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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 06:25 AM
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I think the "still about hope, still about change" line was counter-productive.
For one thing, "change" is what you run on if you are running AGAINST an incumbent President, or, as in 2008, against the Party of the incumbent.

Obama is not the one running against the incumbent President or the Party of the incumbent President. Romney is.

An incumbent has no choice but to run on his record.


May 5, 2012 6:39pm
President Obama: Campaign Is Still About Hope, Still About Change

RICHMOND, Va.

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Obama also offered a veiled rebuttal to Republican criticism that his visits to Ohio and Virginia amount to a hype and blame tour a label meant to mock his 2008 campaign slogan of hope and change.

If people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them its still about hope. You tell them its still about change, Obama said. You tell them its still about ordinary people who believe that in the face of great odds, we can make a difference in the life of this country.

The Republican National Committee sharply criticized Obamas framing of the general election race as moving the goal posts he set four years ago.

Four years ago President Obama set the goal posts with the question of will this country be better off four years from now? Four years later, a crowd of his supporters gave him the answer so many Americans agree with a resounding no, said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

Even though Obama would like us to forget hes been president the past three years, Americans arent satisfied with the Obama policies, he said.


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/president-... /

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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 06:35 AM
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1. Considering many feel betrayed by his feeble leadership
A new and different slogan is probably necessary
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 07:17 AM
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2. I am not sure his leadership has been feeble. Often, people hit exactly what they aim at.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-12 07:41 PM
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3. I think the intended subtext is "We've just begun- there's more to do".
And to the extent that the congress and SCOTUS is still deeply in the hands of business interests, that message would be dead-on.

:shrug:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-12 04:56 AM
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4. I know that "we have to continue" is the intended message, but I think it fails.
Edited on Tue May-08-12 05:11 AM by No Elephants
And not only does it fail, but it gives ammo aplenty to people who oppose Obama.

As far as the SCOTUS, I don't think "It's still about hope, it's still about change" gets that across AT ALL.

And, just between us chickens, I think people are scared his next nominee (if any) may be Cass Sunstein.


ETA: As I said on another thread, I think "Obama is for everybody," something said by an ordinary Obama supporter, is far superior to either "Forward" or "It's still about change." It underscores that Romney's constituency is the 1% and only the 1%, without excluding the 1% from Obama's constituency. I like it.

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