Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

“They Must Think You’re Stupid”

Greg has been wanting Obama to use this meme for some time, and I’m glad to say he finally took it up today in Indiana. I really hope that he keeps at it, it’s a very effective jab at the GOP’s campaign of lying cynicism, in which Obama points out the lies they tell and then says, “they must think you’re stupid.”

Transcript below after the video.


Everywhere I go we’ve been talking about change, that’s been the theme of the campaign. And we must be on to something, because I notice now everyone’s talking about change now.

John McCain has said that change is coming!

Now think about this coming from the party that’s been in charge for 8 years, they’ve been running the show! Been up in the White House, John McCain brags, ‘90% of the time I have voted with George Bush. He and I we we’re right there’ and suddenly he’s the change agent!

He says I’m going to tell those lobbyists that their days in Washington are over. Who’s he gonna tell? Is he gonna tell his campaign chairman who’s one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell all the folks who are running his campaign who are the biggest corporate lobbyist in Washington? Who is it that he’s going to tell that change is coming?

I mean come on! They must think you’re stupid!

I mean, maybe what they’re saying is ‘watch out George Bush’ you know except for economic policies, and tax policies, and energy policies, and health care policies, and education policies, and Karl Rove style of politics – except for all that, we’re really going to bring change to Washington! We’re gonna shake things up! What are these guys talking about? Do you think we haven’t been paying attention over the past 8 years?

(Obama then went point by point through education, tax policy, energy policy and health care telling voters why McCain’s version of change is not change like the kind he will bring.)

I know the governor of Alaska has been, you know, saying she is change. And that is great. She is a skillful politician. But when you been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you are the champion anti-earmark person. That is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just make stuff up. We have a choice to make and the choice is clear.

Don’t be fooled. These are the folks who have been in charge. John McCain’s party, with the help of John McCain, has been in charge.

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September 6, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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