If wasting a year to focus on health care legislation – with more than 10% of Americans unemployed or out of the workforce – is what Barack Obama meant by his promise for “change,” why does he still make so many references to the increasingly distant past in his speeches and remarks? “We can’t go back to doing things the way we were doing them before,” he said on Wednesday.1
“And hopefully,” Obama added, with a tired hand resting deep in the pocket of his trousers, “as we continue over the next several months and the next several years, we’re going to see a Columbus and an Ohio and a United States of America that is going to be stronger than it was before this crisis struck.” 2
Hopefully, change will come for the better.
1. Barack Obama, “Statement by the President on the Economy,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/19/statement-president-economy. Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at Florida Democratic Party Reception,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/18/remarks-president-florida-democratic-party-reception. Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at a Discussion with Ohio Families on the Economy,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/18/remarks-president-a-discussion-with-ohio-families-economy.