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Obama campaign reveals new slogan: “Forward”

April 30, 2012

Team Obama today introduced a new, one-word campaign slogan, “Forward,” in a seven-minute web video of the same name that lays out a case for the president’s reelection.

The ad suggests Obama fell heir to, in Alan Greenspan’s words, a “once in a half-century, probably in a century” economic crisis, but argues that things are improving: the stimulus “saved up to 4.2 million jobs” and the auto bailout another 1.1 million; manufacturing has seen its first increase in jobs “in a decade”; between March 2010 and March 2012, 4.1 million jobs were created in the private-sector. The president “took on” credit card companies and “the Wall Street banks,” the ad says, passing reforms to stop “unfair fees and hidden penalties” and ensure financial institutions “never again wreck our economy.”

The video also hits on Obama’s healthcare reforms — now, the narrator says, “insurance companies can’t deny children coverage for preexisting conditions [and] seniors pay less for prescriptions” — and claims wins, despite what the ad portrays as an obstructionist Republican opposition, in middle class tax cuts, wind and solar power, equal pay for women, the eradication of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” foreign policy, small business tax cuts, spending cuts, reproductive rights, stem cell research, fuel efficiency standards, domestic oil and natural gas production, science funding, and more.

The RNC responded with a list of “a few things Americans can look forward to because of Obama’s policies”: “more poverty, more ‘missing workers’ and more people on food stamps”; “$6.4 trillion in cumulative deficits between now and 2022″; and “never getting back the $535 million given to #Solyndra,” among others.

Watch the full video, via barackobama.com, below:

Photo credit: Screenshot/barackobama.com

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In summary, the new Team Obama motto is: “In order to look forward we must dwell on the past. Vote for Obama because it’s Bush’s fault!”:

http://brianekoenig.com/2012/04/obama-ad -introduces-new-forward-campaign-slogan/

Posted by edwardkoe | Report as abusive
 

“Forward” Mr. Obama
You have been on a path Left, so forward is further Left,
You turned your back on me and the Nation.
Left is deeper in the hole we need a course correction.

Posted by VincentLawrence | Report as abusive
 

edwardkoe: In order to make clear what Obama has accomplished it has to be understood where he was starting from. This only makes sense, especially given Americans’ short-term memories and the constant onslaught of misinformation we’re bombarded with. Do not begrudge Americans a clear understanding of where we’ve been and what is going on in our world. The success of our Republic depends on it. Did you know that 6 months into the Iraq War 70% of American believed that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks? That should chill you to your very soul. Yes, the success of our Republic depends on accurate information and understanding.

VincentLawrence: Perhaps you can explain to us what makes you believe that Obama is so far to the left, rather than just making the vague, blanket statement that he is “on a path left.” Anyone can say that. Now can you back that with verifiable facts?

The truth is that Obama has been a very moderate President in his policies. What would you have had him do differently? Are you aware the no less than Richard Nixon proposed a healthcare plan very similar to Obama’s? (http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories  /2009/september/03/nixon-proposal.aspx)
For that matter, so did the current Republican candidate for president. And, yes, he did say it would be a good model for a nation-wide policy BEFORE he said it wouldn’t be.

Were you opposed to his tax cuts for small businesses? Were you opposed to the auto bailout? Opposed to his aggressive roundup of al Qaeda leaders? Opposed to preventing insurance companies from dropping those who get a longterm illness or refusing policies to people with preexisting conditions, including children? Opposed to lowering the cost of prescription drugs for seniors? Opposed to keeping college Pell Grants affordable? Are you upset about his success at keeping America safe with no terrorist attacks on his watch? After all, Bush bragged on the fact that we’d only had 1 on his watch, though it was a bad one. But Obama has had zero. Since Republicans gave Bush so much credit for only 1 attack, shouldn’t Obama get that much more credit for zero attacks? Were you opposed to us pulling out of Iraq? After all, we really couldn’t afford to stay there. In fact, we couldn’t afford to go there in the first place.

Just how is it that Obama has turned his back on you and moved the country to the left. Because it seems to me that the country is more to the right than we’ve ever been, which is what makes a moderate, rational President like Obama seem to the left, at least in the eyes of rightwing extremists. I just don’t think going back to the tried and failed policies of the Bush years is a good idea. I mean, if they didn’t work the first time…

Posted by flashrooster | Report as abusive
 

flushrooter
Mr Obama has gone as far to the left that he wants to have socialized medicine which will bankrupt this Nation,
The Government does not create jobs, only red tape, and more red ink, if you do not understand red ink is more debt.
I do not know what the actual count of unemployed, but
Mr. Obama took time to visit a union yesterday to plug for more union jobs, there are millions of Americans unemployed, not only union workers, is he the president of a union or of the United States.

Posted by VincentLawrence | Report as abusive
 

Backwards

That was the word Obama was looking for

He’s right on one thing though, he has had the chance of century, but all he has done is wreck the country, socially and economically, and overseen the greatest theft and fraud by the 1%.

You voted for him.

Posted by ChrisonReuters | Report as abusive
 

It is ignored that government is high priced entropy – it is overhead, it produces nothing but overhead. It can direct “donations” to the funding of services that benefit all but government itself is just overhead. The money that it absorbs in the course of collecting and then redistributing money to the necessary entities/producers is waste so the smaller you can keep government, the more prosperous the people. Sure, you need some oversight to insure that none are kept from the freedom of creating their own wealth and some creation and oversight of infrastructure must exist but the more government you create, the less wealth there will be for those that feed the government. The largest step forward to create a flourishing economy would be for government to get out of the way.

Posted by NoLawyers1 | Report as abusive
 

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