"You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades." That was Barack Obama's plea to Democrats and Republicans and anyone watching during his convention speech Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. A plea to take a flyer on yesterday's faded HOPE & CHANGE bumper sticker.
This is quite a 360 from what he said back in Feb 2009 toon the Today show when he peered into the future and predicted that "If I don't have this done in three years, it's going to be a one-term proposition."
This has been one of the president's biggest problems since taking office - he has failed to tell the truth and has failed to lead when the country needed it the most.
No need to go over the laundry list of broken promises or policies that have kept millions of Americans out of work for what seems forever. When Americans go to the polls in November, millions will still be unemployed, millions will still be paying close to $70 to fill up their cars, many will have their homes foreclosed on and millions others will owe more on their mortgages than what their home is worth. Millions of college students will have graduated only to find out that they cannot find work in their chosen fields and that they will have to take jobs doing something else just to keep up with their student loans. Just today, another 368,000 Americans have dropped out of the unemployment rolls while only 96,000 new jobs were created. This is the arithmetic that Bill Clinton did not talk to you about.
By your own standards, Mr. President, you graded your performance to date as incomplete. People cannot rely on four more years of incompetence to get them through their financial hardships.
This election by all metrics will be about the economy. It will not be about who people you choose to sleep with, it is not going to be about reproductive rights and whether taxpayers should pay for Sandra Fluke's contraception. It is not going to be about the influx of immigrants that want to come into our country illegally and get a free pass because our countries just happen to share a border. Those are all secondary issues that will be argued another day. This election will be about the economy and on that front, Mr. President, you have failed this country.
No speeches or promises can erase the stark reality that millions of Americans must wake up to face each and every day. No fancy slogans or platitudes will suspend you from the sobering fact that today you are out of work or that you may lose your home. This is not looking Forward, this is today.
By your own standards, then, Mr. President, this is a one-term proposition. You have not turned this thing around, and unfortunately millions of Americans cannot wait until you try to get it right. It is hard to say if playing a little less golf or attending a few less college basketball games when you could have have stayed in the Oval Office giving more thought to those 23 million unemployed and underemployed may have made a difference in a few more families putting food on the table, but you thought recreation was more important to you.
On the bright side, Mr. President,will assure that you can always find work as a great speechwriter or soothsayer while still having plenty of time to hone your golfing skills.
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