In an effort to improve upon the 2008 slogans of “Hope” and “Change,” the Obama campaign insisted before an Ohio audience Saturday that the president would take the country “Forward” if voters (and corporate sponsors) elected him to four more years in the White House. —ARK
Dressed casually in a shirt, with no tie or jacket and his sleeves rolled up, Obama wanted to look ready to get down to the business, and he told the crowd to remind people of his first campaign. “You tell them it is still about hope, it is still about change,” he said.
But that task is not going to be easy. Foreign wars and a home recession now provide a very different political backdrop than 2008. Obama is now pitching himself on a first term of governing, not a promise of a new type of president. Gone is the “Hope and Change” slogan, replaced by the more serious “Forward”.