Now here’s an election strategy: Try to get people to fool themselves into believing they’re in an alternate time and reality. And why wouldn’t Obama try it? That strategy is what got him elected in the first place.

Obama also helps answer the “are you better off than you were four years ago” question here:

President Obama struck a nostalgic tone Friday, recalling the optimism of his 2008 campaign while acknowledging the ups and downs of the past three years.

“I know it’s been a tough few years,” Obama said at one of two Chicago fundraising stops. “It’s easy to slip back into cynicism.”

“Remember what we said in the last campaign — real change, big change would be hard. It takes time. It may take more than a single term, it may take more than a single president,” Obama “But what it really takes is ordinary citizens who are committed to continuing to fight and push and keep inching this country closer to its ideals. Its higher ideals.”

“It’s not as trendy to be involved in the Obama campaign as it was back then,” Obama said. “Some of you have rolled up those ‘Hope’ posters and they’re in a closet somewhere.”

After all that was promised in 2008, and that Obama’s new campaign film claims was delivered, why would there even be cynicism to slip back into?

As November approaches, if you listen closely, you can already hear the house band on the SS Hope & Change playing Nearer, My God, to Thee. Or maybe it’s just a dream.


16 Responses to “Obama: Can We All Just Pretend It’s 2008 Again?”

  1. Truesoldier__ on March 16th, 2012 6:50 pm

    So Obama is trying to convince his followers to continue to march off the cliff. Then again some of them probably are more than willing to do so.

  2. backwoodsconsr on March 16th, 2012 7:03 pm

    They are indeed. I've listened to enough of his devoted followers to know that they will believe anything rather than face up to the fact that Precedent Obama's policies won't work no matter who tries them. For many of them, the only difference they see between Obama and his opponents is skin color. The Democrats' strategy of getting people make emotional decisions rather than rational ones works all too well.

  3. SignPainterGuy on March 16th, 2012 7:35 pm

    This administration takes STOOPID and insulting our intelligence to new heights ! Or is that lows ? And in-your-face criminality, too ! I do so hope every one involved (in both parties – elected and non-elected) is arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to the maxx !

    Doug, it`s a nightmare !

  4. Jimbo on March 16th, 2012 7:55 pm

    It's like a bad marriage. "Can't we just start all over again from the beginning, dear? Before I cheated on you, bankrupted you, and treated you like a dependent moron for four years? Pretty, pretty please?"

    Get lost, pal. The bromance is gone.

  5. Marshall_Will on March 16th, 2012 8:18 pm

    And like any abusive relationship, the victim suddenly feels empathy for their abuser. Of course, a-holes know this all along and all THEY'RE doing is pushing that envelope as long and hard as they can between each brief groveling for forgiveness.

    Then the cycle can begin anew. Or: some people never learn.

  6. backwoodsconsr on March 16th, 2012 8:26 pm

    "…some people never learn."

    "You can fool some of the people all of the time…"

  7. Marshall_Will on March 16th, 2012 8:49 pm


    In the case of PEU members, cops, fire, teachers etc. I understand. They have no CHOICE but to double down on stupid. They now know full well their "making more in retirement than I did when I was 'working'!" is unsustainable and therefore squarely in the cross hairs. ( I can 'say' that right? )

    A 2nd coronation assures the brakes will be applied to public pension REFORM as gently as possible. As you're aware, these people start planning their retirements, 10, 15 & 20 years out! They've already earmarked and pre-spent every penny.

    You DO want them to be 'happy' for the next 40+ years don't you?

  8. backwoodsconsr on March 16th, 2012 9:21 pm

    They have the right to the pursuit of happiness, but not on my dime. Do you suppose they would be willing to turn things around and make me rich at their expense instead?

  9. Marshall_Will on March 16th, 2012 10:11 pm

    Here's links, for 'today'.

