June 27, 2012
You gave it a college try. You tried. You did. You’ve done everything you could in your power, and then beyond your power, beyond your executive power, you have done more than any President should be allowed to do. In fact they are not allowed to do the things that you’ve done but you’ve done them anyway. And still we see the results.
See you’re going after the money or after the bodies of voters. Sometimes literally the ones in the ground. But that’s not what America is.
I don’t think that you really understand America, sir. You understood two words last time that really kind of describe America but there has to be something behind that and it’s hope and change.
Hope is an American trait. We always have hope for a brighter tomorrow. We do. That is an American trait. And that helped you last time. Change is also an American trait. Nobody really likes change but we are the ones who have changed the world. We are looking for new ways to do things. The system is broken, and we knew that, and you said ‘I’m going to change the system.’
But you changed it in a way that is fundamentally un-American. You changed it in a way that is all about corruption, all about money, and all about special interests. That wasn’t the change that we sought. That wasn’t the change that the people on the left sought. I’m not just talking about the Tea Party or the right or the Republicans – I’m talking about the left. I’m talking about the people who are just good Democrats.
We tried change. We tried your hope and change. And in fact it was all of us wanted hope, and all of us wanted change. And darn near all of us – even if we voted against you and were against you – on election day, the day after we kind of licked our wounds a bit, and we all most of us did say it is cool to have an African-American President.
We had a moment where maybe the left would finally recognize that America isn’t racist because you couldn’t have been elected if we were a racist nation. You couldn’t have been elected by minorities. You needed the white people to vote for you and they did in droves. Many us, even if we didn’t vote for you, were happy that we sent a message to the rest of the world that American is not 1950 America.