Obama: From ‘yes we can’ to ‘it takes time’
Obama lowers bar on rhetoric in his campaign speeches
When he ran for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama sprinkled his campaign speeches with ambitious catchphrases such as “the fierce urgency of now” and “yes we can.”
Nowadays, as he gears up for his re-election campaign, prepares a much-anticipated address on the economy to Congress and confronts some of the worst polling numbers of his presidency, President Obama has been trotting out a stump speech with a far less lofty message for voters: You expected too much from me.
“It’s almost as if he’s moving in reverse,” said Stephen Hess, an analyst on the presidency at the Brookings Institution. “People usually get better at giving speeches, not worse.”
In 2008, Mr. Obama’s speeches “held tens of thousands spellbound,” Mr. Hess said. “But it’s very hard to find a very strong speech he’s given since he’s been in office.”
Mr. Bonjean added, “The last thing voters want to hear are excuses or whining. You can’t offer excuses and then be an inspirational leader.”
They called us bitter clingy racists because we didn’t believe that slick-talking empty suit. Now they’re finding out the hard way it was just promises in the dark.
The worst part is they still think they’re smarter than us.