Today, Barack Obama moved the goal posts about how he’s done as president by asking will the country be better off? He must have forgotten about how he asked in 2008, “will this country be better off four years from now?” With a record like Obama’s four years in the Oval Office, it’s no wonder he’s left wondering will we be better off.
THEN: Obama 2008: “The Real Question Is, ‘Will This Country Be Better Off Four Years From Now?’” OBAMA:“It is time, Canton, to try something new. The question in this election is not ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ We all know the answer to that. The real question is, ‘Will this country be better off four years from now?’” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Canton, OH, 10/27/08)
NOW: Obama 2012: Obama Asks “Will We Be Better Off?” OBAMA: “They won’t offer a better vision or new set of ideas, but they will be spending more money than we’ve ever seen before on negative ads, on TV, on radio, in the mail, on the Internet. Ads that exploit people’s frustrations for my opponent’s political gain. Over and over again, they’ll tell you that America’s down and out. And they’ll tell you who to blame. And ask if you’re better off than you were before the worst crisis in our lifetime. We’ve seen that play before. But you know what? The real question, the question that will actually make a difference in your life, and the lives of your children, it’s not just about how we’re doing today, but how we’ll be doing tomorrow. Will we be better off if more Americans get a better education? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we depend less on foreign oil and more on our own ingenuity? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we start doing some nation building right here at home? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we bring down our deficit without gutting the very things we need to grow? When we look back four years from now, or ten years from now, or twenty years from now, won’t we be better off if we have the courage to keep moving forward? That’s the question in this election. That’s the question in this election. And the outcome is entirely up to you.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Columbus, Ohio, 5/5/12)