President Obama is a master of putting up smoke and mirrors in an effort to deflect attention away from himself and his record. He’s spent the last four years claiming that every economic problem his administration has faced was George Bush’s fault.
And now, he can’t even run on his own record, having to call Bill Clinton in from the bullpen to try and save his re-election bid.
Former President Bill Clinton is set to play a central part in the Democratic convention, aides said, and will formally place President Obama’s name into nomination by delivering a prime-time speech designed to present a forceful economic argument for why Mr. Obama deserves to win a second term.
The prominent role of Mr. Clinton, which is scheduled to be announced on Monday, signals an effort by the Obama campaign to pull out all the stops to rally Democrats when they gather for their party’s national convention in Charlotte, N.C. An even more important audience will be the voters across the country who will see the address carried by television networks.
“There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” David Axelrod, a top strategist to the Obama campaign, said in an interview on Sunday. “He can really articulate the choice that is before people.”
This isn’t a new tactic, as Obama has been invoking the economy under Clinton out on the campaign trail. Jake Tapper reports:
Faced with an stagnating economy and unemployment over 8 percent on his own watch, President Obama on the stump now invokes the economy during the era of former President Bill Clinton.
The president’s invocation of Clinton is part of his pitch to raise taxes on higher income brackets, as did President Clinton in 1993; and as a contrast to his current Republican opponents who seek to extend all the Bush-era tax rates, including those on the top wage-earners, which President Obama opposes.
Essentially, within this construct, President Obama is trying to cast the choice voters face as Bill Clinton versus George W. Bush, with Bill Clinton’s economy as his, and George W. Bush’s economy as Mitt Romney’s. Clinton’s economy saw the creation of tens of millions of jobs, an economic boom and a projected federal budget surplus.
The man has almost four full years under his belt, and he has to hearken back to the ’90s to try and sell his economic policies? If he were a job-seeker, President Obama would have the last four years erased from his resume if possible.
Anyone remember when Obama held a press conference and then immediately left everything to Clinton because he had to go to a Christmas Party?
The President is such an epic disaster that he is afraid to use himself as a selling point.
Obama is afraid of being Obama. And we’re afraid of another four years.