Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Who gets the car?

From Politico, Carol E. Lee – Wed Aug 18, 4:43 am ET, via Yahoo! News.

SEATTLE — It started out simple enough. There was a car (the economy). And a ditch (the recession). Republicans had been driving the car (were in power) for eight years. It went into the ditch. And now that Democrats have dug the car out (won power and passed a bunch of economic recovery policies), the Republicans want back the keys (power).

The first time President Barack Obama used the metaphor at a Democratic fundraiser in April, he spent exactly four sentences on it: “And yet, after driving our economy into the ditch, they decided to stand on the side of the road and watch us while we pulled it out of the ditch,” Obama said at the Los Angeles event for Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. “They asked, ‘Why haven't you pulled it out fast enough?’ ‘I noticed there's, like, a little scratch there in the fender. Why didn't you do something about that?’”

Read the rest of the article to learn how useful this metaphor has been and may continue to be.


Joie Vouet said...

The campaign hasn't officially started yet. The gloves should come off and Republican demagogues go down.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this!

(good to seeya back more often!

Joie Vouet said...

President Obama has no regrets about his comments on the Islamic cultural center in New York.

The article states, "A statewide poll indicates nearly two-thirds of New York voters also believe the project is protected by the Constitution, even though a majority oppose the plan."

Sarah Palin's response to the issue illustrates her unpreparedness for office. The President isn't expressing his personal opinion about the controversy but is doing his duty.

Joie Vouet said...

“It would be one thing if Republicans had said, ‘You know, our philosophy doesn’t work,’ ” Mr. Obama said. Or, he suggested, they could have “gone off to the desert to meditate for a while” before returning with new ideas to run the country. But instead, Mr. Obama said his opponents wanted to return the country to the failed policies of the past.

On A 5-State Swing, Obama Takes Aim At Republicans

Elizabeth said...

I heard the car analogy as given to the AFL-CIO convention. I love it. I think it serves the President well.