- U.S. social and economic trends on worrisome track, survey finds
- McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate
- Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
- Family removed from Southwest flight over tweet about rude agent, dad says
- Michael Bloomberg thumbs FAA ban, plots course to Israel
- California bans full-contact football practices in off-season
- Thune: Downed fighter jets show more evidence of separatist capabilities
- Obama tells DNC fundraising crowd: ‘I’m not overly partisan’
- Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin
MILLER: One step forward, one giant leap back
Obama’s re-election campaign is based on delusional spin
Question of the Day
President Obama will host re-election rallies on Saturday to try to convince Americans that the country is better off now than it was three years ago. His new campaign slogan, “Forward,” encapsulates his pitch to voters encouraging them to give him a second term. Instead of inspiring enthusiasm, the theme has already invited mockery.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, told supporters in Virginia on Wednesday evening, “Forward is his new slogan. Forward what? Over the cliff!” The GOP super PAC American Crossroads put out an advertisement entitled “Backwards,” in which all the video is played in rewind mode. It cites the 34 percent increase in people on food stamps during Mr. Obama’s term, 740,000 lost jobs and the doubling of gas prices. “The only thing moving forward under President Obama?” the narrator asks. “Our national debt, up $5 trillion.”
The seven-minute-long “Forward” video released by the Obama campaign this week opens by laying the blame for the current economy on former President George W. Bush and factors beyond Mr. Obama’s control. The ad then accuses all government inaction on House Republicans (the Democratic Senate gets a pass) and conservative media hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
The ending offers a litany of accomplishments, half appealing to his liberal base (“guaranteed coverage for contraception,” “fuel-efficiency standards doubling”) and the rest taking credit for things that had nothing to do with him (“U.S. oil production at eight-year high,” “466,000 new manufacturing jobs.”)
The ad will be shown to supporters at rallies this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., for what his campaign is calling “essentially the start of a general election.” Although Mr. Obama has spent the equivalent of more than a month out of the past year raising money for his re-election, he apparently doesn’t consider that to be actually campaigning.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the Obama campaign’s use of taxpayer dollars to fund those campaign-like events, but the watchdog agency has yet to respond.
Meanwhile, the GOP leader announced his own new slogan on Thursday. “The candidate of ‘hope and change’ has become the president of ‘hype and blame,’” Mr. Priebus told reporters on a conference call. “Excuses don’t pay the mortgage, and casting blame on everyone under the sun doesn’t create a single job.” The party is now selling bumper stickers that say “Hype & Blame 2012” with the Obama rising-sun logo in place of the zero.
“Forward” has long been a favorite slogan of socialists, and it’s telling that Mr. Obama’s strategists have chosen it for a second-term bid. Liberal cable news channel MSNBC spent millions on a “Lean Forward” marketing campaign - but only in left-leaning northeast corridor cities. The choice Mr. Obama’s campaign offers voters in November isn’t forward-looking; it’s the choice of turning the clock back to the tax-and-spend policies of the 1970s.
Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek tax investigation follows D.C. conviction for muzzleloader bullet ammunition
- MILLER: Harry Reid's hypocrisy on 'Equal Pay Day': No women on top leadership staff
- MILLER: Maryland bathroom bill for transgenders is part of LGBT lobby for sex-change rights
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police 'Gun Offenders Registry'
- MILLER: Michelle Obama has media blackout in China while touting freedom of press
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
Get Breaking Alerts
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- HURT: The cost of 'free' water in Detroit
- Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- DEACE: How to go from civil rights icon to bigot in one quote
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies