Comparing the Campaigns of 2012 Obama to 2008 Obama

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A still from "Right Choice," a new attack ad from the Romney campaign charging Barack Obama with "gutting" welfare reform. (Youtube)

In 2008, hope and change were Barack Obama's rallying cries, and tens of thousands showed up to hear him speak. The Obama campaign was an almost unparalleled machine, staying on-message with almost zero in-fighting.

Today, the Obama campaign more closely resembles a standard presidential re-election team. There are differences in ideology, personal disputes, and a candidate unhappy with some of the actions pursued by his campaign team.  A new e-book by Politico's Senior White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush compares the two Obama campaigns.

Guests:

Glenn Thrush

Comments [4]

The Inventor

Wiley Coyote did catch the roadrunner--just forgot what to do with him when he did.

Close Guantanamo!
Make all Bills to be passed viewable on the web!
Transparency!
End War!

Aug. 24 2012 01:20 AM
unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

I voted for Obama in 2008. I was optimistic about change.

As his presidency evolved it seemed like I was watching the old Charlie Brown drama of him and Lucy and the football.

Obama was Charlie Brown. Lucy was the republicans. And in between them is
the football.

Obama fooled yet again into believing that he is oh so close to kicking that football. And republicans leading him to believe it's absolutely possible for as long as possible until, once again, it's pulled away at the very last second.

Four years later, it's difficult, if not impossible to have faith in Obama, democrats, republicans, the process by which they're elected and we're governed.

It's more like Fight Club with a pretense of politeness.

Charlie Brown will never kick the football. Wiley Coyote will never catch the road runner. And if anything changes it will be by accident rather than by design. What we will all be able to agree on is that it's "Their" fault.

Does it really matter who's in the driver's seat if the car is headed over a cliff?

Democrats would like me to think so. Republicans would like me to think so.

Oblivious to the larger problem.

Let's talk about Mitt's tax returns and Obama's birth certificate instead.

Aug. 23 2012 11:13 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I think you mean 'illustrative'. Cardinal Dolan isn't really the senior Catholic Churchman in the U.S., though he is the most prominent and most powerful since he's Archbishop of New York and the head of the Bishop's Conference. 'Senior' would mean oldest, which is isn't, or it would mean Bishop of the oldest diocese, which is Baltimore and Archbishop Lori.

Aug. 23 2012 09:10 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Like all Presidents before him, Obama has aged, and not like fine wine or cheese... I think that these guys become President and then on the first day, he was given this folder that says "Classified. For Your Eyes Only"

These new fresh faced Presidents open the secrets to the world and immediately begin wilting.

We don't wanna know the truth.

Aug. 23 2012 08:10 AM

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