Really understanding President Obama’s governing philosophy and agenda doesn’t require a whole fleet of investigative reporters or opposition researchers. All you have to do is take a reasonably careful look at his campaign stump speech, a collection of half-truths, misrepresentations, and distortions that are ultimately disrespectful of the American people.
“This is my last political campaign…I’m term limited,” he said Saturday at Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia in remarks that were similar to others he’s delivered in recent weeks. It could be. But nothing prevents Mr. Obama from trying to return to the Senate after his presidency, or from trying to run for the office again if he loses this time.
“My grandfather fought in World War II…when my grandfather came back, he was able to go to college because of the GI Bill and they were able to afford their first home through an FHA loan.” There’s no mention by Obama in the stump speech of hisother grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, a Kenyan cook who had five wives and converted to Islam. Also, Mr. Obama seems unable to imagine that his American grandfather might have found some way to afford a home without the help of the FHA, as many Americans somehow miraculously did before the FHA was created in 1934.
“At the center of our stories is this basic American idea, this core American Dream… It means maybe you can take a vacation once in a while … And it means that you can retire with some dignity and some respect. It’s that basic bargain that makes this country great.” President Obama has turned the American Dream of freedom and opportunity and hard work into a dream of vacation and retirement.
“How do we build an economy where hard work pays off — whether you’re starting a business or punching a clock, you know that if you put in the effort, you’ll get ahead?” President Obama would be better off taking the advice of Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum in their book That Used To Be Us: “American young people have got to understand from an early age that the world pays off on results, not on effort.” A world in which effort alone always pays off for everyone just isn’t a possible or even desirable reality. If it were, every Little Leaguer would be a professional baseball player.