On a night when everyone else is analyzing Barack Obama’s acceptance speech from 2012, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at Barack Obama’s acceptance speech from 2008.
Here is an actual passage from that speech:
You see, you see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.
We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma.
We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president…
… when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush. (APPLAUSE)
Let’s use that as a measure.
Unemployment was 7.8% when George Bush left office. It is 8.3% now.
Median income was $54,983 then, and is $50,964 now — $4000 lower.
Will anyone remember how Barack Obama measured success in 2008?
Here’s another stroll down memory lane. As Bubba tells us nobody could turn this economy around in four years, he has an important person saying the opposite: Namely, Barack Obama in 2009:
And I quote: “I will be held accountable. I’ve got four years . . . If I don’t have this done in three years, then there is going to be a one term proposition.”