Nathan — I thought the “college students staring up at fading Obama posters” line was cute, but I wasn’t crazy about the message. It highlights that hope and change didn’t work out so well for the college kids who went crazy for Candidate Obama in 2008. But in that line, I also hear a message that an economic turnaround will create high-paying jobs for those graduates.
There are plenty of qualified unemployed individuals who will benefit from an economic turnaround, but I’d rather tell unemployed graduates that employers throwing $50,000 per year jobs at applicants with no experience is a relic of the past. Many overcredentialed and inexperienced college grads need to realize that they possibly made a mistake by getting a degree that is not in high demand. But, so what. They can learn and grow from that realization. At some point, many grads need that tough message of “starting at the bottom and learning a business will not doom you to underemployment.” Although, last night was the wrong place and time for that message.
Yet, Representative Ryan’s speech was fantastic; it gave me chills like Candidate Obama gave Chris Matthews. I’d nominate these two home runs for line of the year:
None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.
President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” — as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners? Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What’s missing is leadership in the White House.