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Obama Is Now Focusing On The Middle Class

From an embarrassingly ’round heeled’ Associated Press:

Obama peddles modest American dream

February 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time around, President Barack Obama’s message can sound decidedly down-to-earth.

Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He’s focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement.

Yes, Obama is ‘focused like a laser’ on jobs and housing and health care. And you can see the great effect he is having everywhere you look.

Still, we miss the good old days when the American Dream was lowering the sea levels. When Obama was going to bring us all together.

What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is best equipped to safeguard the interests of middle-class Americans

And who can doubt that the best man is Obama? After all, look at what he has done for middle-class Americans in the last three years.

Obama must overcome the grinding realities many voters confront daily, even with the economy showing signs of life: no jobs, mortgages they can’t pay, dwindling retirement funds and college savings.

Don’t worry, that’s just optics. It’s not ‘the economy, stupid.’ Now ‘it’s the perception of the economy, stupid.’

The president is betting that if he shows voters he understands their yearning for economic stability and security, they’ll reward him over Republicans he’s casting as just watching out for the rich — even though he hasn’t succeeded in fully reviving the economy so far

Because nothing says "economic stability" like the loss of the nation’s AAA credit rating, an unprecedented national debt, record numbers of foreclosures and people on food stamps, a GDP that is barely 2%, and an unemployment rate that is hirer than when Obama took office.

"If you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement," Obama said recently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

What has Obama done that helps any of this?

"That’s all most people want," he said. "Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream."

Obama believes that if "folks" work hard and become successful, they should be punished with higher taxes and loss of all of their deductions.

The goals can seem almost humdrum in comparison with some of the rhetoric from Obama’s 2008 White House campaign. But the message sounds made for the times, with the country emerging haltingly from recession, the income gap widening and unemployment stuck above 8 percent

Remember, this is a news article. Not an editorial.

Some polling suggests that, despite voters’ continued unhappiness with the economy and Obama’s handling of it, the president may be convincing Americans he’s on their side. A recent CBS/New York Times poll shows people view Obama as the candidate who best understands the needs and problems of "people like you," and see his policies as more apt than those of the GOP candidates to favor the middle class or the poor

We certainly know that the New York Times and CBS would never lie to us. But what about all of those other polls that say Obama is governing in opposition to what Americans want on every issue?

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said "the viability of the middle class is the central economic challenge of our time, so I think that this is very essential in terms of this election."

"He’s been talking about this for years, that there are certain things that are pillars of a middle-class life, and he’s been very focused on those things and addressing them as president," Axelrod said.

All aboard the ‘middle-class’ express. And never mind that we have been told repeatedly that the Obama campaign is effectively writing off the white middle class.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Is Now Focusing On The Middle Class”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Boy, I wish a laser would focus on Obama instead of Obama being focused like a laser on us.

    Have you ever noticed that “middle class” is really a term from the socialist/communist lexicon to describe the vast body of people who enjoy their lives and don’t care to rock the boat? Like the ballast at the center of a ship?

    And this is always the body of people who have to be destroyed in order for socialist tyranny to succeed.

  2. untrainable says:

    Obama focuses on the middle class. As someone from the middle class my first thought is, “NO! NOT THAT!! Anything but THAT! Every time this man turns his focus on something, it’s like a magnifying glass focusing on an ant hill.

    “Obama must overcome the grinding realities many voters confront daily…” That one simple statement says it all. Obama’s billion dollar campaign will be truly focused on one goal. Covering up the truth and pulling another layer of wool over the eyes of his worshipers. An effort to overcome reality. The only way to overcome reality is to lie. Luckily Obama is an incredibly skilled liar, so no problem for him there.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Mediocrity is the keystone of socialism.

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”with the country emerging haltingly from recession…..”

    Wasn’t the recession over in 2009? They told it was…….and certainly you remember the ‘recovery summer’ we all enjoyed.

    “He’s been talking about this for years, that there are certain things that are pillars of a middle-class life, and he’s been very focused on those things and addressing them as president.” Ax-hole-rod said so, thus you KNOW you can believe it.

    I’ll bet these guys (AP) never proof read anything they publish.

  5. wirenut says:

    FOCUS, is far different from CROSSHAIRS. Our very way of life is being targeted. Get used to living in a fishbowl if this atrocity gets four more.

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