I’m amazed this statement by Obama to a gathering of top-tier Democratic donors hasn’t gotten more attention:
“The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”
“I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do.”
First of all, I do wish everyone could get their stories straight. Is mentioning Obama’s middle name good or bad? Is it only good when his fans say it, and bad when his political critics mention it? Someone draft me a memo.
More to the point, I don’t think telling 500 super-donors, in effect, “stick with me, because you had so much fun backing me when my campaign was about superficial b.s.” is a good sign for his reelection prospects.