It's pretty bad when even the Los Angeles Times notices the dramatic change in Obama's speeches and tactics from 2008. The man who promised to unite the country with a new kind of post partisan politics is now resorting to the worst kind of scare tactics.
The Times contrasts two of Obama's speeches. The first in Portland Oregon in May of 2008 was trumpeted by the media as a "record" crowd of 75,000. That speech was all hope and change. Contrast that with Obama's appearance last Wednesday in Portland Oregon speaking to an audience of 10,000 Democrats (the Times neglected to cite the size of the crowd in their story):
In two years, a fearful turn in Obama's speechesIn 2008 Obama lied to the American people by selling a false vision of himself and who he was. Now that he's been exposed, he has no where left to turn but to the same vile politics he once denounced!
The message in Portland in 2008 was hope. The president returns to talk about mistrust and threats.By Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
Los Angeles TimesOctober 22, 2010
Reporting from Portland, Ore. — With the 2008 Democratic primary race all but won, Barack Obama appeared at a massive outdoor rally here and delivered a message that was unique by the cutthroat standards of American political campaigns.
"We're not going to worry about what other folks are doing," Obama told a crowd of 75,000 at the waterfront event in May 2008. "We're going to try to focus on what we think we can do for America."
Obama returned to Portland on Wednesday night and delivered a different sort of speech. His message of national unity and reconciliation had been replaced by a stark warning against cynical Republican tactics, vague threats to America's political system and the urgent need to keep the GOP marginalized.
There was less hope, more fear.
Obama in Portland suggested that "foreign-controlled corporations" were bankrolling a "misleading, negative" ad campaign that serves Republicans, but offered no evidence.
"We don't know," he said.
Whereas his 2008 speech said that Americans needed to "start trusting each other again, start working together again," he said at the Oregon Convention Center rally this week that even if Republicans cooperate more with the White House, they would be forced to "sit in the back seat."
Two years ago, he said Americans are "tired of a politics that's all about tearing each other down." On Wednesday, he painted a grim picture of life under Republican leadership: The chronically ill, the unemployed, the student who can't afford college tuition — all would be cut "loose to fend for themselves."
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