I hope history repeats itself. #obama2012 (Taken with instagram)
History pipes up, indignant: “You want me to do this all my damn self?” (Volunteer!)
“ My only regret is that we didn’t get to crush him and everything he stands for in a general election. Man, if they ran against Romney—and I’m kind of pissed now we don’t have the opportunity to run against Romney—if they ran against Romney and, whoever the Democratic candidate is was didn’t make it his life mission to destroy Romney not just politically, but destroy his life I’d have been pissed forever, OK? Because this man deserves to be crushed, to his very inner core because he doesn’t even have one. They should have melted the wax, you know, doll that came out of that wax museum. ”
Five years ago, Barack Obama stepped onto a stage in Springfield, Illinois, and said he was running for president. Here’s a look at what’s happened since (includes Tumblr hearts).
“ I was in Turkey a number of years back before Bush invaded Iraq and the whole disaster began and I had a cab driver and he said, “Hey, where are you from?” because he noticed that I wasn’t perfectly fluent in Turkish and I said, oh I grew up in the United States so I’m American. And he said, “Oh, that’s funny. I’m American too”. I said, really? You don’t sound American. And I said, so what part of America are you from? He said, “Oh I’ve never been to America”. I said really, so how come you’re an American? He said, I believe in American and that’s why I’m an American. In my heart, I am an American. And you can’t understand how powerful that is, especially because Turks have such enormous national pride… and for him to so, no, no, no, no, above even being Turkish I am an American, right, to a man who had never been to America. Now in these last seven years, we lost him. If you went into that cab you know, two days ago, he would not have told you the same story I suspect. When you go into that cab tomorrow, I think that have become to get him back and he might say that he’s an American again. ”
Obama was on the plane with Robert Gibbs and Reggie Love, grousing nonstop. This was foolish. Miserable. A waste of time.
Gamely, Gibbs stepped in.
“All right, Barack, just think of one thing you like about all this. Just one thing, and focus on it. Maybe that’ll help.”
Obama was unreachable. “There is not even one thing I can think of. Not even one.”
“Well, I can tell you one thing, boss,” said Reggie Love, the former Duke basketball player hired to be Obama’s aide in 2006, who was regularly getting mobbed by girls in Iowa gymnasiums. “I’m loving this! Hope that helps.”
“No, it doesn’t, Reggie,” the senator mumbled, unmoved even by this strong showing of empathic esprit de corps.”
“ The Republicans do have an impressive field: Governor Mitch Daniels, Governor Haley Barbour and former Governor Jeb Bush. The only problem, they’re not on the field. I just want you to think about this for a second. Think of our field in 2008. At our debates in Iowa, we had Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator Chris Dodd, and President Obama. Now think about their field: Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Republican primary voters. ”