February 13, 2012
On the difference between Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns…
Going back to 2008, the presidential campaign, remember how Obama portrayed himself, remember how he was portrayed by the media. Messianic. We had never before seen a politician like this. Someone who told the truth. Someone who was capable of uniting all the people, all the various divisions in the country. Somebody who was going to restore respect for America around the world. Somebody who was going to get rid of all of the traditional harangues that take place in our political culture. Of course what’s happened is we have the most divisive president in our lifetimes, the most partisan president in our lifetimes, and we have a President who couldn’t tell the truth about the budget and spending to save his life. And so it’s important to go back and listen to him promise all of these things about budgets and spending because he’s running a campaign this year that is the equivalent of him saying “I’ve not been in the White House yet. Nothing that’s happened, taken place, have I had anything to do with.” He’s running a campaign, in a sense it’s going to replicate what his 2008 campaign was. The last three years happened, but he had nothing to do with it. That’s going to be his approach.