Obama in 2008:
Fast forward to 2014. During yesterday’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama backed away from that statement:
O’Reilly read Obama a question from a viewer who asked, “Mr. President, why do you feel it is necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”
“I don’t think we need to fundamentally transform the nation,” said Obama.
“But those are your words,” explained O’Reilly.
“I think what we have to do is make sure that here in America, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” said Obama.
Shorter version: “If you like your fundamental transformation of America, you can keep your fundamental transformation of America.”
And I do think he’s followed through on that promise to fundamentally transformed America — for the much much worse.