He did it again. He went off script. He showed us his heart.
On Friday Obama said
“Voting’s the best revenge.”
Yahoo, an unofficial arm of the Obama campaign, then had to scramble to try to explain the remark:
MENTOR, Ohio—A campaign aide moved to explain President Barack Obama’s comment in which he referred to voting as “the best revenge,” saying that Obama was referring in part to a television ad Mitt Romney’s campaign released that suggested Chrysler was planning to ship manufacturing jobs out of Ohio to China.
Problem is, Obama never mentioned the ad.
Aides to Barack Obama are defending his remark that ‘voting is the best revenge’ by saying it was made in the context of Mitt Romney’s ads about Jeep jobs – even though the transcript shows the president had not mentioned the ads.
Speaking at Springfield High School in Ohio on Friday, Obama hailed former President Bill Clinton, saying that ‘his economic plan asked the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more so we could continue to invest in our people, continue to invest in ideas and innovation, invest in our infrastructure’.
When he added: ‘And at the time the Republican Congress and a Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney’ the audience of some 2,800 began to boo.
Obama responded with the standard ad lib he uses when crowds boo Romney on Republicans: ‘No, no, no. Don’t boo – vote. Vote!’ Then he added: ‘Voting is the best revenge.’
In just five words, Obama handed Romney a potentially significant opportunity in the waning days of the campaign.
And Romney was quick to respond
The Obama campaign was offended that anyone would take notice of Obama’s words:
LaBolt also took a shot at the Romney campaign for focusing on the comment. “It’s interesting that that’s the closing argument that the Romney campaign is making. I think that it seems very small,” LaBolt said.
In 2008, Barack Obama said this:
“[I]f you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Barack Obama has become that which he decried. He is no longer the candidate of hope and change. He is the candidate of fear and hatred, of division, darkness and despair.
There are two candidates. One wants you to vote out of love of your country and one wants you to vote out revenge.
The difference could not be more stark.