Reason 19 – Obama: Change We Can Believe In…Just Not Yet!

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Reason #19

Obama: Change We Can Believe in – Just not yet

In 2008, at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama told throngs of enthusiastic Americans:

“Well it’s time for them [Republicans] to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.”[i]

But, what did he mean?  After three years of continued high unemployment – with horrific numbers mitigated more by people dropping out of the employment search than by those finding jobs – after an unsuccessful $800 billion dollar stimulus package – after increased divisiveness in the country, failed immigration policies, a health care program rammed down the throats of a resistant America – after all of this and more, Obama’s response is:

“’When I said, Change we can believe in, I didn’t say, Change we can believe in tomorrow, not, Change we can believe in next week.’”[ii]

New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd, in a surprising article, wrote: “The dissonance of his promise and his reality is jarring.” [iii]

[i] Senator Barack Obama, (Aug. 28, 2008), ABC News web-site, Barack Obama Makes History as First African American Nominee of Major Political Party, retrieved January 4, 2012, from

[ii] President Barack Obama, quoted in article by Maureen Dowd, (Aug. 6, 2011), New York Times web-site, Sunday Review, The Opinion Pages, Downgrade Blues, retrieved January 4, 2012 from–The-Downgrade-Blues.html?_r=1

[iii] Ibid


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