Skip to comments.Obama's New Message: I Need More Time (To undo damage done by George W. Bush)
Posted on 06/14/2012 8:40:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In a Thursday speech, President Barack Obama will argue that he needs four more years to undo the damage done under his predecessor, President George W. Bush.
The Obama campaign's new tactic will be to convince voters that they would be worse off with his Republican rival, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, as president because Romney would be similar to Bush, according to an analysis by Andy Sullivan and Caren Bohan for Reuters. Sullivan and Bohan spoke with some Obama campaign insiders for the report.
With the economy in poor shape, many Democrats are coming to the conclusion that they need to contrast Obama's achievements with the state of the economy when he took office in 2009.
Just a month before Obama won election, the nation saw a financial collapse accompanied by a swift decline in home prices. A Monday report by the Federal Reserve quantified the economic devastation of that recession: American's median net worth fell to its lowest levels since 1992.
Obama's new message is reflected by Jonathan Bernstein in a Tuesday article for The Washington Post. The 2012 election is really an election between Obama and George W. Bush, he writes.
Since Obama entered the White House during the deepest part of the recession, Bernstein reasons, the 2012 election will come down to whether voters believe Obama should be held responsible for the economy's current deprivation.
"That's why so many of the campaign messages you're going to hear this year come down to the argument about whether Barack Obama should be rewarded or punished for the current state of the economy, which boils down, in large part, to that Obama vs. Bush question," Bernstein wrote.
In a preview of what's to come, Obama has tied Romney's policies to those of George W. Bush in recent speeches.
"When I hear Governor Romney say his 25 years in the private sector gives him a special understanding of how the economy works, my question is, why are you running with the same bad ideas that brought our economy to the brink of disaster," Obama said.
The setting for Thursday's speech is intended to reinforce Obama's message. Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland is known for its retraining programs which help laid-off workers find new careers in biotechnology, wind power and advanced automotive manufacturing.
Obama will likely use the setting to contrast his proposals for more spending for education and job training with Republican proposals to reduce spending in these areas.
"It's a very successful institution that's a good forum for the president's message. It's likely to appeal to voters whose support he needs," John Green, professor of political science at University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, told Reuters.
Blaming Bush isn’t going to work! It just makes Obama look even weaker. He’s toast.
Oh this is truly, truly rich. The gall of this guy.
Libs don’t care...it’s just an excuse that they have in the bank they can use for an answer when they are [gasp] presented with a logical question.
Gotta stick with the lie, dude.....don’t have to make sense, but it gots to be the same, every time.
I’d love to give the Obamadork more time.
Such as 30 years in the fed prison.
I’ve met felons more moral than this cretonic loser.
Get a real job a-hole! Quit pretending to be Prezbo of the new socialist states of america.
In other words, everything he does has no effect, so what good is he?
finish the destruction of America.
It’s not only that. “More time” is code for destroying America’ permanently’ if Klownie the Kenyan gets 4 more years.
Obama seeking reelection is like OJ asking out his ex-wife’s severed head.
If he had not wasted so much time on the Stimulus and 0bamacare, he might have accomplished something useful (but I doubt it).
uh how about no
“New Tactic”? He’s been using this basic message at fundraisers since the day he was inaugurated.
“Bush left us a terrible mess. Now it’s my job to mop it up!”
So if the 22nd Amendment hadn’t been passed, Barry would still blame President Bush running for his fourth term? Fifth? When would it end?
I don’t remember things being *this* bad under Bush...
And they didnt START going bad until the democraps and Nanzi Pelosi took over Congress