Own It, Barack!

obama bus tourYou actually heard me, President Obama. You used “Obama Cares,” which I’ve been saying ever since you proposed your historic health care plan and which I coined publicly in my blog last week .

In one of your Midwestern town meetings on Monday, you said, “I don’t mind hearing that ‘Obama Cares.’ Of course I care. Do you want a President who doesn’t care?” You owned the Republicans’ slur, “Obamacare,” and you turned it on them, just as I urged you to. While I would like to think you read my blog post, you probably just caught onto a zeitgeist. Either way, you heard my message and the message of so many other democrats exhorting you to get back on the offensive in the fight for the future of our country.

The more hard-hitting and direct you are the better. The more you own your critics’ ammunition against you and turn it on them, the more effective you’ll be. Since, as you embark on your listening tour, you actually seem to be listening, I have a few more comebacks for you. Feel free to use them liberally. No pun intended.

  • Tax and Spend: “You’re right. I want to tax the richest Americans a little more, in order spend on getting the middle and working class back to work, and keeping this country innovative and great. The Republicans want to tax the middle and working class and spend it on tax breaks for the rich. I know some Americans do not want the rich to be taxed because they figure when they get rich they will want to keep their money. To which I say, ‘Don’t worry. If you’re a billionaire and you’re taxed at the same rate as your secretary, you’ll still be a lot richer than your secretary.'”
  • Bleeding-Heart Liberal: “The Right is always talking about Christian values. I believe in freedom of religion, according to the First Amendment; I embrace the diversity of American beliefs; and I believe, as Jefferson did, in the separation of Church and State. But if we are talking about bleeding hearts, Christ is the ultimate example. He said, ‘The last shall be first,’ ‘the meek shall inherit the earth,’ ‘blessed are the peacemakers,’ and ‘it it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’ And they call me a socialist. Similarly, the Republicans are always talking about family values, but from what I can tell, they want to cut every program that helps American families.”
  • Big Government: “To some people, saving the country from a Depression, saving the American auto-industry, providing health care to 20 million Americans who didn’t have it before, helping to save the environment, giving women equal pay for an equal day’s work, as well as access to free women’s health, and killing Osama bin Laden mean big government. I just call it governing. All the Republicans do is say no to everything — except to giving giant tax breaks to big oil, corporate jet owners and corporations who ship their jobs overseas. That’s not small government. That is not governing.”
  • Lack of Leadership: “Some people, even in my own party, say I lack leadership because I compromise too much, even when the other side won’t compromise at all. But I promised when I ran for president that I would bring people together. Is it leadership to polarize and divide, never to see the other guy’s point of view, to sacrifice getting any legislation passed at all just to stand for well-intentioned legislation that won’t pass? Call me idealistic if you want, but I still believe in a democratic America in which the different branches check and balance each other to create a compromise that best meets the needs of the whole union. I am not King Barack, who can just cram any laws I want through the Congress. I am an American president, which means that I work in partnership with the other branches of government and, most importantly, with you, the American people.” (For this idea, I owe most of the credit to my fellow campaign organizer, Jeremy Grandstaff.)
  • Where are the Jobs?: “Speaker Boehner has asked me, ‘Where are the jobs?’ I’ll tell you where they are. The jobs have been cut as Speaker Boehner’s party has allowed corporations to massively downsize workers, so that CEO’s and board members now split record profits, without sharing them with the people whose hard work helped make them rich in the first place. Even mega-billionaire Warren Buffett said in his op-ed piece that there were more jobs when taxes on the rich were higher, under Reagan, Bush, Sr. and Clinton. In fact, job rates have plummeted since my predecessor offered the very richest Americans unprecedented tax cuts. There is no correlation between lower taxes and higher job rates. No matter how many times the Republicans call rich people ‘job creators’, no matter how many times they tell us that these ‘high tax’ rates are stifling their ability to put Americans back to work, no matter how many ways they spin this malarky, it still won’t make it true.

