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.”