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Friday, September 07, 2012

Straight talk expressed

Four years ago, the Republican presidential nominee promised "straight talk." This time it was Barack Obama who leveled with America.

After John McCain derailed his Straight Talk Express -- and Republicans derailed Obama's hope for change -- it was the president who offered the nation a reality check on the progress we have made since he GOP-created Great Recession.
“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy; I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.” 
Obama offered a more sobering reality check to Mitt Romney's mythical promises by bluntly talking about the Elephant in the room:
“They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last 30 years.” 
And he made clear, without using the now tainted words, that he recognized that Republicans shared a very different vision for the nation:
“On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America. A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the ­future.”
Political conventions are nothing if not elaborate infomercials, subsidized by the American taxpayer. But the Democratic version was a bit more realistic than Romney's Arpege sale pitch.

In place of Romney's detail-free "plans," Obama staked out turf of jobs, education, energy and the deficit. But no perfume promises, this time:
“Know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place,” Obama said, describing his goals as “real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation."
So now the battle is joined, with the Republican candidate offering vague promises of hope and change and the Democrat riding the straight talk express.

What a difference four years can make.

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