“If you want to see why President Obama is worried this November, watch The Hope and the Change.” – Speaker Newt Gingrich
Four years ago, when candidate Obama walked out among the Greek columns into a Colorado stadium filled with 75,000 people, many Americans were excited about politics. After nearly a decade of wars and years of intense partisanship, Obama seemed to be offering something new. He seemed to be offering Hope.
It was a brand Obama himself did much to create, from his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention — in which he called on Americans to reject division, asking, “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?” – to his 2008 acceptance speech, which he concluded by declaring that “At this moment, in this election… let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.”
As the new documentary The Hope and the Change by Citizens United reminds us, to Democrats, Independents, and even some Republicans, Obama represented exactly what they needed most as the economy was crumbling around them. …
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