    March 16, 2012

    Unfunded Public Employee Healthcare Obligations Will Be an Even Bigger Crisis Than Underfunded Public Pensions (Steven Greenhut / Bloomberg)
    Report on States' Pension Crisis Reforms Misses Taxpayers' Bottom Line (Frank Keegan / State Budget Solutions)
    READ THE REPORT: 'State Pension Reform, 2009-2011' (Ron Snell / National Conference of State Legislatures)
    'New Normal' Budgeting for 2013: Tax Revenues Are Up, But Deferred Costs Are Waiting to Be Paid (column – Girard Miller / Governing Magazine)
    CalPERS Rate Change Could Siphon More Money From Local Governments' Basic Services (Judy Lin / Associated Press)
    When CalPERS Cuts Its Expected Rate of Return, It Doesn’t Bode Well for the Rest of Us (blog – Michael Aneiro / Barron's)
    Santa Monica's Public Employee Pension Costs to Increase (Ashley Archibald / Santa Monic Daily Press)
    Cities in Sonoma County, California Face New Public Pension Squeeze (Kevin McCallum / Press Democrat)
    More Public Pension Pain: CalPERS Shortfall Could Add to Stockton's Already Precarious Debt (editorial – Stockton Record)
    California's Pension Crisis Is Far From Over (editorial – Merced Sun-Star)
    CalPERS' Leaders Ignore Their Own Expert's Advice (editorial – San Bernardino County Sun)
    CalPERS Again Opting to Ignore Expert's Advice (editorial – Contra Costa Times)
    Four California State Senators Call Again for Reform of State's 'Unsustainable' Pension System (Jessica E. Davis / Palm Desert Patch)
    Heavy Hitters Fund San Diego Pension Reform Initiative (Craig Gustafson / Union-Tribune)
    Vallejo, California's Budget on Track This Year, But Facing Future Structural Deficits (Jessica A. York / Times-Herald)
    New York Cuts Pension Benefits for Future Public Employees (Joan Gralla and Dan Burns / Reuters)
    New York Just the Latest State to Cut Public Employee Retirement Benefits (MSNBC)
    New York Suicide Caucus Votes Down Governor's Pension Reform Plan (blog – Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest)
    Many Teacher Pension Funds Are Underfunded (Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press)
    PENSION PULSE: Lose-Lose for Pensions as Deficit Swells? (blog – Leo Kolivakis)
    12 Half-Truths About Public Employee Pensions That Deserve to Be Debunked (column – Girard Miller / Governing Magazine)
    America's Forgotten 33% — The Private Sector Taxpayers Who Support Non-Taxpayers and Government Workers (editorial – UnionWatch)
    SEARCHABLE DATABASE: The CalPERS $100,000 Pension Club Has Grown to 12,000 Members

  10. joyannaadams on March 16th, 2012 11:21 pm

    Marshall…now I have to go all of that…good god. I wasn't going to drink the green beer, but now I have to.

    Frankly, I'm getting a kick out of the picture. Obama is sitting in front of BOOKS.With that sorry look on his face like…"They just don't understand how smart I really am!"

    Nobody Thinks whoever thought of releasing that photo probably worked for John Kerry. When are we going to start seeing Obama with his shirt off swimming in the waves of Hawaii? Or holding up bin Laden's sword? Or pumping gas?

    Wait…we will NEVER see him pumping gas…pimping algae maybe…

    REPORT from the forgotten 33…

  11. Marshall_Will on March 16th, 2012 11:36 pm


    Typical of narcissistic people. If they aren't the ones doing the talking, they're totally bored out of their gourd. Here he is probably being forced to listen to school children whom aren't old enough to vote. Every fiber screaming, get me outta' here!

    And don't put that green beer on ME!? Actually I got a jump on that and started last night for our little Grad party. Yeeesh……. Everyone have a good time watching Bammie's picks not pan out for the tourney!

  12. joyannaadams on March 17th, 2012 2:27 am

    Well…I'm actually glad to havea green beer to Toast all the Power warriors on Mr. Powers blog! Ya bring the ald Iris dander and balony out ae de finis mements….Thanks! (I have NO idea what that means….) Joyanna Adams

  13. SignPainterGuy on March 16th, 2012 11:55 pm

    I just realized that`s the Children`s Fiction section of the public library !

  14. patti on March 17th, 2012 12:44 am
  15. SignPainterGuy on March 17th, 2012 2:08 am

    "…. doc. … released today, but is already the subject of GOP ridicule". I think this is extremely appropriate considering that the left ridicules our side even before it`s released. Gen. Betrayus, for example. At least we waited till after the release ! The fact that it`s total BS just makes it SO easy !

  16. ChapBix on March 20th, 2012 4:03 pm

    The "Hope and Change" banners, posters and signs were put out on the burn pile. Oh, well. It was where they belonged from the moment they were printed.

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