There is one word to describe most young people in America: Apathetic.
About. Just. About. Everything. Except the latest songs, movies and video games.
At least it was true of my generation, the original "My vote don't count" crowd that refused to vote on or for anything because ... well, nothing seemed to matter.
Nobody was listening anyway, especially not the older folk; and the kids their own age had only one thing to say to each other, "Why do you care about things you can't control?"
In 2008, apathy got knocked dead on its butt, big time.
Not only did voters turn out in record numbers for the nationals in November of that year, but it is said thatgot the young folk off their apathetic behinds running all over the nation working like hunting dogs (or beheaded chickens, your preference) to get him elected.
Now comes 2012, and word out is that the job of riling up the young folks isn't going to be as easy this time out.
President Obama has come forward with a speech to the young people, many of whom were only 14 when he ran in 2008, and who just became "legal" this year.
"But understand, over the next two months, the other side is going to spend more money than we've ever seen in our lives with an avalanche of attacks ads and insults, and making stuff up, just making stuff up," Obama told roughly 13,000 students packed into a quad at the University of Colorado on Sunday. "And what they're counting on is that you get so discouraged by this that at a certain point you say, `You know what, I'm going to leave it up to someone else.' ... I'm counting on something different. I'm counting on you."
Not exactly a rousing rendition of what we got in 2008. Besides, both sides are going at the negatives tooth and nail, and a defining truth about Election 2008 was that Obama seldom got into the negatives unless it was a direct attack that he had to explain or clarify, or even justify.
This time the "Mr. Nice Guy" gloves are off; however, Obama was more 'fired up and ready to go FORWARD' in 2008 than he is now, or so it appears. But he's got a job to finish and he's running the Democratic ticket this time unopposed. He asked for the job, the nation gave it to him.
He might be a little bit tired, but he has to "man up" and deal.
He's not finished keeping the rest of his promises yet.
"Counting on" is a two-way street, Mr. President. Make it count.
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