There is a dead giveaway here that something is missing: Why would Obama be bragging that his plan “worked” when the unemployment rate is still above 8 percent? That doesn’t sound like smart politics.
The reason for Obama’s statement becomes clear when the preceding sentences are read. (The section used in the ad is in bold type.) Remember that he is speaking to fellow Democrats at a fundraising event.
I’m running because I believe you can’t reduce the deficit — which is a serious problem, we’ve got to deal with it — but we can’t reduce it without asking folks like me who have been incredibly blessed to give up the tax cuts that we’ve been getting for a decade. I’ll cut out government spending that’s not working, that we can’t afford, but I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton, back when our economy created 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well. Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked. That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.
In other words, in an inelegant way, Obama is trying to compare Democratic philosophy (raise taxes on the wealthy — “our plan”) with Republican philosophy (don’t raise any taxes — “their plan”). He also appears to be trying to hitch his presidency to the economic success of the Clinton years. He can rightly argue that he’s never had a chance to do what Bill Clinton did — raise taxes on the wealthy — because Republicans have blocked his efforts.
See? When Obama says “we” he doesn’t mean the royal “me” he’s talking about his BFF Bill Clinton. They are buddies for life. The Big Dawg is his role model and mentor.
Obama really, truly wanted to be the second-coming of Bill Clinton but those mean old Republicans made him be Jimmy Carter instead. But if we reelect him he’ll bring back the peace and prosperity of the golden age of the Nineties.
But wait! There’s more:
Former President Bill Clinton will have a marquee role in this summer’s Democratic National Convention, where he will make a forceful case for President Barack Obama’s re-election and his economic vision for the country, several Obama campaign and Democratic party officials said Sunday.
The move gives the Obama campaign an opportunity to take advantage of the former president’s immense popularity and remind voters that a Democrat was in the White House the last time the American economy was thriving.
Obama personally asked Clinton to speak at the convention and place Obama’s name in nomination, and Clinton enthusiastically accepted, officials said. Clinton speaks regularly to Obama and to campaign officials about strategy.
It makes a lot of sense. Bill Clinton is still enormously popular and his eight years in office really were a golden age of peace and prosperity. He is still the only Democrat to win two full terms in the White House since FDR.
I just have one question.
If the Democrats really wanted to tap into Bill’s legacy, why didn’t we just elect another Clinton in 2008? I’m pretty sure Hillary was available and would have accepted the nomination if we would have asked her nicely.
That would have been historic.
It also would have made a hell of a lot more sense than calling the Clintons racists and trying to purge them and their supporters from the Democratic party.
BTW – There are still some mental midgets out there trying to convince people that Bill Clinton was a bad Preezy. I guess theory is more important than results.