President Obama gave me quite the birthday gift the other day when he rolled into L.A. to the University of
Spoiled Children Southern California to talk about his administration's lack of accomplishments. (Don't worry, the elections in November will make up for it!)
While I was going downtown for a job interview, his minions rolled into L.A. and clogged up the place. It was so 2008.
I didn't listen to Obama's speech -- I was engaged in my birthday celebration -- but apparently my friend, John-Clark Levin CMC '12, was listening with pen at the ready. He writes for the Student Free Press Association:
When President Obama spoke before more than 37,000 supporters Friday at USC, he was clearly running scared.There seems to be something of a hope that Obama will be Clintonesque. I'm not so convinced. I think he'll be very, very recalcitrant, but we conservatives will relish the fight.
In the year of his own election, he did everything he could to raise expectations — to convince voters that he really did have a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton and John McCain. But his playbook has changed. Ten days out from a midterm election in which Democrats are sure to take a beating, Obama is subtly trying to lower expectations.
It seems like the President is borrowing from Hillary’s old playbook. Senator Clinton’s campaign acted like Iowa should be taken as the decisive primary until Obama’s poll numbers began surging there in late 2007. Suddenly, Iowa was “just another primary” and Clinton was warning supporters to brace for a long, tough fight.