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.