Whoa, hey, wait just a second …
Did I just hear President Hope and CHANGE correctly?
Did President Hope and CHANGE really just say, The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.
Why, yes -- yes, President Hope and CHANGE really did just admit defeat.
Moreover, Obama didn't say this was something he had learned or one thing he had learned. No, Obama said this was the most important thing he's learned.
In summation, the most important thing our sitting president currently running for reelection has learned is that nothing's going to change -- that all his prettified talk was just that: talk.
We've come a long way from this guy:
We knew it wasn’t going to come easy, and we knew it wasn’t going to come quickly. But three years later, because of what you did in 2008, we have already started to see what change looks like.
Think about it. Change is the first bill I signed into law — a law that says you get an equal day’s work — somebody who puts in an equal day’s work should get equal day’s pay — (applause) — because our daughters should be treated just like our sons and have the same opportunities. That’s change.
Change is the decision we made to rescue the auto company from collapse, even when some politicians were saying we should let Detroit go bankrupt. Change is more than 1 million jobs that we saved, and the local businesses that are picking up again — (applause) — and the fuel-efficient cars that are now rolling off the assembly lines with that word, Made In America, stamped on them.
Sure, early on in his presidency, when his party owned the Congress and enjoyed a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, Obama was able to affect all kinds of change from the inside - ObamaCare, the failed stimulus… But after his miserable policy failures handed the GOP a sweeping victory in 2010, suddenly, like a spoiled and entitled child, the President found he couldn't get absolutely everything he wanted and now he's taking his ball home with him.
"Nope, can't do it," he seems to be saying today. "I give up."
This arrogant, blasé attitude is consistent with a campaign that has thus far offered absolutely no specifics about what a second Obama term might look like. In fact, the only argument Obama has made for another four years has been along the line of, "My policies aren’t working now, but they will if you wait a while." As a matter of fact, that's a pretty good summation of his convention speech in Charlotte.
But now it all makes sense, doesn’t it? Since Obama's given up changing Washington from the inside, he obviously doesn’t plan to do anything. Except, of course, those executive orders he loves to issue that illegally undermine written laws when it comes to things like the work requirement in welfare reform and immigration enforcement.
So it looks as though one thing we can expect from a president who has given up on change is a whole lot more violations of the Constitution.
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