More class warfare rhetoric from Obama during Labor Day speech

Let’s think back and compare speeches from all previous presidents and national leaders and compare them to President Obama. I agree with Daniel Henniger from the Wall Street Journal, this president is the “most embittered American president” evah.

Can you refer us to audio of video from previous leadership – let’s limit the scope to the Executive Branch and majority and minority leaders in Congress for now – who seems so ticket off. I can not think of any previous president after and including President Reagan who would stand up in front of a crowd and complain “they talk about me like a dog“.

I don’t even know what point he’s trying to make. I really can’t imagine President Clinton acting this way.

I know this blog has discussed Obama’s Labor Day speech already, but I thought Henniger posted an interesting perspective on Obama’s bitchy attitude.

One may argue that Mr. Obama’s community-organizer attacks on the wealthy in front of a union crowd (delivered with the tone and syntax of bar-stool resentment) are meant to keep the party’s perpetually angry left-wing base agitated enough to vote in November. But since the earliest days of his presidency, starting with his first economic message, Mr. Obama has harped on the idea that “well-off and well-connected” economic factions in the U.S. have done something explicit to shaft the middle class. …

One month it’s insurance companies, the next it’s the bankers, or merely “the special interests.” One wonders where exactly along the American income scale Mr. Obama divides the country between us and them?

Henniger notes Obama’s statements concerning how important education is, but he – as do I – find it interesting he blames big oil, insurance companies, big banks and the greedy Wall Street-types for most of the ills of the world. Yet, what “special interest” has the most to say when it comes to educating our kids?

Our current president is showing that he can be a community organizer for members of a specified group, at a specified time. We need a leader who will be able to speak as a mentor and teacher to everyone in America.

I’ve noticed the WSJ is now posting the written opinion pieces accompanied by video and audio which is kind of cool, so I’m posting the embedded video here that goes with the original post.

6 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Hmm.  Find a convenient scapegoat, demonize them, attempt to rally public opinion against them by blaming them for the people's problems.


    Now why does that sound familiar?  I wonder if I should invest in scarlet letters, or gold stars….

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    When the state, or one of its representatives, shuts down free speech, it's technically censorship, is it not?

  3. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    {Dimsdale always steals my thunder}

    Now, where did I put my flaming torch and pitchfork?

    What has failed to occur is that the "fat cats", the "well-off", the "special interests" must stand up and be vocal to this overbearing federal government.  Are they not American also?  Why do they or why should they appear before Congress with tails between their legs or allow the President to lambaste them.  I'm telling you now, all you "big wigs", stand up, point your fingers, and lay the blame right where it belongs.  Don't cower!  For if you don't, the blame game will trickle down to us.

  4. chris-os
    chris-os says:

    "What has failed to occur is that the “fat cats”, the “well-off”, the “special interests” must stand up and be vocal to this overbearing federal government.  Are they not American also? "

    NH Jim, don't know what America you live in. We are controlled by "special interests", 6 industries to be exact.

    Both the repubs and dems OWE their elections to them.

    Until we institute  public campaign financing and make it illegal for anyone coming out of Washington to work for a lobbying firm until 10 years have passed, we will continue to get what we're getting no matter which party we put in control.

    Unions who contribute to political campaigns don't have nearly the money of the Goldman Sachs/bp crowd. Unions are thousands of people pooling their money together to back a candidate and they don't raise even 1/4 of what just one Lloyd Blankfein or Jamie Dimon probably loses in their couch cushions every week.

    BTW, the "tan man" is considered the corporate lobbyists' BFF.


  5. Steve M
    Steve M says:

    @chris – Restrict congress-critters from working for a lobby firm for ten years? Public financing of campaigns? First off, I don't think either would be constitutional, and your efforts would be not worthwhile since they only attack symptoms, not the disease itself. Start taking all of that power and cash from Congress and the Executive Branch and we begin to solve the real issue. We must return power to the states and the people … might take 50 years to completely reverse the trend, but we must start at some point … November works for me.

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