“It’s true that speeches don’t solve all problems, but what is also true is if we cannot inspire the country to believe again, then it doesn’t matter how many policies and plans we have, and that is why I am running for president of the United States of America, and that is why we just won 8 elections straight, because the American people want to believe in change again. Don’t tell me words don’t matter!” – Then Democratic Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama, Wisconsin Democratic Party
Founders Gala 2.16.2008
Well, he certainly inspired 52% of the country to vote him into office, campaigning on the seductive promises of “change” and “hope”, as if we were living the worst years of our lives.
But how is this any different than any other politician campaigning for elected office? Every politician campaigns by not only promises of doing better, but by also distorting the record of the current office holder. If he truly wanted to come across as a “new kind of politician”, he would have reigned in the moonbat brigade and called their BDS as BS where appropriate, and credit the current Administration where credit is due. THAT would have been different. Campaigning on negativity, as if reminding people in every campaign speech of why President Bush is “the worst president in U.S. history” was even necessary, flies straight against the fabricated image of optimism and positivity; that he will be a uniter and not a divider (this remains to be seen; but based upon his previous history, there’s really no evidence of him “reaching across the aisle” in any meaningful sense).
As Scott might ask, “Where’s the steak?”
Victor Davis Hanson points out, what we have is a history of history repeating itself. Not only did Obama plagiarize past speeches, but also past political actions of saying one thing during a campaign to get elected, then doing what is realistic and pragmatic (based upon his post-election rhetoric along with cabinet picks that are far from the radical changes we were promised):
The outsider Dwight Eisenhower charged President Harry Truman’s administration with defeatist incompetence in Korea. Yet, in 1953, President Eisenhower continued Democratic war policies, reached a stalemate at the DMZ, and reclaimed Truman’s prior unpopular war policy as his own inspired victory.
Brash-talking John Kennedy claimed in 1960 that the softie Eisenhower had let the Russians take the lead in strategic missiles. When elected, however, a more sober JFK dropped talk of a “missile gap” and continued existing defense planning.
Old pro Richard Nixon, when running for president, was said to have a secret plan to end the Vietnam War — apparently unknown to the clueless Kennedy-Johnson liberals. But for the next five years, President Nixon had no easier time withdrawing than his predecessors without conceding defeat.
Maverick Jimmy Carter claimed that cold warriors Gerald Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, had raised tensions with the Soviet Union due to an “inordinate fear of communism.” Soon a red-faced President Carter scrambled to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics and beef up the Pentagon after global Soviet aggression from Afghanistan to Central America.
After the interventions of the trigger-happy Reagan and Bush Sr., feel-your-pain Bill Clinton was convinced that his charisma could achieve through diplomacy what his predecessors had failed at through their clumsy use of force. After 1993, President Clinton ended up bombing or shooting Afghans, Iraqis, Serbians, Somalis and Sudanese — without consulting Congress or the United Nations.
Realist George W. Bush ran on ending Bill Clinton’s nation building — and ended up spending hundreds of billions of dollars on war and fostering democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Yes….they really were “just words”, all along. But he sure made it sound pretty, huh? “Change you can xerox”….
He campaigned against a Bush 3rd term, and now he’s going to have to justify to a portion of his base, why he’s shaping up to govern as the liberal pragmatist rather than the leftist ideologue.
“I think that if your candidacy is going to be about words then they should be your own words…
“Lifting whole passages from someone else’s speeches is not change you can believe in, its change you can Xerox.” – Then Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.