“Not An Election Speech”?

by Jonah Goldberg

White House press secretary Jay Carney says that Obama’s old nationalism speech was not an “election speech.”

“I would say that this speech wasn’t an election speech,” Carney said. “It was a speech that framed the debates we’ve been having and the debates we will likely have next year that go right to some of the policies the president is pushing Congress to act on right now, including the extension and expansion of a payroll-tax cut for middle-class Americans”

Looks like Obama’s campaign manager disagrees. I received this email this morning:


Friend –

If you didn’t catch any of the President’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, you should watch or read it now.

President Obama laid out an approach to rebuilding the economy that will inform every discussion we have with undecided voters over the next year. So we put together a highlight reel you can share with anyone you think needs to hear this message.

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This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class.

Our country is still recovering from the greatest economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. And the President believes that Americans should be able to earn enough to raise a family, send their kids to school, own a home, and secure their retirement.

Here’s how he put it: “This country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules. These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.”

Those are the values we’re fighting for in this election. And no matter who our opponent is, he or she won’t share them — the other side’s candidates all want to let Wall Street write its own rules and give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

We’ve seen how that kind of economic plan plays out. As President Obama said yesterday: “It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression … And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade.”

That’s the message we’ll need to drive home in our communities over the next several months. Watch the video we put together — and pass it along:




Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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