Will President Obama's 'Hope and Change' Rhetoric Work a Second Time Around?
Four years ago, President Obama created excitement throughout the country when he ran on hope and change. This time around, a new poll shows that it’s Republicans who are more motivated to go out and vote. Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said on CNN that this election was “always going to be close because we live in a closely divided country.”
Fox News contributor Rich Lowry expanded on Gibbs’ points, telling Bill Hemmer that, “President Obama got 53 percent in optimal conditions for him in 2008. He’s not going to get any additional voter
who didn’t vote for him last time around. And some of his key constituencies just aren’t going to be as excited, especially young people.”
Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers noted that young people are the ones who are really suffering when it comes to job security, “so it’s hard to tell somebody to get excited when they can’t find a good job.” She said that President Obama is going to have to convince young voters that the country is moving in the right direction.
Another key strategy for the president, said Lowry, is to demolish his opponent Mitt Romney. Going back to President Obama’s 2008 rhetoric, Lowry said, “There are two problems here. One, the image was totally false, and two, the program hasn’t worked.”