President Barack Obama touched down in Los Angeles on Friday, and he had a clear message to the Republican Party amid the thousands of people who came out to see him at University of Southern Californian’s Alumni Park. With mid-term elections right around the corner, President Obama is using his master organizing skills to stir up the Democrat base, jet-setting across the country to fire up voters.
With elected officials such as Jerry Brown, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on hand, President Obama didn’t mince words about the Republican Party. News4usonline.com provides an excerpt of the president’s speech to our readers.
“We lost 4 million jobs in the six months before I took office; 750,000 the month that I was sworn in; 600,000 the month after that; 600,000 the month after that. We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1930s. We lost 8 million jobs before any of my economic policies had a chance to be put into place.
Now, my hope was that in this moment of crisis, we could come together and both parties would put politics aside; that we would come together to meet this once-in-a-generation challenge — because although we are proud Democrats, we are prouder to be Americans. You know, there are plenty of Republicans who feel the same way out there.
But the Republican leaders in Washington, they made a different calculation. They looked around at the mess that they had made, at the mess that they had left me, and they said, boy, this is a really big mess. And they said it’s going to take a long time to fix. Unemployment is probably going to be high for a while, and in the meantime, people are going to get angry and frustrated.
So maybe if we just sit on the sidelines, say no to everything, and then point our fingers at Obama and say he’s to blame, they figured that maybe you all would forget that they caused the mess in the first place, and they’d be able to ride anger all the way to election time.
Their whole campaign strategy is amnesia. Now, look, understand it would be one thing if the Republicans, having made this mess, they went off into the desert or into some retreat somewhere and they meditated on, boy, we really screwed up, and now let’s come up with some new ideas because we recognize the error of our ways.
But that’s not what’s going on. The Republican Campaign Committee chairman promised the “exact same agenda” if they win back the House and if they win back the Senate — the same agenda of cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires.
Their basic philosophy is that you’re on your own. If you’re sick, you don’t have health care, too bad; you’re on your own. You don’t have a job, that’s the breaks; you’re on your own. You’re a young person wants to go to USC, wants to get his education but can’t afford it, tough luck; you’re on your own.
It’s the same agenda that turned a record surplus into a record deficit; the same agenda that allowed Wall Street to run wild; the same agenda that nearly destroyed our economy.
And I bring all this up not because I want to re-argue the past. I bring it up because I don’t want to relive the past. We can’t afford it. I bring it up because it’s not as if we haven’t tried what they’re selling. We tried it. We didn’t like it and we’re not going back to it.
Driving the Car
I want you to think about it this way. Imagine that these folks drove a car into the ditch. And it was a really deep ditch. And somehow they were able to walk away from the accident, but they did nothing to get the car out of the ditch. And so, me and Barbara and Jerry and Antonio, we all put on our boots and we climbed down into the ditch.
And it’s hot down there. Flies are down there — and we’re sweating. But we’re pushing; we’re pushing to get the car out of the ditch. And even though Barbara Boxer is small, she is pushing, too. And we’re all pushing. And as we’re pushing, we look up and the Republicans are all standing there at the top of the ditch.
They’re all looking down. And we say, why don’t you come down and help? And they say, no, that’s all right. And then they kick some dirt down into the ditch. They’re sipping on a Slurpee. They’re fanning themselves. You’re not pushing hard enough, they say. You’re not pushing the right way.
And, yet, despite all that, we still get the car out of the ditch. And it’s finally on level ground. And I admit, the car is a little banged up. I mean, the fender is bent and it’s going to have to go to the body shop, and it needs a tune up. But it’s on level ground and it’s pointing in the right direction. We’re ready to move forward.
And, suddenly, suddenly, we get this tap on our shoulder and we look back, and who is it? It’s the Republicans. And they say, we want the keys back.
We’ve got to tell them, you can’t have the keys back. You don’t know how to drive. You can ride with us, but you got to be in the backseat — because we got middle-class America in the front seat. We’re looking out for them.
You ever notice when you want to go forward, what do you do? You put your car in “D.” You want to go backwards, what do you do? You put it in “R.” That’s not a coincidence. We want to go forward. We don’t want to go backwards.”