Friday, September 28, 2012

Behind the Ad: Barack Obama explains it all to you

By Richard K. Barry

(Another installment in our extensive "Behind the Ad" series.)  

Who: Obama-Biden campaign.

Where: New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and Colorado.

What's going on: As the Associated Press writes, "President Barack Obama is pitching a broad economic argument to voters before next week's debate." He's looking right into the camera, talking about his economic plan that "will create 1 million manufacturing jobs, cut oil imports and hire thousands of new teachers."

In the ad, he introduces a new campaign theme: "economic patriotism."

As USA Today explains:

"During campaign season, you always hear a lot about patriotism," Obama said at an outdoor amphitheater near the Virginia coast. "Well, you know what, it's time for a new economic patriotism -- and economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class."

I can't help but think that Mitt Romney opened the door with his 47 percent comment, and Barack Obama is walking right through it with ideals that speak to the possibility of a united country, in which caring about other people is a mark of patriotism.

Maybe we always needed Mitt Romney to show us what we didn't want in a president.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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