In 2008, Barack Obama dismissed every question about him by calling them distractions. Each of his speeches were carefully laced with attempts to claim his opponents were trying to distract voters from the issue of the economy.
No matter what the issue, it was a distraction. To question his relationship to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers was a distraction. To question how Senator Obama could have sat in the pews of Rev. Wright’s church for decades and not once hear or denounce the reverend, anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Caucasian, race-baiting hate speech, was a distraction. Requesting him to produce his birth certificate was a distraction. Even questioning whether or not Senator Obama, a young man with no executive or private sector experience had any substantial qualifications to be President of the United States were deemed to be a mean spirited, Republican distraction. In fact in July of 2008, Senator Obama responded to such a questions by stating;
“When we get distracted by those kinds of questions, I think we do a disservice to the American people.”
This strategy prompted then Senator Obama to include in almost all his speeches, the charge that any question or discussion that did not involve the economy was an example of Republicans trying to avoid the economy as an issue altogether.
For instance, in March of 2008 candidate Obama stated;
“We knew that the closer we got to the change we seek, the more we’d see of the politics we’re trying to end — the attacks and distortions that try to distract us from the issues that matter.”
In April of 2008, it was;
“It’s easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and the tit for tat that consumes our politics.”
In May of 2008 he declared;
” Yes, we know what’s coming. … The same efforts to distract us from the issues that affect our lives by pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy in the hope that the media will play along.”
Then of course there was my favorite Obama distraction accusation which came in October of 2008 when the young, energetic man who was filled with so much hope and change stated;
“Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that he can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. … I’m going to keep talking about the issues that matter — about the economy and health care and education and energy.”
Four years later and the question now is where is all this talk about substance that President Obama promised?
So far President Obama, his surrogates, and his team of political Chicago hitmen have spent most of their time distracting us from the very same issues he claimed to want to discuss in 2008.
While the President goes out on the campaign trail and tries to claim that his endless spending will eventually solve our problems, his strategists are busy trying to insure that the non-issues are being aired on television and radio, and by his surrogates in the Senate and House. Instead of producing a plan to grow our economy or trying to pass at least one federal budget before his first and probably last term in office is over, the President’s campaign and his supporters have done nothing but dominate the news with false accusations and ludicrous charges against Romney that are designed to specifically distract voters from the issues and the Obama record.
So far the most substantial knocks against Mitt Romney to come out of the Obama campaign have included such charges as his wife never having worked a day in her life, that Romney is a felon, that he hasn’t paid his taxes, and that he was responsible for the death of a woman who had cancer. And to establish all this, President Obama has officially spent more than any other presidential in history. And the official campaign which does not really start until both Parties officially nominate their candidate hasn’t even begun yet.
After four years in office President Obama who came to the White House on the promises of “hope” and “change” has delivered on only one of those themes –change. As for hope, he has cretaed a government run econmy that has turned into despair and although he has delivered on change, it was not the change that many had hoped he intended.
In 2008, then Senator Obama left many voters believing that he would change the partisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C.. They tended to believe him when he promised to unite our nation. Back then many believed President Obama when he promised to have the most transparent Administration in the nation’s history. Fast forward four years and here we are a nation that is more polarized than ever before as President Obama tries to exploit the less fortunate in our society with a mean spirited class warfare strategy that suggest to them that the most fortunate in our society are to blame for their lot in life. Here we are with a President who has declared that Republicans are waging a war on women. And here we are waiting for that promised transparency in government on things such as the botched Fast & Furious operation that Obama’s Attorney General has been secretive about that he became the first person in his position to be held in contempt of Congress. Here we are waiting to find out who from the White House has been leaking sensitive national security secrets in order to boost the President’s reelection chances.
The only change the President has delivered exists in the national debt which in the less-than-three-years. President Obama increased by $4.212 trillion–more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined. And that was not a change in the direction we need or can afford.
The presidential candidate that we saw in 2008 is long gone. He has been taken away from us through a disastrous series of economic policy failures, and a string of constitutionally questionable partisan power grabs. From appointing dozens of unaccountable czars that were granted extra-constitutional powers without congressional oversight, to hammering together an entirely partisan healthcare bill that puts one third of the American economy under government control, and to the passage of executive orders that granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and created unenforceable regulations, this President has taken any of the possibly promising aspects of his 2008 candidacy and threw them out the door. And so now today, the Barack Obama that stands before us is not the Barack Obama who asked us for our votes in 2008.
The Barack Obama before us today is a shell of the man he once was. And whereas President Obama once stood before us and declared his opponents were about to “distract us from the issues that affect our lives by pouncing on every gaffe and association and fake controversy in the hope that the media will play along”, today he is the one responsible for those distractions and for using those same tactics. Today we have a President who is campaigning on all that he campaigned against four years ago and who is trying to run away from his record. So I ask you this. Can we afford to a reelect a President who if given the chance, would have to campaign against all that he says he stands for now, in another four years?
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