Archive for Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Obama settles on message for elections: ‘Don’t give in to fear’

August 17, 2010

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— Flying thousands of miles to reap millions of dollars, President Barack Obama is dashing across the country to help his party retain power, essentially offering one familiar argument: Republicans don’t solve problems.

President Barack Obama talks about the economy Monday at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. Obama started a three-day fundraising trip Monday for Democrats in November elections. In Wisconsin, he is raising money for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and other Democrats in the state.

President Barack Obama talks about the economy Monday at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. Obama started a three-day fundraising trip Monday for Democrats in November elections. In Wisconsin, he is raising money for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and other Democrats in the state.

“Don’t give in to fear,” Obama said Monday in his latest ominous vision of a country led by the opposition party. “Let’s reach for hope.”

Obama has settled on his message for the pivotal midterm elections, which means what he said Monday in Milwaukee will sound like what he says today in Seattle and Wednesday in Miami. He is covering more than 8,000 freewheeling miles in three days, the kind of personal attention that gets donors to the door.

This week offers not just a window for Obama to campaign — Congress is gone, his summer vacation awaits — but also a window into his thinking about the fall campaign. Despite deep voter impatience over the sickly economy, the White House is betting people will stick with Democrats if the choice is framed as one between those who act and those who obstruct.

On Monday, he warned of reliving a dreadful past, saying Republicans want voters “to be afraid of the future.”

“The worst thing we could do is to go back to the very same policies that created this mess in the first place,” Obama said at a fundraiser in Wisconsin. “In November, you’re going to have that choice.”

Obama has advanced all the big parts of his agenda — the massive stimulus spending bill, health care reform, the rewriting of rules for Wall Street — with little or no Republican support. Republicans counter that the president’s policies have come at a huge cost to taxpayers far into the future without the payoff many voters want most: jobs.

Obama’s campaign speech is filled with lines he has used for weeks. As intended, they usually yield fresh laughs and applause from local, friendly audiences who have never had occasion to hear them before. Like his metaphor about Republicans and driving: put the car in “D” (as in Democrat) if you want to move ahead, “R” if you want to go backward.

As leader of the Democratic Party, even with diminished appeal, Obama has a political job description that demands he help elect lawmakers and state executives who support his agenda. He needs them, too.

In Milwaukee, Obama spoke at a basketball arena to raise money for the state Democratic Party and for Tom Barrett, the city mayor who is running for governor in a competitive race. Campaign officials refused to say how much Obama raised. Lunch tickets cost $250, but getting a photo with the president could be had for $10,000 donation.

By evening, Obama was in Los Angeles for a glitzy fundraiser expected to raise $1 million for Democratic congressional candidates.

Comments

Flap Doodle 4 years, 7 months ago

"Flying thousands of miles to reap millions of dollars..." And doing it all on your dime, citizens. The Campaigner in Chief is always looking to take in more money.

Blessed4x 4 years, 7 months ago

Come on, cut him some slack. Between fund raising, golf and vacations, he's a busy guy!

grammaddy 4 years, 7 months ago

He's absolutely right, the worst thing we can do is return to the policies that got us into this mess.You tell 'em Barack! Obama2012!!

Random56 4 years, 7 months ago

How are they liars if they are uninformed

BorderRuffian 4 years, 7 months ago

"“Don’t give in to fear,” Obama said Monday in his latest ominous vision of a country led by the opposition party. “Let’s reach for hope.”"

Woo Hoo!!! This year's new Obama bytes have been rolled out.

Remember when it was "Yes, we can!"? Now it's "Let's reach for hope."

(laughter)

Remember when it was "Change we can believe in."? Now it's "Don't give in to fear."

(laughter)

Remember when it was, "Help me take back America "? Now it's "Hey, guys, where y'all going?"

(thunderous laughter)

Anyone remember when he said, "Eight [years] is Enough"? Right now it's becoming obvious that 4 years is too many. Pelosi, Reid, Obama - time for a change.

monkeyhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

“Let’s reach for hope.”

Isn't that what the foolish voters were doing 1 1/2 years ago? Now a lot of them want to change it back (taken from a recently sighted bumper sticker). What a detached elitist.

Keith 4 years, 7 months ago

There's a lot of preaching to the choir going on here.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 7 months ago

Wasn't the Fear Monger in Chief raving about how the GOP wanted to dismantle Social Security just a couple of days ago?

4 years, 7 months ago

He is right on the money. As you can see from the comments here.

