think !

  11. Misscheryl on February 21st, 2012 4:07 pm

    Yeah, cool huh? They'll be known by the company they keep.

  12. SignPainterGuy on February 21st, 2012 4:21 pm

    And as your linked story illustrates, "innocents" will be found "guilty by association" !

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