Well, so Obama won, thanks to Carter grandson’s 47% tape leaking. What a comical news. Indeed, I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard such a petty claim sold as a huge intellectual discovery.
At first, we heard about a secret call between former president Clinton and Romney, the day after the KO Republicans defeat. We were told that president Clinton spoke to Romney to bring him some consolation. He confessed to him that had it not been for Sandy, Obama could not have won the election.
And what about the margin of victory ? What about the wrong polls ?
We still don’t know whether the phone call between president Clinton and Romney occured and who is the caller. Nevertheless, if this has been proven true, this coincidental need consisting at finding external events to the president elected second term embodies the idea that president Obama was personally unable to win a second term. An attempt to diminish the scale and the boldness of the victory of the president elected.
Laughable, isn’t it ?
A saying tells us to beware at our friends.
For those who could take this for granted, here are some guidelines :
The first one is, the 47% leaked tape had had very little incidence on the overall election. Proof of it is the first debate turning to Romney’s advantage, despite the circulation and the outrage over the 47%. This is the answer to the « 47% considered as the major factor to Obama’s reelection, by Carter’s grandson. ». Nothing can be wrong as this pretense.
For Sandy, the other petty explanation aiming at diminshing Obama’s campaign team’s expertise handling this second campaign and Obama’s strong performances in the process, what this campaign assessed in full and having been part of it, I am entitled to the assertion, is the huge consideration given to every citizen to step in and to built the momentum, step by step, day after day, door after door, bridge after bridge, and so forth.
« Organising for America » was a powerful strenght and tool that generates Obama’s victory in the first place. But don’t be misled, should president Obama messed up with the second and the third debates, victory could have been complicated to grasp.
All this tells something about the campaign. You need first of all a pure blood horse tied to a powerful team of organisers and a grass-rooted passionated citizens. On those three points, president Obama’s team made a huge difference.
He himself was a better horse than Romney – by the way not the best of the Republicans choice out of their suicidal and distasteful primaries ; instead of the best, the choice went to the least bad.
Now, back to the Inaugural speech I’ve dubbed « we the people », following Dr King’s poetry « I have a dream » speech. If the president first term was placed under president Lincoln legacy, this second term is about JFK’s testimony and philosophy. Abraham Lincoln was talking about « reconciliation » of the American people. JFK’s message is one of « transformation ».
What does it take to transform a society ? A call of duty to the citizen : don’t thing about what the country should do for you, but about what you can bring in and do for your country. Besides this call of citizenship is the other reminder of « governing for the people ».
« We the people ».
Indeed, Obama’s campaign call to move forward was speaking about transforming the society, reshaping it. By chance, America is at a crossroads : its demography has changed with latinos, africans and asians immigration ; its economy needs a lot of repairs and adjustments particulary concerning the frightening inequalities between the wealthiest and the middle class. Cherry on the top, Washington is still driven by past ideology and partisanism.
Quotes from the president inaugural speech are worthy here.
« Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. (Applause.) For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still ; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall ; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone ; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth ».
In 2008, it was about change. In 2012, change does no longer suffice. America needs to set a transformational agenda. This include leading on climate change and bringing on the table a new form of regulating conflicts in the World. The extremely positive impact of Sandy was to recall America to its duty over climate change leadership.
By the way, by the time Sandy landed, Obama’s victory was already secured. The last debate ended the campaign to Obama‘s advantage.
All considered, Obama won because he placed his confidence on the people and his faith on democracy’s principles whereas the Republicans failed for the same opposite reasons. It is as simple as that. People are not a collection of idiots and blind.