President Obama roared into the presidency back in 2004 after a stellar campaign. He and his election team promised change, hope, and more. They preached about the power of one America, of a people united to overcome the challenges they knew they had to face. It was a remarkable campaign that won him the presidency not once, but twice.
Like any president, however, once they begin their work in office, a lot of their hopes and plans change. Political opponents clamor to take down and harm the President and his policies. In recent years, Congress has become incredibly stubborn and divided, proving unable to work with the administration and other representatives in a way that Obama preached about during his campaign.
If you take a look at Obama’s rhetoric since his election and move through the years to today, you can notice a markedly different tone. Much of the hope and optimism has been suppressed thanks to the harsh political realities of our time. Take a look yourself at these quotes.
Back in 2004, cooperation was Obama’s focus: “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America. There’s the United States of America.”
Four years later, Obama still had hope: “We know that what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus that cannot be ignored, that will not be deterred, that will ring out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, make this time different than all the rest. Yes, we can.”
Political problems started to weigh on Obama’s administration by 2010: “As I found out after a year in the White House, changing this type of politics is not easy.”
In 2012, Obama still expressed some hope in winning the election to equate to Republican’s working with Democrats: “I believe that if we’re successful in this election, when we’re successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there’s a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that.”
Most recently, Obama was threatened to be sued, prompting this remark from the President: “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me.”