What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is best equipped to safeguard the interests of middle-class Americans. ...
"That's all most people want," he said. "Folks don't have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream."
It would be easy to draw the contrast between Obama's 2008 lofty rhetoric, as Ace does, by alluding to Obama's "...this was the moment when...the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
You know what else we could do?
[TheVIMH: Quote Michelle Obama from 2008 for the third post in a week?]
Ok, if you insist.
Michelle Obama's words back during the last campaign sound eerily similar to President Obama's now:
Most Americans, she said, don't want much.
"They don't want the whole pie," she told the women. ...
"There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit."
Birds of a feather, those two. But here's the kicker. Michelle knew back in 2008 what would have to happen if America were to implement the policies of her husband. Eerily prescient:
"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."
In Barack Obama's America, the American Dream is smaller than ever. And you can trust Michelle when she tells you it's probably going to need to get smaller still. The government's ambition to control ever larger aspects of your life comes at the expense of your personal ambitions.
It's for your own good.