Lucia Brawley
Reprinted from Huffington Post with the author’s permission.


  1. Bill Gibbons says

    Dream on, Lucia.

    Every previous US President pales when compared to Barry Obama, the Politically Correct Internationalist Global Citizen.

    We must notice that ALL of Obama’s records from his Illinois State Senate office have been disappeared. Ditto for his client lists at the Law Firm he worked for. No paper he has ever written at University has ever shown up. He says he threw them all away. Two years from his biography are completely blank. He spent time in Pakistan with friends after college. Who paid for such a trip for a young student? These are reasonable questions of a man whose true ideology can be considered unknown because of his many odd, to say the least, associations, and which seems suspicious to us. Don’t we deserve better answers than rebukes for asking? Or the, he’s not the (insert name) I knew for 20 years. Or the, he’s just a guy who lives in my neighborhood, when that’s been proven a false answer? According to him, we are racist to ask. How dare we? We’re only asking because he looks different, right?

    Domestically, it’s glorious that this country has risen above it’s racist past to elect an African-American to be the Nominee of the Democratic Party for President. Has he ever made a speech praising the nation for this accomplishment? That is, other than his very brief homage to Martin Luther King at the DNC. But the way Obama has consistently presented himself as a victim of racism thoughout his campaign, when it’s been clearly shown as the opposite, is an indication that this is going to continue throughout his presidency.

    His extreme leftist background and beliefs — it is fantasy as regards our economy. It’s just lots of college student jargon that has no relation to reality. His plans and ideas go way, way beyond bolstering up of Social Security and Medicare for the elderly. And even way beyond Universal Health Care. His programs and plans change daily as he pulls ideas out of the air, or from one of his 300 advisors, to suit whichever group he happens to be attempting to influence at any given time. We will see massive poverty on a level we haven’t seen before. We can expect almost all opposition to his ideas, and all his failures, to be blamed on and characterized as some form of racism, which will of course be associated with the Republicans. He and his reckless opportunistic moves are going to take race relations in this country backwards in leaps and bounds.

    I honestly believe he and his wife, yes, she does and will play a major role, have fallen for his own mythology. That he is the One who can Heal this Mean nation. It’s very dangerous. They really do believe he is above the law and knows better than our laws and Constitution. There have already been remarks from his camp that the Constitution oughtn’t to be so sacrosanct. He truly seems to believe himself about his good judgment, although he has done nothing to demonstrate anything of the sort. He’s shown quite the contrary, and on a consistent basis. More danger.

    Take note that he and his Committee have recently gone to his pals at the Justice Department to attempt to silence, and prohibit the TV cable channels from showing a video about his relationship with Bill Ayres. They lost, but the video isn’t around any more.

    In addition, his Campaign recently has used thuggish behavior to attempt to shut down a radio talk show which had a guest speaking about Obama’s connections and failure with the CAC, Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where a grant of $100 Million meant to be used to improve education was used to fund radical groups instead. They flooded the station with phone calls and emails. None of the phone calls debated any issues or facts, but solely denounced any critic of Obama as a liar and worse.

    Freedom of speech anyone?

    • says

      LOL “Bill,”
      Is that you again Sarah with your semi-informed bloated statistics regurgitation? Where did you get this crap? It’s people like you that fuel the partisanship fights. Why does there have to be two separate groups in our country? The crazies and the babies. Why is it that people can’t think for themselves any more? Please, stop watching Fox News, and start using your own brain that you were born with*.(*if applicable) Why do you find it so hard to see what is going on here? Corporations have seized control of our country’s political system. They have brain washed you and your liking into thinking that inexpensive healthcare, lower taxes, and keeping your promises would be a bad thing. Raise taxes on the rich, single payer healthcare, re-establish industry. Fix the country. Oh yeah, kick the corporate oligarchy out of Washington. That or put a fence around it and turn it in to a prison would work too.

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