Mike Ford 4 years, 7 months ago

let's see, innaccurate poll numbers from shewmon, stupid god bless bs from the ghost penders, 9/11 pied piper hysteria to rope in the dumblicans, mosque hysteria to rope in the godlicans, xenophobia to rope in the ruralicans, and total misinformation to rope in the tealicans, all the dumblicans roped in....check... real platform for the country? we don thave no stinkin platform... we have fear and misinformation.. heck it worked for Macarthy 57 years ago.. it should work for the pied pipers of doom to sing now.... ha ha figured you out.

bless the dumblicans fear with dummies unprecedented tv ministers giving to GOP ideas bless us all yee haw...

jaywalker 4 years, 7 months ago

“The worst thing we could do is to go back to the very same policies that created this mess in the first place,”

Right. Stay with the current policies that have saddled each one of us with tens of thousands of future debt and the avalanche of taxes on the horizon.

4 years, 7 months ago

The effect is what we are going through at this time with Obama. The debt ect. The Cause is from the Republican agenda.. It's funny how they cause this and then point all fingers to blame others left to clean up the mess.

Go ahead, oppose EVERYTHING in hopes to handcuff and administration. That is great! to hell with the country! As long as you can get back in there to screw up some more in order to make your oil friends richer and attack more countries that don't fit into your plans.

jaywalker 4 years, 7 months ago

First of all, I don't know who the heck you're talking to w/ the omniscient or repetitious 'they', 'you', and 'your'. Second, while you may want to believe that Republicans are solely or primarily responsible for the current state of the nation, that doesn't it make it so. But it's been an effective selling point and campaign slogan with the Democrats counting on the same thing all our politicians do: the sheeple will believe most anything if you repeat it often enough. Works both ways after virtually every new President takes office: "they're to blame for X and Y" blah blah blah. And if your idea of 'cleaning up this mess' is tripling the national debt and backing this tremendous government expansion behind the failed policy of "print, spend, and let govt. be jobs creator", then you're on the correct side of things. Except that this same tack has been attempted 21 times by other nations since 1970, and it's failed miserably every single time.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 7 months ago

you know THEY all work for the same people right? No, not taxpayers. It's the corporate overlords of the world. Spend some time looking at the clubs that both Repub and Democ hang out at. Do a little reading about the Council on Foreign Relations and Bilderberg. You're angry enough, just focusing on the distraction; look behind the curtain.

jaywalker 4 years, 7 months ago

AreU, you're just neck deep in this conspiracy theory delusion, aren't ya? This is the second one you've hit me with in a few days. Breathe the air, my friend, those curtains are fairly transparent.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 7 months ago

open your eyes my friend, the government and the pope are not your friends.

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 7 months ago

If Obama is the answer........ what's the question?

Stuart Evans 4 years, 7 months ago

Obama: "don't fall victim to GOP fear mongering. save your energy for the Democrat fear mongering"

RoeDapple 4 years, 7 months ago

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/polls/

And the RCP average has him dropping another three points as of today with a 44.6 approval rating.

newmedia 4 years, 7 months ago

How's that Hope and Change and summer of recovery working out for you? In Lawrence, quite nicely I assume.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 7 months ago

The Ghost of Mid-Term Elections Yet to Come is playing the Anvil Chorus on his chains.

jonas_opines 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow, internet echo chamber thread in action.

monkeyhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

"Q: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

A: Yes, he might last that long."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41134.html

gogoplata 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm calling BA on this one. Politicians are always using fear to try an get their way. If we feared big government instead of poverty, drugs, terrorism, gays, Christians, etc. This country would be a lot better off.

feeble 4 years, 7 months ago

Irony: in 2000, the GOP-led Congress passed the "Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act", giving churches and other religious institutions a way to avoid burdensome zoning law restrictions on their property use.

Guess it only applies to some kinds of sky cake.

Sunny Parker 4 years, 7 months ago

The only fear I have is that this guy gets reelected!

Mixolydian 4 years, 7 months ago

What Obama is really saying:

In the next couple of months the republicans are going to remind you that the economy tanked after we got control of congress in 2006.

They're going to remind you that unemployment sky rocketed after I took office and we obtained complete control of congress.

They're going to remind you that my administration promised that unemployment would not rise too much if we only passed bail out after bail out after bail out.

They' re going to remind you that I and my completely dominated congress sky rocketed our debt larger and more quickly than any administration in our nation's history.

They're going to remind you that I and my completely dominated congress mortgaged our children's future and our granchildren's future to the Chinese.

They're going to remind you that your health insurance premiums will rise.

They're going to remind you that if you chose not to purchase health insurance acceptable to me, you will be fined and/or imprisoned.

But don't give into that fear.

I mean, uhhhhh, I.....uhhh..

Hope and change!

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